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Tehran’s notoriously heavy traffic eased on Monday, with many shops in the city closing their doors, as new measures aimed at curbing record numbers of coronavirus deaths came into force across Iran.

Since late June, Iran has seen what officials have called a “fifth wave” of cases and deaths, the country’s worst yet, largely blamed on the highly infectious Delta variant. On Monday, health ministry announced the deaths of a record 655 coronavirus patients in the preceding 24 hours, with more than 41,000 new cases recorded.

Bangladesh has begun a Covid-19 vaccination drive for displaced Rohingya people living in Cox’s Bazar, one of the world’s largest and most densely populated refugee camps.

Implemented with technical support from the World Health Organization (WHO), the campaign aims to vaccinate the 48,000 refugees living in the area who are aged 55 and over.

Bangladesh is demonstrating what WHO has been advocating for – equitable access to vaccines. Inclusion is key to protecting vulnerable populations like the refugees, for safeguarding their health and that of their host communities and societies.

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