October 20, 2021

Coronavirus live news: Moderna says vaccine works on UK and South African variants; Spain sees record rise in cases

Spain saw 93,822 infections between Friday and Monday, and 767 deaths; Moderna confirms its jab...

Spain saw 93,822 infections between Friday and Monday, and 767 deaths; Moderna confirms its jab works against new variants

10.34pm GMT

A troop of gorillas in a US zoo are recovering from an outbreak of Covid-19 that sickened several of the group’s eight members, the zoo said.

The gorillas began to fall ill on January 6, when two of them started coughing, the statement by San Diego Zoo Global said.

The veterinary team who treated Winston believe the antibodies may have contributed to his ability to overcome the virus,” the zoo said.

10.11pm GMT

Brazil has registered 26,816 new coronavirus cases and 627 deaths, Reuters reports.

It comes as Brazilian pharmaceutical company met with health regulator Anvisa seeking approval to conduct Phase III clinical trials of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, which it plans to make in Brazil for national immunisation and for export.

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