(Bloomberg) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered vouchers for a burger or sandwich for people who get vaccinated. A survey in the European Union found increased hesitancy after the rollout of AstraZeneca Plc’s shot was paused, while Serbia cited evidence that $31 cash incentives work.CureVac NV and GlaxoSmithKline Plc released encouraging early data from laboratory testing of their second-generation Covid-19 vaccine, including evidence that it will provide good protection against some virus variants. Angola approved a single-shot “Sputnik Light” version of the inoculation developed in Russia.Singapore’s air-travel bubble with Hong Kong is facing further delays after cases in the community rose to the most since July because of a cluster at Changi Airport.Key DevelopmentsGlobal Tracker: Cases top 160 million; deaths exceed 3.3 millionVaccine Tracker: More than 1.36 billion doses have been givenU.S. Teen Vaccine Drive Turns to Schools, Doctors to Get Shots OutMuch-maligned Sinovac shot getting greater acceptanceJapan Seeks to Ease Olympics Fears With No-Infection Test EventsWhere are we in the quest for coronavirus treatments?Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on cases and deaths.De Blasio: Burger, Sandwich For Vaccination (10:40 a.m. NY)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said people who get a vaccine will get a voucher for a burger or sandwich from Shake Shack Inc. For those already vaccinated, people can get a free order of French fries after showing a vaccination card.The mayor appealed to parents to get their kids vaccinated as the city opened up shots for ages 12 to 15 in a bid to “get kids off of Zoom.” The city will also reopen some of its festivals, including the Governors Ball.Colorado Nursing Homes Reported Hit (10:40 a.m. NY)Covid-19 outbreaks are increasing at Colorado nursing homes, accounting for six deaths last week, the Denver Post reported Thursday. Cases are also rising at assisted-living facilities and elementary schools, the Post reported.UAE Allows Pfizer-BioNTech for Adolescents (10:18 a.m. NY)The United Arab Emirates allowed the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for ages 12 to 15, based on clinical studies and local evaluation, the state-run WAM news agency reported. With about 11.4 million shots administered, the UAE is set to cover 75% of its population in another two months if the pace holds up, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker.African Testing Declines as Variants Spread (9:11 a.m. NY)The African Union’s health agency urged countries on the continent to increase testing for the coronavirus as more states report different variants of the disease.Testing dropped 21% last week, John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an online briefing Thursday.Six African nations including South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Uganda and Kenya have reported the B.1.617 strain that is devastating India and which initial studies show spreads more easily. That’s in addition to the 24 African nations that reported cases of the B.1.1.7 mutation found last year in the U.K., with the same number of countries reporting the B.1.351 variant first identified in South Africa in 2020.EU Vaccine Hesitancy Rose After Astra Pause (7:42 a.m. NY)Vaccine hesitancy increased in the European Union after the suspension of AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine, with more than a third of adults in the bloc indicating they were unlikely to get immunized from Covid-19, according to a Eurofound online survey.After several EU countries suspended use of Astra’s shot in mid-March, 34% of respondents in February and March said they were hesitant to take the vaccine. Before the pause, 25% said they were “rather unlikely” or “very unlikely” to get it.CureVac, GSK Report Positive Lab Data (7:35 a.m. NY)CureVac NV and GlaxoSmithKline Plc released positive early data from laboratory testing of their second-generation Covid-19 vaccine, with signs the shot could also provide good protection against some variants of the virus.Preclinical studies showed strong immune responses in rats, with significant neutralization of variants first discovered in the U.K., South Africa and Denmark, CureVac said in a statement Thursday. Human trials are expected to start in the third quarter.Billionaire’s South Africa Vaccine Tech Pledge (7:19 a.m. NY)U.S. biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong will give an initial 3 billion rand ($213 million) to South Africa, the country of his birth, to help