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Australia will immediately provide 8,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses and critical health equipments to Papua New Guinea (PNG) due to the spike in new coronavirus infections in the country, prime minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.

It will also request AstraZeneca and European authorities to grant access to one million doses of the country’s contracted vaccines for PNG, Morrison said.

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In France, health authorities say they are investigating a new coronavirus variant found in the western Brittany region.

The variant appears to be more difficult for nasal tests to detect, however for now it does not appear to be more dangerous or contagious.

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