Coronavirus live news: Africa ‘left behind by rest of the world’ on vaccines, says WHO; Putin self-isolating

Latest updates: just two African countries have met 40% vaccination target; Covid cases in Russian president’s inner circle

9.56pm BST

Zimbabwe’s parliament on Tuesday banned anyone not vaccinated against Covid-19 from attending church services, the latest in a series of measures to boost uptake of the jab, AFP reports.

The country had already made the vaccine mandatory for civil servants and teachers earlier this month.

9.24pm BST

The Biden administration is advocating for state and local leaders to enact Covid-19 vaccine mandates, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday.

“We’re encouraging everyone … from the private and public sector to take actions to require vaccination,” she said, when asked if the White House was encouraging states to enact their own vaccine mandates.

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Source: theguardian