• Globally, more than 119 million vaccine doses have been given. Source
• In a pre-print article, researchers report high rates of coronaviruses recombination – meaning that large chunks of viral genomes can get mixed together when it makes copies of itself. Different variants could merge within one person – into a more dangerous version of the virus. Sources 1,2
• WHO will release its recommendation for AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines made by India’s Serum Institute and in South Korea’s SK Bioscience on 15 February.
• Belgium, the country with the world’s highest per capita coronavirus death rate, extends its lockdown until 1 April. Source
• CureVac announced a collaboration with the UK’s vaccine task force, aiming to expedite development and approval of vaccines that are effective against coronavirus variants; the government has secured 50 million doses of successful candidates. Source
• Pfizer is withdrawing the emergency use application for its coronavirus vaccine in India, where local clinical trials are required – and it does not intend to conduct one. Source
• Spain announces that it is limiting use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under age 55 years. Source