Coronavirus live news: US officials question AstraZeneca trial; Merkel backs EU chief on vaccine exports

Coronavirus live news: US officials question AstraZeneca trial; Merkel backs EU chief on vaccine exportsMarch 23, 2021

US health officials say AstraZeneca may have provided incomplete efficacy data from latest Covid-19 trial; WHO criticises Covid vaccine gap as a ‘moral outrage’; Merkel supports AstraZeneca export ban threat

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Russia and China have rejected accusations they are using coronavirus vaccines to project their influence around the world.

AFP reports:

Speaking to reporters after talks with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that both countries were guided by principles of “humanity” rather than geopolitical interests.

“Russia and China have been models of openness, cooperation, and mutual assistance,” Lavrov said in the southern Chinese city of Guilin in comments released by his ministry.

The Covax vaccine-sharing scheme will set aside 5% of the vaccine doses it procures to be used as a “buffer” in humanitarian settings or in the case of severe outbreaks.

Reuters reports:

The GAVI Alliance said that amounts to up to 100m vaccine doses by the end of 2021.

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