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US' top infectious disease official commends Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

Washington, Mar 6 (Sputnik) US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said on Saturday that the data from Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V "looked pretty good" to him.
"The data that I've seen from the Sputnik looked pretty good. I don't have as much information of the Chinese, because the Chinese have two or three different vaccines, so I have not followed carefully the relative efficacy of them, but the data that I've seen from the Russian one looks pretty good," Fauci told Greek broadcaster Skai.
Asked about the side effects of vaccines under use in the United States — by Pfizer and Moderna — Fauci said the level of his concerns was "minimal." According to the official, both mRNA vaccines demonstrated from 94 percent - 95 percent efficacy in US trials while "the reactogenicity was minimum."
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New Zealand detects Omicron subvariant for first time

05 Jul 2022 | 3:33 PM

Wellington, July 5 (UNI/Xinhua) The Omicron subvariant BA.2.75 has been detected in New Zealand for the first time as the country recorded 9,629 new community cases of COVID-19 and 24 more deaths, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

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Sri Lanka tea industry may shut down

Sri Lanka tea industry may shut down

05 Jul 2022 | 2:42 PM

Colombo, July 5 (UNI) Worsening fuel crisis and other shocks are threatening to close down Sri Lanka's famous tea industry, putting much needed foreign exchange earnings at further risk.

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Malaysia reports 1,918 new Covid cases

05 Jul 2022 | 2:34 PM

Kuala Lumpur, July 5 (UNI/Xinhua) Malaysia reported 1,918 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the national total to 4,575,809, according to the health ministry.

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India can bail out Sri Lanka: Economist

India can bail out Sri Lanka: Economist

05 Jul 2022 | 2:20 PM

Colombo, July 5 (UNI) India has the clout to bail out Sri Lanka out of the present crisis but Colombo will need $20-25 billion worth of funds in the next three years to put its tottering economy back on some decent footing and to restart growth, an economist said in comments published on Tuesday.

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Sri Lankans hoarding fuel, says daily

05 Jul 2022 | 1:23 PM

Colombo, July 5 (UNI) A leading newspaper on Tuesday pressed the Sri Lankan government to crack down hard, saying many people were hoarding petrol and diesel, adding to the misery of the common man already burdened by unending fuel shortages.

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