Let’s see what’s happening around the world
While we await the Victorian COVID update, let’s do a rapid fire update on how the rest of the world is going.
In case you missed it before, Malaysian Prime Minister announced a total lockdown from Tuesday, due to a surge in coronavirus cases.
Health officials reported more than 8,000 new COVID-19 infections overnight, and 61 deaths.
The single-dose coronavirus vaccine by Johnson and Johnson has just been authorised for use in the United Kingdom.
Regulators say the vaccine has met “the expected standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.”
The UK has been rapidly rolling out vaccines since December, with nearly 58 per cent of the population having received at least one dose of the two-dose Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna jabs.
The European Union’s medicines regulator has approved the use of the Pfizer BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15. Up until now it has only allowed its use in teenagers aged 16 and over.
The decision will need to be formally approved by the European Commission and then individual member states can decide.
Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas by about three weeks to June 20 as the pandemic shows no signs of easing less than two months before the Summer Olympics open.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States and India are united in trying to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic together and Washington wants to make sure it takes action to help India with its coronavirus crisis.
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who has spent the past week in the United States seeking help amid a devastating second wave of infections at home, told reporters India is grateful to the United States for strong support and solidarity.