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BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW DELHI -- The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in India Saturday increased to 95.07 percent, the country's federal health ministry said.

"Till now 27,911,384 patients have been cured," the ministry said. "The national recovery rate is now 95.07 percent."

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 5,011,502 as of Saturday noon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said in an update.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stands at 134,239 while 4,504,296 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease.

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 29,359,155 on Saturday, with 84,332 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, said the federal health ministry.

Besides, 4,002 COVID-19 patients have died since Friday morning, taking the death toll to 367,081.

This was the fifth consecutive day when less than 100,000 cases were registered across the country after peaking to over 400,000 for several days in April-May during the second wave.

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OTTAWA -- Health Canada said Friday it will not release the 300,000 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses which arrived in Canada in April due to a possible quality issue.

"To protect the health and safety of Canadians in response to concerns regarding a drug substance produced at the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore Maryland, Health Canada will not be releasing the shipment," the government department said in a statement.

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LONDON -- Ahead of the in-person Group of Seven (G7) summit in southwest England, both the United States and Britain have separately revealed their plans to donate COVID-19 vaccines, as public pressure continues to pile up on developed countries to share more vaccines with the low-income world.

On Friday, the British government announced that it will donate at least 100 million surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses within the next year. The move came as U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that his country will donate 500 million COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and lower middle-income countries and the African Union.

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