Coronavirus: Latest global developments

Paris, France: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis

'Grotesque' jab gap: WHO

The World Health Organization blasts the growing gap between the number of Covid-19 vaccines administered in rich and poor countries, saying it is "becoming more grotesque every day".

Vaccines war

EU capitals are divided ahead of a video summit later this week as they mull how to handle a looming vaccine war with the UK.

France backs a plan to impose an export ban on the AstraZeneca vaccine unless the company makes up a supply lag, while Ireland and the Netherlands have argued for dialogue.

Germany to tighten curbs

Germany is poised to prolong and tighten a partial lockdown into April due to soaring caseloads, according to a draft document seen by AFP, as Chancellor Angela Merkel meets the leaders of the country's 16 states.

Putin to receive Sputnik V

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismisses foreign criticism of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and says he will get the jab himself on Tuesday.

And Moscow announces that experts from the European drugs regulator will visit Russia next month to review clinical trials of the vaccine.

More AstraZeneca doubts

Iceland's health authorities say they will follow other Nordic countries in investigating AstraZeneca's vaccine further before using it again.

Earlier Monday the Anglo-Swedish pharma giant said its vaccine was 80 percent effective at preventing the disease in the elderly and does not increase the risk of blood clots, following its US phase III efficiency trials.

Hungary approves new Chinese vaccine

Hungary again breaks ranks with the EU, approving a second Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine as well as an Indian-made version of the AstraZeneca jab, meaning it now has eight approved vaccines.

'Disaster' in northern Italy

The vaccine rollout in Italy's hardest-hit region Lombardy is a "disaster", badly hampered by faulty booking systems, media reports, with at least one injection center nearly empty at the weekend.

Czechs mourn

Church bells ring out across the Czech Republic to mark one year since the first Covid-19 fatality in the country with the highest per capita death rate in the world.

Long-term effects

At least one in three patients hospitalized with Covid-19 suffers long-term health issues including multiple organ problems and deteriorated mental health, according to a review of studies published in the journal Nature Medicine.

Not a miracle cure

The EU's medicines regulator advises against using the anti-parasite drug ivermectin for the coronavirus outside clinical trials, despite headlines touting it as a miracle cure in Brazil, France, South Africa, and South Korea.

2.7 million dead

At least 2,716,035 people have died of coronavirus around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 542,359 deaths, followed by Brazil with 294,042, Mexico with 198,036, India with 159,967, and Britain with 126,155.

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