09:48 GMT28 January 2021
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    The global toll of coronavirus cases has surpassed 67.6 million, according to the latest situation update from US-based Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from federal and local authorities, the media and other sources.

    Global biopharma CEOs and top executives are taking part in a virtual briefing on COVID-19.

    The briefing is being organised by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations, representing the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies.

    On 2 December, the UK became the first country in the world to grant approval to emergency use of a candidate vaccine produced by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German firm BioNTech, and the second to register an anti-COVID vaccine. In August, Russia became the first country to register a COVID-19 vaccine, which was named Sputnik V. The clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya research institute, have demonstrated that its efficacy rate is above 90 percent. Dozens of countries have already expressed their interest in procuring the Russian vaccine.

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