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Tokyo looks to implement emergency measures as cases grow just months before start of Olympics; Australian doctors condemn vaccine ‘farce’ after AstraZeneca reversal

6.12am BST

Back to Australia, where the vaccine rollout is facing a major shake-up after the federal government released advice last night to avoid giving the AstraZeneca vaccine to under-50s amid fears of a potential link to unusual blood clots.

Related: What does Australia’s new advice on the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine mean and what is the risk?

5.53am BST

France’s top health body is set to announce today that recipients of a first dose of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine who are under 55 should get a second shot with a new-style messenger-RNA vaccine, according to two sources aware of the plans.

Two mRNA vaccines, one from Pfizer and BioNTech and one from Moderna, are approved for use in France.

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