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Normal Life Unable to Return to New Zealand Now

Until the rest of the world returns to normal the country’s border would remain closed according to statements made by the Prime Minister.

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The prime minister of New Zealand on Tuesday said the country would return to normal lifestyle after the rest of the world returned to normal.

The country’s borders had been shut since March 2020 when the Coronavirus spread was at its peak. There are no plans to open them any time soon.

According to reports, Jacinda Adern had said that the borders would remain shut until all of New Zealand was vaccinated and protected from the virus.

Plans to vaccinate the entire country would begin around the middle of this year.

She said there had to be a level of confidence in the vaccines before New Zealand could open its borders.

Strict quarantine measures are still maintained in the country, and social distancing measures are still in place.

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Pfizer to Continue Delivering Doses to Italy Despite Threats

According to Pfizer’s board, last week, supplies to Europe would be slowed down to improve manufacturing processes.

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Italian CEO of Pfizer, Paivi Kerkola, on Thursday said the company would supply vaccines to Italy despite threats from Rome.

Rome had threatened to sue the company for not keeping to its contractual agreement on number of deliveries.

According to Pfizer’s board, last week, supplies to Europe would be slowed down to improve manufacturing processes.

Italy had also called on the European Commission to take action against the company for slowing down deliveries.

Kerkola assured the public that supplies would return to normal this week after changes in manufacturing had been implemented.

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Serbia Receives Russian Vaccine

2,400 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V got delivered to the Torlak Institute for Virology on Wednesday.

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Serbia’s Health Minister confirmed that the first batch of Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V arrived Serbia on Wednesday.

2,400 doses were received in the Torlak Institute for Virology, Vaccines, and Serums in Belgrade, capital of Serbia.

The drugs are awaiting the approval of the Drug Agency and the Torlak Institute before they begun to be used in early 2021 between January 2-4.

The ministry stated that more doses would be received after the New Year.

The Western Balkan Country has recorded 334,991 coronavirus cases, 3,163 related deaths and 31,536 recoveries.

It begun its vaccine campaign on December 24 after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTeach vaccines in December.

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Local Iran Vaccine Begin Human Trials

Volunteers for the human trial of Iran’s locally made vaccine against the Coronavirus was concluded last week.

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First phase Human trials for Iran’s locally manufactured vaccine against COVID-19 began on Tuesday according to a statement from the Health Ministry.

The registration process for volunteers for the trials was concluded last week according to reports.

The trials would be conducted in two phases among the over 20,000 volunteers that registered for the trials.

It would be administered two weeks apart and results would be evaluated four weeks after. The vaccine is yet to receive final clearance for mass usage.

Procedures to purchase vaccines after an initial agreement has been made but was delayed due to hurdles sustained from US santions.

Authorities claim 200 million euros has been dedicated to get the initial shipment and more resources would be released later on.

Over 1 million persons have tested positive for the coronavirus in Iran and more than 54,000 persons have died.

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