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The Latest: India gives 25M vaccine doses on Modi's birthday

India gave out 25 million doses during a special COVID-19 vaccination drive organized on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday

9/18/2021 2:00:00 PM

THE LATEST: Military leaders on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have declared a public health emergency in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in Alaska.

India gave out 25 million doses during a special COVID-19 vaccination drive organized on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:MELBOURNE, Australia — Police used pepper spray to subdue protesters Saturday at an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city.About 1,000 demonstrators gathered in the suburb of Richmond after the location of the protest was changed at the last minute to evade authorities.

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There were minor scuffles as well as a violent confrontation involving a handful of protesters. Several protesters were arrested.Most of the demonstrators defied regulations by failing to wear masks.Some 2,000 police officers were deployed at road checkpoints and barricades, and on roving patrols, to try to stop the rally going ahead in breach of public health orders.

Melbourne’s 6th lockdown began on Aug. 5. Melbourne is the capital of Victoria state, which on Saturday reported 535 new infections and one COVID-19 death in the latest 24-hour period.———JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Military leaders on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have declared a public health emergency in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in Alaska.

They also encouraged all personnel to avoid places that do not require masks or social distancing, officials said.U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar said Friday that the declaration will remain in effect for 30 days, but could be shortened or extended based on cases and community transmission of COVID-19.

Hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases across the state have increased as a result of the highly contagious delta variant. Alaska on Friday reported more than 1,200 newly confirmed cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks.———PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — American Samoa reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday.

The U.S. territory’s acting governor and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was of a resident who returned to American Samoa from Hawaii this week.The infected traveler flew in on Monday, the first day of newly resumed commercial flights from Honolulu to Pago Pago. The route had been suspended since March 2020.

Officials say the resident was fully vaccinated and had traveled to Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. They say the traveler tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding the flight back to American Samoa.American Samoa requires all travelers to be vaccinated and to quarantine.

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———BATON ROUGE, La. — A child is among the latest to die from COVID-19 in Louisiana, state health officials said Friday.Heath department figures showed the state death toll from the illness grew by 52. One of the victims was a child between the ages of 5 and 11. Fifteen people younger than 18 have died in Louisiana since the pandemic began. And it’s the sixth pediatric death since a fourth surge began this summer.

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4 weeks on, no sign Spanish volcano eruption is close to end

Officials say there is no sign that a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma is coming to an end, four weeks after it began

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US panel backs Covid boosters for 65 and older – latest updatesUS panel recommends boosters for people 65 and older. Here are other Covid19 updates: 🇦🇺 Australia's Victoria reports 535 cases 🇧🇷 Brazil adds 333 more fatalities 🇲🇽 Mexico reports 3,754 cases For more: Australian police use pepper spray to subdue protesters at an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne. Other updates: 🇩🇪 Germany record 63 more deaths 🇻🇳 Vietnam approves Abdala vaccine 🇸🇬 Singapore primary schools to shift online For more:

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Latest: US to spend $2.1B to improve infection controlWASHINGTON — The federal government is spending $2.1 billion to improve infection control procedures in health care settings, aimed at preventing the transmission of diseases inside hospitals, dialysis centers and other facilities. FDA feels it necessary to allow anti-vaxxer wingnuts to release 3 minute propaganda spewings in their live public conference. One on now lying that the vaccines kill more than they save. This is going to set public health back by months at least. Strike Teams sounds very aggressive yet sci-fi in nature. Kind of like the Space Force moniker the current administration mocked at one point.