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The world is getting close to its first coronavirus vaccine. Moderna is seeking U.S. and European approval for its COVID-19 shots.

AP correspondent Mike Hempen has more.

Moderna is asking regulators to allow emergency use of its vaccine, as new study results confirm the tests offer strong protection. Moderna's vaccine has been created with the National Institutes of Health.

Results from over the weekend suggested the vaccine is more than 94% effective.

Moderna says the shot's effectiveness and a good safety record so far with only temporary flu-like side-effects mean the vaccine meets the requirements set by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use, before the final stage testing is complete. I'm Mike Hempen.

The World Health Organization voiced alarm Monday over a rapid worsening of the COVID-19 situations in Brazil and Mexico, urging them to be [quote] “very serious about halting the spread.” Both countries had seen cases and deaths from the coronavirus surge in recent weeks as a second wave of the pandemic has hit.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters, [quote] “I think Brazil has to be very, very serious.” [end quote], adding about Mexico, “The number of cases doubled and the number of deaths double. We would like to ask Mexico to be very serious.” [end quote]

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced tougher measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Turkey, as the number of cases there exceeded 30,000 Monday, introducing a total weekend lockdown and a curfew for the rest of the week.

Turkey had already imposed a partial weekend lockdown this month, but the recent surge in the number of virus cases forced the government to take stronger measures.

The new restrictions begin Tuesday, and the curfew will be imposed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This is VOA News.