Mon, 08 Mar 2021

TOKYO -- With an additional supply of vaccine doses for 12 million people, the Japanese government has made agreements with U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. to receive the drugmaker's COVID-19 vaccine doses enough for a total of 72 million people within this year, the health ministry said Wednesday.

The additional supply added to the country's agreement last year with the drugmaker to acquire doses for 60 million people, which accounted for roughly half the country's population of 126 million. (Japan-COVID-19-Vaccine)

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HONG KONG -- The construction of a temporary hospital funded by the central government for treating COVID-19 patients in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was completed Wednesday.

The North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Center, built next to another treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo, is capable of providing 136 wards and 816 negative pressure beds. (Hong Kong-COVID-19-Hospital)

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YANGON -- The number of COVID-19 cases rose to 135,721 in Myanmar on Wednesday, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry.

A total of 478 new infection cases with 11 more deaths were confirmed in the country in the past 24 hours, the release said.

The death toll increased to 2,997 while 119,314 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals as of Wednesday. (Myanmar-COVID-19)

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- At least three civilians were confirmed dead and seven others sustained injury as two blasts rattled Khogiani district in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, provincial government spokesman Attahullah Khogiani said.

According to the official, two mines went off in a span of a few minutes in Abko and Dando areas of the restive district Wednesday afternoon. (Afghanistan-Blasts)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 4,008 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Wednesday, bringing the national total to 169,379.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that five of the new cases are imported and 4,003 are local transmissions. (Malaysia-COVID-19)

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