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BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MEXICO CITY -- The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese company Sinovac arrived in Mexico City on Saturday, authorities reported.

The vaccines arrived about a week after health authorities announced that Mexico's Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks had authorized emergency use for the Sinovac and CanSino Biologics vaccines.

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BOGOTA -- Colombian President Ivan Duque on Saturday welcomed the arrival of the first batch of vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, which will be "deployed throughout the national territory."

The president said that the vaccines will be sent to several remote regions of the country, especially to the border departments in the Amazon, to fight the variant of COVID-19 known as P.1.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, boosting its capability in the fight against the pandemic.

Some 312,390 doses of the vaccine, jointly developed by U.S. pharmaceutical firm Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech SE., arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and were greeted by Malaysian officials.

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,991,651 on Sunday as 14,264 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.

According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 156,302 as 90 COVID-19 patients died since Saturday morning.

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina reported 5,944 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the national tally to 2,060,625, the health ministry said.

The ministry also reported 122 more deaths from the disease, taking the nationwide death toll to 51,122.

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ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopia registered 841 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 151,857 as of Saturday evening, the country's Ministry of Health said.

The country's death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has reached 2,271 after 12 new deaths were reported.

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BEIJING -- A total of 38 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland Saturday, the National Health Commission said in a daily report Sunday.

There were 423 confirmed cases still being treated, including two in severe conditions, the report showed.

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