Fri, 23 Apr 2021

KIGALI -- Rwanda has budgeted 50 billion Rwandan francs (about 51.2 million U.S. dollars) to buy COVID-19 vaccines for over 7.8 million people by 2022, Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said Wednesday.

The government will spend at least two-thirds of the total budget, as some vaccines are expected to come in as donations or via COVAX, a mechanism led by the United Nations which aims to provide equitable access to COVID-19 jabs for poorer countries, Ngamije told national broadcaster Rwanda Television during a news program. (Rwanda-Coronavirus-Vaccines)

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LONDON -- The British government will fund what it believes to be the world's first study assessing the effectiveness of a third dose of vaccine to combat COVID-19, the UK Budget revealed on Wednesday.

The government is committing 22 million pounds (30.70 million U.S. dollars) to studies that test the effectiveness of a combination of different COVID-19 vaccines. This will also fund the world's first study assessing the effectiveness of a third dose of vaccine to improve the response against current and future variants of COVID-19, according to the Budget. (Britain-Budget-Vaccine)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the fourth quarter of last year was revised up by 0.1 percentage point, central bank data showed Thursday.

Real GDP, adjusted for inflation, expanded 1.2 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter, up from the preliminary figure of a 1.1 percent increase announced in late January, according to the Bank of Korea. (S.Korea-GDP-Growth)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy expanded modestly from January to mid-February amid COVID-19 restrictions and supply chain disruptions, according to a Federal Reserve (Fed) survey released on Wednesday.

"Overall conditions in the leisure and hospitality sector continued to be restrained by ongoing COVID-19 restrictions," the Fed said in its latest survey on economic conditions, known as the Beige Book, based on information collected from its 12 regional reserve banks. (US-Fed-Survey)

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