December 7, 2022

Coronavirus live news: Spain exceeds 500,000 cases after 2,440 new infections in a day

Spain case total now at 525,549; French expert warns over case rate in France; Scottish...

Spain case total now at 525,549; French expert warns over case rate in France; Scottish government could ‘put brakes’ on lockdown easing

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Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech Ltd said on Monday its coronavirus vaccine candidate appeared to be safe for older people, according to preliminary results from an early to mid-stage trial, while the immune responses triggered by the vaccine were slightly weaker than younger adults.

Reuters reports:

Health officials have been concerned about whether experimental vaccines could safely protect the elderly, whose immune systems usually react less robustly to vaccines, against the virus that has led to nearly 890,000 deaths worldwide.

Sinovac’s candidate CoronaVac did not cause severe side effects in a combined Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials launched in May involving 421 participants aged at least 60, Liu Peicheng, Sinovac’s media representative, told Reuters. The complete results have not been published and were not made available to Reuters.

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Here’s more from Guardian reporters Sam Jones in Madrid, Kim Willsher in Paris and Natalie Grover in London on Spain surpassing a grim coronavirus landmark

Spain has become the first western European country to record more than half a million Covid-19 cases, logging a total of 525,549 infections as concerns also grow over the rise in cases in France and the UK.

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