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Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today: First, some good news – India continues to report less than 30,000 cases for the second day running. With 26,964 people testing positive in the last 24 hours, India witnessed more recoveries than new cases, Wednesday’s health bulletin says. There were 383 Covid deaths across India in the span of a single day, the government data says. In terms of active cases, the nation’s current caseload is 3,01,989. This is the lowest the country has seen in the last 186 days. The national recovery rate has been registered at 97.77 per cent.

Now, some update on the global vaccination, While India’s latest decision to restart the exports of the Covid-19 vaccines has been hailed by the WHO and other nations, there is a ‘recognition contagion’ brewing. Global powers are introducing or re-enforcing clauses that don’t recognise the Covid shots from other nations. India, the biggest vaccine maker in the world, is finding it hard to convince others to recognise the Covishield jabs. After a top MEA official warned that there will be ‘reciprocal’ measures if nations such as the UK don’t recognise SII-produced Covishield, London has responded. The UK has issued an advisory that states that the Covishield will be recognised along with Pfizer and Moderna.  Meanwhile, Washington has still not clarified if it would accept the AstraZeneca shots. This kind of policy not only causes confusion but also hampers the process towards greater vaccine equity.

As India looks at a new phase of the pandemic, here are the latest developments from the country and around the world.

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    23:50 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: International travel should be made easier, through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates, PM says at Global COVID-19 summit

    International travel should be made easier, through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates: PM Modi (PTI) 

    23:46 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: To provide vaccines to the world, supply chains of raw materials must be kept open, PM Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    To provide vaccines to the world, supply chains of raw materials must be kept open: PM Modi (PTI) 

    23:46 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: To provide vaccines to the world, supply chains of raw materials must be kept open, PM Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    To provide vaccines to the world, supply chains of raw materials must be kept open: PM Modi (PTI) 

    23:36 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India shared its vaccine production with 95 other countries, PM Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    India shared its vaccine production with 95 other countries, and with UN peacekeepers: PM Narendra Modi at COVID summit (PTI)

    23:31 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: We also need to focus on addressing the pandemic’s economic effects, PM Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    We also need to focus on addressing the pandemic’s economic effects. To that end, international travel should be made easier, through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates: PM Narendra Modi at Global COVID-19 summit (ANI)

    23:20 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: With our Quad partners, we're leveraging India's manufacturing strength to produce vaccines for Indo-Pacific region, PM Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    With our Quad partners, we're leveraging India's manufacturing strength to produce vaccines for Indo-Pacific region. India & South Africa have proposed a TRIPS waiver at WTO for COVID vaccines diagnostic & medicines. It'll enable rapid scaling of the fight against pandemic: PM (ANI) 

    23:13 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: As newer Indian vaccines get developed, we're also ramping up production capacity of existing vaccines, PM Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    As newer Indian vaccines get developed, we're also ramping up production capacity of existing vaccines. As our production increases, we'll be able to resume vaccine supplies to others too. For this the supply chains of raw materials must be kept open: PM at Global COVID-19 summit (ANI) 

    23:04 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India has made CoWIN & many other digital solutions available freely as open-source software, PM Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    This has been enabled through the use of our innovative digital platform called CoWIN. In the spirit of sharing, India has made CoWIN & many other digital solutions available freely as open-source software: PM Narendra Modi at Global COVID-19 summit (ANI) 

    22:59 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India is now running the world’s largest vaccination campaign, PM Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    India is now running the world’s largest vaccination campaign. Recently, we vaccinated about 25 million people on a single day. Our grassroots-level healthcare system has delivered over 800 million vaccine doses so far. Over 200 million Indians are now fully vaccinated: PM Modi (ANI) 

    22:54 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Earlier this year, we shared our vaccine production with 95 other countries & with UN peacekeepers, PM Narendra Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    Earlier this yr, we shared our vaccine production with 95 other countries & with UN peacekeepers. Like a family, the world also stood with India when we were going through a second wave. For the solidarity & support extended to India, I thank you all: PM at Global COVID-19 summit (ANI) 

