Tweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’

Limited data from small test trial shows positive results against South Africa and Brazil strains Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The first “tweaked” vaccine against the worrying coronavirus variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil has successfully neutralised them in laboratory trials, the US company Moderna has said. The results […]

Bolsonaro ignored repeated warnings about Covid, ex-health minister says

Luiz Henrique Mandetta tells senate inquiry president was aware his anti-scientific response risked ‘death on an enormous scale’ Jair Bolsonaro ignored repeated warnings that his anti-scientific response to Covid-19 was leading Brazil down an “extremely perilous path” and putting tens of thousands of lives at risk, the country’s former health minister has claimed. Giving oral […]

Coronavirus live news: India passes 20m cases; German plan to give more freedoms to fully vaccinated ‘unfair’

India records 357,229 new daily cases; law that would lift curbs for those with all jabs discriminates against young people who won’t be able to get jabs for months ‘Like living in a horror film’: UK doctors raise Covid funds for India German ‘jab to freedom’ Covid bill criticised as unfair to young people Foreign […]

Coronavirus live: Boris Johnson urges caution over foreign holidays; Tanzania announces measures to curb variants

UK prime minister expects ‘some openings up’ in relation to travel on 17 May; Brussels recommends easing restrictions on travel into EU by vaccinated people Vaccine shortages blight India’s efforts to contain Covid crisis Covid vaccine rollout rapidly gathering pace across Europe EU plans to reopen to fully Covid-vaccinated foreign tourists from June ‘Calamity of […]

The hero of the Thames reminds me of the man who tried to save my mother’s life | Emma Beddington

When a walkway collapsed, the man who rushed to help my mother sustained life-changing injuries. He and Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole are a reminder of the love that surrounds us I keep thinking about Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, who died trying to save a woman who had fallen into the Thames from London Bridge. Why? God knows, there is […]

‘Calamity of maternal deaths’: Covid concern grows for Brazil’s pregnant

Following 803 pregnant and postpartum deaths, authorities have warned women to delay pregnancy as alarm rises This month should have been one of the happiest in Letícia Aparecida Gomes’s life. The pregnant 23-year-old Brazilian had been due to marry before delivering her baby, Elloah, in August. Instead, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept Gomes’s country claiming […]

Coronavirus live news: UK to send 1,000 more ventilators as India suffers record deaths

Latest updates: UK had previously sent 600 medical devices; deaths in India jump by 3,689 on Sunday ‘They knew we weren’t giving oxygen’: Delhi doctor’s week of horror Modi loses key state election as Covid grips country NHS England draws up plans for Covid jabs for over-12s US decline in Covid vaccinations presents new problem: […]

Coronavirus live: Brazil passes tragic milestone of 400,000 deaths

WHO warns of relaxing measures with variants in circulation and low vaccine coverage; France to open hospitality venues with outdoor terraces in May Pfizer/BioNTech jab may be offered to 12-year-olds in Europe from June Millions at risk from Covid surge in Syria amid test and oxygen shortages US states moving to lift mask requirements as […]

Brazil begins parliamentary inquiry into Bolsonaro’s Covid response

Opponents hope investigation will torpedo chances of re-election for far-right president Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Brazil’s congress has launched a parliamentary inquiry into what critics call Jair Bolsonaro’s disastrous and potentially criminal response to a Covid pandemic that has killed nearly 400,000 Brazilians. The politically charged investigation, which rivals of […]

Coronavirus live news: more than half of UK population has had first Covid jab; Germany restricts travel from India

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case record India’s daily Covid death toll hits new record amid oxygen shortages Covid spread as overcrowding doubles among private renters in England ‘Smell training’ recommended for Covid anosmia Global report: Tokyo goes under state of […]

Coronavirus live news: India sees global record cases for second day; EU to strike world’s largest vaccine deal with Pfizer

India’s total has now passed 16 million; European commission expects to buy 1.8bn doses; new ‘emergency brake’ in Germany from Saturday Delhi hospitals run out of oxygen as India’s Covid crisis mounts UK’s south Asian diaspora despairs as India joins Covid red list Everest cases shine harsh light on Nepalese decision to open mountain UK […]

Latin America’s lack of a united front on Covid has had disastrous consequences | Andre Pagliarini

The regional coordination of the pink tide era has given way to various governments, left and right, going it alone A terse report filed from São Paulo, Brazil, appeared in the 17 March 1919 edition of the New York Times. It read: “Influenza again has appeared here in epidemic form. The Government is taking steps […]

Coronavirus live news: half of US adults receive one vaccination; Turkey sees record deaths

Nearly a third of US adults now fully vaccinated; Ankara records 318 deaths in 24 hours Boris Johnson ‘should cancel India trip over new variant’ Global death toll passes 3m as pandemic ‘grows at an alarming rate’ Labour urges Boris Johnson to cancel trip to India over Covid risk Australia plans staggered reopening of international […]

Coronavirus live news: Italy to relax restrictions; Latvia offers mass jabs to clear AstraZeneca backlog

Italian restrictions to ease in many areas from 26 April; Latvia offers vaccinations following hesitancy in older population Brazil health minister asks women ‘to delay pregnancy’ Germany removes UK from risk list Spreading faster, hitting harder: why young Brazilians are dying of Covid Australia records first death from blood clots likely linked to AstraZeneca vaccine […]

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 Germany’s third wave needs drastic measures, says health chief Cancelling Tokyo Olympics ‘remains an option’ says Japanese politician Use ‘garlic-breath distancing’ to stay Covid-safe, says expert Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine research ‘was 97% publicly funded’ US […]

