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4.13pm BST

The pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine will last at least another week, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated.

Dr Rochelle Walensky said at the White House coronavirus briefing that the CDC vaccine advisory panel will not meet again to discuss the J&J vaccine until next Friday, meaning the pause will remain in effect until then.

3.54pm BST

The Biden administration will spend $1.7 billion from the coronavirus relief package to track emerging variants of the virus, the White House has just announced.

The funding will be used to expand genomic sequencing, as well as establish six “centers of excellence” in genomic epidemiology and build a “national bioinformatics infrastructure”.

Today, we are announcing a $1.7 billion investment for the CDC and state and local public health departments to monitor, track, and defeat emerging threats — whether it’s COVID-19 variants today or other viruses in the future — through a process known as genomic sequencing.

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