Coronavirus live news: US records 40,000 deaths in two weeks; Mexico runs out of vaccine

Concern over Covid spread on Superbowl weekend; China to donate vaccines to DR Congo; French PM defends slow vaccine rollout. Follow latest updates

12.21am GMT

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, with me, Alison Rourke.

There are concerns in the US that the Superbowl – the culmination of the football season – which takes place on Sunday, could lead to a rise in Covid cases. Traditionally a time that families get together, there are fears another spike could follow the event. It comes as the country recorded more than 40,000 deaths in a two-week period.

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