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Covid-19 live updates: World figures tout vaccines as ‘exit’ from pandemic amid skepticism, AstraZeneca concerns – The Washington Post

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  • The European Medicines Agency said health regulators remained “firmly convinced” that the benefits of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine outweighed the risks amid concerns that the shots caused blood clots in some people.
  • The former U.S. coronavirus response coordinator, Deborah Birx, said in an interview with ABC News that the moment Trump recommended injecting disinfectant still haunts her.
  • After weeks of declining coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations, new hot spots of infection have emerged in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Experts warn the spread of a more dangerous variant and a rush to return to normal life could prolong the pandemic.
  • U.S. health officials under Trump worked to convince Brazil to reject Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the federal government disclosed in a January document that was largely overlooked until this week.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration will extend its “zero tolerance” policy on flouting pandemic safety guidelines for as long as the federal mask mandate is in place. The FAA is investigating more than 450 cases of bad behavior by flight passengers.

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