Tue, 20 Apr 2021

BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 11,359 more COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, slightly down from 11,534 a day earlier, the country's COVID-19 response center said Sunday.

The national tally has thus increased to 4,246,079 with 86,122 deaths and 3,811,797 recoveries, the center said.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Sunday started its COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, with the first shot, using China's Sinovac vaccine, going to Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the event at the country's infectious disease institute, where other officials, including deputy public health minister, agriculture minister, culture minister and deputy education minister, were also vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) on Saturday reported 1,006 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the national count to 158,053.

The ministry also said the COVID-19 death toll stood at 2,354, including 14 new fatalities recorded over the same period.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia on Sunday confirmed 39 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections in the kingdom to 805, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement.

The new infections included 35 locally transmitted cases in capital Phnom Penh and Preah Sihanouk province, and four imported cases, MoH's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said in the statement.

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BEIJING -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday delivered a batch of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippine military at the latter's request and with the approval of the Central Military Commission, said China's Ministry of National Defense.

The PLA previously delivered vaccines requested by the Pakistani, Cambodian and Mongolian armed forces earlier this month.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Saturday authorized Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the United States.

It is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has received the FDA's emergency use authorization in the country, following the first one developed by American drugmaker Pfizer in partnership with German company BioNTech, and the second one developed by American drugmaker Moderna.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Sunday confirmed 70 new cases of coronavirus infection, mostly domestic, according to a report of the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of Sunday's new cases, 62 were domestic infections while eight others were imported cases, the CCSA report says.

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