Coronavirus live news: Italy and Spain limit AstraZeneca jab to over 60s; Ireland expands hotel qua…

edited April 8 in UK Political Debate

Two countries are latest in EU to restrict use of vaccine; Ireland stops short of adding US, Germany, Italy and France

Also in Eastern Europe, Hungary has said it expects to have more than 4 million people vaccinated by the end of this month, and to further ease lockdown measures in five or six days, when it has inoculated 3 million people against Covid.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff Gergely Gulyas told a briefing that 2.6 million people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine as of Thursday. Hungary began a gradual reopening of shops and services on Wednesday after it inoculated 25% of its population of 10 million.

Most of the news is wall-to-wall vaccine-related this morning, and this is no different – with a new development in the row over the Sputnik V vaccine in Slovakia.

You may recall that prime minister Igor Matovic resigned last month after a festering political crisis started by the decision to purchase 200,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, despite it not being approved for use.

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