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Russia says it will roll out a coronavirus vaccine to citizens in October

Russia says it will roll out a coronavirus vaccine to citizens in October

World
Russia says it will roll out a coronavirus vaccine in October - but no details have been given about what would be the first such programme anywhere in the world.Foreign news agencies quoted Mikhail Murashko, the health minister for Russia, saying that research facility the Gamaleya Institute had completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being prepared to register it. Doctors and teachers would be vaccinated first before wider injections are rolled out to other Russians in October, Mr Murashko added. Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to minister of health Mikhail Murashko during a meeting on preventing the spread of coronavirus Reuters, citing anonymous sources, said Russia's first potential vaccine...
The Latest: Hungary still closed for most non-EU citizens

The Latest: Hungary still closed for most non-EU citizens

Health
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s prime minister says that, except for Serbia, his country will not open its borders to citizens from several countries outside the European Union, as recommended earlier this week by the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday in a video posted on his Facebook page that Hungary is also reinstating the “humanitarian corridors,” designated routes which foreigners in transit can use to drive through Hungary. The Council on Tuesday recommended that from July 1, member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents from 14 non-EU countries, including Canada, Japan, Uruguay, Montenegro, New Zealand and South Korea. Orban said that “for now, except for Serbia, we can’t comply with the EU requ...
All Maharashtra citizens will get free health cover: Health Minister

All Maharashtra citizens will get free health cover: Health Minister

Finance
JALNA: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope announced that all citizens will be covered under the state government's health scheme, and Maharashtra will be the first state to provide free and cashless insurance protection to its people. Speaking to reporters after a Maharashtra Day event in Jalna on Friday, Tope said 85 per cent of the state's population was covered under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY) at present and the cover will be extended to the remining 15 per cent. A memorandum was signed to include government, semi- government employees and white ration card holders in the scheme in a bid to prevent private hospitals from overcharging patients, he said. "The government has signed a MoU with the General Insurance Public Sector Association (GIPSA) for treatme...
Israel seeks hotels for returning citizens to be quarantined at Passover

Israel seeks hotels for returning citizens to be quarantined at Passover

World
March 27 (UPI) -- The Israeli Defense Ministry called for proposals Friday, seeking hotels to house citizens returning to celebrate Passover and in need of quarantine. "With the coming of the Pesach holiday [Passover, from April 8 to April 16], we will put in great effort to bring home the Israelis who are abroad, so that they will be at home during the holiday of freedom," the request for proposals states. "As part of the war against coronavirus, the Defense Ministry, Health Ministry, and Home Front Command have all joined the national efforts." The ministry seeks at least 20 hotels with 200 or more rooms in Tel Aviv and the nearby Gush Dan area, in Jerusalem and in the coastal area known as HaSharon. Hotels have been asked to submit proposals. Defense Minister Natfali Bennet said on Th...
The Latest: Turkey bringing home over 3,600 of its citizens

The Latest: Turkey bringing home over 3,600 of its citizens

Health
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 182,000 people and killed more than 7,100. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms but most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or people with existing health problems. More than 79,000 people have recovered from it so far, mostly in China. ——— Turkey is bringing home more than 3,600 of its citizens who have been stranded in nine European countries after Turkey suspended flights to 20 destinations over the coronavirus outbreak. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday that the citizens will be returned to Turkey later in the day, on board 34 Turkish Airlines flights. He said the returnees will be placed in quarantine for 14 days in Istanbul and in the nearby city of Koc...