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Coronavirus live news: Pfizer says vaccine offers two-thirds less protection from South African variant

Related: New Zealand birthrate sinks to its lowest ever 1.49am GMT China reported 11 new mainland Covid cases on 17 February official data showed on Thursday, up from seven a day earlier but once again there were no locally transmitted infections.The
total number of confirmed Covid cases in mainland China now stands at 89,806, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,636.
New asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed Covid cases, rose to 20 from six a day earlier.The
National Health Commission said in a statement that all new cases were imported infections that originated from overseas.
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