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World News in Brief: September 29

World News in Brief: September 29

Authorities in Costa Rica said on Tuesday all state workers will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, making it one of the first countries in Latin America to impose a coronavirus vaccination mandate.   

Asian shares lost ground on Wednesday, and were set for their worst quarter since the pandemic hit, as worries about economic growth in China combined with fears of a global slowdown and a strong dollar to push equities markets lower.

* Russia has sent the United States questions on the AUKUS defence agreement and plans to send queries to Australia and the United Kingdom as well, the Interfax news agency cited Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Wednesday.

* China administered about 3.0 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Sept. 27, bringing total doses to 2.203 billion, data from the National Health Commission showed.

* Russia on Wednesday reported 857 new coronavirus-related deaths, the most in a single day since the pandemic began and the second day in a row it has set that record. The government coronavirus task force also reported 22,430 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

* At least 400,000 people in the United States have received booster doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine after US health regulators cleared the third round of shots for millions of people, and a million more are seeking them, the White House said on Tuesday.

* India's drug regulator has allowed vaccine maker Serum Institute to enrol kids aged 7-11 years for its trial of US drugmaker Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine.

* Around 1,000 migrants flocked to a sports stadium in southern Mexico on Tuesday to claim appointments for requesting asylum in the country as the national refugee agency grapples with surging demand that has overwhelmed capacity.

* Jordan fully reopened its main border crossing with Syria on Wednesday in a boost for their struggling economies following a push by Arab states to reintegrate the country they have shunned during the decade-long civil war.

* Australia's federal government will wind down emergency funding for people who lost work during COVID-19 shutdowns as vaccination rates increase across the country, putting pressure on state and territory leaders to keep their economies open.

* New Zealand's daily coronavirus cases jumped to their highest level in weeks on Wednesday, a setback to the South Pacific nation's battle to eliminate the highly infectious Delta variant from its shores.

* Sweden will offer additional groups, including people aged 80 and above, to top up their COVID-19 vaccinations with a third dose, the Nordic country's health minister said.

* Japan's Shionogi & Co said on Wednesday it plans to make at least 1 million doses of a new antiviral treatment for COVID-19 for domestic use by March 2022.

* The US Food and Drug Administration is leaning toward authorizing half-dose booster shots of Moderna's vaccine, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday.

* Egypt is now providing immediate vaccinations at youth centres across the country without prior online registration, a step aimed at encouraging vaccinations and relieving pressure on hospitals and health units.

* Algeria will start production of Sinovac's vaccine in partnership with China on Wednesday with the aim of meeting domestic demand and exporting the surplus.

* The number of new daily coronavirus cases in Poland surpassed 1,000 for the first time since late May on Wednesday, the health minister told Radio Plus, as a fourth wave of the pandemic gathers pace amid low vaccination rates.

* Household electricity prices in Italy are set to rise 29.8% in the next quarter and gas prices by as much as 14.4%, fuelled by an "extraordinary dynamic" in prices of raw materials that are heading for all-time highs, regulator Arera said.

* The ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species will be declared extinct by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

* Egypt is pushing ahead with a new project to restore historic Cairo, a sprawling but now rapidly crumbling thousand-year-old world heritage site home to many a tale in the Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

* The Nigerian Air Force fired upon and killed dozens of civilians at a village in the northeast, a victim and a resident said on Tuesday, as the country wages a 12-year war against Islamist insurgencies.

* Pfizer Inc has asked Brazil's health regulator Anvisa to approve the application of a third dose of its Comirnaty vaccine against COVID-19 and change the package insert to include the booster option, the agency said on Tuesday.


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