The latest on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines

By Julia Hollingsworth, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani, Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 7:59 p.m. ET, April 9, 2021
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3:17 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

India surpasses 13 million Covid-19 cases after record daily increase

From CNN’s Esha Mitra in New Delhi

A health worker collects a nasal swab sample to test for Covid-19 at a primary health center in Hyderabad, India on April 9.
A health worker collects a nasal swab sample to test for Covid-19 at a primary health center in Hyderabad, India on April 9. Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

India on Friday crossed 13 million total cases of coronavirus, making it only the third country in the world to do so.

The country reported 131,968 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the highest single-day rise since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a CNN tally of figures from the Indian Ministry of Health. 

India has recorded 1 million cases in just 11 days. India last added 1 million cases in the same time frame in September 2020, when the country was experiencing the peak of its first wave.

India recorded 780 new deaths on Friday, the highest single-day death toll since October 18 last year, according to a CNN tally of figures from the Indian Ministry of Health.

According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is better equipped to handle the caseload during the second wave compared to the first wave. The country needs to focus on micro containment, ramping up testing, quick contact tracing of positive patients and providing treatment, he said Thursday.

“Despite all the challenges, we have better experience, resources and a vaccine. Along with public participation, our hardworking doctors and healthcare staff have helped a lot in handling the situation and are still doing it today,” Modi said at a meeting with chief ministers of states taking stock of the ongoing second wave on Thursday. 

Vaccine shortfall: States such as Maharashtra, Odisha and Punjab have complained of vaccine shortages and several districts in Maharashtra have had to suspend vaccination drives, the state’s health minister said Thursday.

According to a senior administrative official in Mumbai, more than 70 centers in the city have said they do not have vaccines available. The central government has said it is doing everything it can to help the states, the health minister said in a statement earlier this week. 

2:53 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

Japan reports more than 3,400 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Junko Ogura in Tokyo

Japan recorded 3,405 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, exceeding the 3,000 cases mark for the second day in a row, the Health Ministry announced Friday.

The new cases bring the nationwide tally to 494,440, less than four months ahead of the Olympic Games. The national death toll hit 9,331 Thursday.

The number of patients suffering from coronavirus and in a serious condition stands at 483 as of Thursday, across the country. That’s up from 19 reported on Wednesday.           

Japan's rise in cases come as the Tokyo prepares to host the Olympic Games, set to start July 23.

On Monday, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the rise in cases has not yet reached the level of a nationwide fourth wave, but extra vigilance is required.

2:49 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

Australia secures extra Pfizer vaccines after clot fear forces AstraZeneca rethink 

From CNN's Angus Watson in Sydney 

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine sit in a storage container at the Austin Hospital on March 17 in Melbourne, Australia.
Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine sit in a storage container at the Austin Hospital on March 17 in Melbourne, Australia. Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images

Australia has secured an extra 20 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine after declaring it preferable to the AstraZeneca vaccine for recipients under 50.

Speaking Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a total of 40 million Pfizer doses would arrive in Australia before the end of the year.

"I want to thank Pfizer who have been a very good partner with Australia,” Morrison said. “Particularly given the advice that we received from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation yesterday."

On Thursday Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said the AstraZeneca vaccine should only be given to people under the age of 50 if the “benefit clearly outweighs the risk for that individual's circumstances."

Australia had previously ordered 20 million doses of the Pfizer drug but was relying heavily on 50 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced locally.

The decision to limit AstraZeneca dosages forced a “recalibration” of the entire vaccine rollout plan, Morrison said. 

AstraZeneca vaccines continued to be administered to over 50s in Australia on Friday.

Authorities in the state of New South Wales briefly stopped administering AstraZeneca vaccines until it could be determined that all those registered to receive them were eligible under the new guidance.

2:48 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

Allocations of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine expected to drop 84% next week, data shows

From CNN’s Deidre McPhillips

The number of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine shots allocated to states and other jurisdictions by the federal government is expected to drop 84% next week, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This week, nearly 5 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were allocated to states and other jurisdictions, but only about 785,000 are slated for next week.

Allocations of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for next week, however, will remain steady compared to this week. About 4.7 million first doses of Pfizer and 3.5 million first doses of Moderna have been allocated for next week, along with corresponding second doses.

Allocations of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been largely consistent week to week. However, weekly allocations of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have varied widely. 

According to data from the CDC, the first allocation of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – for the week of March 1 – included more than 2.8 million doses. There are no allocations of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine logged for the week of March 8, and allocations dropped to less than 500,000 doses for the two following weeks. Then, for the week of March 29, allocations jumped to nearly 2 million, before more than doubling for this week.

Here are the total allocations for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to states and other jurisdictions each week, according to data from the CDC: 

  • Week of March 1: 2,833,400
  • Week of March 8: none
  • Week of March 15: 493,700
  • Week of March 22: 389,900
  • Week of March 29: 1,911,200
  • Week of April 5: 4,947,500
  • Week of April 12: 785,500

About 4.5 million people have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, accounting for about 7% of people who are fully vaccinated in the US, according to the latest data from the CDC.