Coronavirus live news: Italy reports 630 Covid-linked deaths in a day; Gaza infections spiralling out of control

Italy now exceeds 50,000 Covid deaths in total; Gaza reported record high in new cases; vaccine news from Oxford University and AstraZeneca

8.52pm GMT

India will be given first priority for the delivery of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine after its British developers claimed success following mass testing, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by volume has said.

The chief executive of the Serum Institute of India, Adar Poonawalla, said the manufacturer has already produced 40m doses of the vaccine so far.

8.32pm GMT

Pope Francis has taken aim at protests against coronavirus restrictions, contrasting them with the “healthy indignation” seen in demonstrations against racism after the death of George Floyd.

“Some groups protested, refusing to keep their distance, marching against travel restrictions – as if measures that governments must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political assault on autonomy or personal freedom,” he said in a new book.

You’ll never find such people protesting the death of George Floyd, or joining a demonstration because there are shantytowns where children lack water or education, or because there are whole families who have lost their income.

On such matters they would never protest; they are incapable of moving outside of their own little world of interests.

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Source: theguardian