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Amnesty International condemns rich countries for hoarding COVID-19 vaccines
Richer countries are failing a “rudimentary” test of global solidarity by hoarding COVID vaccines, Amnesty International said Wednesday as it accused some countries of exploiting the pandemic to undermine human rights.
Iran receives first batch of Cuban-made COVID-19 vaccines
Iran received the first shipment of Cuba’s coronavirus vaccines developed in cooperation between Tehran and Havana in spite of US unilateral sanctions imposed on both countries.
First batch of Russian COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Iran
The first batch of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine arrived Thursday in Iran, as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East.
South Africa testing vaccines on variant, hopes for results within two weeks
South African scientists are testing whether vaccines will be less effective against a COVID-19 variant first detected locally and hope for initial results within two weeks, a professor at the national communicable disease institute said.
CBI governor says prepayment for COVID-19 vaccines now finalized
Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati said the country has finally made a prepayment for purchase of vaccines to tackle COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
South African scientists seek to understand new variant
Scientists in South Africa said there is a "reasonable concern" that the new variant of COVID-19 sweeping across the country might prove to be more resistant to current vaccines being rolled out in the UK and elsewhere, and warn that it makes the need for a global rollout of vaccines "even more critical".
India approves two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use
India on Sunday authorized the emergency use of two coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and by local pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech, the country's drug regulator said, paving the way for one of the world's biggest inoculation drives.
Europe rolls out vaccines to fight pandemic
Europe launched a mass COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday with pensioners and medics lining up to get the first shots to see off a pandemic that has crippled economies and claimed more than 1.7 million lives worldwide.
Rouhani raps US for hampering purchase of coronavirus vaccines
President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday lashed out at the United States for hindering Iran’s purchase of COVID-19 vaccines through its sanctions.
Africa steps up fight against HIV with trial of new combination vaccines
The first trial in Africa to test two new vaccines to protect against HIV got under way in Uganda this week, raising hopes of an end to the epidemic that affects millions of people across the continent.
Poor countries face long wait for vaccines despite promises
With Americans, Britons and Canadians rolling up their sleeves to receive coronavirus vaccines, the route out of the pandemic now seems clear to many in the West, even if the rollout will take many months. But for poorer countries, the road will be far longer and rougher.

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