Coronavirus live news: EU medicines regulator approves Moderna vaccine; Japan’s daily cases hit new record

Moderna is second vaccine to get EU approval; Japan under pressure to impose state of emergency for TokyoChina blocks entry to WHO team studying Covid’s originsAs parts of UK enter third lockdown, how does Europe compare?Life without Covid: nations that have sidestepped the pandemic so farFacebook movement data ‘could help find new Covid-19 locations’UK coronavirus updates – live 12.43pm GMT The EU’s drug watchdog has authorised emergency use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, nearly two weeks after approving Pfizer and BioNTech’s shot for the virus. On Tuesday, Israel became the first country outside North America to grant authorisation to Moderna’s vaccine. The US and Canada have already started rolling out the two-dose vaccine. 12.37pm GMT Over in Greece churches have opened their doors – in defiance of nationwide lockdown measures – to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. The decision to mark the baptism of Christ, a major holiday in the Orthodox calendar, has put the powerful institution on a collision course with the centre right government following a dramatic increase in confirmed coronavirus cases. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2021-01-06 12:44:29

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