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President Joe Biden said he ordered the U.S. intelligence community to “redouble” its effort to determine the origin of the coronavirus, including whether it possibly came from a Chinese lab accident. Melbourne will lock down as a cluster of cases continues to grow.

Thailand reported a record number of Covid-19 deaths, while Malaysia’s new daily infections rose to a high. Vietnam, also fighting a fresh wave of cases, is allowing some factory workers to sleep on site to avoid production disruptions, while Ho Chi Minh City is closing its hotels and restaurants, according to a local media report.

The European Union attacked AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine supply “failure” and demanded an urgent order for millions more doses in the latest round of a bitter legal dispute over alleged broken promises by the drugmaker. France unveiled extra restrictions for passengers coming from the U.K. to fend off the coronavirus variant first identified in India.

Key Developments:

  • Global Tracker: Cases top 168 million; deaths exceed 3.49 million
  • Vaccine Tracker: More than 1.74 billion doses have been given
  • Seychelles’s Covid mysteries pit anti-vaxxers against scientists
  • Generation of Covid orphans at risk of exploitation in India
  • Where are we in hunting for the coronavirus’s origin?: QuickTake
  • Why the mutated coronavirus variants are so worrisome: QuickTake

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