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Iran has not elaborated on its regulatory approval process or plans for more advanced trials.

Bahrain's state-run news agency said the Sinopharm vaccine would be available in the island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf.

UAE says Chinese vaccine 86% effective, offers few details

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UAE says Chinese vaccine 86% effective, offers few details

The UAE said that China's Sinopharm vaccine has received "official registration" after a trial involving 31,000 volunteers showed it to be 86% effective.

<em>Polio</em> vaccination resumes in Afghanistan, Pakistan following increased cases

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Polio vaccination resumes in Afghanistan, Pakistan following increased cases

Afghanistan and Pakistan will both see a resumption in Polio vaccination programmes after campaigns were paused due to the coronavirus ...

World surpasses 20 million coronavirus cases

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World surpasses 20 million coronavirus cases

The coronavirus pandemic chalked up another horrific milestone as the world surpassed 20 million recorded cases of infection from the tiny ...

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US formally starts withdrawal from World Health Organization

The United States has formally withdrawn from the World Health Organization amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of 133,484 people in America.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Algeria is easing lockdown measures in 19 provinces, while Afghanistan has detected polio in areas previously declared free of the ...

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New polio cases in Afghanistan as coronavirus halts immunisation

The polio virus has spread to three provinces that had not reported cases for up to five years, said Jan Rasekh, a spokesman for ...

Sam Hamad

UN failures put fate of Syrians in Assad's hands

Comment: The UN's imbalanced and unjust structure is allowing Assad to weaponise aid to vulnerable Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

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US prevents UN Council vote on pandemic truce: diplomats

The US reportedly prevented the vote over the draft's language describing the World Health Organization.

In Pakistan, Friday prayers continue unabated

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In Pakistan, Friday prayers continue unabated

Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly refused to interfere in the issue of shutting mosques or even order a country-wide lockdown, citing the ...

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

Paul Iddon

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

In-depth: From 1980 until now, the Iraqi capital has faced a series of conflicts, instability, and violence. This year marks 40 years since this ...

Israel's power cut 'risks Palestinians lives', health ministry warns

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Israel's power cut 'risks Palestinians lives', health ministry warns

Israel inflicting a power cut could put the lives of Palestinians at risk, the health ministry has warned.

Amnesty slams Bahrain's 'cruel' treatment of jailed opposition activist

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Amnesty slams Bahrain's 'cruel' treatment of jailed opposition activist

Bahraini authorities have refused to provide medical treatment to a severely ill jailed opposition activist.

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Taliban announce 'ban' on Red Cross, WHO in Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it had suspended work in Afghanistan after the Taliban announced a "ban" against the humanitarian group and the World Health Organization.

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Aid reaches isolated Syrian refugee camp after 3 months

The 40,000 residents of the Rukban refugee camp located in the desert on the Syrian-Jordanian border have been left destitute by the lack of ...

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UN completes aid delivery to Syrians stranded near Jordan

The UN distributed aid to more than 50,000 Syrians stranded at a camp near the Syria, Jordan and Iraq borders.

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UN continue life-saving aid operation to besieged Syrian refugees

Starving Syrian refugees have continued to receive potentially life-saving shipment of aid from the UN this weekend.

Displaced Syrians receive first aid since January: UN

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Displaced Syrians receive first aid since January: UN

For the first time since January, aid has been delivered to displaced Syrians near the Jordanian border.

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UN warns funding gap raises Lebanon epidemics risk

The UN's Children Fund, which has provided free vaccines for children in Lebanon for a quarter of a century, says early 2018 has seen a sharp ...

Militants kill two <em>polio</em> workers in Pakistan's tribal region

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Militants kill two polio workers in Pakistan's tribal region

A Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on aid workers in Pakistan's tribal region.

Gunmen kill mother, daughter <em>polio</em> workers in Pakistan

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Gunmen kill mother, daughter polio workers in Pakistan

A mother and daughter team of health workers have been shot and killed by suspected Taliban militants while they administered polio ...

Cholera prevention fell short during Yemen outbreak, says UN

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Cholera prevention fell short during Yemen outbreak, says UN

World Health Organisation says that world agencies could have acted faster in response to Yemen's deadly cholera epidemic, which has affected ...

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