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Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

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Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Police officers are seen in Melbourne Park. It was announced the tournament will proceed without crowds over the next five days after the state of Victoria was placed under a snap lockdown from Friday to contain a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Feb 12 (Reuters) - The White House has laid out a plan to share 55 million U.S. vaccine doses globally, with roughly 75% allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa through the COVAX sharing program.

DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

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EUROPE

* The more infectious Delta variant first detected in India accounted for up to 20% of cases reported in Ireland in the last week. read more

* Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is in favour of holding the final of the European soccer championships in Rome rather than in London, because of Britain's rising infections.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* India gave out a record 8.3 million vaccine doses on Monday under a federal campaign to inoculate all adults for free after weeks of criticism that a chaotic rollout had worsened a second wave.

* Myanmar's daily infections hit the highest since the army seized power in a coup that prompted many medical workers to abandon the health service and anti-coronavirus programme. read more

* Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to jail people who refuse to be vaccinated, as his country battles one of Asia's worst outbreaks. read more

AMERICAS

* Venezuelans are being turned away from appointments to receive their second shot due to a shortage of doses, while the country under U.S. sanctions has asked some private local banks to make vaccine payments on the government's behalf. read more

* Canada will start cautiously lifting border restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens on July 5, but said it would be months before the U.S. and other foreign travellers could enter the country. read more

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Turkey will further relax restrictions from next month, after the number of daily cases in the country fell to around 5,000.

* Israel has recommended that all 12-15 year-olds be vaccinated, citing new outbreaks attributed to the more infectious Delta variant. read more

* The WHO is setting up a hub in South Africa to give companies from poor and middle-income countries the know-how and licenses to produce vaccines. read more

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* COVID-19 therapies made from a cocktail of two types of antibodies were effective against a wide range of variants in a mice-and-hamster study, the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reported. read more

* The brain inflammation and impaired "circuitry" seen in people who die of COVID-19 look a lot like what doctors see in the brains of people who die of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, new research says. read more

* Younger adults are seeking out vaccines at a slower rate than older adults, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday. read more

ECONOMIC IMPACT

* Wall Street rebounded on Monday and global stocks rose from a four-week low as investors banked on economic growth, while the U.S. dollar sank from Friday's 10-week high, boosting oil prices.

* Two U.S. central bank officials explained their support for an earlier stimulus withdrawal and a third said any change was still quite a ways away.

* The euro zone and the United States are "in a different situation" when it comes the outlook for inflation, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said on Monday, playing down any impact from across the Atlantic.

Compiled by Ramakrishnan M and Amy Caren Daniel; Edited by Anil D'Silva and Shounak Dasgupta

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