ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopia on Sunday received its first 2.2 million COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX, crucial in the east African country's fight to stop the spread of the pandemic.
"After a long wait of uncertainties, hope has become a reality in this morning of March 7, when Ethiopia has received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine which is the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India," said Ethiopia's Minister of Health Lia Tadesse.
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DUBLIN -- Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin on Saturday announced that half a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the country, which roughly accounts for one-tenth of Ireland's total population.
Announcing the news on his Twitter account, Martin said that he had just been informed by the Health Service Executive, a top government body responsible for public health service in Ireland, that the country has passed the half-a-million mark of the number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered.
"Good news. The vaccines are having a significant impact on mortality and serious illness," he tweeted. "The number of COVID patients in hospitals and ICU is reducing all the time."
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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called for enhancing security and stability of the region.
A statement by al-Kadhimi media office said al-Kadhimi received a phone call from Rouhani, in which they discussed means to develop bilateral relations at various levels and praised the efforts to enhance security and stability of the region.
The two leaders called on "all actors in the region to enhance calm through wisdom in dealing with regional crises and challenges," the statement said.
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KHARTOUM -- Sudan and Egypt on Saturday voiced rejection to a "fait accompli" approach to the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
"The two countries reiterate rejection of any approach seeking a fait accompli on and control of the Blue Nile through unilateral measures that do not observe the rights and interests of the two downstream countries," said Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following his talks with Chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in Sudan's capital Khartoum.