Coronavirus live news: WHO says poorer countries not getting vaccines; Denmark to restrict all travel

WHO urges rich countries to stop making bilateral deals with manufacturers; Denmark to restrict entry from all countries after todayPfizer vaccine protects against new Covid variants, study suggestsIran bans importation of UK and US vaccines Which countries have reported the new UK Covid variant?Arizona becomes Covid hotspot of the world 10.29pm GMT The push to have an Indigenous voice to government and parliament is entering a four-month consultation period, with the government again dodging any timeframe for implementing the measure.A 239-page interim report on the process of designing an Indigenous voice was released this morning, and is being heralded by the Federal government as a significant milestone.Over the last 12 months, more than 52 members across three co-design groups have worked through options for what the Indigenous Voice might look like and how it might operate.Together with group members, we are now seeking feedback so they can refine their final recommendations to Government. All Australians are invited to have their say and further shape the proposals.Now it’s time for everyone to consider them and provide comment so that we can put a well consulted final proposal to Government. Your feedback will help us make sure the final proposal is one that can work for all Australians.The response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the very low numbers of cases in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations highlight what can be achieved when the Australian Government listens to, and works with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a say in the laws and policies that affect them.Conversely, the destruction of sacred sites at Juukan Gorge is just one example that has occurred during the co-design process, which shows the negative impact when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are not heard. 10.17pm GMT More than 6.5m people in the United States have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has said.As of Friday morning, the CDC said it had administered 6,688,231 first doses and distributed some 22,137,350 doses, Reuters reported. Continue reading…

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