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Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday evening.

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday evening. We’ll have another update for you on Thursday morning.

Wealthy countries including the UK should send spare vaccine doses to virus-hit nations before organising booster jabs at home, World Health Organization special envoy David Nabarro has told the BBC. He said Covid was “fiercer than ever” and “causing more distress than ever” worldwide. His comments came after Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said the UK could start a booster programme as early as September. The government has also pledged to donate surplus vaccine doses to poorer nations. You can read more about the UK’s vaccine programme here.

A volunteer receives an injection from a medical worker during the country's first human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the novel coronavirus, at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa, June 24, 2020.

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The entire Indian delegation in London for the G7 summit, has had to isolate after two of its members tested positive for Covid-19. India’s foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar pulled out of face-to-face talks and will now take part virtually. He met Priti Patel in person on Tuesday but it is understood that because strict social distancing was maintained, the home secretary and others at the meeting do not need to self-isolate.

G7 meeting: Home Secretary Priti Patel Bilat (right) with Subrahmanyam Jaishankar from India. Home Office.

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Canada has become the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12 to 15. The country’s health ministry has authorised the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab for the age group. In March, Pfizer said trials of its vaccine in children aged 12 to 15 showed 100% efficacy and a strong immune response. Children’s risk of becoming very ill or dying with Covid-19 is low. US President Joe Biden has also laid out plans to roll out shots for 12 to 15-year-olds as soon as possible.

Pfizer vaccine vials

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Goldman Sachs bankers in the UK and US have been told they need to be ready to return to the office in June – when they are allowed to do so. In England the government hopes to lift legal limits on social contact on 21 June, while the bank’s bosses expect US workers to be back in the office on 14 June. While for many working from home has become almost normal, Goldman’s boss David Solomon has described it as “an aberration”.

Goldman Sachs office London

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A nurse who has worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic is planning to retire and buy a house in the Caribbean after winning £120,000 in the National Lottery. Teresa Robinson, 65, won £10,000 per month for a year with her partner Charlie Hobson. “I was bouncing off the walls but Charlie, calm as you like, looked at it and simply said, ‘I knew we’d win it one day’, gave me a kiss and went outside to carry on building our extension,” she said.

Teresa Robinson and Charlie Hobson

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Find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page.

And as it is election polling day on Thursday in England, Wales and Scotland you can find a quick reminder of how voting will be different during the pandemic.

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