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Cuba Starts Shipping Abdala Vaccine; COVID Surges in Russia and Syria; Japan Lifts State of Emergency

HeadlineSep 29, 2021

In international coronavirus news, Cuba has begun delivering its three-dose Abdala vaccine to Vietnam and Venezuela. Last week, Cuba asked the World Health Organization to review and approve its Abdala and Soberana 02 vaccines.

Russia reported its highest daily COVID death toll Tuesday, with over 850 fatalities, amid a new surge.

Syrian health officials warn hospitals are overwhelmed as the war-torn nation deals with its worst surge since the start of the pandemic. As of last week, just over 1% of the population was fully vaccinated.

Japan will lift its state of emergency Thursday for the first time in almost six months, as the number of new cases and deaths have been decreasing.

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