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Argentine lab makes first half million doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine laboratory Richmond said on Friday that it had produced almost half a million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, the first made in the country.
FACTBOX-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus
June 18 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday urged Americans to get COVID-19 shots, as the country looks likely to miss the White House's goals for vaccination next month as a new coronavirus variant triggered serious concerns.
Biden, Harris urge vaccinations as U.S. looks likely to miss July 4 target
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday urged Americans to get COVID-19 shots, as the country looks likely to miss the White House's goals for vaccination next month as a new coronavirus variant triggered serious concerns.
Brazil has 98,832 COVID cases, 2,495 deaths in 24 hours -ministry
BRASILIA, June 18 (Reuters) - Brazil has had 98,832 new cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 2,495 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said on Friday.
UPDATE 5-Businesses, U.S. legislators fume as Canada extends travel ban; Trudeau stands firm
OTTAWA, June 18 (Reuters) - Canada is extending a ban on nonessential travel with the United States and the rest of the world until July 21, officials said on Friday, prompting frustration from businesses and U.S. legislators.
CORRECTED-UPDATE 5-Palestinians cancel deal for near-expired COVID vaccines from Israel
RAMALLAH, West Bank/TEL AVIV, June 18 (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority (PA) canceled a deal on Friday to receive soon-to-expire COVID-19 vaccines from Israel after an initial Israeli shipment showed an expiration date sooner than had been agreed, the PA health minister said.
UPDATE 4-U.S. bishops vote to draft Communion statement that may rebuke Biden for abortion views
June 17 (Reuters) - A divided conference of U.S. Roman Catholic bishops announced on Friday that they had voted to draft a statement on Holy Communion that may admonish Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who support abortion rights.
CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Dutch to ditch most facemasks rules as COVID cases fall
AMSTERDAM, June 18 (Reuters) - Face masks will mostly no longer be required across the Netherlands and other restrictions will ease from next week, after a drop in COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.
Uganda imposes new anti-coronavirus measures to stem raging pandemic
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's president Yowreri Museveni on Friday introduced sweeping new anti-coronavirus measures including a ban on all vehicular movement except for essential workers to help curb a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the nation.
Soccer-Bolivia's Martins gets one-game ban for criticising Copa organisation
ASUNCION (Reuters) - Bolivia striker Marcelo Martins has been banned for one game and fined $20,000 by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) after criticising the organisation for hosting the Copa America in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic.
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