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Iran Covid-19 vaccines

Iran gives emergency approval for another domestically produced Covid-19 vaccine, as the country steps up its vaccination campaign to stem coronavirus infections. Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced the news during a visit to the central city of Ardakan. The vaccine is a joint project between Iran and Cuba. Namaki said the decision followed the study of 68,000 people in both countries during the third phase of the clinical trial of the Pasto-CoVac vaccine. This comes two weeks after another domestically developed vaccine named Cov-Iran Barekat received emergency use authorization. Iran began its national vaccination campaign with imported vaccines in early February. Nearly six million doses of vaccines have so far been administered across the country.

Canada indigenous deaths

Canadian indigenous community leaders and advocates have called for the cancellation of Canada Day, following the discovery of unmarked mass graves. The activists say observing the upcoming national celebrations will be inconsiderate to all children whose lives were lost through the course of the country’s history. Several Canadian cities have already canceled or altered plans to mark the holiday. Last month, 215 remains were found in unmarked graves on the grounds of a former Catholic Church residential school in British Columbia. Last Thursday, the remains of 751 children were found on the grounds of another former residential school for indigenous children. The discoveries have sparked outrage among the First Nations peoples.

UK racial discrimination

A new survey has further exposed the discrimination against ethnic minorities at the UK’s labor market. The report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows the children of black or Asian immigrants in Britain are better educated than their white British peers but less likely to be employed. The IFS says some ethnic groups are less likely to reach managerial or professional occupations than the white majority. The report is part of a broader review of inequality. The document comes days after Britain's largest business lobby group co-signed a letter calling on the government to introduce mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting.

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