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WHO suspends UN supply of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin citing ‘deficiencies’

The World Health Organization on Saturday suspended supply of Bharat Biotech’s Covid vaccine, Covaxin, through UN procurement agencies and recommended to countries that received the vaccine to take actions as appropriate. WHO didn’t specify what actions the countries need to take. “This suspension is in response to the outcomes of WHO post EUL (emergency use listing) inspection (March 14-22) and the need to conduct process and facility upgrade to address…

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This story appeared originally in Times of India)

Opening up a pandora’s box amid an escalating political crisis, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has now blatantly accused the US of hatching a plot to remove him from power.

“The move to oust me is (a) blatant interference in domestic politics by the United States,” Khan told reporters a day ahead of the crucial no-confidence vote against him.

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A Sri Lankan man shouts anti government slogans during a protest outside Sri Lankan president’s private residence on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, March 31, 2022. The people had gathered Thursday to protest the economic hardships faced by them. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The economy in the island nation was slowing even before the Covid-19 pandemic with high debt levels and high fiscal deficit. The pandemic dealt a severe blow to the country’s economy as the crucial tourism sector crumbled under the weight of the devastating impact of the coronavirus. Growth contracted by 3. 6% in 2020 and pushed thousands into poverty.

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