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June 11 (Reuters) - The Japanese government is considering ending a state of emergency in Tokyo and several other prefectures as scheduled, but keeping some curbs such as on restaurant hours until the Olympics start in July, local media reported.


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* A hotel, which British media reported was being used by members of Germany's delegation to a Group of Seven summit in England, has closed because members of staff tested positive for COVID-19, its owners said.

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the country would give at least 100 million surplus vaccines to the poorest nations.


* Australia's Victoria state reported zero locally acquired cases for the first time in nearly three weeks on Friday as state capital Melbourne came out of a snap two-week lockdown.

* India's decision to vaccinate adults aged 18-45 in May was met with a supply crunch and exposed privilege gaps in the rollout, as hospitals charged different prices for the same vaccine in various areas.


* The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it will no longer require travelers to wear masks in outdoor transit hubs and in outdoor spaces.

* Chile has announced a blanket lockdown across its capital again and said it had approved the emergency use of the vaccine developed by Belgian laboratory Janssen for U.S. pharmaceutical Johnson & Johnson.


* Tanzania has asked the International Monetary Fund for a $571 million loan to help it tackle the challenges caused by the pandemic.

* About 90% of African countries will miss a September target to vaccinate at least 10% of their populations, a WHO official said.


* Johnson & Johnson said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended the shelf life of its single-shot vaccine from three months to four-and-a-half months.

* Ocugen said it would no longer pursue an emergency use authorization for its vaccine candidate, Covaxin, and would instead aim to file for a full U.S. approval of the shot.

* The United States will continue to press for a waiver of intellectual property rights for vaccines and treatments even as it and other Group of Seven rich nations sharply expand donations of vaccines to poorer countries.


* U.S. bond yields fell to three-month lows and a broad gauge of Asian shares rose on Friday as investors saw enough one-off factors in U.S. consumer price data to back the Federal Reserve's conviction that rising inflation will be transitory.

* China's new bank loans unexpectedly rose in May from the previous month but broader credit growth continued to slow.

* U.S. consumer prices rose solidly in May, leading to the biggest annual increase in nearly 13 years as a reopening economy boosted demand for travel-related services.

(Compiled by Ramakrishnan M. and Krishna Chandra Eluri; Editing by Anil D'Silva and Sriraj Kalluvila)

06/11/2021 5:58

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