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BANGKOK -- Thailand plans to set a limit on its exports of locally-manufactured AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to meet domestic demand as the country is struggling to contain a months-long surge in infections, a senior official said Wednesday,

The Disease Control Department and the National Vaccine Institute (NVI) have agreed to impose a quota on the exports of AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Thailand by Siam Bioscience Co., NVI director Nakorn Premsri said at a press conference. (Thailand-Vaccine-Export limit)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 11,618 new COVID-19 infections in the highest daily spike since the outbreak, bringing the national total to 867,567, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 26 of the new cases are imported and 11,592 are local transmissions. (Malaysia-COVID-19)

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HANOI -- Vietnam on Wednesday reported a new high of 2,934 daily COVID-19 infections, surpassing the previous record of 2,383 cases on Monday, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The infections included 2,924 locally transmitted and 10 imported, bringing the total tally to 37,434, the ministry said. (Vietnam-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD -- The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan strongly condemned a blast that happened Wednesday morning in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, leaving nine Chinese nationals and three Pakistanis dead.

At around 7:00 a.m. local time, the shuttle vehicles of the Dasu Hydropower Project for which a Chinese company was contracted to build, were hit by a blast when they were heading towards the construction site, the embassy said in a statement, adding that the Pakistani side is investigating into the incident. (Pakistan-Blast-Chinese)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia on Wednesday recorded 54,517 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, marking the highest daily spike and bringing the total tally to 2,670,046, the Health Ministry said.

The ministry also reported that the COVID-19-related death toll added by 991 to 69,210. (Indonesia-COVID-19) Enditem

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