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What we know today, September 21 - virus latest at a glance

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Greece will make a COVID-19 booster vaccine available to doctors and other medical staff in the coming weeks, Health Ministry experts said. The European Union welcomed the United States’ announcement it will re-open its doors to vaccinated European travellers vaccinated in November, rolling back restrictions in place since early last year.

India will resume exports of vaccines in the October quarter, prioritising the global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX and neighbouring countries first as supplies rise, the health minister said.

COVID-19 has killed about 675,000 Americans, surpassing the death toll from the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic. The US will reopen in November to air travellers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated, the White House said on Monday, easing tough pandemic-related restrictions that started early last year.

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Monday its vaccine induced a robust immune response in 5- to 11-year-olds, and they plan to ask for regulatory authorisation as soon as possible to use the shot in children in that age range in the US, Europe and elsewhere.

Global deaths: 4,711,348
Global cases: 229,721,362

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