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RT published this video item, entitled “The COVID death toll tops 90,000 in Italy, as the country suffers a lack of jabs” – below is their description.
Italy, like other EU nations, is experiencing a COVID vaccine shortage, so it has filed a petition with the bloc’s commission to allow local production of the jabs. Meanwhile, its COVID death toll has reached the grim milestone of 90,000 deaths.
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