Coronavirus live news: US could have prevented 40% of deaths; new China cases at five-month low

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11.16am GMT

China has sent 100,000 vaccine doses to Equatorial Guinea, the Central African country’s government has said, Reuters reports.

The doses developed by China’s Sinopharm arrived on Wednesday in the capital Malabo, the government said in a statement. They will be enough to vaccinate 50,000 people, or 4% of Equatorial Guinea’s population.

China is aiming to cultivate goodwill through so-called vaccine diplomacy with lower-income countries. It said this month it was providing vaccine aid to 13 countries globally and planned to help a further 38.

11.01am GMT

Pfizer plans to file the registration application for use of its Covid-19 vaccine in Ukrainey, Ukrainian television quoted a health ministry official as saying.

Ukraine’s authorities have said the country expects to receive its first batch of 117,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in February within the framework of the COVAX programme.

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