>Countries receiving Chinese vaccines
China is providing vaccine aid to 53 developing countries including Pakistan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Monday. China has exported or is in the process of exporting vaccines to 22 countries, the spokesperson told a routine press briefing.
China has taken concrete steps to honor its pledge to make vaccines global public goods, once available, with greater affordability and accessibility in developing countries, Wang said.
China has joined COVAX and decided to offer 10 million vaccines to the international sharing scheme, mainly to help meet the needs of developing countries, he added.
"China will continue its vaccine cooperation with relevant countries, offer support within its capability and make concrete contributions to securing a victory against the pandemic as soon as possible and to building a global community of health for all," Wang said.
>City resumes train service
The first train from the northern Chinese city of Shijiazhuang departed on Tuesday after a monthlong suspension of the city's train services due to a COVID-19 resurgence. The train left Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province, at 6:13 am and traveled to Hengshui, another city in the province.
The city last month tightened travel controls to curb the spread of the virus, taking measures including suspending public transport, passenger flights, trains and long-distance coach services, as well as restricting highway traffic.
Hebei reported no new confirmed COVID-19 cases or asymptomatic infections on Monday.
>Super Bowl crowd has cardboard fans
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the NFL had approximately 25,000 people in the stadium for the 55th Super Bowl, far fewer than the 70,000 fans that attended the big game last time it was held in Tampa, Florida.
To make up the difference, the NFL produced 30,000 cardboard cutouts of fans to fill most of the remaining seats.
Unlike other sporting events, where cardboard cutouts are bunched together in the areas of the stadium that receive the most TV coverage, the fake Super Bowl fans were spread out to keep the real fans socially distant.
The NFL charged fans $100 for each cardboard cutout at the game. That's a cool $3 million in revenue to make up for some of lost ticket and concession sales.
In addition to spacing out the real fans, the NFL also took other precautions to keep Super Bowl fans safe.
Among the safety measures, the NFL also handed out gift bags to all fans with N95 face masks.
>Hungary approves Chinese vaccine
Hungary became the European Union's first member to approve China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, sealing a deal on Friday for 5 million doses.
Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said the Sinopharm vaccines were enough to inoculate 2.5 million people, or about a quarter of its population, delivered in four batches over four months.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he would personally opt to receive the Chinese vaccine, as he trusted it more than others.
Hungary's drug regulator gave emergency use approval to the Sinopharm vaccine rather than wait for the bloc's European Medicines Agency to give the go-ahead, adding it to a list that also includes the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines as well as Russia's Sputnik-V.
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