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CANBERRA -- Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday that a COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be made available in the first quarter of 2021.

"So progressing well. We have two major contracts that have already been signed and completed. And that's for what's called the Oxford Vaccine, 33.8 million units, and Australia's own University of Queensland vaccine, 51 million units," Hunt told radio station 2GB.

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CAPE TOWN -- The South African government "is giving urgent attention" to inadequate public transport in the country amid rising taxi violence, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.

"The taxi industry can and must play an important role in government's ultimate objective of improving the daily experiences of commuters through the establishment of integrated rapid transport service networks in the metros, cities, towns and rural districts," Ramaphosa said in his weekly presidential address.

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MOSCOW -- The world has clearly benefited from China's progress, because China has laid many foundations that will evolve into more opportunities over the coming decades, a Russian expert has said.

"China has fundamentally changed the world's economic and political landscape in the past 40, particularly 20 years," Alexei Maslov, head of the Oriental Studies Department of the Russian Higher School of Economics Research University, told Xinhua in a recent interview.

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NEW YORK -- New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that COVID-19 can be defeated, while questioning the White House's inaction as its Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that the country is "not going to control the pandemic."

"Americans don't surrender. And they didn't even put up a fight and what we learned in New York was if you put up a fight you would have won because New York won. Other states won also," the governor was quoted as saying in a government release. Enditem

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