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COVID-19: Top news stories about the coronavirus pandemic on 8 November | World Economic Forum – World Economic Forum

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 249.8 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.04 million. More than 7.25 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.
Australia has begun administering boost shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as restrictions were further eased in Sydney.
New Zealand is set to ease COVID-19 restrictions in Auckland, with lockdown measures likely phased out by the end of the month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Indonesia will begin to give COVID-19 booster shots to the general public once 50% of the population has been fully vaccinated, its health minister has said. It’s expected that the 50% mark will be hit at the end of next month.
South Korea has agreed to buy 70,000 courses of Pfizer’s experimental antiviral COVID-19 pill, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Saturday.
Costa Rican children aged 5 and older must get COVID-19 vaccinations, according to a new health ministry mandate.
Authorities in Greece have announced new measures that restrict access to cafes and restaurants, state services, banks and shops to those who are either vaccinated or have a negative test. It comes as new COVID-19 cases have hit a new daily high almost every day in November.
Japan recorded no daily deaths from COVID-19 for the first time in more than a year on Sunday, according to local media

The UK will start to roll out Merck’s molnupiravir COVID-19 antiviral pill through a drug trial later this month, Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser at the UK Health Security Agency said on Sunday.
It comes as the UK last week became the first country in the world to approve the pill, with the government announcing in October that it had secured 480,000 courses of the Merck drug, with another 250,000 courses of a Pfizer antiviral pill also ordered.
Asked about the molnupiravir approval, Hopkins told BBC television: “That is great news and it will start to be rolled out through a drug trial in the end of this month/the beginning of December.”
Hopkins said all the trials so far had been done with the unvaccinated, so this would help understand how it will work in the wider vaccinated population.
“The new Pfizer drug is probably not going to be licensed until the new year some time,” she added. “It is still likely to be a couple of months away.”
Each of our Top 50 social enterprise last mile responders and multi-stakeholder initiatives is working across four priority areas of need: Prevention and protection; COVID-19 treatment and relief; inclusive vaccine access; and securing livelihoods. The list was curated jointly with regional hosts Catalyst 2030’s NASE and Aavishkaar Group. Their profiles can be found on www.wef.ch/lastmiletop50india.
Top Last Mile Partnership Initiatives to collaborate with:
#BackTheFrontline – Dasra
Covid Action Collab
Covid Livelihoods Coalition – CoLive
Creative Dignity
Migrants Resilience Collaborative
Rapid Rural Community Response (RCRC)
REVIVE Alliance
Rural Access Coalition
Saath Nirbhar – vartaLeap Coalition and ComMutiny
SAMRIDH
Sanjha Collective – Goonj
Swasth
Top 50 Last Mile Responders to get behind:

Aajeevika Bureau
Adhyayan Foundation
Antarang Foundation
ARMMAN
Arpan
Barefoot College International
Breakthrough
Center for Wildlife Studies
Conserve India
Dasra
Society Of Development Alternatives
Dharma Life
Doctors For You
Dream a Dream
Eleutheros Christian Society
Every Infant Matters
Frontier Markets
Glocal Healthcare
Goonj
Haqdarshak
Hasiru Dala
Healing Fields Foundation
Hemkunt Foundation
iKure
Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals
Indus Action
Industree Foundation
Jan Sahas
Just Organik
Karuna Trust
LabourNet Services
Lakshya
Manah Wellness
MAHAN Trust, Melghat
Mann Deshi Foundation
Mission Oxygen – Democracy
People Foundation
Naireeta Services
Nidan
Noora Health
Pink Maharani
Reap Benefit
SaveLIFE Foundation
SELCO Foundation
Sevamob
SEWA Cooperative Federation
Spandan Samaj Seva Samiti
Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF)
Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS)
Transforming Rural India Foundation
Ziqitza Health Care Limited
The US is preparing for long queues and delays today when travel restrictions are eased today, a senior official told Reuters on Friday.
President Joe Biden’s administration “expects pent-up demand for travel, which means longer than normal wait times for travellers,” the official said. The government was boosting staffing to pre-pandemic levels but “long lines are expected in the initial days”.
The US is lifting travel restrictions for fully vaccinated air travellers from 33 countries and at its land borders with Mexico and Canada. The restrictions, put in place in early 2020 during the pandemic, barred most non-US citizens who within the last 14 days had been in any of the 33 counties.

Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content
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