Coronavirus live news: France to administer J&J vaccine as planned while Sweden pauses rollout

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France will use Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine despite its suspension in US while Sweden said it would await the findings the EMA

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Lithuania will roll out national digital Covid-19 immunity certificates by early May to allow some people to bypass restrictions on certain activities including dining indoors, attending sporting events and holding large parties.

A QR code called Freedom ID will be available to those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus as well as those who have previously contracted the virus and recovered. Those who test negative for the virus also will be eligible.

4.05pm BST

Brazil’s richest and most populous state, Sao Paulo, has warned its ability to care for seriously ill Covid-19 patients is on the verge of collapse as it runs perilously low on key drugs, according to a letter to the federal government seen by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.

Sao Paulo state said it expects to run out of crucial intubation drugs, needed to sedate patients, in the next few days, the paper reported on Wednesday.

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