Coronavirus: Latest global developments

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

WHO savages  'slow' Europe

The World Health Organization lambasts Europe's "unacceptably slow" vaccine rollout and says the region's surge in infections is "worrying".

Italy vaccine shortfall

Italy's coronavirus vaccines plan is missing its targets as it has received 28 percent fewer doses than expected, government data shows.

South African variant

Pfizer and BioNTech say their Covid-19 vaccine is highly effective against the South African variant in the latest phase of ongoing clinical trials.

US ad campaign

The US government launches a major ad campaign urging people to get vaccinated, as case numbers of Covid-19 are once again on the rise in America.

German president

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier receives the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, just two days after authorities recommend the controversial jab only for people aged 60 and over

India expands drive

India expands its coronavirus vaccination drive to the 45-60 age group as it tries to tackle a surge in new infections.

Egypt receives vaccines

Egypt receives over 854,000 AstraZeneca vaccines through the Covax facility for lower and middle-income countries, the WHO reports.

Uzbekistan begins jabs

Uzbekistan begins coronavirus vaccinations, offering AstraZeneca and a Chinese-made vaccine that the Central Asian country plans to start producing soon.

Bulgaria eases curbs

Bulgarian health authorities controversially ease coronavirus restrictions, three days before a general election, and despite a raging third wave.

Cycling classic postponed

French cycling classic the Paris-Roubaix, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 11, is postponed due to the pandemic.

Eurovision with fans

The Dutch government gives permission for thousands of fans to attend the Eurovision Song Contest as part of a trial to see how to reopen venues in the pandemic.

2.8 million dead

At least 2,816,908 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.

The US is the worst-affected country with 552,073 deaths followed by Brazil with 321,515 fatalities, Mexico with 203,210, India with 162,927, and Britain with 126,713 deaths.

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