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The World Health Organisation approved Sinovac Biotech’s covid-19 vaccine for emergency use. It recommends that CoronaVac, the Chinese-produced vaccine, be given to people aged 18 and over, with a second dose two to four weeks later. Over 430m doses of the vaccine have already been administered. WHO approval will allow it to be included in COVAX, the global vaccine-sharing scheme.
Joe Biden visited Tulsa, Oklahoma, where hundreds of African-Americans were massacred by a white mob in 1921. At least 35 blocks of black-owned buildings—houses, businesses, a hospital and a school—were burned down. “For much too long, the history of what took place here was told in silence, cloaked in darkness,” said the president. “My fellow Americans, this was not a riot, this was a massacre.
Pope Francis made the most extensive changes to the Roman Catholic Church’s penal code in four decades. The sweeping reforms widened church law to criminalise the grooming of minors and broadened the definition of sexual abuse to include the exploitation of adults. Despite formally allowing women to administer communion and serve at the altar earlier this year, the Pope affirmed that they cannot be ordained.
Canada’s economy continued to recover from the pandemic, with its GDP growing by 5.6% at an annual rate in the quarter ending in March. That was slightly below forecasts made by economists, but still healthy. The rise was buoyed by an increase in housing spending. Economic activity may slow in this quarter because of new lockdowns following a covid-19 wave.
House prices in Britain rose by 11% over the past year, the fastest increase since 2014, according to Nationwide, a building society. Buyers seeking larger properties and a temporary suspension of property-transaction taxes have fuelled demand. Lower interest rates have also turbocharged the market, as in America, where the Case-Shiller national house-price index is rising at an annual rate of 13%.
Katumba Wamala, Uganda’s former army chief and the current minister of transport, survived an assasination attempt. Four attackers on motorcycles shot at his car in Kampala, the capital. Mr Wamala was wounded in both shoulders; his daughter and driver were killed. Such incidents have become common in recent years in Uganda, where several prominent figures have been gunned down.
Wednesday, June 2 (Tokyo time)
3:34 p.m. Malaysia reports 7,703 new cases, bringing its total number of infections to 587,165. Malaysia is experiencing a corona surge, though cases have dipped since hitting a record on Saturday.
3:08 p.m. Taiwan reports 549 COVID-19 cases, including 177 added to the totals for recent days as it continues to readjust its infection numbers following delays in reporting positive tests. The total is up from 327 on Tuesday.
3:02 p.m. Swiss contract drug maker Lonza says that a new production line in the Netherlands will produce ingredients for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, part of the U.S. pharmaceutical's plan to significantly lift output. The line in Geleen will have the annual capacity to make ingredients for up to 300 million doses at 50 micrograms per dose, Lonza says. That is half the 100-microgram dose that Moderna has been delivering to date. Moderna and scientists at the National Institutes of Health have been trying to determine whether doses of the company's COVID-19 vaccine can be halved to double the supply.
1:16 p.m. India reports a daily rise in new coronavirus infections of 132,788 over the past 24 hours, while deaths rose by 3,207. The nation's tally of infections now stands at 28.3 million, while the death toll has reached 335,102, health ministry data showed.
12:24 p.m. Australia's Victoria state extends a snap COVID-19 lockdown for a second week in Melbourne in a bid to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious virus strain first detected in India, but it will ease some restrictions in other regions. Australia's second-most-populous state was plunged into lockdown last Thursday, initially until June 3, after the first locally acquired cases in three months were detected, infections rose steadily and those in close contact reached several thousand. "If we let this thing run its course, it will explode," state acting Premier James Merlino told reporters in Melbourne. "This variant of concern will become uncontrollable, and people will die."
11:30 a.m. A shipment of coronavirus vaccines to North Korea via the global COVAX sharing program that was expected for late May has been delayed again amid protracted consultations, South Korea's Unification Ministry says. COVAX, which secures vaccines for poor countries, has said it will provide nearly 2 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to North Korea.
9:30 a.m. Vietnam is allowing international flights to arrive in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City effective immediately, after a few days of suspension due to COVID-19, its aviation authority said on Wednesday. The country had initially banned incoming international flights to Hanoi's Noi Bai airport for a week starting Monday and to Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat airport until June 14. The aviation authority did not say why it is resuming flights earlier than planned, but most of the COVID-19 cases in the current outbreak are locally transmitted, not from international passengers.
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