Latest coronavirus: Russian clocks record Covid death toll as Delta strain spreads

More than 2.19 million people passed through airport security checkpoints on Sunday, a peak during a pandemic as the United States the travel industry continued to rebound. A year ago on the same day, only 754,545 people were examined, the Transportation Security Administration said.

Thousands of Iranians have rushed to neighboring Armenia in recent weeks in an attempt to receive free Covid-19 injections as an Islamic republic struggling with a limited vaccine supply. Authorities have reported a sharp increase in traffic as well as flights to the capital, Yerevan.

Israel will begin offering third doses of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine this week to adults with serious previous health conditions, the health ministry said. “Booster” jabs are the subject of debate by U.S. and European authorities, though Pfizer said last week it would ask regulators to approve them.

Greece will demand compulsory vaccinations against Covid-19 for healthcare workers and staff of homes for the aged, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, as infections increased in the last days. “The country is not going to close because of the behavior of a few,” he said.

Ryanair jets parked on the tarmac at London Stansted Airport © Jason Alden / Bloomberg

Ryanair plans to hire 2,000 pilots over the next three years in one of the bigger recruiting campaigns since the start of the pandemic. It also aims to increase the annual number of passengers by more than a third within three years from pre-pandemic levels.

London Heathrow Airport has called on the government to reopen non-quarantine travel to more destinations, as the the aviation industry continues to turn of the pandemic. The number of passengers in June fell by 90% compared to figures before the 2019 pandemic.

UK auto insurer Admiral said profits for the first half of the year would be higher than expected, due to lockdown restrictions preventing traffic from flowing and reduce the number of accidents. Pre-tax profits for the first half of the year are said to be £ 450-500million, up from £ 286million last year.

Moderna has signed an agreement with Argentina for 20 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine or its updated variant booster vaccine candidate. Childbirth would begin in the first trimester of 2022. About 11% of the 45.3 million Argentines were fully immunized by July 10.

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