Another 1,204 fatalities in Brazil push continent’s toll higher; Russian test to involve 40,000 people; UK’s second city Birmingham faces lockdown
- Global report: WHO in talks with Russia about its vaccine
- Australia updates: Canberra at odds with states over border closures
- Lockdown looms for Birmingham after spike in UK’s second-biggest city
- Chinese media dismisses attacks on Wuhan’s pool party as ‘sour grapes’
Eleanor Ainge Roy has this update from New Zealand:
Eleven new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in New Zealand on Friday, nine of them related to the community outbreak in south Auckland. Half of the cases came from churches and the rest from family contacts.
Stocks in Asia Pacific are on the up on Friday morning thanks to a positive showing by tech shares on Wall Street and news that Pfizer, the world’s biggest pharmaceutical company, is on track to seek regulatory review of its Covid-19 vaccine by October. .
The Nikkei is up nearly 1% in Tokyo, Sydney is 0.44% to the good and the Kospi in Seoul has lifted 0.6%.
Pfizer’s vaccine reportedly on track for regulatory review as early as October.
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