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India's decision authorising 5G trials without Chinese companies a sovereign one, says US state department
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India's decision authorising 5G trials without Chinese companies a sovereign one, says US state department

China last week expressed disappointment over the decision by Indian authorities to not allow Huawei and ZTE to conduct 5G trials

US backed COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver: What are the pros and cons of this step?
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US backed COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver: What are the pros and cons of this step?

If intellectual property protection is waived in the face of public emergency, even as a one-off, will firms invest next time there is a similar emergency?

Man kills six, then self, at Colorado birthday party shooting; governor terms deaths 'devastating'
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Man kills six, then self, at Colorado birthday party shooting; governor terms deaths 'devastating'

The shooting happened just after midnight in a mobile home park on the east side of Colorado Springs, police said

'New energy' at Iran nuclear talks as diplomats reconvene; agreement possible in coming weeks, says US
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'New energy' at Iran nuclear talks as diplomats reconvene; agreement possible in coming weeks, says US

The aim of the talks is a return to full compliance with the 2015 accord, known as the JCPOA, which has been slowly disintegrating since the US under Donal Trump withdrew from it in 2018

More nations support easing patent rules on COVID-19 vaccines; IP waiver not a solution, insists Big Pharma
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More nations support easing patent rules on COVID-19 vaccines; IP waiver not a solution, insists Big Pharma

The vaccine manufacturing industry said that reducing bottlenecks in supply chains and a scarcity of ingredients that go into vaccines are more pressing issues than waiving patents

US to approve Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 12 and above by next week
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US to approve Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 12 and above by next week

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are also conducting trials of its vaccine in teens and younger children as well.

COVID-19 crisis: US flights with medical supplies for India delayed till Wednesday
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COVID-19 crisis: US flights with medical supplies for India delayed till Wednesday

Three US Air Force C-5 Super Galaxies and one C-17 Globemaster were scheduled to leave for India on Monday to deliver critical supplies

Joe Biden restricts travel to US from India, cites 'extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads'
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Joe Biden restricts travel to US from India, cites 'extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads'

The new travel restrictions have been imposed for an indefinite period and will require another presidential proclamation to be ended

China begins building three-person space station, first launch to take place soon
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China begins building three-person space station, first launch to take place soon

When completed by late 2022, Tianhe is expected to weigh about 66 tons, a fraction the size of the International Space Station.

COVID-19 inoculation: Joe Biden calls Narendra Modi, vows to ensure supply of vaccine raw materials
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COVID-19 inoculation: Joe Biden calls Narendra Modi, vows to ensure supply of vaccine raw materials

The two leaders spoke a day after the US agreed to deploy resources like therapeutics, ventilators, and to identify raw materials to be sent manufacture of Covishield vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine: US to share upto 60 mn AstraZeneca doses with world, says White House
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COVID-19 vaccine: US to share upto 60 mn AstraZeneca doses with world, says White House

The Biden administration has come pressure to share its vaccine supply with the world as India and Brazil experience devastating surges of the virus

COVID-19 crisis: From friends US and UK to arch-rivals Pakistan and China, international community vows aid to India
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COVID-19 crisis: From friends US and UK to arch-rivals Pakistan and China, international community vows aid to India

Countries like United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, China, and Pakistan have assured support in replenishing India's stocks of oxygen and COVID-19 treatment drugs like remdesivir

Eleven astronauts and cosmonauts crammed into ISS, the biggest 'crowd' in over a decade
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Eleven astronauts and cosmonauts crammed into ISS, the biggest 'crowd' in over a decade

The current population includes six Americans, two Russians, two Japanese and one French.

What US' response to 1918 influenza pandemic tells us about non-compliance with COVID-19 safety measures
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What US' response to 1918 influenza pandemic tells us about non-compliance with COVID-19 safety measures

History isn’t an exact template for what the future holds. But the way the US emerged from an earlier pandemic could suggest what post-COVID-19 life will be like this time around.

COVID-19 vaccine: US to send 'urgently required' raw material to manufacture Covishield in India
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COVID-19 vaccine: US to send 'urgently required' raw material to manufacture Covishield in India

The Biden administration had earlier come under criticism from several quarters for not releasing surplus COVID-19 vaccines to India, which is experiencing its worst-ever public health crisis

COVID-19 crisis: US will 'rapidly deploy additional support to India', says Secretary of State Antony Blinken
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COVID-19 crisis: US will 'rapidly deploy additional support to India', says Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Blinken's remarks came as pressure grew on the Biden administration to ship COVID-19 vaccines along with several life-saving medical supplies to India

Joe Biden’s ‘America First’ policy on vaccines may create a serious wrinkle in bilateral ties as pandemic ravages India
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Joe Biden’s ‘America First’ policy on vaccines may create a serious wrinkle in bilateral ties as pandemic ravages India

When the US claims moral leadership and professes to be a normative superpower, then it must defer to its moral obligations or else risk the unraveling of its power

US to resume Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations despite rare risk of blood clots
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US to resume Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations despite rare risk of blood clots

Federal health officials decided that J&J's one-and-done vaccine is critical to fight the pandemic after scientific advisers said its benefits outweigh the risks

Russia hopes to launch its own space station in 2025, says Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin
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Russia hopes to launch its own space station in 2025, says Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin

"The first core module of the new Russian orbital station is in the works," Rogozin said in a statement.