And in the UK, the first doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be administered on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Indonesia received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine from China with more than one million doses.
Globally, deaths from COVID-19 have exceeded 1.5 million with more than 67 million infections.
Indonesia received 1.2 million doses of Chinese vaccine
Indonesia has received 1.2 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine made by China’s Sinovac, officials said, as the world’s fourth most populous country struggles to bring the spike in cases under control.
The doses arrived in Jakarta on Sunday evening on a flight from Beijing, with 1.8 million more expected to be returned next month.
Although Chinese regulators have yet to clear any of the country’s vaccines for mass distribution, they have approved some advanced candidates for emergency use.
Vaccine distribution in Great Britain underway
Britain prepares to administer first doses of Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, with national health system prioritizing immunization of over 80s, frontline healthcare workers, staff and residents of health care facilities.
Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine should be stored at -70 ° C (-94 ° F) and lasts only five days in a regular refrigerator. For this reason, it will first be administered in 50 hospitals. It is expected that approximately 800,000 doses will be available in the first week.
International return flights to Melbourne after 5 months
The Australian city of Melbourne has hosted its first international passenger flight in five months, an arrival that will test Victoria’s overhauled hotel quarantine system.
More than 20,000 infections were recorded in Victoria earlier this year when hotel staff contracted the virus from people returning from overseas. The epidemic has been largely blamed on failure to follow protocol by private contractors.
The new system will accommodate Australians arriving on a flight from Sri Lanka, who will no longer be allowed to leave their rooms under the new quarantine restrictions in hotels.
Request for emergency use of AstraZeneca vaccine in India
The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine producer by volume, has applied for emergency use authorization in the country for AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine, media reports show Indians, citing the Press Trust of India.
According to SII’s request, data from four clinical studies, two in the UK and one each in Brazil and India, showed the vaccine, Covishield, to be highly effective against serious COVID-19 infections, according to the report. .
AstraZeneca’s vaccine is logistically feasible for distribution in India because it could be stored at normal refrigeration temperatures of two to eight degrees Celsius (36 to 46 Fahrenheit). Pfizer Inc applied for similar clearance for its vaccine, which requires temperatures of -70 degrees Celsius (-94 F), in India on Saturday.
Army to help with COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea, Japan
South Korea and Japan deploy armies to help healthcare workers fight COVID-19, with South Korean soldiers called in to expand coronavirus screening and testing, and Japanese nursing nurses called in to fill a gap staff shortages in hospitals in the hard-hit areas of Hokkaido and Osaka.
Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, has ordered the government to mobilize “all available resources” to track infections and expand testing by deploying the military and more people in the civil service, a Blue House presidential spokesperson Chung Man-ho Report said.
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California enforces stay at home order
A new stay-at-home order has been imposed on Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley, as the coronavirus crisis spirals out of control at a rate that has exceeded the most dire predictions of health officials.
Some 33 million Californians will be subject to the new order, representing 84% of the state’s population. The state has imposed restrictions in Southland and the Central Valley as the capacity of hospital intensive care units has reached dangerously low levels.