April 7, 2021, 03.21 PM
An illustration of AstraZeneca vaccine. SHUTTERSTOCK/Elzbieta KrzysztofAn illustration of AstraZeneca vaccine.

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, spoke to Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday about buying the latter country's Sputnik V vaccine and producing it domestically. "God willing, we will soon resolve this issue," said Bolsonaro on social media.

Brazil is reeling from rising deaths due to the coronavirus and its health regulator is yet to approve Sputnik V. About eleven state governments have already requested to import 66.6 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Bolsonaro's government plans to buy 10 million doses of Sputnik V and produce it domestically. The country is currently in talks to send a team to inspect Sputnik production facilities in Russia.

Mexico's health regulator has authorized the emergency use of COVAXIN, India's Covid-19 vaccine.

"Very timely decision by COFEPRIS to authorize the emergency use of the COVAXIN vaccine manufactured in India. The options for vaccination against Covid-19 in Mexico are expanding!," said Marcelo Ebrar, the country's foreign minister.

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India's capital New Delhi imposed an immediate night curfew on Tuesday due to a "sudden increase in Covid-19 cases" and a "high positivity rate."

Public movement is banned each night from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am local time. Only essential services or people traveling to and from vaccination centers will be allowed on the streets. The measures are set to remain in place until April 30.

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India also reported a record number of new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours — 115,736. The recent surge in cases has brought the number of infections above the previous spike of 97,000 a day in mid-September. The death toll also rose by 630, its greatest increase since November.


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