• This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top stories: Nigeria restarts first vaccine doses; Israel lifts requirement for indoor mask wearing; COVID-19 state of emergency lifted in Slovenia.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 176.6 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 3.82 million. More than 2.42 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

Residents of Melbourne, Australia will be allowed to travel more than 25km from home and mandatory outdoor mask-wearing will end on Friday.

New York is lifting all state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions, after reporting that 70% of adults in the state have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Indian cities, including capital New Delhi, have begun lifting strict lockdowns - with experts warning that not enough people are vaccinated to prevent a further wave of COVID-19 infections.

It comes as India reported 62,224 new daily COVID-19 cases yesterday, with 2,542 new fatalities.

The Indian government has also announced that the Serum Institute of India is preparing to produce Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine.

A COVID-19 state of emergency has ended in Slovenia, which means most remaining restrictions are lifted.

AstraZeneca has announced a late-stage trial failed to provide evidence that a COVID-19 antibody therapy provided protection to people who'd come into contact with someone infected with the disease.

Osaka, Japan, will ask the Japanese government to keep a quasi-state of emergency, should the current state of emergency be lifted on Sunday. It would be in an effort to prevent the virus 'rebounding' even as cases decline.

London's theatres have warned of the 'disastrous' impact of the delay to the lifting of restrictions in England.

2. Nigeria to restart first vaccinations

Nigeria expects to receive a further shipment of nearly 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in August, allowing the country to resume giving first doses.

The rollout had been paused to save supplies for second doses, with the country rationing the 3.92 million doses it received through vaccine-sharing facility COVAX in March.

The country has so far given a first dose to around 2 million of its 200 million people, with fewer than 700,000 people receiving both doses.

"We have been inundated with requests by Nigerians to be vaccinated," Faisal Shuaib, the director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said at a media briefing in Abuja, as he announced that vaccination centres would be reopened to adults over 18.

COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people in selected countries.
COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people in selected countries.
Image: Our World in Data

3. Israel scraps indoor mask-wearing

Israel has told residents they can stop wearing masks indoors. It was one of the last remaining COVID-19 restrictions, but with infections continuing to wane, it's now been lifted.

Around 55% of the country's 9.3 million people are fully vaccinated. This figure has remained largely unchanged after this month's expansion of eligibility to 12 to 15-year-olds.

Israel has this month logged either zero or one daily COVID-19 deaths, Health Ministry data show.

What is the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship?

The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship is a coalition of 85 global leaders, hosted by the World Economic Forum. Its mission: Join hands in support of social entrepreneurs everywhere as vital first responders to the pandemic and as pioneers of a green, inclusive economic reality.

Its COVID Social Enterprise Action Agenda, outlines 25 concrete recommendations for key stakeholder groups, including funders and philanthropists, investors, government institutions, support organizations, and corporations. In January of 2021, its members launched its 2021 Roadmap through which its members will roll out an ambitious set of 21 action projects in 10 areas of work. Including corporate access and policy change in support of a social economy.

For more information see the Alliance website or its “impact story” here.