Coronavirus live news: New York pleads for more Covid vaccine as global daily deaths pass 17,000 for first time

New York Mayor warns city will fall short of its inoculation goals unless it gets more vaccine; Portugal announces lockdown; UK passes 100,000 deaths

1.38am GMT

Joe Biden has released a statement in which he calls for the Senate to address the coronavirus pandemic while dealing with the impeachment trial.

Today, the members of the House of representatives exercised the power granted to them under our constitution and voted to impeach and hold the president accountable,” Biden said. “This nation also remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy. I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation.”

Earlier today Senator Mitch McConnell said that the impeachment trial will not take place until after Biden is inaugurated.

1.27am GMT

Inconsistent vaccine supply is making it difficult for GPs in England to book patient appointments more than a few days in advance, experts have warned, as the prime minister admitted there were significant disparities in local immunisation rates.

Doctors, NHS specialists and MPs told the Guardian that batches of the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine frequently arrived with only a couple of days’ notice, requiring last-minute planning and creating uncertainty for patients.

Related: GPs in England say inconsistent supply of Covid vaccine causing roll-out issues

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Source: The Guardian
Coronavirus live news: New York pleads for more Covid vaccine as global daily deaths pass 17,000 for first time