Thu, 22 Apr 2021

JERUSALEM -- The number of people vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus in Israel has reached 4,649,709, the state's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

Israel has thus vaccinated about 50 percent of its population of about 9.3 million, since the vaccination campaign began on Dec. 20, 2020. (Israel-COVID19-Vaccination)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkey introduced Friday a series of drastic measures in several provinces where the number of the COVID-19 daily cases are significantly on the rise.

Local authorities in the northwestern Sakarya province banned all the activities of sports facilities for 15 days, starting from March 1, the CNN Turk broadcaster said. (Turkey-COVID19-Measures)

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian minister of health and medical education said on Friday that Iran will turn into a major COVID-19 vaccine producer in the next Iranian spring which begins on March 20, official IRNA news agency reported.

"With the continual efforts of the Iranian youth, we will become one of the largest (COVID-19) vaccine hubs in the world in the next spring," Saeed Namaki was quoted as saying. (Iran-COVID19-Vaccine Production)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the U.S. strikes that targeted positions in eastern Syria before Friday's daybreak, state news agency SANA reported.

The U.S. strikes in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour near the Iraqi border killed 22 pro-Iran Iraqi fighters who were providing support for the Syrian government forces, according to the pro-rebel Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-US Strike-Condemnation)

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