Tue, 07 Dec 2021

BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LONDON -- Another 40,954 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 8,853,227, according to official figures released Tuesday.

The country also reported a further 263 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 139,834. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

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WASHINGTON -- Advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

The decision came after a whole-day meeting of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, which was held to discuss whether, based on the totality of scientific evidence available, the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine outweigh its risks for use in children 5 to 11 years of age.

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CANBERRA -- The state government of South Australia (SA) has revealed its pathway out of the coronavirus pandemic as the country continues to battle the third wave of COVID-19 infections.

Premier Steven Marshall on Tuesday announced that SA's border will reopen to fully vaccinated domestic travellers on Nov. 23, when 80 percent of South Australians aged 16 and over expected to be fully vaccinated.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 4,782 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Monday, bringing the national total to 2,436,498, according to the health ministry.

Fifteen of the new cases are imported, with 4,767 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry's website showed.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 8,472,578 cases as of Tuesday evening, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic across the continent stands at 217,288.

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BOGOTA -- Colombia received a new batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China's biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech, the country's Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced on Monday.

The vaccines were supplied through the United Nations-backed COVAX vaccine distribution mechanism, the ministry said.

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