Pope Francis has said the world’s poorest people must have access to a coronavirus vaccine if one becomes available. “How sad it would be if access to a Covid-19 vaccine was made a priority for the richest. It would be sad if the vaccine became property of such-and-such nation and not universal for everyone,” the Pope said during his weekly general audience from the Vatican. Teams across the world are working to develop a vaccine that will be effective against Covid-19.
Germany has reported its highest daily infection rate for the coronavirus since April
Spain and Italy also logged their highest daily figures in months on Wednesday and cases are rising steadily in France
Australian airline Qantas reports an annual loss of almost A$2bn (£1bn; $1.4bn) as it struggles with the impact of the pandemic
India has reported a record daily increase of 69,652 infections on Thursday, taking the total number of cases there to 2.84 million
South Korea tightens restrictions as the country sees a spike in new cases linked mostly to a church
More than 787,000 deaths have been recorded worldwide, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University
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