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EUROPE * Leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies, meeting in Rome for talks, have approved a global minimum tax aimed at preventing large corporations from hiding their profits in tax havens, and have also agreed to send more vaccines COVID-19 in the poorest countries. * Britain will send 20 million doses of vaccine to developing countries by the end of this year, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell other world leaders is a necessary step in accelerating post-pandemic economic recovery. AMERICAS * The United States is delivering an additional 1.5 million doses of vaccine to Taiwan, a senior US administration official said, bringing the number of vaccines Washington donated to the Autonomous Island to four million. * Mexico’s health ministry said it has received nearly six million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as pressure increases on the government to expand its vaccination rollout to include children. ASIA-PACIFIC * A declassified US intelligence report saying it was plausible that the COVID-19 pandemic originated in a lab is unscientific and has no credibility, ministry spokesperson said on Sunday Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin in a statement. * Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday that his country was reopened and ready for a new way of life, having exceeded its vaccination target and recorded one of the highest vaccination rates in Asia. * Hundreds of vaccinated foreign tourists will arrive in Bangkok on Monday, the first wave of visitors to Thailand in 18 months who will not have to undergo quarantine for the coronavirus. * Beijing’s Universal Studios theme park has stepped up health surveillance and tested all staff after being told by health officials that close contacts of COVID-19 cases visited the complex on October 24, he said. he said in an article on social networks. MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA * The European Commission has suspended funding for its COVID-19 operations from World Health Organization programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over concerns over the United Nations agency’s management of ‘a sexual abuse scandal. MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS * Takeda Pharmaceutical, the Japanese partner of Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, is preparing to seek regulatory approval for a deployment in Japan early next year. ECONOMIC IMPACT * Taiwan’s central bank governor Yang Chin-long said any interest rate hike depends on three conditions – the outlook for inflation, rates in neighboring countries and related government efforts to COVID to revitalize the economy. GLOBAL DEATHS 5,015,400 CASES 247,483,942 RECOVERED 224,160,012 Australian Associated Press



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