Canada ski resort linked to largest outbreak of P1 Covid variant outside Brazil

Whistler, in British Columbia, has nearly 200 of 877 confirmed cases in the province but officials have only a murky idea of how widely variant has spread For ski resorts, spring normally marks a final chance for visitors to carve sun-drenched runs before the season ends. But at Canada’s most famous ski resort, the gondolas […]

‘Negotiating with your worst enemy’: Biden in risky talks to pay Brazil to save Amazon

Activists fear billion-dollar climate deal will bolster Bolsonaro and reward illegal forest clearance – but US says action can’t wait The US is negotiating a multi-billion dollar climate deal with Brazil that observers fear could help the reelection of president Jair Bolsonaro and reward illegal forest clearance in the Amazon. That is the concern of […]

Coronavirus live news: Australia, Netherlands and Philippines latest to limit use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Philippines and Netherlands suspend use of AstraZeneca jab for people under age 60; Australia recommends people under 50 get the Pfizer vaccine UK Covid cases could rise again despite vaccine progress – WHO official German minister defies EU, wants Russia to supply Sputnik vaccine Spain, Belgium and Italy restrict AstraZeneca vaccine to older people What […]

Coronavirus live: Merkel backs national lockdown in Germany while Bolsonaro rules one out in Brazil

Belgium to restrict AstraZeneca jab use after EMA concludes blood clotting should be listed as ‘very rare’ side effect of AstraZeneca jab Under-30s in UK should be offered alternative to AstraZeneca jab IMF calls for wealth tax to help cover cost of Covid pandemic Scott Morrison calls on EU to supply outstanding vaccine doses See […]

Coronavirus live: Brazil breaks daily death record; UK plans for Covid pass in chaos

UK AstraZeneca jab trial on children paused as regulator investigates rare blood clots in adults; 5,626 patients in French intensive care units; Canada in grip of third wave EMA denies finding link between AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots AstraZeneca jab could have causal link to rare blood clots, say UK experts Israel and Chile both […]

The Guardian view on Jair Bolsonaro: a danger to Brazil, and the world | Editorial

The far-right president has given Covid-19 and the razing of the Amazon free rein. Now it looks like he plans to cling on whatever voters say The prospect of the rightwing extremist Jair Bolsonaro becoming Brazil’s president was always frightening. This was a man with a history of denigrating women, gay people and minorities, who […]

Coronavirus live: Portugal U-turns on allowing travel to Spain; Bangladesh imposes week-long lockdown

Portugal extends restrictions on travel via land and sea to Spain; non-essential retail and transport services shut will also shut in Bangladesh England to launch nine ‘vaccine passport’ pilots from mid-April Pope Francis says crisis remains severe, especially for the poor Boris Johnson to give go-ahead for trials of Covid passports See all our coronavirus […]

Coronavirus live: more than 65,000 die of Covid in Brazil in March; Sicily health chief quits over ‘faked data’

Brazilian deaths in March more than double the previous high; Sicily investigating alleged falsifying of figures to avoid a strict lockdown Pfizer vaccine has 91% efficacy for up to six months, trial shows US may be in early stages of fourth wave as cases rise, reports say Covid vaccine scheme ‘unacceptably slow’ in Europe, says […]

Brazil: calls grow for removal of ‘coup-mongering’ Bolsonaro as crisis builds

Opposition leaders demand impeachment for what they say is president’s illegal attempt to co-opt the country’s armed forces Prominent leaders of Brazil’s opposition have called for president Jair Bolsonaro to be immediately removed from office to prevent his “coup-mongering, authoritarian delusions” becoming a reality. “We cannot be bystanders to this barbarism,” congressman Marcelo Freixo said […]

What’s next for Brazil as Jair Bolsonaro’s troubles deepen?

The president has stacked his government with military men. Now that blurring of institutional lines may backfire It is not surprising that the government of Jair Bolsonaro is in crisis. Setting aside his ruinous response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the radically reactionary leader of the largest country in Latin America has never displayed the ability […]

‘The heart of darkness’: neighbors shun Brazil over Covid response

Latin American countries scramble to protect themselves from a country where nearly 60,000 people are expected to die in March alone It has long been regarded as a soft power superpower, the sun-kissed, culturally blessed land of Bossa Nova, Capoeira and Pelé. But Brazil’s shambolic response to coronavirus under far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has cast […]

Brazil on edge as three military chiefs resign after Bolsonaro fires defense minister

Political earthquake rattles country already grappling with one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks Jair Bolsonaro’s crisis-stricken administration has been rocked by the sudden sacking of Brazil’s defence minister and the subsequent resignation of the heads of all three branches of the armed forces. The commanders of the Brazilian army, navy and air force – […]

Trapped in gloves, tangled in masks: Covid PPE killing animals, report finds

Mask and gloves protect people but harm animals from penguins to dogs when discarded, researchers say Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The masks and gloves protecting people from coronavirus are proving a deadly threat to wildlife when thrown away, a report has found. A fish trapped in the finger of a […]

Coronavirus live news: UK passes 30m vaccinations; France accelerates rollout

About 57% of UK adults have had jab; Macron expects France to catch up with UK within weeks ‘Lack of perspective’: why Von der Leyen’s EU vaccine strategy is failing Moderna jab to be introduced in UK in April, minister confirms Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000 5,000 attend rock concert in […]

Coronavirus live news: India pauses AstraZeneca vaccine exports; Belgium, Iceland and France tighten restrictions

No exports were made on Thursday; Belgium imposes fresh lockdown; Iceland imposes three-week shutdown; France locks down more areas AstraZeneca plant inspected by Italian police at EU request Delhi reportedly halts AstraZeneca vaccine exports as cases soar France may go on UK travel red list, Boris Johnson confirms Angela Merkel apologises as she reverses German […]