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EAST AFRICA

Coronavirus: Burundi, in reversal, says it will accept COVID-19 vaccines [Video]

Burundi’s government now says it will accept COVID-19 vaccines, becoming one of the last countries in the world to embrace them. But the health ministry says it will not take responsibility for any side effects they might cause.

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EAST AFRICA

Coronavirus: At last, Tanzania kicks off COVID-19 vaccinations [Video]

In a major breakthrough for one of the world’s last countries to embrace COVID-19 vaccines, Tanzania’s president kicked off its vaccination campaign Wednesday by publicly receiving a dose and urging others to do the same.

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SOUTH ASIA

U.S. CDC recommends vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors in many cases [Video]

Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should go back to wearing masks in indoor public places in regions where the coronavirus is spreading rapidly, U.S. health authorities said on Tuesday.

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CALIFORNIA

Coronavirus: California, NYC to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccine [Video]

California and New York City announced Monday that they would require all government employees to get the coronavirus vaccine or face weekly COVID-19 testing, and the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to receive the shot.

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SOUTH ASIA

After COVID-19, many Indians are mired in massive medical debts [Video]

The pandemic has devastated India’s economy, bringing financial calamity to millions at the mercy of its chronically underfunded and fragmented healthcare system. Experts say such costs are bound to hinder an economic recovery.

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CANADA

With no government directive, businesses face backlash on vaccine status [Video]

Without clear directive from governments, businesses have to decide whether to make vaccines mandatory for employees and patrons, a decision they say leaves them vulnerable to attacks from anti-vaxxers.

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SOUTH ASIA

Coronavirus: Cuba, gripped by unrest, battles highest COVID caseload in the Americas [Video]

Cuba, which kept coronavirus infections low last year, now has the highest rate of contagion per capita in Latin America. That has strained its healthcare sector and helped stoke rare protests that have roiled the Communist-run island.

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CANADA

Canada will let fully vaccinated American travellers into country on Aug. 9, others on Sept. 7 [Video]

The federal government announced Monday it will allow fully vaccinated American travellers into the country starting on Aug. 9, and extend that easing of border measures to other foreign nationals almost a month later.

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CALIFORNIA

Coronavirus: Opera singers are teaching long-term COVID-19 patients to breathe again [Video]

As part of a unique therapy program at UCLA, patients with serious medical complications from the coronavirus are recovering by attending weekly opera classes via video conference, conducted by members of the Los Angeles Opera and music educator Rondi Charleston.

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CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

Lambda variant in Canada: where is it and will it become a variant of concern? [Video]

The Lambda variant detected in many South American countries has made its way into a handful of Canadian provinces. But experts say theres no sign it causes more severe outcomes compared with other variants, and that our high vaccination rate should help prevent a rapid spread in this country.