Texas and Mississippi scrap mask mandates despite Covid surge warning – live

11.01pm GMT

Jessica Glenza and Martin Pengelly report:

The archdiocese of New Orleans, as well as Roman Catholic leaders in St Louis, Missouri, have told local Catholics to avoid the Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot Covid-19 vaccine, because its early development used “morally compromised cell lines created from two abortions”.

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10.31pm GMT

Dolly Parton, who helped fund the development of the Moderna vaccine for Covid-19, was pleased to get “a dose of her own medicine”.

Parton, 75, had donated $1m to Vanderbilt University to help find a coronavirus cure. after getting her jab, the country music icon sang, to the tune of “Jolene”: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine… I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate.”

Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine. @VUMChealth pic.twitter.com/38kJrDzLqC

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