Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes milestone as Emirates cancels Australian flights

Posted by on January 15, 2021 5:31 pm
Categories: Global Stories

Global coronavirus death toll reaches 2 million people; UK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enter; German vaccine officials forced to guess who is eligible from names

10.31pm GMT

India begins one of the world’s biggest coronavirus vaccine programmes on Saturday, a colossal and complex task compounded by safety worries, shaky infrastructure and public scepticism.

AFP reports the world’s second-most populous nation hopes to inoculate around 300 million of its 1.3 billion people by July – a number equal to almost the entire US population.

10.15pm GMT

In the US, governors have accused the Trump administration of deceiving the states about the amount of Covid-19 vaccine they can expect to receive, as the country’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention warns the new more infectious strain of the virus will probably become the dominant infection in the country by March.

The CDC said it is about 50% more contagious than the virus that is causing the bulk of cases in this country so far.

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