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Italian PM triples original pledge on global vaccine donation; UK records 166 new Covid deaths

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A nurse talks to a 13-year-old pupil before he receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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Italian PM triples original pledge on global vaccine donation; UK records 166 new Covid deaths

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned on Wednesday that countries in the region could continue to face localised Covid-19 outbreaks “well into 2022” even while deaths have fallen from their peak in January.
While vaccinations are progressing, the region faces a “severe vaccine inequality problem” that will prolong the pandemic, particularly in the poorer Latin American nations, PAHO said in a report. “Vaccine hesitancy may further slow uptake by the population or prevent full achievement of vaccination potential,” said the report by the regional branch of the World Health Organization, Reuters reports.

The US administered 387,493,716 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Wednesday morning and distributed 468,248,675 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Those figures are up from the 386,780,816 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Sept. 21 out of 467,249,715 doses delivered, Reuters reports.

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