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EU ready to discuss vaccine technology sharing

BRUSSELS – EU President Ursula von der Leyen says the 27-nation bloc is ready to speak on the US proposal to share the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to hasten the end of the pandemic.

Without committing to the US proposal, von der Leyen said: “We are ready to discuss how the US proposal to waive intellectual property protection for COVID vaccines could help.”

In a video address she said: “In the short term, however, we urge all vaccine-producing countries to allow exports and avoid measures.”

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THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

– Biden Administration joins demands for more parts vaccine Technology to Accelerate the End of the Pandemic

– Every Republican in congress Voted against the pandemic relief law that Biden had incorporated into the law, but they extol his accomplishments

– – India hits another dismal record, adding 400,000 new cases to move life-saving supplies to where they’re needed most

– India Diaspora uses its wealth, clout and expertise to help India fight its catastrophic coronavirus surge

– Most elementary and middle schools Open to face-to-face learning, but remote is still the choice of many students

– For more information on the AP pandemic, follow below https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine

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HERE HAPPENS WHAT OTHER HAPPENS:

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Thousands of passengers rushed to leave Nepal before all international flights were suspended due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

Nepalese nationals leaving to register for jobs overseas or to visit family members and some overseas tourists who have queued at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu before flights cease at midnight on Thursday. Domestic flights in Nepal have been suspended since Monday. The government says only rescue and emergency medical flights are allowed.

Major cities in Nepal, including the capital Kathmandu, have been on lockdown since last month as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to rise. Nepal recorded the highest daily infections and 58 deaths at 8,659 on Wednesday, which are also the highest.

Raju Rajbanshi, who was married five days ago, said he was rushing back to his job at a cleaning company before the flights stop.

“I’m just happy to get on a flight today before all flights stop or I could have lost my job,” said Rajbanshi. “I’m also happy to get out of Nepal, where the situation is getting terrible every day.”

Nepal has registered a total of 359,610 cases, including 3,475 deaths.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia prohibits travel during the popular homecoming to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

COVID-19 cases have declined in the world’s most populous Muslim country, but the government imposed the ban after the death rate rose sharply last year after the Eid holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

The ban began on Thursday and lasts for 12 days. The only exceptions are civil servants, police officers and the military, as well as those who have to travel to work.

Indonesia has confirmed more than 1.6 million cases and 46,000 deaths from COVID-19, the largest total in Southeast Asia.

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka prohibits entry of people from India, where coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly.

The move by the Sri Lankan Civil Aviation Authority comes when the number of confirmed cases in India surpassed 21 million.

Sri Lanka has also seen a rapid surge in cases in the past two weeks. Before April 20, the number of newly confirmed cases was typically less than 200 per day. But since then the number has increased at least eightfold.

On Thursday, health officials announced that 1,939 new cases had been discovered in the past 24 hours.

Most of the patients were reported in the Colombo district, which includes the capital.

Health officials have warned that infections could rise rapidly over the next three weeks due to celebrations and people shopping during the traditional New Year festival on April 14th.

The total number of cases in Sri Lanka has reached 117,528 with 734 deaths.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Soldiers and police officers in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a large hospital.

Health officials say they are quarantining 400 patients, doctors, nurses and other staff on the premises until they can determine who has had contact with a coronavirus patient who died there.

The 53-year-old patient at Lautoka Hospital was only the third person to die from the virus in Fiji, with around 1 million people. However, the nation’s leaders are deeply concerned that the recent outbreak is spreading, particularly after two hospital doctors tested positive for the virus.

A health official says the hospital is closed and all medical services are being diverted to other facilities. The official says those confiscated in the hospital will be provided with food, bedding and any other supplies they may need.

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MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked China to withdraw 1,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine that it had donated after being criticized for injecting it despite the vaccine not being approved for public use in the country.

The Philippine Minister of Health injected Duterte Monday, and an unspecified number of Duterte’s guards received the Sinopharm vaccine in secrecy.

Duterte told the Chinese ambassador: “This has been criticized because Sinopharm has not been examined. Let’s just get rid of that. They are withdrawing all Sinopharm vaccines, 1,000 of them. ”

Duterte said his injection was not against a regulation because it was covered by a “compassionate use” exemption.

However, critics said Duterte and Minister of Health Francisco Duque III mocked vaccination regulations while ordinary Filipinos grappled with a variety of pandemic restrictions.

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NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says Broadway theaters are ready to reopen on September 14th. Many Broadway productions are scrambling to resume ticket sales in the coming days to welcome theater goers this fall after the heads of state and city leaders have given a green light to reopen the Great White Walk at full capacity.

Broadway theaters can set their own entry requirements, e.g. B. Whether people need to prove that they have been vaccinated in order to attend a show.

Selling tickets allows theaters to measure interest before the stages open, said Robert Mujica, Cuomo’s budget director. The reopened Broadway will look different, and “Frozen” and “Mean Girls” choose not to restart.

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WASHINGTON – The US health and housing departments have launched a joint project to provide subsidized vaccines and subsidized housing to the homeless and people living in low-income areas.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary for Health and Human Services, and Marcia Fudge, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, made the announcement on Wednesday during a visit to the Community of Hope. It is a service organization in an area of ​​the state capital that has a high coronavirus rate and a relatively low vaccination rate. The organization runs community health centers while working to end homelessness in families.

“I think it is time this country understood that its government is taking care of them,” said Fudge. “We got the low hanging fruit – the people who really want the vaccines – now we have to take the next step.”

According to Becerra, the Biden administration is trying different communication strategies. This includes reaching out directly to people who do not have internet access and recruiting ministers, community leaders and athletes as vaccination attorneys.