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Italy’s COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 100,000; Peru and Vietnam Begin Mass Vaccinations

HeadlineMar 09, 2021

Italy has passed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths — the second European country after the U.K. to reach that toll.

In Peru, a 104-year-old woman on Monday became that nation’s first elderly person vaccinated against COVID. Peru has recorded nearly 50,000 deaths from the disease, though the true number is likely significantly higher.

Vietnam also rolled out its vaccination campaign on Monday. Vietnam has recorded just 2,500 cases and 35 deaths from COVID-19 after running one of the world’s most successful public health campaigns of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Cuba has begun late-stage trials of its Soberana 2 vaccine — with 44,000 volunteers receiving shots this week. It’s the first vaccine candidate produced in Latin America to make it to a phase III trial.

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