Coronavirus live news: AstraZeneca expected to miss EU vaccine target; WHO reports 20% drop in global deaths

Global cases, deaths continuing to decline, says WHO; Ghana gets first Covax vaccine shipment; French ICU patients with Covid at three-month high

8.11am GMT

The Philippines health ministry said on Wednesday it will investigate the illegal use of unauthorised Covid-19 vaccines, after a presidential adviser admitted to receiving shots of a Sinopharm vaccine smuggled into the country.

Ramon Tulfo, a celebrity radio and television host and special envoy to China, revealed in his newspaper column on 20 February and again in an interview with One News that he received a dose in October from a batch that was also used by President Rodrigo Duterte’s security detail.

8.05am GMT

Russia on Wednesday reported 11,749 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, including 1,417 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 4,200,902 since the pandemic began.

The government coronavirus taskforce also reported 383 deaths, taking Russia’s official death toll to 84,430.

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