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Coronavirus live news: Pope calls for vaccine patent waiver; UK ‘could be protected from Covid by August’

Pope Francis condemns ‘virus of individualism’; outgoing chief of UK taskforce says population should be protected before winter

12.18pm BST

Egypt will require all visitors arriving from “countries where variants of the virus have appeared” to take a rapid Covid-19 test upon arrival, its health ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The statement did not specify the countries from which passengers would take the 15-minute DNA test, called ID Now, Reuters reports.

12.01pm BST

A senior European Union official has countered a US call to waive vaccine patents by pushing for Washington to come up with a commitment to export vaccines.

Charles Michel, the Belgian president of the European Council, the body which sets Europe’s policy agenda, said the bloc was ready to discuss a US offer to suspend patent protection on vaccines – once the details are clear.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus live news: Pope calls for vaccine patent waiver; UK ‘could be protected from Covid by August’ ———