- Czech hospitals near collapse after record number of patients in serious condition
- Twitter targets vaccine misinformation with labels and ‘strike’ system
- One Pfizer or Oxford jab ‘significantly’ prevents hospitalisation in elderly
- Belgium considers U-turn on Oxford Covid vaccine for over-55s
- Spain may allow in Covid-vaccinated UK tourists if no EU pass agreed
- CDC chief warns of ‘potential fourth surge’ and urges US to keep rules
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.
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.