• This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top stories: International tourism not seen rebounding until 2023; US announces further vaccine donations; Moderna jab shows promise against Delta variant.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 181.8 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 3.93 million. More than 3 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

Officials in Australia have extended COVID-19 restrictions - including lockdowns and social distancing. Four major cities are already under a hard lockdown.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine has shown a promising response to the Delta variant in a lab study, with a modest decrease in response compared to the original strain.

Romania has agreed to sell 1.17 million excess doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to Denmark, the Danish health ministry said on Tuesday.

Ireland has lifted restrictions on giving the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to adults aged under 50 and also closed the recommended gap between doses from 8 to 4 weeks.

Greece will allow people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 inside restaurants without masks, the government announced yesterday.

India has reported 45,951 new daily COVID-19 cases, according to health ministry data.

Members of the US military who were vaccinated against COVID-19 showed higher-than-expected rates of heart inflammation - although the condition was still very rare - a study released yesterday showed.

Oxygen prices in Jakarta have more than doubled, with warnings of shortages, as Indonesia's capital fights a surge in COVID-19 cases.

2. International tourism not seen rebounding until 2023 - UN report

International tourism arrivals are set to stagnate this year, except in some Western markets, a new report from UNCTAD and the UN's World Tourism Organization has said.

The decline, caused by COVID-19, is set to cause between $1.7 and $2.4 trillion in losses this year, with the report also warning that the sector is not expected to rebound fully until 2023.

International arrivals fell more than 70% from pre-pandemic levels last year, causing $2.4 trillion in losses in 2020.

International tourist arrivals 2020
Numbers of international tourists plunged last year.
Image: UNCTAD

"In international tourism we are at levels of 30 years ago, so basically we are in the '80s... Many livelihoods are really at threat," said Zoritsa Urosevic, Geneva representative of the Madrid-based UNWTO.

3. US vaccine donations to Peru, Pakistan, Bangladesh

The Biden Administration has announced plans to donate 2 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Peru.

"The United States is donating 2 million Pfizer vaccine doses to Peru as a part of our ongoing solidarity with the people of Peru as they recover from this devastating pandemic," State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter said.

The US will also ship 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan, White House Press secretary Jen Psaki said.

Meanwhile, 2.5 million doses of the Moderna jab will also be shipped to Bangladesh.

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