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Coronavirus digest: Merck seeks approval for COVID pill

US pharmaceutical company Merck is looking to get its COVID-19 pill cleared for emergency use. Meanwhile, people in Germany will have to start paying for rapid coronavirus tests that used to be free. DW has the latest.

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29 Oct 2021
Tens of thousands of people in northern China have been placed under strict lockdown as officials seek to keep a lid on a growing COVID outbreak ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
29 Oct 2021
A new lockdown has come into effect in and around Moscow. Only a third of the Russian population is fully vaccinated. Experts blame a widespread distrust of the authorities. Why do so many Russians remain skeptical?
7 Nov 2021
While it took just over a year for the global COVID death toll to hit 2.5 million, the next 2.5 million deaths were recorded over the past eight months as the highly contagious delta variant spread around the world.
6 Nov 2021
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has urged states to reopen vaccination centers as pressure grows to administer booster shots. Meanwhile, the world has passed five milion COVID deaths. DW has the latest.
7 Nov 2021
Ukraine's vaccination drive has been met with skepticism and people are protesting strict COVID rules. Meanwhile, Turkey is starting to administer booster shots. DW has the latest.
14 Nov 2021
Starting Monday, Austria will ban unvaccinated patrons from entering cafes, restaurants and large events. Meanwhile, Australia has met its 80% vaccination target. DW has the latest.
8 Nov 2021
More than 1,000 people demonstrated in the eastern German city against government coronavirus measures. Meanwhile, a domestic intelligence chief warned the COVID deniers' scene was becoming increasingly radicalized.
9 Nov 2021
Europe has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic, followed by Asia. Meanwhile, Germany's incidence rate hit a new record for the second straight day. Follow DW for the latest.
16 Nov 2021
The move is part of measures to hit the brakes on a wave of new COVID infections in Germany. Meanwhile, APEC leaders have agreed to cut tariffs on COVID vaccines. DW has the latest.
20 Nov 2021
Children between the ages of 5 to 11 are now eligible for a vaccine. Meanwhile, Japan's economy contracted for the first time in two quarters because of infections over summer. DW has the latest.
18 Nov 2021
Pharma giants are earning millions every day with COVID vaccines, but leaving poorer nations in the lurch, an activist alliance says. The WHO reports that the delta variant has "outcompeted" others. DW has the latest.
27 Nov
Antibodies tend to decrease about six months after the second shot of a vaccine. Many doctors think that booster shots are the solution, but some researchers are also looking into whether T-cells can help.