Benin parliament approves legalisation of abortion

Benin’s parliament has voted to legalise abortion in most circumstances, the health ministry said on Thursday, becoming one of only a handful of African countries to do so. Abortion was previously legal only in cases of rape or incest, if the mother’s life was at risk, or if the unborn child had a particularly serious… Read More Benin parliament approves legalisation of abortion

Russian President Vladimir Putin approves week-long workplace shutdown following surge in coronavirus cases

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday approved a government proposal for a week-long workplace shutdown at the start of November to combat a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Coronavirus-related deaths across Russia in the past 24 hours hit yet another daily record at 1,028, with 34,073 new infections. Speaking at a televised meeting… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin approves week-long workplace shutdown following surge in coronavirus cases

Kuwait lifts coronavirus restrictions for vaccinated people

Kuwait has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated people, its prime minister, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, told a news conference on Wednesday. He did not give further details during the televised event. Kuwait airport will resume operating at full capacity from October 24, the cabinet spokesman told the same news conference. The Gulf country… Read More Kuwait lifts coronavirus restrictions for vaccinated people

Kenya lifts nationwide coronavirus curfew

Kenya lifted a nationwide curfew on Wednesday that has been in place since March 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced. The East African nation, which has a population of 54 million, has recorded 252,199 infections since the pandemic erupted and 5,233 COVID-19 deaths, health ministry data shows. It has… Read More Kenya lifts nationwide coronavirus curfew

South Korea to donate AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam and Thailand

South Korea will donate 1.1 mln doses of AstraZeneca‚Äôs COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam and 470,000 doses to Thailand, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Tuesday. The donations come as South Korea has administered nearly 80% of its 52 million population with at least one dose of a vaccine, KDCA said in… Read More South Korea to donate AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam and Thailand

Czech President Milos Zeman hospitalised due to health complications

Czech President Milos Zeman was receiving treatment in an intensive care unit on Sunday, creating uncertainty at a time when he is due to lead political talks about forming a new government after a parliamentary election. Director Miroslav Zavoral of the Central Military Hospital in Prague said Zeman, 77, was admitted due to complications related… Read More Czech President Milos Zeman hospitalised due to health complications

Malaysia lifts travel restrictions for fully vaccinated residents

Malaysia on Sunday lifted interstate and international travel restrictions for residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as the country achieved its target of inoculating 90% of its adult population. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government has agreed to allow fully vaccinated Malaysians to travel overseas without applying for permission. The new rules take effect… Read More Malaysia lifts travel restrictions for fully vaccinated residents

Moderna to invest $500million to build vaccine factory in Africa

Moderna plans to invest up to $500 million to build a factory in Africa to make up to 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines each year, including its COVID-19 shot, as pressure grows on the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture drugs on the continent. African countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been urging drugmakers… Read More Moderna to invest $500million to build vaccine factory in Africa