Wed, 28 Jul 2021

SYDNEY -- Australian scientists expect to run clinical trials for a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine within the coming months, in a project aimed at ensuring the nation can ultimately produce its own version of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Acting Premier for the state of Victoria James Merlino announced this week that the government was allocating 5 million Australian dollars (about 3.76 million U.S. dollars) to help the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Melbourne to manufacture vaccine doses for the trials. (Australia-mRNA Vaccine)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 29,977,861 Tuesday, with 42,640 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, said the federal health ministry.

This was the first time that less than 50,000 daily cases were reported in a day after 91 days, according to the ministry. (India-COVID-19-Cases)

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WELLINGTON -- A parliamentary celebration on China's traditional Dragon Boat Festival held in New Zealand has been expected to boost the understandings and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

At the Parliamentary Chinese Dragon Boat Festival Celebration held on Monday, audience watched a dragon dance performance staged by the Dragon Dance Troupe of Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre, as well as poetry reading by poets from the local Chinese community. (New Zealand-Dragon Boat Festival)

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SUVA -- Fiji has upgraded restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the country continued to witness growing COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Fiji recorded 126 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the total tally to 2,090, and the recovered patients reached 532, while the death toll stood at seven, according to the health ministry. (Fiji-COVID-19-Restrictions)

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