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Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs effective against Indian variant

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  • The Pfizer and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines are highly effective against the variant identified in India after two doses, a study has found.

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  • Delhi covid update: Positivity rate drops below 2.5% as 1,649 new cases are reported. This is also the lowest daily spike in cases recorded since March 30 (992) and the first time that the count has gone below the 2,000-mark since April 1, when 2,790 people tested positive for the infection.
  • Taiwan reported almost 2,000 local COVID cases in 1 week, but the health minister said the trend remained stable with new infections concentrated in the northern part of the island in and around Taipei. In response, the capital will ban indoor dining starting today.


  • US vaccinations vary across state, with more than 60 percent of residents in the Northeast at least partly vaccinated while in the South, most states are below 40 percent.


  • EU agrees to open doors to vaccinated foreigners: the European Union countries agreed last Wednesday to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-EU visitors ahead of the summer tourist season, a move that could open the bloc's door to all Britons and to vaccinated Americans.

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