The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 3,209,052 with the global confirmed cases reaching 153,172,496 as of 9:00 am BJT on Tuesday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 9:00 am BJT, May 4):
Papua New Guinea (PNG) will launch national vaccine roll-out on Tuesday to combat rising cases of COVID-19.
South Korea launched an electronic travel authorization (ETA) program Monday for some countries, with which Seoul has reached agreements on visa waiver, the justice ministry said.
Special Assistant to the Pakistani Prime Minister on Health Faisal Sultan said Monday that the local production of China's single-dose CanSino COVID-19 vaccine is about to commence in the country to facilitate its vaccination drive.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte received his first dose of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine on Monday night, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
The first batch of the Pfizer vaccines arrived at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport at midnight Sunday, said South Africa's Health Minister Zweli Mkhize Monday in a social media post.
Denmark said Monday it would not include the Covid-19 vaccine from US drugmaker Johnson & Johnson in its national vaccination campaign, citing worries over serious side effects involving blood clots.
Russia has started mass producing the world's first COVID-19 vaccines for animals, with its first batch of 17,000 doses soon set for local distribution.
The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.