Pontiff says he will be getting the jab as early as next week; Queensland premier praises Brisbane residents for complying with snap three-day lockdown; Marseille toughens curfew to fight UK variant outbreak

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Britain said on Sunday it has helped raise $1 billion from global donors towards the drive to help “vulnerable countries” access coronavirus vaccines, by match-funding contributions.

The UK said, in addition, it has committed £548m ($743.4m) to the Covax Advance Market Commitment (AMC), after matching with £1 every $4 pledged by other donors.

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Mexico on Saturday reported a record 16,105 new confirmed coronavirus cases, along with 1,135 additional fatalities, according to health ministry data, bringing its total tally to 1,524,036 infections and 133,204 deaths.

The new daily death toll marks the fifth consecutive day that officials have reported more than 1,000 fatalities due to the highly contagious disease caused by the virus.

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