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Half of Europeans vaccinated as Germany warns on rising virus cases

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Berlin (AFP) – More than half of all European adults are now fully vaccinated, the EU said Thursday, as several countries across Europe and Asia battle fresh outbreaks blamed on the fast-spreading Delta variant.   German Chancellor Angela Merkel said cases in her country were rising “exponentially”, while in Japan the delayed Olympics Games were set to open with almost no spectators and with a blanket of Covid rules in place. And the spotlight once again turned to the virus’ origins after the WHO called for an audit of the Chinese lab at the heart of speculations about where the virus first em…

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