Mon, 01 Mar 2021

BEIJING, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia recorded 2,192 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing its total tally to 285,761, its health ministry said on Monday.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that three of the new cases were imported and the 2,189 others were local transmissions.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday said he may be among the first people in the Southeast Asian country to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with China's Sinovac vaccine.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Government House, Prayut confirmed that the first batch of Sinovac vaccines is scheduled to arrive in Thailand on Wednesday, adding that he may be among the first people to take shot.

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DAKAR -- The Senegalese government seeks to inoculate all citizens who wish to receive COVID-19 vaccination by 2022, the health minister has said.

Health and Social Action Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr told daily paper Le Soleil that Senegal would kick off "an emergency phase" of vaccination for frontline health workers, people over 60 years and people with underlying health conditions.

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BEIJING -- China will provide COVID-19 vaccine aid to 19 more African countries, and China's international cooperation on vaccines aims to make its jab a global public good, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Monday.

Wang made the remarks when asked to comment on French President Emmanuel Macron's claim at the Munich Security Conference that Europe and the United States should immediately provide enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa, otherwise African countries may choose to purchase vaccines from China and Russia, saying that "the strength of the West will be a concept, and not a reality."

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