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* Russia has granted regulatory approval to a second COVID-19 vaccine, according to its register of authorised medicines.

* Sinovac Biotech may start late-stage trials of its coronavirus vaccine in the Philippines as early as next month, its food and drugs agency chief said on Thursday, after it hurdled the initial stage of the country’s screening process.

* Eli Lilly & Co said other trials of its experimental coronavirus antibody therapy remain on track after a government-run study testing the treatment in hospitalized COVID-19 patients was paused due to safety concerns.

* Rapid antigen diagnostic tests for the coronavirus will be a game changer in the fight against the pandemic, the Pan American Health Organization’s director Carissa Etienne said.

* An extra 10,000 children per month may die this year from malnutrition due to the COVID-19 crisis, the head of the World Health Organisation warned.

* Mainland China reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on Oct. 14, down from 20 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Thursday. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 85,622, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

* India’s tally of coronavirus infections stood at 7.31 million on Thursday, having risen by 67,708 in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed. Deaths from COVID-19 infections rose by 680 to 111,266, the ministry said. India crossed the 7 million mark on Sunday, adding a million cases in just 13 days. It has the world’s second-highest tally after the United States, where the figure is nearing 8 million.

* Russia on Thursday recorded 13,754 new coronavirus cases and a record high of 286 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 23,491. With 1,354,163 infections, the country of around 145 million has the world’s fourth largest number of cases, behind only the United States, India and Brazil.

* US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi were “far apart” on another economic relief package, and that a deal would be hard to reach before the Nov. 3 election, but he would keep trying.

* France imposed curfews while other European nations are closing schools, cancelling surgeries and enlisting student medics as overwhelmed authorities face the nightmare scenario of a COVID-19 resurgence at the onset of winter.

* Germany posted a record daily increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, adding 6,638 cases and bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 341,223, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday. Germany’s previous record daily increase was 6,294 on March 28, according to RKI data. Thursday’s tally showed the reported death toll rose by 33 to 9,710.

* Mexico’s health ministry on Wednesday reported 4,056 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 478 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 829,396 cases and 84,898 deaths. The ministry also said 127,053 healthcare workers have contracted confirmed cases of COVID-19, with at least 1,744 fatalities since the pandemic began.

* Italy, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia reported record figures of daily infections.

* Australia’s Victoria state said on Thursday it had just six new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, its lowest one-day figure in eight days, and no deaths.

* Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan urged the parliament to act to curb the influence of medical associations and other institutions that have criticised the government’s response to the pandemic.

* Tighter COVID-19 lockdowns could be imposed on more parts of northern England by the British government on Thursday and Health Secretary Matt Hancock will address parliament, a minister said.

* Poland reported a record of coronavirus infections for the second consecutive day, with 8,099 new cases, according to health ministry data published on Twitter, with further curbs expected to be announced later on Thursday. The country of 38 million has now recorded 149,903 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,308 deaths.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News