Coronavirus live news: EU may not renew AstraZeneca contract; New Delhi to impose six day lockdown

Commissioner says AstraZeneca only delivered 30m doses of 120m ordered; New Delhi’s Chief Minister says city’s healthcare system is at breaking point

10.39am BST

Over 1.4 million long-term care residents and employees contracted Covid-19 in the US, and more than 181,000 deaths occurred as a result, according to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation. An analysis by the Associated Press estimated another 40,000 excess deaths occurred in these facilities between March 2020 and November 2020 that were not from Covid-19.

Charles Sloan, a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home in Detroit, Michigan, for 10 years, characterized the pandemic’s impact on nursing homes as a “storm”.

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10.31am BST

Reuters have picked up this story from the Spanish press. They say that Spain’s health ministry is considering delaying second doses of some coronavirus vaccines for under 80-year-olds to maximise the number of people who have received at least one injection. El Mundo newspaper reported it this morning, citing an official document.

Under the proposal, patients would receive a second shot of vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna after eight weeks rather than the current three, El Mundo said.

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