In our news wrap Monday, the Biden administration plans to lift restrictions on vaccinated foreigners flying to the U.S. as of November. India, the world's largest vaccine producer, says it will resume exports and donations of COVID shots to other nations next month. Russia's ruling party won parliamentary elections after barring most opposition candidates and amid widespread reports of fraud.
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And in the day's other news: The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States topped 675,000. That equals the total killed nationwide in the so-called Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 over a century ago. The U.S. population then was just over 100 million, less than a third of what it is now.
Also today, the Biden administration lifted restrictions on foreigners flying to the U.S. as of November. They will need proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test.
And Pfizer announced that its vaccine works in children 5 to 11 years old. We will have more on this after the news summary.
The world's largest vaccine producer, India, says that it will resume exports and donations of COVID vaccines to nations in need next month. New Delhi had halted shipments after a devastating wave of infections swept the country last April.
Today, in a government video message, the health minister said it's now possible to restart vaccine exports.
Mansukh Mandaviya, Indian Health Minister (through translator):
Vaccine production is increasing. The vaccination program is moving ahead in a fast pace. Next month, in October, we are expected to get more than 300 million doses. Going forward, the production will increase.
India did not specify how many doses might be shipped abroad.
In Rwanda, the man who inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda" has been convicted on terrorism-related charges and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Paul Rusesabagina saved ethnic Tutsis during the 1994 genocide. He is also a critic of the Rwandan government. He had branded the trial a sham, and said that he did not expect justice. Supporters called it part of a crackdown on dissidents.
A student with a hunting rifle opened fire at a Russian university today, killing at least six people; 28 others were hurt. It happened in the city of Perm, 700 miles east of Moscow. There was no word on a motive. Police rushed to the university to confront the gunman. He was shot and wounded and taken into custody.
Russia's ruling party has won parliamentary elections after barring most opposition candidates. There were also widespread reports of voting fraud. In a video conference today, President Vladimir Putin welcomed the outcome that reinforced his long-running grip on power.
Vladimir Putin, Russian President (through translator):
I'd like to address the Russian citizens, and thank you for your trust and for your proactive approach to life, dear friends. It means that people take a responsible approach in electing the state Parliament.
Putin's United Russia Party won nearly 50 percent of the vote. That is down from 54 percent in the last election.
Canadians voted today in a tight race on who will run the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party faced a strong challenge from the rival conservatives. They rallied against Trudeau's handling of the pandemic and his support for vaccine mandates.
And back in this country, two wildfires have burned into Sequoia National Park in California, home to some of the world's largest trees. Four giant sequoias, known as the Four Guardsmen, were unharmed. Other trees did burn in a separate fire, but the extent of the damage was not clear. Some of the sequoias are 2,000 years old.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": what you need to know about a potential COVID vaccine for young children; one-on-one with the president of Colombia in this moment of crisis; President Biden's point person on combating climate change; and much more.