    22:43 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: We've shared medicines & medical supplies with over 150 nations, PM Narendra Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    We've shared medicines & medical supplies with over 150 nations. 2 indigenously developed vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorisation in India, incl world's first DNA-based vaccine. Several Indian companies are also involved in licensed production of various vaccines: PM (ANI)

    22:35 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India has always seen humanity as one family, PM Narendra Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    India has always seen humanity as one family. India’s pharmaceutical industry has produced cost-effective diagnostic kits, drugs, medical devices, and PPE kits. These are providing affordable options to many developing countries: PM Narendra Modi at Global COVID-19 summit (ANI)

    22:29 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented disruption and it is not yet over, PM Narendra Modi says at Global COVID-19 summit

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented disruption and it is not yet over. Much of the world is still to be vaccinated. That is why this initiative by President Biden is timely and welcome: PM Narendra Modi at Global COVID-19 summit (ANI) 

    22:21 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: We're still under pressure of COVID and US particularly has that but President Biden has gone ahead & taken the initiative to invite PM Modi for his first one-on-one interaction, says Indian Ambassador to the US 

    As you are aware, we are still under pressure of COVID and US particularly has that but President Biden has gone ahead & taken the initiative to invite PM Modi for his first one-on-one interaction: Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, to ANI in Washington Dc (ANI) 

    22:14 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: We’re clear Covishield is not a problem, says Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India

    We’re clear Covishield is not a problem. The UK is open to travel and we’re already seeing a lot of people going from India to the UK, be it tourists, business people or students: Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India  (ANI) 

    22:02 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Our CoWIN portal is one of the best portal in the world, says NTAGI Chief Dr NK Arora

    Our CoWIN portal is one of the best portal in the world. Tracking, follow-up all are done through IT process and finally a certificate is given & many countries has shown interest in our Portal : NTAGI Chief Dr NK Arora (ANI) 

    21:51 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Hope British policymakers and public health authorities do consider their decision, says NTAGI Chief  

    I hope the British policymakers and public health authorities do consider their decision, and make it explicit that Covishield administered in India is accepted: National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation's (NTAGI) Chief Dr NK Arora (ANI)

    21:40 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa's coronavirus tally rises by 102 to reach 1,75,792 

    Goa's coronavirus tally rises by 102 to reach 1,75,792, death toll remains unchanged at 3,297, number of active cases 950: Health department official (PTI) 

    21:30 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crosses the 83 crore landmark milestone 

    India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crosses the 83 crore landmark milestone. More than 64 lakh vaccine doses administered today till 7 pm: Government of India  | Read More

    21:14 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka logs 847 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths 

    Karnataka logs 847 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths, taking number of infections to 29,70,208 and toll to 37,668; active case count 13,621: Health department bulletin (PTI) 

    21:02 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: With domestic manufacturing picking up pace, India unlikely to buy Pfizer, Moderna vaccines for now 

    India is unlikely to buy Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for now as the domestic manufacturing of anti-coronavirus jabs has picked up pace, sources said with the total doses administered in the country crossing 83 crore on Wednesday.

    Though there is no official word, the sources said the government is not ready to give in to the indemnity demands of the US drug manufacturers against liabilities in case of adverse effects. | Read More

    20:48 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Schools in Kerala to reopen from November 1, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

    Schools, closed in Kerala following COVID-19 outbreak, would reopen from November 1 starting with classes 1 to 7, 10 and 12; remaining classes would commence from November 15: CM Pinarayi Vijayan (PTI) 

    20:30 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Centre proposes Rs 50,000 compensation for each COVID death in Supreme Court; claims to be settled within 30 days

    The central government today submitted before the Supreme Court that the kin of those who died of COVID-19 will get Rs 50,000 compensation from the state governments. The court was also informed that the compensation will be paid for any future deaths as well. The government told the top court that states will source the funds from their disaster response funds, and will channel it through the District Disaster Management Authority or the district administrations. | Read More

    20:15 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: NDMA for Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to kin of those who lost lives to COVID, Centre tells SC

    The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended that Rs 50,000 be given to the kin of those who died of COVID-19, the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

    It said that ex-gratia assistance will also be given to the kin of those who died of the virus due to involvement in COVID-19 relief operations or activities associated with the preparedness for dealing with the pandemic. | Read More

