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Coronavirus live news: emergency supplies from US arrive in India; UK cuts international aid by almost a third

Vaccine offered to all over 40s in England; first US Covid emergency aid supplies arrive in India; UK temporarily reduces international aid from £14.5bn to £10bn

Indonesia’s drug regulator on Friday approved a Covid vaccine produced by China’s Sinopharm, which is due to be used in a private vaccination scheme under which companies can buy government-procured vaccines to inoculate their staff, Reuters reports.

No detailed efficacy data of Sinopharm’s vaccine has been publicly released, but its developer, Beijing Biological Products Institute, a unit of Sinopharm subsidiary China National Biotec Group, said the vaccine was 79.34% effective in preventing people from developing the disease, based on interim data.

India posted a record daily rise in coronavirus cases of 386,452 on Friday, while deaths from Covid-19 jumped by 3,498 over the last 24 hours, according to health ministry data.

Related: India Covid crisis: first US relief supplies arrive as country hits new record cases

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