Howdy and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur. 

  • AstraZeneca says it has suspended trials of the coronavirus vaccine it’s growing with the College of Oxford after one of many trials’ volunteers fell ailing with an unexplained sickness. 
  • The UN says the disruption to routine little one and maternal well being providers because of the pandemic might put hundreds of thousands of lives in danger and undo years of progress in lowering little one mortality.
  • Practically 27.5 million individuals all over the world have been identified with the coronavirus and 894,796 have died. Greater than 18.4 million individuals have recovered.

Listed here are the newest updates:

Wednesday, September 9

01:50 GMT – Biden accuses Trump of utilizing vaccine as ‘political instrument’

Joe Biden and working mate Kamala Harris have weighed in on the difficulty of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a joint assertion they accused Republican rivals Donald Trump and Mike Pence of utilizing the vaccine as a “political instrument”.

“We see it as a product of science and analysis,” they mentioned. “Its timing, approval, and distribution ought to be with out regard to political calculation.”

Accusing Trump of a failure in management in each vital side of the COVID-19 response, they urged the administration to reply key questions on the vaccine together with the standards for use to make sure any vaccine meets scientific requirements of security and efficacy, and a plan for distributing it ‘cost-free, safely, equitably and with out politics.”

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden waves as he arrives at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lama

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden has accused Trump of failing in his dealing with of the coronavirus and utilizing a vaccine as a “political instrument” [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

01:20 GMT – South Korea circumstances under 200 for per week

South Korea has now managed to maintain coronavirus circumstances under 200 for per week.

Numbers simply in present the nation reported 156 new circumstances on Wednesday because it offers with a wave of infections that started in the midst of final month and have been linked to a church and a right-wing political rally.

Conservative teams have deliberate one other demonstration for early October, coinciding with the Chuseok festivities, one of many nation’s greatest conventional holidays.

01:00 GMT – Pandemic threatens hundreds of thousands of youngsters’s lives: UN

The United Nations says disruptions brought about to well being providers due to the pandemic might reverse many years of progress in lowering little one mortality and put hundreds of thousands of lives in danger worldwide.

New mortality estimates printed by UNICEF, the World Well being Group and the World Financial institution Group present deaths of under-fives fell to their lowest stage on file in 2019. 

Final 12 months round 5.2 million kids died as a result of preventable sickness, in contrast with 12.5 million in 1990. 

However the UN says the pandemic might undo the progress made as a result of routine little one and maternal well being providers have been being disrupted.  

“The worldwide group has come too far in the direction of eliminating preventable little one deaths to permit the pandemic to cease us in our tracks,” mentioned Henrietta Fore, UNICEF govt director

“With out pressing investments to re-start disrupted well being methods and providers, hundreds of thousands of youngsters beneath 5, particularly newborns, might die.”

00:45 GMT – ‘Security is the prority’: Reactions to AstraZeneca vaccine trial suspension

A number of reactions have been coming in to the information that the Section III trials of AstraZeneca’s potential vaccine have been suspended.

Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth says he’s “not nervous about it” and that the momentary halt doesn’t imply the vaccine is “off the desk”.

“In some respects it is a very optimistic factor as a result of it exhibits that regardless of the accelerated vaccine improvement, security is the precedence of the medical trialists and investigators,” Coatsworth advised Sky Information.

Comparable views are being shared by docs and well being specialists on social media.

00:00 GMT – AstraZeneca vaccine trial suspended for security overview

AstraZeneca says it has “voluntarily paused” a medical trial of the vaccine it’s growing with the College of Oxford after one of many volunteers developed an unexplained sickness.

“As a part of the continued randomized, managed world trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, our commonplace overview course of was triggered and we voluntarily paused vaccination to permit overview of security information by an unbiased committee,” a spokesperson mentioned in an announcement. 

The vaccine has been seen as one of the vital promising of these in improvement. You possibly can learn extra on the suspension here.

UK coronavirus vaccine triggers immune response in trials

23:30 GMT (Tuesday) – Australia’s Victoria reviews 76 new circumstances, 11 deaths

Victoria has reported 76 new circumstances of coronavirus and 11 deaths over the previous 24 hours.

The state in southeastern Australia has imposed a strict lockdown and curfew in Melbourne to attempt to convey the illness beneath management.

Learn all of the updates from yesterday (September 8) here.

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