1. It’s been almost two weeks since the latest state of emergency came into effect in four Japanese prefectures including Tokyo and Osaka. Now the government is set to extend the measure by three weeks and expand the area it covers.
2.The International Olympic Committee says the U.S. pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech will donate coronavirus vaccine doses for participants in this year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
3. China has reacted sharply against a joint communique issued by foreign ministers of the Group of Seven countries. The document takes a strong line on the country.