Europe Vaccine Shortages; U.K. Sees Long Lockdown: Virus Update

Europe Vaccine Shortages; U.K. Sees Long Lockdown: Virus Update

European nations continued to grapple with delays to their coronavirus vaccination programs, with Italy warning of a significant slowdown in the coming week and Germany expecting vaccine shortages to last another six to eight weeks. Vaccine deliveries from manufacturers have fallen behind schedule, making it more difficult for European countries, already lagging behind the U.S. and the U.K. in the race to inoculate citizens, to catch up.

The World Health Organization said it sees no evidence that Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s Covid-19 vaccine contributed to the deaths of elderly people and urged that the shot still be used. The U.K.’s third coronavirus lockdown looks set to endure as the government warned it’s too early to contemplate easing restrictions.

U.S. President Joe Biden is set to sign on Friday executive actions to boost food assistance for impoverished Americans, among steps meant to provide immediate help for an economy struggling to cope with Covid-19. Hong Kong is preparing to lock down thousands of residents in a bid to contain a worsening virus outbreak, local media outlets reported Friday, citing unidentified people. Indonesia and Mexico reported record daily death tolls.