Live COVID-19 updates: Uzbekistan launches phase-3 trial of China-developed COVID-19 vaccine

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BEIJING, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan has started a phase-3 trial of a coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese company Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical, the Uzbek Ministry of Innovative Development said Thursday.

The launching ceremony was attended by Uzbek officials, Chinese Ambassador to Uzbekistan Jiang Yan, Chairman and General Director of Chongqing Zhifei Biological Company Jiang Rensheng, and researchers from the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it said.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh recorded 1,861 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 37 new deaths on Thursday, raising its total tally to 485,965 with 6,967 deaths, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The number of recovered patients increased to 410,452 including 4,486 new recoveries from the coronavirus epidemic, said the DGHS.

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TOKYO -- Japan will start administering COVID-19 vaccines on a reservation basis at facilities prepared by municipalities, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Those being administered with the vaccine, the health ministry said, will be required to make a reservation in advance with local authorities in the cities, towns or villages in which they are registered as residents.

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KAMPALA -- Uganda's ministry of health on Thursday said it has ordered 9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine amid surging new infections in the country.

The ministry said in a statement issued here that the vaccines will cover 20 percent of the country's total population of 45 million people.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 2,234 new COVID-19 infections in the highest daily spike since the outbreak, bringing the national total to 78,499, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that five of the new cases are imported and 2,229 are local transmissions.

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SUVA -- Samoa's two imported COVID-19 cases have been discharged from quarantine after negative test results reported earlier in this week.

According to a report on Thursday by Radio New Zealand, Samoa's Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri said the coronavirus was no longer active in the men aged 23 and 73.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Health Ministry reported 10,403 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, raising the total nationwide infections to 1,083,023.

The pandemic has so far claimed 51,496 lives in Iran, up by 284 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing. Enditem

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