Republican governor says ‘time to start blaming unvaccinated’ for rise in cases

Alabama’s Kay Ivey says surge in new infections is due to a reluctance among many in state to get inoculated The Republican governor of Alabama has said it is “time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for rising cases of Covid-19, amid concern that months of misinformation over the need […]

Australia’s most populous state declares ‘national emergency’ over Covid outbreak

New South Wales announces 136 new local Delta cases with Sydney under the strictest lockdown measures it has experienced Australia’s most populous state has declared a “national emergency” as it struggles to contain a record-breaking surge of the Delta variant of Covid-19 amid a lockdown affecting half the country. The […]

Angry Brazilians dress as reptiles for their Covid jabs to mock Bolsonaro

People are wearing costumes as a protest to the government’s handling of an outbreak that has killed more than 545,000 When Klinger Duarte Rodrigues set off for his coronavirus shot last weekend he did so dressed as a South American snake. “A sucuri,” he said, using the indigenous name for […]

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: […]

Australian Medical Association says NSW Covid lockdown failing and urges change to AstraZeneca advice

Exclusive: Dr Omar Khorshid says Atagi advice must be changed given growing number of cases from Sydney outbreak Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates NSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictions Vaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The president of the […]

US ‘not of the woods yet’, says CDC chief, as Delta variant drives Covid surge – video

The US is at another ‘pivotal moment’ in the pandemic as the Delta variant drives a big rise in new cases, said CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, who warned ‘we are not out of the woods yet’. She added: ‘The Delta variant is more aggressive and much more transmissible than previously […]

US in ‘another pivotal moment’ as Delta variant drives surge in Covid cases

Hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccinations CDC offers no change in guidance on mask wearing The US is “at another pivotal moment in this pandemic” as rising Covid-19 cases show no signs of abating, driven by the Delta variant, and some hospitals are filling up, especially […]

NSW government has only used 15% of its allocation of the AstraZeneca vaccine

Exclusive: Just 145,000 of the almost 1m doses allocated by federal government have been taken up, leaving jabs to stockpile or be donated overseas Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates Morrison apologises for slow pace of Australia’s vaccine rollout Restrictions: NSW; Vic; Qld; SA; WA and NT; […]

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 […]

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 […]