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(Reuters) – Global vaccine alliance Gavi proposes to revamp distribution rules after COVAX allocates more doses to Britain than Botswana, which is among the other poorest countries that have at best nascent vaccination campaigns.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
* The world’s poorest countries have said they may struggle to meet visa requirements and cover all COVID-19 quarantine costs for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, raising concerns that some may not be able to not attend in person.
* The European Union’s medicines regulator has said it is evaluating whether a booster dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine can be given at least six months after the second injection of the two-dose course in people over 12 years old.
* US President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster on Monday, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra blow even as millions of people do without their first.
* US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested negative for COVID-19 Monday morning, the State Department said, after department spokesman Ned Price tested positive for the disease and is in quarantine.
* The Chilean authorities have announced the end of the state of emergency in force since the start of the pandemic, a sign of a return to normal life following a sharp drop in cases in the country.
* Pedro Guimaraes, a member of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s delegation to the United Nations, has tested positive for COVID-19, the CEO of state lender Caixa Economica Federal said on Sunday.
* U.S. prosecutors have launched what would be the first case against bank workers who allegedly operated multibillion-dollar programs aimed at helping small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
* Japan plans to lift its COVID-19 state of emergency, which covers 19 prefectures, in all regions by the end of September, broadcaster NHK reported.
* Thailand’s COVID-19 task force has approved a plan to procure 3.35 million combined doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines, a spokesperson said, as the country prepares to lift the requirement quarantine for vaccinated visitors.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein has contracted coronavirus and his parents King Abdullah and Queen Rania, who have tested negative, will protectively self-isolate for five days, the palace said.
* Jordan will fully reopen its main border post with Syria from Wednesday, government and industry officials said, as a high-level Syrian team arrived in Amman to discuss how to facilitate the flow of goods affected by the pandemic and a decade of conflict.
* Pfizer said it has launched a large study testing its experimental oral antiviral drug for the prevention of COVID-19 infection among those who have been exposed to the virus.
* Japan has approved GlaxoSmithKline and Sotrovimab from Vir Biotechnology as antibody therapy against the coronavirus, the country’s health minister said.
* The World Health Organization is seeking to revive its stalled investigation into the origins of COVID-19 with a new team, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
* U.S. government borrowing costs advanced for a sixth week on Monday on bets that higher interest rates were on their way and global energy stocks rose as crude oil prices hit record highs. three-year highs of nearly $ 80 a barrel. [MKTS/GLOB]
* Britain’s fuel retail sector, still recovering from COVID-19, faces further disruption after a shortage of truck drivers hit supplies at gas stations and led to purchases of panic.
(Compiled by Sarah Morland, Juliette Portala and Vinay Dwivedi; edited by William Maclean and Shounak Dasgupta)