.New York, NY, USA
In this Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a person was injected with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I. ( Photo: AP)

  • Pfizer tested a much lower dose for elementary school-aged kids, 
  • Children aged 5 to 11 developed antibodies after their second dose
  • Pfizer will now seek emergency use authorisation for its vaccine in this age group

.Delhi, India
India will resume the export of surplus COVID-19 vaccines from October.

India will resume COVID-19 vaccine exports from October later this year.

COVID-19 cases should be reported on a weekly basis by school districts in Alabama. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • India reported 30,256 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
  • 295 people died of COVID-19
  • There are over 3 lakh active COVID-19 cases in the country

.Havana, Cuba
Cuba has approved homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, Soberana- 2, for two to 18- year age group (Photo: Representational/ Unsplash)

  • World Health Organization (WHO) has not recognised Cuba's homegrown vaccines
  • These include conventional conjugate vaccines, Soberana- 2 and Abdala
  • Vaccination campaigns for young adolescents are underway in US and many other countries

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The Biden administration’s embattled plan to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans faced its first key hurdle Friday

  • A US government advisory panel will sit do decide whether to endorse extra doses of Pfizer
  • The WHO has strictly objected to booster shots
  • The Delta variant has led to a surge in coronavirus infections in the US

.Miami, FL, USA
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. (Photo Credit: Associated Press)

  • Ron DeSantis denounced COVID mandates in US
  • The conference was held in Flordia's Miami-Dade County
  • DeSantis was accused of spreading anti-vaccine theories

.London, UK
London: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures to a man, as he visits a vaccination centre at the Business Design Centre in Islington, Tuesday May 18, 2021, following the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. (Photo: AP/PTI)(AP05_18

  • Johnson said coronavirus has 'natural advantage' to thrive during the two seasons
  • Britain is set to roll out COVID-19 booster shots for the most vulnerable and elderly
  • The booster programme could start in September

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US currently offers an extra dose of Pfizer and Moderna for the immunocompromised (Photo Credit: AP)

  • The double-dose shots are working well, say experts including two FDA officials
  • The unvaccinated remain major drivers of transmission
  • WHO has sought a moratorium on booster shots

.Sofia, Bulgaria
Bulgarians protest lockdown restrictions (Photo Credit: AP)

  • Bulgaria has the highest COVID-19 death rate in EU
  • Only 20% of Bulgarians are fully vaccinated
  • The government has imposed tough restrictions from Tuesday

.Santiago, Chile
Sinovac is a Chinese COVID vaccine. (Photo Credits: Unsplash)

  • Chile has already achieved the vaccination of three-fourth of its adult population
  • The Catholic University of Chile is currently conducting a study on Sinovac with 4,000 children aged between 3 and 17
  • Other Latin American countries have approved only the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 and older