Coronavirus live news: Novavax effective against UK variant but less so against South African one

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Trials showed jab was 89% effective in UK and 60% in South Africa; Paris to suspend jabs over shortage; Vietnam reports nine new cases. Follow latest updates

A variant of Covid-19 similar to the one that spread rampantly in the UK would likely have developed in Victoria during last year’s second wave had Melbourne not gone into an extended lockdown, a leading virologist says.

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India’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, has claimed it has “successfully contained the pandemic” and “flattened its Covid-19 graph” as the country of 1.34 billion people reported just 12,000 new cases in the past 24 hours – a stark contrast to the 90,000 cases a day being reported in September.

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Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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