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Coronavirus live news: UK approves Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine; Taiwan records first case of new variant

Latest updates: new vaccine can be easily transported so rollout could be swift; person who returned to Taiwan tests positive for new variant; Norway extends UK flight ban

9.11am GMT

Mark Drakeford, the first minister of Wales, said on Wednesday that the newly approved Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine would be rolled out across Wales in January.

“Very pleased that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been given the go-ahead. Over 25,000 vaccines have already been administered in Wales and this second vaccine will start to be rolled out here in the New Year,” Drakeford wrote on Twitter.

9.00am GMT

Israel, meanwhile, is aiming to become one of the first countries in the world to vaccinate most of its population against coronavirus, the Haaretz newspaper reports.

The current rate of vaccinations, which began last week, will see the immunisation of most of the high-risk population by the end of January. If the doses are received on time from Pfizer, most of the population, except for children under 16, may be vaccinated during March 2021.

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