Coronavirus live news: Merkel will receive AstraZeneca vaccine; Northern Ireland lockdown easing to be unveiled

German chancellor will be vaccinated on Friday; NI executive to outline reopening dates; Cambodia ‘on brink of death’, says premier

10.34pm BST

Brazil registered 3,560 new Covid-19 deaths on Thursday and 73,174 further cases, according to data released by the country’s health ministry.

The South American country has now registered 365,444 total deaths and 13,746,681 cases, Reuters reports.

10.26pm BST

Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. infectious disease doctor, hopes U.S. regulators will make a quick decision to lift a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and get that vaccine “back on track,” he said in an interview with Reuters.

His comments come after a panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) delayed a vote on whether to resume the J&J shots for at least a week, until it had more data on the risk.

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