    20:00 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Close-knit society, Delta variant, ignoring Covid-appropriate behaviour behind rising cases in Mizoram: Reports

    A close-knit society, negligence towards COVID-19 appropriate behaviour (CAB) and presence of the highly contagious Delta variant have resulted in a significant increase in the transmission of coronavirus infections in Mizoram, recent studies have revealed. The state registered a sustained rise in COVID-19 cases since April this year and over 1,000 single-day cases were reported several times. Mizoram has only one dedicated COVID-19 hospital, Zoram Medical College (ZMC), and one laboratory for conducting RT-PCR tests. According to state nodal officer and official spokesperson on COVID-19 Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, a recent study conducted by experts in the northeastern state has revealed that a close-knit Mizo society wherein casual visit to relatives, friends, and neighbours or dining together within the family circle or with others is a common or regular practice even during lockdown has resulted in high transmission of the infection. Another study conducted by two members of a Central team recently also attributed the rise in COVID-19 cases to the close-knit society and non-compliance with coronavirus-related public health measures in Mizoram. Chairman of Medical Operational Team on COVID-19 Dr ZR Thiamsanga said a recent study conducted by his team among at least 10,000 people showed low transmission among people, who strictly followed CAB, while those who did not abide by the protocol were found to contract the virus more. 

    Both Pachuau and Thiamsanga said the presence of new variants of COVID-19 like Delta and Delta plus has also given rise to widespread community transmission as these variants are highly contagious."If highly transmissible COVID-19 variants are already present, it is clear that transmission rate will be high or vast in a close-knit society," Thiamsanga, who is also a legislator from Champhai North, told PTI. The state has so far reported 510 cases of new COVID-19 variants, including three Delta Plus and one each of Alpha and Eta variants.Dr Vanlalsiama Chhangte, Managing Director of a private hospital in Aizawl, also attributed the high transmissibility of coronavirus in Mizoram to a close-knit society but said "lack of natural immunity or antibody among people" could have been one of the reasons behind the rising number of COVID-19 cases.He suggested aggressive vaccination and giving priority to the diagnosis of the high-risk group and asymptomatic patients for early treatment besides ramping up health facilities, including setting up laboratories for conducting RT-PCR tests and Intensive Care Units.Pachuau attributed the sustained rise in daily COVID-19 cases to mass sample tests, aggressive contact tracing, and screening of high-risk groups or suspected persons.He said that local volunteers and medical teams are actively involved in contact tracing. Despite massive efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the rising number of coronavirus cases is of great concern and it is not controllable as of now because the pandemic has extensively spread among the community, Thiamsanga said. However, he claimed that the state has not completely failed in COVID-19 management because it still manages to maintain a low casualty rate.With the COVID-19 death toll at 268, the death rate in Mizoram stood at 0.32 per cent on Wednesday.He attributed early diagnosis and treatment and the pro-active role of medical teams to the low fatality rate despite poor health infrastructure.Meanwhile, opposition parties have alleged that the rising number of coronavirus cases was due to the usage of the Rapid Antigen Test as the main tool for diagnosis, which gave many false-negative results resulting in the spread of COVID-19 by positive carriers.Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) leader and MLA Lalduhoma said that the average proportion of samples tested through RT-PCR facility during June to August was a meagre 22.66 per cent against 70.89 per cent done by Rapid Antigen Test.Besides the lone dedicated COVID-19 hospital, there are 18 Dedicated COVID-19 Health Centres (DCHCs), 69 state-run COVID-19 Care Centres (CCCs), seven CCCs run by forces and 417 Community COVID-19 Care Centres (CCCCs) run by local people in the state. There are also two paid CCCs in Aizawl. The northeastern state on Wednesday reported 1,355 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the state's tally to 82,819.As many as 67,184 people have recovered from the infection taking the total recovery rate to 81.12 per cent.Of the 268 people who died of COVID-19, more than 80 per cent had comorbidities, according to officials.The state has tested over 10.34 lakh samples for COVID-19 to date. (PT)

    19:42 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala HC directs police to ensure the lives of COVID-19 warriors are protected 

