Russia to sell 100 million COVID vaccine doses to India

  • Russia’s sovereign wealth fund says it will sell 100 million doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine to an Indian drug company.
  • India has now reported more than five million cases of the coronavirus, the second country after the US to report so many cases.
  • Melbourne looks to be on course to ease out of a strict lockdown and curfew from September 28, as the average number of cases drops.
  • Nearly 29.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 933,542 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 20 million people have recovered from the disease.

    Wednesday, September 16

    17:05 GMT – WHO warns of coronavirus momentum as winter looms in north

    The World Health Organization has warned that COVID-19 is spreading at a worrying pace in some parts of the northern hemisphere, a few months away from the winter influenza season.

    “We are starting to see worrying trends in some countries,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for COVID-19, said during a social media webcast.

    “We are seeing increases in hospitalisations, in intensive care units, particularly in Spain, France, Montenegro, Ukraine and some states of the United States. That is worrying because we have not seen the flu season yet.”

    Van Kerkhove also said hospitalisations of people aged 15-49 infected with COVID-19 were increasing in several countries.

    Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergency expert, advised people at high risk for COVID-19 infections to get a flu vaccination.

    17:00 GMT – US outlines sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines

    The federal government outlined a sweeping plan to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of scepticism rippling across the land.

    15:50 GMT – New York mayor furloughs himself, staff for week to ease pandemic budget gap

    Everyone in the New York City mayor’s office, including the mayor himself, will be furloughed for one week without pay beginning October 1 to close a budget shortfall created by the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

    The coronavirus outbreak had caused the city to lose $9bn in revenue and forced a $7bn cut to the city’s annual budget, de Blasio told reporters.

    The furloughs will save only about $1mn, the mayor said, but may serve as a useful symbol as he continues to negotiate with labor unions representing municipal employees over broader payroll savings.

    14:40 GMT – Coronavirus pandemic to cost football $14bn this year, says FIFA

    FIFA has put the cost of the coronavirus pandemic on football around the world at $14bn in lost revenue.

    That figure accounts for about a third of the game’s global economic value with the club and national game worth about $46bn worldwide.

    The pandemic has already led to more than 150 football associations seeking financial help from the $1.5bn emergency relief fund set up by football’s governing body.

    14:00 GMT – Peru’s coronavirus cases show signs of stabilising

    Authorities in Peru have reported that coronavirus cases are stabilising in the Andean country, with some regions exhibiting a downward trend after months of lockdown.

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