Here’s a summary of the most recent developments:
- The drugmaker Pfizer applied to US health regulators for emergency use authorisation (EUA) of its vaccine. It came just days after the firm and its German partner BioNTech SE reported final trial results that showed the vaccine was 95% effective with no major safety concerns.
- Russia recorded its greatest daily caseload increase since the pandemic began. Moscow said it had confirmed 24,318 new infections, bringing the cumulative national tally to 2,039,926.
- India has recorded more than 9 million coronavirus cases. The country added , 45,882 new infections in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday, and now has 9,004,365 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker site, and 132,162 deaths.
- Dr Anthony Fauci, the US diseases expert, is back. After months of sparring with Donald Trump, the scientist spoke at a White House briefing