HANOI -Vietnam has approved Cuba’s Abdala vaccine for use against the new coronavirus, the government said on Saturday, as the Southeast Asian country is battling its worst outbreak. Abdala becomes the eighth COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Vietnam, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the region, with only 6.3% of its 98 million people having received at least two shots. The announcement came hours after President Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi…"Vietnam approves Abdala vaccine as president visits Cuba"
BRASILIA – Brazil’s leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remains ahead of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro by a significant margin in voter preferences for the 2022 elections, a survey by pollster Datafolha showed on Friday. Voter support for Lula slipped to 44% from 46% in July, and Bolsonaro gained a percentage point to 26%, according to the poll, which asked voters to chose as if the election were now. In a simulated runoff…"Lula retains solid lead over Bolsonaro for 2022 Brazil race, poll shows"
MEXICO CITY – Mining companies in Mexico should expect tough environmental reviews given their projects’ major impacts, a senior official told , insisting that a backlog of evaluations is easing despite industry claims that the opposite is true. A top-10 global producer of over a dozen minerals, Mexico’s multi-billion-dollar mining sector makes up around 8% of Latin America’s second-biggest economy, but miners are concerned they are facing increased hostility from Mexico’s leftist government. Tonatiuh Herrera,…"Mining firms in Mexico must face ‘strict’ scrutiny, says senior official"
MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would be speaking with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden on Friday morning about climate change on a conference call. Lopez Obrador made the announcement at a regular government news conference."Mexican president says to speak with Biden about climate change"
PARIS – After failing to impress in their first outing together, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe clearly have a long way to go before the most lethal attacking trio in the world, on paper, can produce the goods on the pitch for Paris St Germain. None of them found the net in a disappointing 1-1 draw at Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday with only Mbappe producing a decent performance, before the…"Soccer – Still a long way to go before Messi and co shine for PSG"
– The British government will on Friday consider easing England’s COVID-19 rules for international travel, a late-season boost for airlines, holiday and tourism companies which say they will not survive another winter of onerous rules and red tape. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals for a case tracker and summary of news EUROPE * Spain will give a third vaccine dose to nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups, while data showed…"Factbox – Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s popularity has hit the lowest point of his time in office, a Datafolha poll showed on Thursday, with 53% of respondents disapproving of him ahead of a presidential election next year. The pollster’s last survey, in July, showed 51% of respondents disapproved of the far-right former army captain. This month’s poll showed 22% rate him as good or excellent, down from 24% in the earlier poll. Bolsonaro…"Bolsonaro’s support hits fresh low ahead of Brazil 2022 vote, poll shows"
– The United States is developing a “new system for international travel” that will include contact tracing for when it eventually lifts travel restrictions that bar much of the world’s population from entering the country, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. DEATHS AND INFECTIONSEUROPE * Spain will give a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, and released data that showed…"Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
– Euro 2020 finalists England pushed world champions France out of the top three in world soccer body FIFA’s latest men’s soccer rankings published on Thursday. Belgium remained the top ranked side, followed by Brazil. European champions Italy, on a record unbeaten international run of 37 matches, are fifth with Argentina sixth. Third place equals England’s highest ranking in 2012. Gareth Southgate’s side lost on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley…"Soccer-England push France out of top three in FIFA men’s rankings"
MEXICO CITY – Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel will on Thursday attend Mexico’s 200th anniversary of independence, ahead of a summit of Latin American heads of state that will gather recently elected members of a new “pink wave” of leftist leaders. The presidents from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and elsewhere will on Saturday meet at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a regional body that Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez helped…"Cuban leader in Mexico for new Latin America ‘pink tide’ summit"