India's Serum Institute plans to start vaccine production outside India - The Times

India's Serum Institute plans to start vaccine production outside India - The Times

The Serum Institute of India, which manufactures the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, is planning to start vaccine production in other countries as it struggles to meet supply commitments, its chief executive officer told The Times. (May 01, 2021 08:25:03)

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  Apr 29, 2021 21:33:40
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Thursday launched a linkage of Thailand's PromptPay and Singapore's PayNow real-time retail payment systems. Calling it "the first of its kind globally," a joint statement by the two sides said the linkage came following several years of collaboration between the BOT and MAS, both countries' payment system operators, bankers' associations and banks. 

Motivation and caution

  Apr 29, 2021 17:18:05
NDO – This year, the economies of the US, China, the Eurozone and some Asian countries are expected to be the driving force for the strong recovery of the global economy. However, the complicated development of the pandemic in India has led to greater cautiousness fromother countries in reopening the economy. 

Brazil begins to make own COVID-19 vaccine

  Apr 29, 2021 17:12:13
Brazil's Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute, a state-run medical research facility, on Wednesday began to manufacture ButanVac, the first Brazilian vaccine against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), state governor Joao Doria announced. 

Over 40 countries offer help to India to combat COVID-19: foreign secretary

  Apr 29, 2021 17:12:05
Over 40 countries have committed their support and help with medical supplies, particularly the oxygen generating equipment, in order to help India combat the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Thursday. 

Vietnam attends 23rd ASEAN-India SOM

  Apr 28, 2021 21:48:58
NDO/VNA – Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the Vietnam ASEAN SOM Nguyen Quoc Dung attended the 23rd ASEAN-India Senior Officials’ Meeting via a videoconference on April 28. 

World News in Brief: April 28

  Apr 28, 2021 18:24:38
Japan's upper house of parliament on Wednesday approved the world's largest free trade deal RCEP which comprises 15 Asia-Pacific countries. The bloc includes the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand. 

European Parliament ratifies EU-UK trade deal

  Apr 28, 2021 18:24:29
The European Parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly gave its seal of approval to the trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) that had been agreed on Christmas Eve last year. 

Vietnam chairs UNSC open debate on protection of objects indispensable to civilian population’s survival

  Apr 28, 2021 11:18:41
NDO/VNA - Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, as Chair of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for April, presided over an in-person and online ministerial open debate of the council on the theme “Protection of Objects Indispensable to the Survival of the Civilian Population” on April 27. 

Indian PM chairs COVID-19 review meeting

  Apr 28, 2021 08:59:48
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting with top officials to review the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the country, officials said. 

World News in Brief: April 27

  Apr 27, 2021 20:51:04
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to help India as hospitals there struggled to cope with a huge surge in coronavirus cases, including bringing in oxygen and other essential supplies. India's 323,144 new cases over the past 24 hours stood below a worldwide peak of 352,991 hit on Monday, while 2,771 deaths took the toll to 197,894. 

Urgent action needed to cope with pandemic

  Apr 27, 2021 17:23:56
NDO – The serious development of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has put the South Asian nation's health system in danger of collapse, worrying the world about pandemic response. Reducing medical and vaccine inequality is one of the most pressing actions needed to prevent further catastrophes from occurring. 

Biden, Modi have phone conversation on tackling COVID-19

  Apr 27, 2021 16:22:14
US President Joe Biden on Monday promised to support India hit hard by COVID-19 in a phone call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House said. 

ROK president says time approaching for dialogue resumption with DPRK

  Apr 27, 2021 16:12:29
The Republic of Korea (ROK)’s President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday that the time is approaching for the resumption of dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), emphasizing the importance of the Panmunjom Declaration announced three years earlier. 

Vietnam urges peaceful solutions to Abyei issue

  Apr 27, 2021 09:51:02
NDO/VNA – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held a teleconference on April 26 to discuss the situation in Abyei, a disputed region between Sudan and South Sudan, and activities of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).