Vaccines are being tested and companies around the world preparing to manufacture them. This Spanish factory plans to produce a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by a US firm [Salvador Sas/EPA]

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

United States President Donald Trump continues to claim there will be a coronavirus vaccine in weeks, contradicting the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 29.7 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 938,820 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some 20.2 million people have recovered.

Here are the latest updates: 

Thursday, September 17 01:35 GMT – Australia tensions rise over citizens stuck overseas

Australia’s prime minister

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