Daily updates on the coronavirus and its impact on health, business and travel.
Moderna says its vaccine works well
The US pharmaceutical firm says it’s applying for emergency approval; US warnings of a surge after Thanksgiving; and the Chinese economy bounces back.
US continues to set new coronavirus records
There are fears the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is making the problem significantly worse. Also: British PM writes to MPs amid anger over new lockdown tiers.
US tops 13 million coronavirus cases
The pandemic in the United States continues to surge from coast to coast. Also: France reopens shops as it starts easing its lockdown.
UK boosts AstraZeneca vaccine with regulator request
The UK has asked its regulator to examine AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine with a view to rolling out jabs in the coming weeks. Also: India will help Russia’s vaccine effort by producing 100 million doses; and symptomatic cases drive a coronavirus surge in South Korea.
UN: Gender equality suffers under the pandemic
A new report by the United Nations says women have had to take on even more unpaid work in the home since the rise of Covid-19. Also, Germany says its most vulnerable citizens will be given masks for free. And two museums are collecting people’s dreams to see how the pandemic has affected the human subconscious.
US prisoners defraud the authorities of up to a billion dollars in pandemic employment relief
An anti-fraud taskforce in California says tens of thousands of prisoners have defrauded the authorities of up to a billion dollars in pandemic employment relief. Also, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a slight easing of the country's second coronavirus lockdown which will see shops re-open from Saturday. And the Australian Open tennis tournament is likely be delayed as talks continue over staging the tournament in Melbourne, which has only recently emerged from months of lockdown.