Coronavirus live news: US sees record 4,327 deaths reported in one day; Japan extends state of emergency

Johns Hopkins tracker shows shocking figure; restrictions to spread beyond Tokyo to include Osaka and Kyoto

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10.54am GMT

Data on the highly contagious Covid-19 variant identified in England do not suggest that vaccines will be less effective against it, while data on the South African variant should be available within weeks, a top British vaccines expert said.

“We have the most data on the UK variant. That doesn’t suggest that it will be any less well protected against by the vaccine,” Wei Shen Lim, chair of Covid-19 Immunisation on Britain’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, said in remarks reported by Reuters.

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