Thai monks put on protective gear as Covid cases surge
As Covid cases surge in Thailand, some Buddhist monks are putting on PPE over their distinctive robes and helping with Covid-19 response efforts. The country is struggling to contain its latest outbreak fuelled by the highly contagious Delta variant, leaving healthcare services stretched and further damaging a battered economy.
Israel launches Covid booster shot campaign for over-60s
Israel launches its campaign to give over-60s coronavirus booster shots, becoming the first country to widely offer a third dose of a western vaccine to citizens.
Nearly 2,000 cardboard beds set up for Thailand airport Covid hospital
Workers prepare mattresses and blankets for 1800 cardboard beds at a field hospital at a warehouse in Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok. Thailand is among a host of Southeast Asian countries that kept infection numbers low during 2020 but now face record numbers of cases amid slow vaccination campaigns.
COVID: UK announces rollout of global vaccine donations
The first batches will go to Commonwealth countries like Kenya, Jamaica, as well as Asian countries like Laos, Indonesia and Cambodia. The UK wants to have the whole world vaccinated by 2022.
Indonesia: Indigenous groups face COVID vaccine barriers
Just under 1% of Indonesia's 17 million Indigenous people have been vaccinated against COVID. Bureaucratic and geographical obstacles are to blame for the low rate of inoculation.
Stretched Senegalese hospitals overwhelmed by third COVID wave
Senegal's ongoing record COVID-19 surge has left the capital without spare beds for the severest cases as hundreds now flock to health centres in the hope of getting vaccinated. Like many African countries facing a third wave of infections, Senegal is more vulnerable due to a low vaccination rate compared to richer nations. It has administered fewer than 1 million doses so far to a population of around 16 million people, according to government data.
France: Macron calls for ꞌunityꞌ after COVID protests
Thousands of protesters across France have rebelled against plans for COVID-19 passes to enter restaurants and mandatory vaccinations for health workers. However, three-quarters of the population support the idea.
Peru battles world's highest per capita COVID death rate
Peru is seeing an alarming rise in coronavirus infections. The country has the highest per capita COVID-19 death rate in the world, with nearly 200,000 people dead. As DW's Johan Ramirez reports, a slow vaccine rollout has the public health care system reeling.
COVID vaccines developed quickly — is a HIV vaccine next?
Decades on from the start of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, researchers are yet to crack a successful formula for a vaccine. But now we have eight COVID vaccines in 18 months, people are asking: Can we speed things up for HIV?
COVID: France introduces health pass for cultural venues
French President Emmanuel Macron is being accused of using a heavy-handed approach to curb the spread of coronavirus infections.
Rural India sees COVID cases and deaths going unrecorded
India continues to battle a second COVID wave. But there are concerns that many cases are going unrecorded, especially in rural India. DW visited a village near the city of Meerut, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, which has seen a spike in deaths from fever.