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28 Jul 2021, 06:44 GMT+10

YEREVAN -- The U.S. disinformation campaign against China, which uses COVID-19 out of geopolitical interests, has hampered global joint efforts against the pandemic and threatened to shatter millions of lives, a leading Armenian political scientist has said.

The United States launched such a campaign to divert attention away from its evident failures in tackling the pandemic domestically, Benyamin Poghosyan, head of the Center for Political and Economic Strategic Studies in Armenia, wrote in an opinion piece published Saturday on the Voice of Armenia newspaper.

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NEW YORK -- COVAX, the global COVID-19 vaccine equity scheme, has agreed to buy 110 million Chinese doses of Sinovac and Sinopharm, thus gaining immediate access to lifesaving vaccines that are proved to be safe and effective, a vaccine expert has said.

Such a decision by COVAX offers "some advantages in low-resource settings when most global manufacturers are unable to supply COVAX with the volumes it needs," said Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi, or The Vaccine Alliance, a public-private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunization in poor countries.

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ATHENS -- The competition between China and the United States is mistakenly labelled as a New Cold War, British professor Martin Jacques has said.

In an article published on the Greek website Hellenic Shipping News on Monday, Jacques said the tension between the two countries should not be called a new Cold War as it lacks the essential elements that define the U.S.- Soviet Union conflict.

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DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday that his government is working continuously for the return of Syrian refugees, according to the state news agency SANA.

The Syrian leader made the remarks during his meeting with visiting Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy for Syria.

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