Australia Covid live news update: Morrison says time between Pfizer doses to increase in NSW after state records 136 new cases

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says 53 of the new NSW cases were infectious in the community; taskforce chief John Frewen says vaccines not the best way to deal with immediate outbreak; national cabinet to meet to discuss rollout. Follow live What will it take to bring NSW case numbers down? Restrictions: […]

Pfizer vaccine second dose has ‘sweet spot’ after eight weeks, UK scientists say

Longer schedule led to more Covid antibodies and higher proportion of helper T-cells, supporting immune memory – researchers See all our coronavirus coverage An eight-week gap between the first and second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is a “sweet spot” when it comes to generating strong immune response while […]

Coronavirus live: more than half of all European adults fully vaccinated; more Olympic athletes test positive in Tokyo

More than 200 million Europeans fully vaccinated but programme still behind summer target; more Olympic athletes confirmed to have Covid ‘It’s too late’: US doctor says dying patients asking for Covid vaccine Italy set to impose ‘green pass’ restrictions on unvaccinated people Stark silence in Tokyo speaks volumes about Olympic […]

Rates of double-jabbed people in hospital will grow – but that does not mean Covid vaccines are failing

Several factors, including the portion of those at highest risk among the double-vaccinated and antibody levels, account for the data Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The next wave of Covid will be different. When cases soared in spring and winter last year lockdowns rapidly brought them […]

New Qld Covid restrictions: update to Brisbane and regional Qld coronavirus rules explained

Queensland has eased some restrictions. Here’s the full list of what you can and can’t do Full list of Queensland exposure sites and hotspots Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates Other restrictions: NSW; Vic; WA, NT and SA; Border closures Vaccine rollout tracker; get our free news […]

UK scientists back Covid boosters as study finds post-jab falls in antibodies

Exclusive: Waning antibody levels are possible warning sign of lower protection in months after vaccination Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists have backed proposals for Covid boosters in the autumn after blood tests on hundreds of people revealed that protective antibodies can wane substantially within weeks […]

Coronavirus live: Dutch and Czech athletes in Tokyo test positive; South Korea reports record daily cases

More Olympic athletes confirmed to have Covid; Seoul considering new restrictions amid one of worst outbreaks to date Stark silence in Tokyo speaks volumes about Olympic fears China refuses further inquiry into Covid-19 origins in Wuhan lab Australia PM says sorry for vaccine failures amid Sydney lockdown Fiji records its […]

China refuses further inquiry into Covid-19 origins in Wuhan lab

WHO proposal to audit Chinese laboratories is ‘arrogance towards science’, says health minister Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage China’s government has refused to cooperate with the second stage of an international investigation into the origins of Covid-19, labelling a proposal to audit Chinese labs as “arrogance […]

Struggling for work and food, Indonesia’s poorest suffer as Covid crisis deepens

Restrictions on mobility introduced to stop the spread of the virus have been catastrophic for those living in poverty See all our coronavirus coverage Usually every Eid al-Adha, Riki Priyanto’s father would bring home goat or beef from the nearby mosque. The meat had been donated by devotees and distributed […]

Australia PM says sorry for vaccine failures amid bleak outlook for Sydney lockdown

Scott Morrison apologises for missing vaccine targets as New South Wales reports record cases during fourth week of stay-at-home order See all our coronavirus coverage Australia’s prime minister has apologised for failures in the disastrous coronavirus vaccine rollout as cases in the states of New South Wales and Victoria grew […]