Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people

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Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly…

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 11.64 million, death toll at 536,693

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More than 11.64 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 536,693​ have died, according to a Reuters tally published on Tuesday. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and…

Putin strongly backed in reform vote

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Nearly 78% of Russian voters backed constitutional reforms that could keep President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036, election officials say. With all the ballots counted, 77.9% voted for the reform package and 21.3% against, the electoral…

Russians vote on Putin's reforms to constitution

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Russia has begun voting on constitutional reforms that could allow President Vladimir Putin to serve another two terms in office. The official vote is scheduled for 1 July, but authorities said they were opening polling stations a week early…

US hits record high in daily coronavirus cases

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The United States recorded an all-time daily high of 40,000 coronavirus infections on Thursday, figures from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) show. A recent surge in infections and hospitalisations has prompted the states of Texas, Florida…

Micheál Martin becomes new Irish PM after vote

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Micheál Martin has been elected as the new taoiseach (Irish prime minister) at a special meeting of the Irish parliament in Dublin. The 59-year-old Cork native has been the leader of the Fianna Fáil party since 2011. He will lead a three-party…

Russia holds WW2 victory parade

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Russia is celebrating its biggest public holiday, Victory Day, with a military parade that was meant to be held on 9 May. President Vladimir Putin postponed the big annual celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is 75 years…

Southern Mexico hit by 7.4 magnitude earthquake

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The centre of the earthquake was in the coastal state of Oaxaca but shock waves were felt as far away as Mexico city. The mayor of Oaxaca sad that that one person is known to have died. Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged…

Hard-hit Brazil passes one million virus cases

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Brazil has become the second country in the world to confirm more than one million cases of Covid-19, as the disease continues to spread. The health ministry also posted a record number of new cases in the past 24 hours - more than 54,000. In…

WHO aims for two billion coronaviurs vaccines by 2021

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The World Health Organisation said that a few hundred million COVID-19 vaccine doses could be produced by the end of the year — and be targeted at those most vulnerable to the virus. The UN health agency said it was working on that assumption,…

Russia rolls out first approved COVID-19 drug

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, and the ChemRar Group announced the delivery of the first batch of Avifavir to Russian hospitals. Avifavir is one of the two registered COVID-19 drugs in the world. RDIF…

US coronavirus deaths top 110,000

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Global death toll from the coronavirus surged past 400,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 30 percent of those cases, or two million infections, are in the US. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak, with more than 15 percent…

World leaders pledge $8.8bn for global vaccines programme

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Global leaders across the world on Thursday committed $8.8 billion to the global vaccines alliance Gavi to support immunisation programmes affected by coronavirus. The online meeting beat a target to raise $7.4 billion to provide vaccines…

Biden confirmed as Trump's November opponent

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Joe Biden has formally won the Democratic Party nomination to take on Donald Trump in November's presidential election. He said on Twitter that he had secured the 1,991 delegates needed and would fight to "win the battle for the soul of the…