President Emmanuel Macron has said France will double the number of vaccine doses it donates to poorer countries to 120 million.
“The injustice is that in other continents vaccination is far behind because of us; collectively,” Macron said in a message broadcast during the Global Citizen fundraising concert in Paris.
France will also commit to helping Unicef and health systems with vaccine distribution, Macron said; also noting that only 3% of Africa’s population is vaccinated.
A federal judge temporarily blocked New York City’s school system; the largest in the US, from imposing a vaccine mandate for teachers and other staff.
China reported three more infections in the northeastern city of Harbin, a new cluster, as well as nearby Suihua city recorded one more.
Harbin raised risk levels to “mid-level” for five residential complexes and the province’s official Weibo account described the coronavirus situation as “severe and complex”.
South Korea is preparing to offer booster shots to people over 60, medical workers and other high-risk groups.
Australia’s Prime Minister called on states to open their borders.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said state premiers must not keep borders closed once the 80% of eligible Australians are vaccinated; a threshold he expects to reach by the end of the year.
“I can’t see any reason why Australians should be kept from each other;” the leader said on a Sunday television programme. “That puts a heavy, heavy responsibility on those who would seek to prevent that from happening.”
Rowdy celebrations in Norway as curbs end
Police in Norway on Sunday reported dozens of disturbances and violent clashes including mass brawls in the Nordic country’s big cities after streets, bars; restaurants and nightclubs were filled with people celebrating the end of Covid-19 restrictions that lasted for more than a year.
The Norwegian government abruptly announced on Friday; that most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions would be scrapped beginning Saturday and that life in the nation of 5.3 million would return to normal.