Coronavirus live: WHO warns world won’t be done with Covid this year, Brazilian states blast Bolsonaro

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Unrealistic to think pandemic will be over this year – WHO; Brazilian governors blast Bolsonaro over pandemic; number of new infections globally rose last week

The P1 coronavirus variant that originated in Brazil has been found in at least 15 countries that are not on the UK government’s red list – those from which travel is banned for all but UK residents, who must quarantine in a hotel on arrival for 10 days – it has emerged.

Six cases of P1, which originated in Manaus on the Amazon river in Brazil, have been identified in the UK – three in England and three in Scotland. The variant is worrying scientists and public health experts because it has mutations that could allow it to escape the vaccines currently available.

Related: Brazil Covid variant in at least 15 countries not on UK’s travel red list

Chile plans to ramp up its purchase of vaccines from China’s Sinovac and hopes to sign a deal shortly with Johnson & Johnson, the health minister said on Monday, as the nation moves to strengthen its widely lauded coronavirus vaccination campaign.

Chile has jumped ahead of the rest of Latin America and many countries globally with its inoculation programme. The country has already inoculated 3.35 million of its 19 million citizens against Covid-19, officials said on Monday.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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