Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Feb. 23

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MANILA -- DITO Telecommunity Corp., one of the major telecom players in the Philippines, is all set for commercial rollout on March 8, the company said on Tuesday.

DITO Chief Administrative Officer Adel Tamano announced the commercial launch a day after the company passed the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) first network audit. (Philippines-Telecom Company)

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 9,775 within one day to 1,298,608, with the death toll adding by 323 to 35,014, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, 7,996 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,104,990. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA -- Social media giant Facebook will end its ban on Australian news after the government agreed to amendments to its media bargaining code.

Under the amendments, technology giants including Facebook and Google would be forced to pay Australian media organizations for their content.

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said on Tuesday that the government had reached a deal with Facebook that would allow Australians to share and access news on the platform. (Australia-Facebook-News Ban)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand has approved Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, paving the way for the country to receive its first vaccine shipment of 200,000 doses from the Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Wednesday.

The country's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Sinovac vaccine for emergency use, and the first batch, aboard a Thai Airways International plane, is scheduled to arrive at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi international airport Wednesday morning, Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul confirmed Tuesday. (Thailand-China-COVID-19 Vaccine) Enditem

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