    Kerala High Court directs the police to ensure the lives of COVID19 warriors are protected. The court directed this by citing an attack against a woman health worker at night in Alappuzha district by two bike-borne assailants when she was returning home after her duty. (ANI) 

    19:19 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Issue with vaccine certification and not Covishield, UK officials say

    Indian travellers vaccinated with two doses of Covishield will still have to undergo 10 days of quarantine in the UK even as the vaccine has been approved under the revised British guidelines for travel, according to UK officials.They said the main issue is vaccine certification and not the Covishield vaccine and that both India and the UK are holding talks to mutually resolve the matter.Referring to the latest guidelines issued by the UK government that will come into effect on October 4, the officials said on Wednesday that London does not have any problem with the Covishield vaccine but there are certain issues related to vaccine certification in India.

    They said the UK is engaging with the government of India to explore how it could expand its recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India.Quoting new guidelines, the officials said Indian travellers to the UK must follow the "non-vaccinated rules" set out by the authorities.India had on Tuesday warned of "reciprocal measures" if the UK does not address its concerns over the new travel rules relating to COVID-19 vaccine certification with Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla describing these norms as "discriminatory".External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also took up the issue of Covishield-vaccinated travellers being required to quarantine in the UK with newly-appointed British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss at a meeting in New York on Tuesday.

    On Wednesday, the UK government added Covishield, the Indian-manufactured Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, to an updated international travel advisory."The UK is committed to opening up international travel again as soon as is practicable and this announcement is a further step to enable people to travel more freely again, in a safe and sustainable way, while protecting public health," a spokesperson in the British High Commission said."We are engaging with the Government of India to explore how we could expand UK recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India," the official said. (PTI)

    19:04 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala HC directs police to ensure the lives of COVID-19 warriors are protected 

    Kerala High Court directs the police to ensure the lives of COVID19 warriors are protected. The court directed this by citing an attack against a woman health worker at night in Alappuzha district by two bike-borne assailants when she was returning home after her duty. (ANI)

    18:38 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Issue with vaccine certification and not Covishield, say UK officials

    Indian travellers vaccinated with two doses of Covishield will still have to undergo 10 days of quarantine in the UK even as the vaccine has been approved under the revised British guidelines for travel, according to UK officials. They said the main issue is vaccine certification and not the Covishield vaccine and that both India and the UK are holding talks to mutually resolve the matter. Referring to the latest guidelines issued by the UK government that will come into effect on October 4, the officials said on Wednesday that London does not have any problem with the Covishield vaccine but there are certain issues related to vaccine certification in India. They said the UK is engaging with the government of India to explore how it could expand its recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India. Quoting new guidelines, the officials said Indian travellers to the UK must follow the "non-vaccinated rules" set out by the authorities. India had on Tuesday warned of "reciprocal measures" if the UK does not address its concerns over the new travel rules relating to COVID-19 vaccine certification with Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla describing these norms as "discriminatory". (PTI)

    18:23 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 19,675 new infections, 142 deaths

    COVID19 | Kerala reports 19,675 new infections, 142 deaths and 19,702 recoveries today; Active cases 1,61,026Kerala's COVID19 death toll: 24,039 (ANI)

    18:03 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: After SC order, NDMA issues guidelines on ex-gratia for Covid-19 deaths

    After the order of the Supreme Court, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issues guidelines on ex-gratia for COVID-19 deaths and recommended that Rs 50,000 to be paid to the kin of those who died of COVID-19 out of state disaster relief funds (ANI)

    17:28 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: HC questions Kerala govt rationale behind fixing rates for treating post COVID complications

    When deaths even after 30 days of a person turning negative for coronavirus is treated as a COVID death, then by the same rationale treatment for post-COVID complications should also be reckoned as part of corona care was the prima facie view expressed by the Kerala High Court on Wednesday. A bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and Kauser Edappagath expressed the view while directing the state government to clarify why it issued the August 16 order by which treatment charges were fixed for post-COVID complications for those above poverty line. "Government must clarify why the order dated August 16, 2021 was issued, particularly when, as of now, deaths which occur 30 days after a person turns negative for COVID-19 is also accounted as a COVID death. "On a parallel reasoning, treatment which goes on after a person turns negative, must, prima facie, be also reckoned as a COVID treatment," the bench said and asked government pleader S Kannan to seek instruction on the issue. (PTI)

