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Hong Kong authorities have rowed back on plans to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for foreign domestic workers, after human rights groups slammed the policy as being discriminatory.

After a domestic worker from the Philippines was found to have a more contagious variant of the coronavirus last week, authorities said all 370,000 foreign domestic workers in the city would have to get tested before 9 May.

There has been precious little news out of North Korea about the state of coronavirus pandemic in the country, but Hyonhee Shin reports for Reuters that state media warned this morning of the prospect of a lengthy battle against Covid, saying vaccines developed by global drugmakers were proving to be “no universal panacea”.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party, said the pandemic was only worsening, despite the development of vaccines.

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