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The Latest: Uganda tightening measures due to virus surge

Jun. 18, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants. The measures announced late Friday by President Yoweri Museveni include a ban on private and...

AP Interview: India says it hopes to resume vaccine exports

Jun. 18, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines, wants to resume exports of coronavirus doses but can’t do so until its domestic needs are met, the head of the country’s COVID-19 task force said Friday. “Once our immediate need of...

Indian COVID-19 official says the country wants to resume coronavirus vaccine exports but can't until its needs are met.

Jun. 18, 2021 12:23 PM EDT
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian COVID-19 official says the country wants to resume coronavirus vaccine exports but can't until its needs are met.

EXPLAINER: How India is changing vaccine plan amid shortages

Jun. 18, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Starting Monday, every adult in India will be eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government. The new policy, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, ends a complex system introduced just last month of buying and...

EU experts helping Sri Lanka assess ship disaster damage

Jun. 18, 2021 07:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A team of technical experts from European Union are helping Sri Lanka's government assess the environmental damage caused by the sinking of a container ship that was carrying chemicals and caught fire, the government said Friday. The experts...

AP Interview: Tibet exile leader hopes to resume China talks

Jun. 17, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The new president of the Tibetan exile government said on Thursday he will do his best to resume a dialogue with China after more than a decade, and that a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tibet could be the best step forward. The Buddhist spiritual...

The Latest: Nevada to disburse $5 million in vaccine effort

Jun. 17, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS — Nevada is distributing $5 million in cash prizes to residents who have been vaccinated as part of an effort to encourage more people to get shots. Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday that the new “Vax Nevada Days” initiative provided skeptics one more...

Militants kill soldier near airport in southwestern Pakistan

Jun. 17, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Suspected militants opened fire on troops at a security post near an airport in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing a soldier before fleeing the scene, the military said. The attack happened in the Turbat district in Baluchistan province,...

AP Interview: Official says Nepal desperately needs vaccines

Jun. 17, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal has significantly reduced coronavirus infections after its worst outbreak, which overwhelmed the country’s medical system, but is in desperate need of vaccines, its health minister said Thursday. “We have gone down from the red stage to...

Nepal's health minister tells AP the country has significantly reduced virus cases but is in desperate need of vaccines.

Jun. 17, 2021 09:38 AM EDT
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's health minister tells AP the country has significantly reduced virus cases but is in desperate need of vaccines.