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LONDON: The situation regarding coronavirus will be very different by the spring, Prime Minister BorisJohnson said on Monday as Britain speeds up its vaccination programme to protect the most vulnerable from the disease."Things will be very different by the spring," he said. "That doesn't mean that we're not going to be living with the consequences of the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic for a while to come."
WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - With a new president in the White House, the US is re-engaging with the rest of the world to combat Covid-19. But for now, the Biden administration may hold back the one thing poorer countries desperately need: vaccines. One day after Mr Joe Biden's inauguration last week, his chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, pledged support for the World Health Organisation, including participation in the Covax programme to deploy vaccines globally. Even with the US playing an active role, tough challenges remain in the effort to aid low- and middle-income nations. The US has long been the WHO's leading partner in battling diseases, including smallpox, polio and Ebola. And the superpower could still have a big impact in the bid to slow Covid-19 and tackle other threats after former president Donald Trump's pull-back. Dr Lawrence Gostin, a global health law professor at Georgetown University, said he believes it's imperative for wealthy countries to start sharing vaccines before it's too late. But doing so, he said, presents a challenge as the virus continues to spread in the US. "When the US is in an emergency, we start looking