Wed, 21 Apr 2021

MANILA -- The Philippines launched its COVID-19 vaccination drive on Monday, less than a day after the arrival of a batch of the Sinovac vaccine CoronaVac donated by China.

Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Director Gerardo Legaspi, a renowned neurosurgeon, was the first Filipino to receive the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine.

Legaspi urged Filipinos, especially health workers, to get the Sinovac vaccine, saying it is safe. (Philippines-Sinovac Vaccine-Inoculation)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose 1.2 percentage points over the week to 41.8 percent last week, a weekly poll showed Monday.

The negative assessment on Moon's conduct of state affairs slipped 2.5 percentage points to 53.6 percent last week, according to the Realmeter survey.

Support for Moon's ruling Democratic Party gained 1.3 percentage points from a week earlier to 32.9 percent last week. (South Korea-Presidential Approval)

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NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, on Monday.

The Covaxin vaccine is manufactured by "Bharat Biotech" company.

The phase 2 of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine drive began in India on Monday as Modi took his first vaccine dose at Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). This phase would inoculate those above the age of 60 and those over 45 with comorbidities. (Indian PM-Vaccination-Covaxin)

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TOKYO -- A fire at a residential area in Koto Ward in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on Monday morning left two people injured and a number of houses damaged.

Firefighters received an emergency call at around 5:00 a.m. local time reporting a fire at an unoccupied house located in Ojima area of Koto Ward. About five hours later the blaze was said to have been subdued. (Japan-Fire-Toll)

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CANBERRA -- The Australian government has established a "myth-busting unit" to address coronavirus vaccine misinformation.

Greg Hunt, the minister for Health, revealed that the unit, a joint endeavor between the Departments of Health and Home Affairs, was "quietly" established in 2020 amid concerns over false vaccine information spreading rapidly on social media.

"Some of these anti-vaxxers are peddling, frankly, false and clearly irresponsible views," Hunt said. (Australia-Myth Busting Unit-Setting up)

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