Coronavirus live news: AstraZeneca 'pulls out of EU supply meeting'; Russia relaxes restrictions

Drugmaker reportedly cancels meeting scheduled for Wednesday amid row over deliveries; Moscow eases some measures as cases fall

11.12am GMT

The Palestinian Authority plans to buy 100,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 in February, the Interfax news agency cited the Palestinian Authority’s envoy in Moscow as saying on Wednesday.

Abdel Hafiz Nofal, the authority’s ambassador to Russia, said Moscow would provide 10,000 free doses of the vaccine, Reuters reports.

10.53am GMT

Politico has more on the cancelled AstraZeneca-EU meeting, which it characterises as part of an “escalating dispute” between the two parties:

The cancellation follows an explosive interview with AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot on Tuesday night, in which he insisted the company didn’t have a contractual obligation but rather a “best effort” to supply the EU with its vaccine.

Instead of the meeting, the company will respond in writing to Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides’ demand for more information, the Commission official said. AstraZeneca did not immediately confirm this plan.

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