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Russia Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine; New Zealand Goes Back into Lockdown

HeadlineAug 11, 2020

In international news, the number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed 20 million. Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced Russia is the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, even stating that his daughter had already received it.

The regulatory approval was granted as the vaccine is still going through clinical trials.

In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered the city of Auckland into lockdown and for other measures to be renewed in the rest of the country, after four people from one Auckland family contracted COVID-19. This comes just two days after New Zealand celebrated 100 days without a domestic transmission.

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