Coronavirus live news: Moderna says vaccine works on UK and South African variants; Spain sees record rise in cases

Spain saw 93,822 infections between Friday and Monday, and 767 deaths; Moderna confirms its jab works against new variants

11.19pm GMT

AstraZeneca has denied its Covid-19 vaccine is not very effective for people over 65, after German media reports said officials fear the vaccine may not be approved in the European Union for use in the elderly, Reuters reports.

German daily papers Handelsblatt and Bild said in separate reports the vaccine – co-developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University – had an efficacy of 8% or less than 10%, respectively, in those over 65.

11.04pm GMT

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Ricardo Lewandowski has approved an investigation into health minister Eduardo Pazuello’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in the northern city of Manaus, according to a court document, Reuters reports.

Lewandowski granted a petition for the probe by Attorney General Augusto Aras, and gave a period of 60 days for the probe to conclude. Pazuello has five days to give testimony to the federal police, the document shows.

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