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(Reuters) – Senior U.S. officials pledged sustained support for India, where vital medical supplies began to arrive from countries across the globe to help tackle the world’s deadliest wave of infections.
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* Portugal’s state of emergency will end on Friday as infections drop sharply and the country prepares to further ease a strict lockdown imposed more than three months ago.
* France’s main COVID-19 indicators all showed some signs of improvement on Tuesday as French President Emmanuel Macron plans to relax restrictions in the next few days.
* Some Russians who have taken COVID-19 antibody tests and found their antibodies have fallen are having third and fourth shots of the Sputnik V vaccine, but researchers in the country suggest they are unnecessary.
* China said it had offered help to South Asian countries in accessing vaccines but India did not attend a regional video-conference on the matter, although it is currently suffering the world’s worst wave of the pandemic.
* Bangladesh approved the Russian Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use.
* Japan will open a mass vaccination centre in central Tokyo next month, part of the country’s bid to speed up its inoculation campaign as the Olympic Games looms.
* Fully vaccinated people can safely engage in outdoor activities like walking and hiking without wearing masks, but should use face-coverings in public spaces where they are required, U.S. health regulators and President Joe Biden said.
* The province of Quebec reported Canada’s first death of a patient from a rare blood clot condition after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
* The Biden administration said it was easing travel restrictions on Chinese and other international students into the United States this fall.
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* Around 250 tour guides from Kenyan national parks lined up in downtown Nairobi to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, as part of a government effort to revive the tourism sector.
* The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not found a link between heart inflammation and COVID-19 vaccines, the agency’s Director Rochelle Walensky said.
* The World Health Organization said it was still in discussions about the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine and had not yet set a date to evaluate the shot’s clinical data for possible emergency use listing.
* Shares eased from record peaks on Tuesday as optimism about a global economic recovery was dented by caution before a policy decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve and earnings updates from a number of blue-chip companies. [MKTS/GLOB]
* U.S. consumer confidence jumped to a 14-month high in April as increased vaccinations against COVID-19 and additional fiscal stimulus allowed for more services businesses to reopen, boosting demand and hiring by companies.
(Compiled by Devika Syamnath and Anita Kobylinska; Edited by Timothy Heritage and Arun Koyyur)
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