Black and Asian people are twice as likely to become infected with coronavirus compared with white people.
Political bloc that led the country for 60 years until 2018 also said that it would not back Anwar Ibrahim.
Approval comes as Beijing says it will sanction US companies it says are involved in Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan.
Several states across Nigeria set up judicial panels to investigate alleged cases of police brutality.
Researchers say deaths linked to COVID-19 and air pollution represent ‘potentially avoidable, excess mortality’.
The US has recently seen a record-breaking surge in daily and weekly averages of new coronavirus cases.
Philippine president’s top science and technology official says vaccine would be available at the earliest in mid-2021.
Voters will head to the polls on Wednesday to elect their president, lawmakers and local governments.