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Guatemala’s health minister Amelia Flores said on Tuesday that Guatemala hopes to receive the first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in the coming weeks, Reuters reports.

“They already have the emergency registration to be able to enter the country and we are only waiting for the date, which we believe will be in a few weeks,” Flores said while leaving a meeting at Congress on Tuesday.

Parents wearing face masks queue to attend a ceremony marking the start of school at the Ramona Gil School in Chimaltenango, 60 km west of Guatemala City, on February 22, 2021. Photograph: Johan Ordóñez/AFP/Getty Images

Guatemala had expected to receive its first shipment of vaccines through Covax by the end of this month, but that delivery has been delayed.

Flores added that Guatemala is also expecting to receive the first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine in the first week of April.

The Central American nation has recorded 172,000 positive cases of coronavirus and 6,315 deaths.

One of New Zealand’s largest high schools has closed again after another student and t wo siblings tested positive for Covid-19.

Papatoetoe high school in south Auckland was closed last week after two students and two parents tested positive…

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