Thu, 09 Dec 2021

NEW DELHI -- India achieved a major milestone of administering 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines doses, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday.

Around 21 percent of the targeted population aged above 18 years old have been fully vaccinated so far. (India-COVID-19-Vaccination)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has paid tribute to Melburnians for enduring over 260 days of coronavirus lockdown.

In an opinion piece released by the PM's press office on Thursday, Morrison declared that "victory is in sight" in the "battle of our generation." (Australia-COVID-19 Fight)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand and Britain have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will see a boost of almost 1 billion NZ dollars (720 million U.S. dollars) to New Zealand GDP and unprecedented access for Kiwi exporters to the British market.

The FTA will also see an elimination of all tariffs by Britain on New Zealand exports, with over 97 percent being removed the day the FTA comes into force, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a press conference on Thursday. (New Zealand-Britain-FTA)

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NEW DELHI -- The Indian government has decided to relax the quarantine rules for international passengers arriving from certain countries.

India's health ministry on Wednesday issued a new set of guidelines specifying quarantine norms for international travellers from countries which have agreement with India on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates of nationally recognized or World Health Organization-recognized vaccines. (India-COVID-19-Quarantine)

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