After warning that the U.K. had "tough, tough weeks to come," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday announced a national lockdown for England to help contain a new, highly contagious variant of Covid-19. Scotland's leader, Nicola Sturgeon, also announced a new stay-at-home order for the country's citizens starting at midnight. The U.K. began its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday, after starting to deploy the Pfizer-BioNTech shot in December. To protect as much of its population as possible, the U.K. government has decided to implement a 12-week delay between the first and second doses of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines. The delay was criticized by the British Medical Association.
Here are some of the biggest developments Tuesday:
- UK's decision to delay second vaccine proves controversial
- It's 'premature' to change authorized vaccines dosing and schedules, FDA says
- More new strains likely to arrive in U.S., epidemiologist says
- Red Cross urges plasma donation, especially from recovered Covid patients
The U.S. is recording at least 215,408 new Covid-19 cases and at least 2,664 virus-related deaths each day, based on a seven-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data.
The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:
- Global cases: More than 86.16 million
- Global deaths: At least 1.86 million
- U.S. cases: More than 20.94 million
- U.S. deaths: At least 355,650