Coronavirus live news: Latin America deaths near 250,000; Russia to start mass vaccine trials


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

2.11am BST

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.

1.55am BST

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.

Seeing mild moves up.

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