Amid brutal case surge, Afghanistan hit by a vaccine delay

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is battling a brutal new surge in COVID-19 infections while health officials plead for vaccines and express deep frustration at the inequities of global vaccine distribution. The positive rate for COVID tests has jumped from 8% to 60% in some parts of the country. The capital Kabul is one of the hardest hit areas; its only hospital solely dedicated to coronavirus treatment is at 100% capacity. The Health Ministry as a result opened another roughly 350 more beds for COVID patients in three other hospitals in the capital, and those too are already full and turning away patients.

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