Coronavirus: Latest global developments

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

Macron extends restrictions

French President Emmanuel Macron announces the extension of limited restrictions already in place in parts of France to the whole of the country from Saturday.

Schools will also close for three weeks from next week, although two of those weeks are already a Spring holiday.

100 percent effective

BioNTech-Pfizer says their vaccine shows 100 percent efficacy in 12- to 15-year-olds as they eye-getting approval of the jabs for teenagers before the next school year.

More data needed

WHO vaccine experts say an interim analysis of clinical trial data from two Chinese vaccines produced by Sinovac and Sinopharm show they are safe and have "good efficacy" but that data is lacking for older age groups and people with medical conditions.

AstraZeneca boost

EU drug regulators probing links between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots have found no specific risk factors but are investigating further after several countries stopped giving it to younger people.

Lab leak theory

China slams "unethical" critics as it faces mounting pressure over the origins of Covid-19 after the World Health Organization chief revived the theory that the virus may have leaked from a Chinese lab.

Animal vaccine

Russia announces what it says is the world's first Covid vaccine for animals claiming it will help stem mutations. Mass production could begin in April.

Yemen relief

War-torn Yemen receives its first shipment of 360,000 vaccine doses via the global Covax initiative. The doses are among the 1.9 million that the nation of 30 million people is so far likely to receive.

Gaping gender gap

The pandemic has rolled back years of progress towards gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum, potentially adding more than three decades to the fight for parity.

China cluster

A Chinese city near the border with Myanmar imposes a lockdown after six cases are reported -- the first significant cluster disclosed in almost two months.

On track

Germany still expects to offer every adult a jab by the end of the summer, Health Minister Jens Spahn says, despite new guidelines against the use of AstraZeneca for under-60s.

Satellite Oscars

Next month's pandemic-affected Oscars ceremony will include venues in Britain and France for international nominees unable to travel to Los Angeles, say sources familiar with the plan.

2.8 million dead

At least 2,805,014 people have died of Covid-19 around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources at 1830 GMT.

The US is the worst-affected country with 551,118 deaths followed by Brazil with 317,646 fatalities, Mexico with 202,633, India with 162,468, and Britain with 126,713 deaths.

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