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VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria, Greece and Denmark will jointly pressure the European Medicines Agency to approve AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday, adding: "Every week counts."
Philippines: Covid-19 cases hit 500K; 2,163 confirmed on Monday - highest daily number in more than 2 months
MANILA, Jan 18 (AP/Xinhua): Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 500,000 in a new bleak milestone with the government facing criticism for failing to immediately launch a vaccination programme amid a global scramble for Covid-19 vaccines.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday that the world was on the brink of a "catastrophic moral failure" on distributing COVID-19 vaccines, urging countries and manufacturers to share doses more fairly around the world.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s overnight policy rate (OPR) has been at its all-time low at 1.75% since July last year as Bank Negara’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sought to accelerate economic recovery post movement control order (MCO).
TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters): Oil prices on Monday fell further from 11-month highs touched last week, ending a rally that started at end-October on production cuts and strong Chinese demand, with the market's outlook questioned as coronavirus infections rise.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is worried about the safety of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after he was detained on return to Moscow, British Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday.
PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced the "Perlindungan Ekonomi dan Rakyat Malaysia (Permai)" assistance package worth RM15bil on Monday (Jan 18).
S. Korea can achieve faster herd immunity over Covid-19, says PM; cases go below on Tuesday (Jan 18)
SEOUL, Jan. 18 (Xinhua): South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said Monday that the country will be able to achieve faster herd immunity against Covid-19 than other countries under the planned vaccination programme.
Hospital worker in India dies day after Covid-19 vaccination but unrelated to vaccine; total now at 10.57 million
NEW DELHI, Jan 18 (Xinhua): A hospital worker in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh died 24 hours after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine shot, officials said Monday.
TOKYO, Jan 18 (AFP): Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged Monday to tackle surging coronavirus cases and restore normal life "as soon as possible" as polls showed plunging support for his government.