Covid: Trump contradicts his top aide on vaccine and masks

Summary

  1. US President Donald Trump contradicts the head of the main health agency over vaccines and masks
  2. Mr Trump says a vaccine would be available “immediately” – and not as late as mid-2021
  3. He also denied Centers for Disease Control director Dr Robert Redfield’s suggestion that masks could be more important than a vaccine
  4. UK PM Boris Johnson speaks of “colossal spike” in demand as people struggle to get tests
  5. New Zealand is in recession for the first time in 11 years
  6. South Africa announces a further easing of anti-coronavirus measures
  7. There have been nearly 30m confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the world, as well as more than 939,000 deaths

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