MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 16th April, 2021) The death toll from the coronavirus infection in the world topped 2.978 million, over 138.6 million cases of infection were detected, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from federal and local authorities, media and other sources.
As of 20:15 GMT Thursday, the number of cases globally is 138,658,491, including 2,978,601 fatalities.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced that it had reached an agreement with South Korean biotech companies GL Rapha and ISU ABXIS on technology transfer and production of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.
The first batch of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V will be delivered to India in April, while the on-site production of the vaccine will be launched in May, Indian Ambassador to Moscow Datla Bala Venkatesh said.
Finland is all but set to begin negotiating supplies of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine with Russia, Finnish news agency STT reported citing Finnish Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru.
Russia's coronavirus vaccine for animals can become the first vaccine of this type approved in the European Union, since the bloc's drug regulator currently has no such vaccines under evaluation, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) told Sputnik, adding that evaluation can take up to 210 days.
Italy has reported 11 cases of post-vaccination blood clots in people who received AstraZeneca shots, including four related deaths since the rollout of the mass immunization program in late December, a fresh report by the Italian Medicines Agency said.
Denmark can afford to stop administering the coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, as the authorities have managed to bring the epidemiological situation in the country under control, Catherine Smallwood, a senior emergency officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, said.
Norway decided not to resume, but also not to cease altogether, the use of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine despite the National Institute of Public Health recommending that the drug be abandoned due to side effects, Norwegian Health Minister Bent Hoeie said.
Reduced vaccine deliveries to Latin American and Caribbean nations in recent weeks underscore the need to rely on other mitigation measures amid a surge in coronavirus cases, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne warned.
India has registered 200,739 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, the national ministry of health said.
Russia restricts air traffic with Turkey and Tanzania from April 15 to June 1. Russia also extended the suspension of flights with the United Kingdom until June 1, the federal coronavirus response center said.
Argentina is imposing a ban on the movement of citizens from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in the metropolitan area due to a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases, President Alberto Fernandez said.
A group of Canadian politicians called for an end to lockdowns across the country, saying the societal and financial impacts of further prolonged shutdowns ostensibly to protect the population from the novel coronavirus would be too much to bear.
US retail sales jumped 9.8 percent in March, well above forecasts, as consumers began spending their $1,400 checks sent out by the Biden administration as relief for the coronavirus pandemic, Commerce Department data showed.
Horacio Larreta, the mayor of Buenos Aires, intends to file a lawsuit against the Argentine federal government due to its recent order to switch schools to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.