UK Covid LIVE: UK weekly Covid deaths lowest since September as WHO approves Sinovac vaccine for emergency use

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<p>A man receives a Covid vaccination at Twickenham</p> (PA)

A man receives a Covid vaccination at Twickenham

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The proportion of deaths involving Covid in England and Wales is at its lowest level for more than eight months, figures show.

There were 9,860 deaths from all causes registered in the week ending May 21, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Of these, 1.1 per cent (107 deaths) had "novel coronavirus" mentioned on the death certificate.

The last time the proportion was so low was in the week ending September 11, when the virus accounted for 1 per cent of deaths.

It comes as the World Health Organization has approved the Sinovac Covid vaccine for emergency use, paving the way for a second Chinese jab to be used in poor countries.

The emergency listing means the vaccine is likely to be included in Covax, the global programme providing vaccines for mainly poorer countries which face major supply problems.

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