FACTBOX-Latest information on the global spread of the coronavirus

The United States has begun distributing COVID vaccines for children as young as six months old nationwide, and vaccine availability will improve in the coming days, according to the U.S. COVID-19 Response Coordinator. White House. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

*Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals https://apac1.apps.cp.thomsonreuters.com/cms/?navid=1592404098 for case tracking and news summary. ASIA PACIFIC

* A hotel and casino in Macau have been closed by authorities with 700 people inside due to an outbreak of coronavirus infection at the property, local broadcaster TDM reported. EUROPE

* British pilots at low-cost airline Ryanair have voted to accept a revised offer on post-COVID-19 wage restoration following negotiations, the BALPA union said on Monday. * German hotels are still limping towards recovery from the pandemic, and lawmakers must prepare now to be ready for the coming winter, the head of hotel body DEHOGA said.

AMERICAS * Residents of socially and economically disadvantaged areas are about half as likely to receive a COVID-19 oral antiviral pill as residents of wealthier ZIP codes, according to a US government study.

* President Joe Biden said the United States has enough COVID funds to get through at least this year, but needs more money to plan for the next pandemic. * General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Chrysler’s parent company Stellantis NV said they are making masking optional for workers at all US facilities.

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST * The International Monetary Fund wants to begin talks with Ethiopia for a funding program as soon as conditions allow, the fund said, as COVID-19 and an armed conflict in Tigray, which has has now subsided, have strangled the country’s growth. over the past two years.

* Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted coronavirus-related travel restrictions for its citizens traveling to Turkey, India, Ethiopia and Vietnam, state news agency SPA reported. MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* A small Chinese study detailed in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases showed that neutralizing antibodies against certain Omicron subvariants were largely undetectable after two doses of a Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, with a booster shot only restoring them only partially. * A modified coronavirus vaccine that targets the Omicron variant can be given as a booster dose to broaden immunity, a technical advisory group set up by the World Health Organization said on Friday.

ECONOMIC IMPACT * Power generation in China saw rare declines in April and May from the same months a year earlier as shutdowns imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus curbed consumption.

* The Japanese government slashed its view of factory output for the first time in seven months in June due to the hit to manufacturers from China’s heavy-handed response to the pandemic. * Global airlines on Monday denounced governments for what the top industry ambassador called their “chaotic” handling of the COVID-19 crisis, and urged nations to tear up the manual of widespread border closures for any future pandemic.

(Compiled by Valentine Baldassari, Uttaresh.V and Vinay Dwivedi; Edited by William Maclean and Shounak Dasgupta)

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