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Coronavirus live news: WHO approves Sinovac vaccine; Vietnam reverses international travel ban

WHO says two-dose vaccine is ‘safe, effective, and quality-assured’; temporary flight suspension in Vietnam lifted; Malaysia begins tough nationwide lockdown; Melbourne restrictions extended

Germany’s top diplomat in Taipei has said his government has been helping in talks between Taiwan and drugmaker BioNTech to supply Covid-19 vaccines, after Taiwan said a deal fell apart earlier this year due to Chinese “intervention”.

China denied that accusation. But a war of words escalated after Taiwan rejected Beijing’s offer to supply it with shots made by Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group, which holds a contract to sell them in Greater China.

Nicola Slawson has opened up our UK live blog for the day, which is immediately leading with the debate over the government’s plan for post-pandemic “catch-up” education provision in England. You can follow that with her here:

Related: UK Covid live news: ‘more is required’ to tackle lost pupil learning, says Gavin Williamson

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