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Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Oct. 19, 2021

Daily briefing on novel coronavirus pandemic worldwide, Turkey, other developments

Seda Sevencan   | 19.10.2021
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Oct. 19, 2021



Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments in Turkey, around the world, and on the coronavirus pandemic. 

Developments in Turkey, coronavirus pandemic and other news

Turkey administered over 114.22 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched an immunization drive in January, according to official figures released Monday.

The country also recorded 29,240 new cases, 214 fatalities and 26,539 recoveries in the past 24 hours.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was welcomed Monday by his Angolan counterpart Joao Lourenco in the capital Angola with an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace.

On the first stop of his three-nation Africa tour, the Turkish president stressed “significant cooperation opportunities” between Turkey and Angola in the defense and energy fields.

Erdogan said Angola previously requested Turkish-made unmanned aerial vehicles while Monday's talks also included armored carriers.

The Turkish leader stressed that Turkey rejects 'West-centered orientalist approaches' towards the African continent.

"We embrace the peoples of the African continent without any discrimination," Erdogan noted, saying: "There are some who still cannot accept African people’s achievements of independence, freedom and equality."

Coronavirus pandemic, other developments across the world

Uganda is falling far short of its target to vaccinate priority groups by the end of this year, hampered by accessibility issues and vaccine supplies with a short shelf life.

The country has received 5.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through donations and direct procurement, but only 2.4 million have been utilized, with the rest lying idle in storage.

Russia on Monday registered a record number of daily coronavirus cases, with 34,325 people testing positive over the past 24 hours, taking the tally past 8 million, authorities said.

South Africa’s health products regulator announced Monday that it would not approve the rollout of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 in the country.

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell died due to complications from COVID-19, his family confirmed Monday.

China has “always given priority” to its relations with Saudi Arabia in its diplomacy in the Middle East, according to the country’s foreign minister.

The country accused the US and Canada of "seriously jeopardizing peace and stability" in the Taiwan Strait after they sent warships through the narrow waterway.

Russia has suspended its mission to NATO after the alliance’s decision to cancel the accreditation of its eight personnel, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday.

Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP) announced Monday that it decided to enter formal talks with the Social Democrats and the Greens to form a three-way coalition government.

A new round of talks focusing on a new constitution for war-torn Syria began Monday in Geneva, with the opposition side saying they will continue, but with the outcome unclear at this stage.

Around 230,000 Lebanese citizens have migrated from Lebanon in the first four months of this year, according to a local NGO on Monday.

Dozens were killed when suspected gunmen stormed a marketplace in northern Nigeria on Monday, according to a local official.

The death toll from flash floods and landslides in the southern Indian state of Kerala rose to 28, a state government statement said Monday.

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