/ 10 May 2021

Meanwhile, in coronavirus news…

• India’s death toll yesterday rose by 4,092 and 4,187 on Saturday – the first time the 4,000 mark has been breached in the unfolding disaster. Reported cases also increased by more than 400,000 each day of the weekend. Calls for a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus continue to mount…

• The Budget includes a guestimate of when Aussies will be able to freely travel overseas again – and it’s next year, says Treasurer Frydenberg. It was a talking point yesterday after News Corp reported PM Scott Morrison “doesn’t see an appetite” for Australia opening to the world at the moment.

• In a surprise move, the Biden administration says it will join talks about the waiver of intellectual property rights as a way to boost vaccine supplies by allowing poorer countries to make their own. A reason not to do it: China and Russia will gain insights into biopharmaceutical technologies they currently don’t have.

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