Tue, 18 May 2021

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's food and drug authority BPOM has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm, an official source said on Friday.

Chief of BPOM Penny Lukito made the announcement, saying the issuance of the EUA was based on the third phase of clinical trials in the United Arab Emirates and other countries. (Indonesia-Chinese vaccine)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 18,762,976 on Friday, as 386,452 new cases were recorded during the past 24 hours, said the federal health ministry.

Besides, as many as 3,498 deaths across the country since Thursday morning took the total death toll to 208,330.(India-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD -- The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) of Pakistan on Thursday recommended the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ban inbound flights from May 5 to May 20 for curbing the fast-spreading third wave of COVID-19, an NCOC statement said.

The NCOC approved holidays for the forthcoming Eid festival from May 8-16, and banned all tourism activities during the holidays, besides urging people to stay home during the festival. (Pakistan-Flight Ban)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a public health center in Seoul, according to the presidential Blue House.

The first jab was administered to Moon on March 23.

The president got the second shot earlier than usual as the date of his U.S. trip for summit talks with U.S. President Joe Biden was fixed. (South Korea-President-Vaccine)

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