Coronavirus live: modified vaccines for variants to be fast-tracked; Moscow expects EU to approve Sputnik V jab

UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland regulators to back rollout of modified vaccines without new approval; Moscow could provide vaccines for 50 million Europeans from June

11.12am GMT

Germany has told the EU it would uphold its latest border restrictions imposed in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid variants, rebuffing calls from the bloc’s executive European Commission, Austria and the Czech Republic.

The Brussels-based executive last week asked Germany and five other countries to ease unilateral restrictions on movement of goods and people, saying they have “gone too far” and were putting a strain on the functioning of the bloc’s single market.

10.47am GMT

Hungary will close all shops except food stores and pharmacies and shift to remote learning in primary schools as cases are spreading fast, Viktor Orbán’s chief of staff has now confirmed.

Gergely Gulyás told a government briefing that the government would extend state income support to sectors that have to close down from 8 March until 22 March, Reuters reports.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus live: modified vaccines for variants to be fast-tracked; Moscow expects EU to approve Sputnik V jab ———