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Covid-19: Alternative jab trialled and antibodies 'last at least six months'

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Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday. We'll have another update for you on Sunday.

1. Jab for people who cannot be vaccinated trialled

For those without functioning immune systems, a possible alternative to a vaccine is entering its final stage of trials. It is hoped the jab could provide at least six months' protection for those unable to receive vaccines.

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2. Will countries be left behind in the vaccine race?

With more than 55 million cases of coronavirus across the world and more than 1.3 million deaths, health experts acknowledge that the only solution to the pandemic is a global one. But as scientists work to develop a vaccine, there are concerns poorer nations could be left behind. So, can a fair - and working - system be established? Meanwhile, when will a Covid vaccine be ready?

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3. Covid antibodies 'last at least six months'

Coronavirus antibodies last at least six months and offer protection against a second infection, a study of healthcare workers suggests. Researchers found indications that having the virus once "provides at least short-term protection".

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image captionAntibodies bind to viral proteins, marking them for destruction by other immune cells

4. Donald Trump Jr tests positive for coronavirus

US President Donald Trump's oldest son has tested positive for coronavirus, his spokesman has said. Donald Trump Jr, 42, was diagnosed at the start of this week and has been quarantining at his hunting cabin since the result, the spokesman added. He is the second of Mr Trump's children to test positive.

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image captionDonald Trump Jr and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle

5. Irish open-air cellist strikes coronavirus lockdown chord

Musician Patrick Dexter, who lives in Mayo, Ireland, began posting online videos of himself playing the cello at the beginning of lockdown in March. Since then, the open-air recitals have been viewed millions of times and he's received messages from all over the world.

media captionPatrick Dexter films his open-air recitals outside his picturesque cottage on Ireland's rural west coast

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