    17:15 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh reports 1,365 new Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths

    Andhra Pradesh reports 1365 new #COVID19 cases, 1466 recoveries and 8 deaths in the last 24 hours.Total cases 20,42,073Total recoveries 20,14,180Death toll 14,097Active cases 13,796 (ANI)

    17:03 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: US to donate 500 million additional Covid vaccines to world

    • Tomorrow, President Biden will announce that the US is purchasing an additional 500 million Pfizer COVID19 vaccines to donate to low and lower-middle-income countries around the world: Senior Administration Officials of the US, Previewing the Global Summit to End COVID-19
    • These half a billion vaccines will be made here in the United States by American workers. They’ll start shipping out in January. And that means from January through September of next year, we will ship out 800 million vaccines to the world: Senior Administration Officials, the US
    • This new commitment will bring our total to over 1.1 billion vaccines donated to the world. The United States -- let me repeat that, The United States is donating 1.1 billion doses of #COVID19 vaccines to the world, free of charge, no strings attached: Senior Admn Officials, US (ANI)

    16:55 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: WHO reports global decline in new COVID-19 cases

    The number of new COVID-19 cases continued to fall last week, with 3.6 million new cases reported globally, down from 4 million new infections the previous week, the World Health Organization said. Last week's drop marked the first substantial decline for more than two months, with falling COVID-19 cases in every world region.  In its latest update on the pandemic released on Tuesday, WHO said there were major decreases in cases in two regions: a 22 per cent fall in the Middle East and a 16 per cent drop in Southeast Asia. The UN health agency said there were just under 60,000 deaths in the past week, a 7 per cent decline. It said that while Southeast Asia reported a 30 per cent decrease in COVID-19 deaths, the Western Pacific region reported a 7 per cent increase. The most coronavirus cases were seen in the U.S., India, Britain, Turkey and the Philippines. WHO said the faster-spreading delta variant has now been seen in 185 countries and is present in every part of the world. (AP)

    16:35 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: JNU to open for third-year PhD scholars from Thu, final-year MSc, MBA students from Sep 27

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    16:33 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tests positive for Covid-19

    Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for COVID-19 hours after accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, the government said: Reuters (ANI)

    16:31 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 30 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths

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    16:21 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tiny antibodies from llamas can potentially treat COVID-19, finds study

    A simple nasal spray of tiny antibodies produced by llamas could provide a new frontline treatment against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to a study. Researchers at the Rosalind Franklin Institute in the UK found that nanobodies -- a smaller, simple form of antibody -- can effectively target the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, shows that short chains of the molecules, which can be produced in large quantities in the laboratory, significantly reduced signs of the COVID-19 disease when administered to infected animal models. The nanobodies, which bind tightly to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, neutralising it in cell culture, could provide a cheaper and easier to use alternative to human antibodies taken from patients who have recovered from COVID-19, the researchers said. Human antibodies have been a key treatment for serious COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, but typically need to be administered by infusion through a needle in the hospital, they said. "Nanobodies have a number of advantages over human antibodies," said Professor Ray Owens, from Rosalind Franklin Institute and lead author of the research. "They are cheaper to produce and can be delivered directly to the airways through a nebuliser or nasal spray, so can be self-administered at home rather than needing an injection," Owens said. (PTI)

    16:19 (IST)22 Sep 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Biden doubling vaccine purchase, calls for more global shots

    President Joe Biden is set to announce that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year. The stepped-up U.S. commitment is to be the cornerstone of the global vaccination summit Biden is convening virtually Wednesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where he plans to push well-off nations to do more to get the coronavirus under control. World leaders, aid groups and global health organizations are growing increasingly vocal about the slow pace of global vaccinations and the inequity of access to shots between residents of wealthier and poorer nations. The U.S. purchase, according to two senior Biden administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preview Biden's remarks, will bring the total U.S. vaccination commitment to more than 1.1 billion doses through 2022. At least 160 million shots supplied by the U.S. have been distributed to more than 100 countries, representing more donations than the rest of the world combined. (AP)

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