with the transfer of new technology for Covid-19 vaccines and other therapies.The African continent accounts for only about 1.5% of globally administered shots, data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.Serb Cash Vaccine Incentives Working (6:56 a.m. NY)The Serbian government’s pledge to pay 3,000 dinars ($31) to those receiving vaccines helped speed up inoculation to almost 24,000 people a day from around 8,000 before the offer was announced on May 5, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday.Among the first on the continent to launch mass vaccination in January with shots from China, Russia and western drugmakers, Serbia faced a slowdown amid skepticism toward vaccines, even as it offered its citizens the choice of four different jabs.Angola Approves Single-Dose Sputnik Light (6:40 a.m. NY)Angola’s Ministry of Health approved the use of Russia’s single-dose Sputnik Light vaccine against the coronavirus, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund.The Sputnik Light is the first component of the Sputnik two-dose vaccine, which Angola approved in March, the fund said in a statement. Russia’s state-run wealth fund backed the vaccine’s development and is in charge of the inoculation’s international rollout.Seychelles Says Covid Cases Easing (6:25 a.m. NY)Seychelles, which has vaccinated a greater proportion of its population against Covid-19 than any other nation, said a surge in cases of the disease is easing.While the number of active cases has risen to 2,739, from 2,486 on May 10, the seven-day rolling average of infections has fallen to 178 from 322 about a week ago, the health ministry said.Singapore Cases at 10-Month High (5:12 p.m. HK)Singapore’s virus cases in the local community rose to the highest since July last year as authorities found more infections from an existing cluster at Changi Airport, raising concerns that an air travel bubble with Hong Kong may get delayed again.Of the 24 cases discovered, 17 were linked to a cluster at Changi Airport, the Health Ministry said. This brings the total number of cases linked to the aerodrome to 42.China Sets Up New Health Body (4:34 p.m. HK)China announced a new disease prevention and control agency under the aegis of its top health body, in what is its biggest move yet to address gaps that caused critical delays in sounding the alarm about Covid-19 when it first emerged in Wuhan in late 2019.The new National Disease Prevention and Control Bureau will draft policies regarding infectious disease control and provide guidance on the surveillance of epidemics, among other public health mandates, state news agency Xinhua reported on Thursday.German Cases Numbers Continue Dropping (2:24 p.m. HK)Germany’s new infections kept decreasing with 6,590 cases Thursday. German authorities have become increasingly optimistic that Europe’s largest economy can loosen restrictions, including on outdoor dining and domestic tourism.Rush for Vaccines After Taipei Outbreak (2:11 p.m. HK)A rising number of Covid-19 infections is prompting thousands of members of the hesitant Taiwanese public to get vaccinated. A record 16,180 people received vaccinations Wednesday, with 36 confirmed cases since Tuesday. That outbreak prompted the government to reimpose restrictions on large gatherings for the first time since last summer, although it sees a smaller chance of further raising the Covid-19 alert level, the Apple Daily reported, citing the health minister.Tokyo new Cases Exceed 1,000 (1:39 p.m. HK)Tokyo reported 1,010 new cases Thursday, with the 7-day average climbing. Japan’s northern Hokkaido Prefecture is proceeding with “careful considerations” over whether to ask the central government to declare a state of emergency as virus infections soar, NHK reports. The capital Sapporo is expected to report a daily record of about 500 infections Thursday, national broadcaster NHK says, while there were a record 712 cases across the prefecture, FNN reported. The Olympic marathon is scheduled to be held in Sapporo.India Tops 300,000 Cases for 22nd Day (1:29 p.m. HK)There were more than 300,000 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in India for the 22nd consecutive day. Total confirmed virus cases were at 23.7 million as of 8 a.m. local time Thursday, government data shows. There were 362,727 new cases in the previous 24 hours and 4,120 confirmed deaths, bringing the death toll to 258,317 so far.India’s Drug Controller approved clinical trials of Covaxin for people age 2 to 18. Manufacturer Bharat Biotech will conduct Phase II/III trials on 525 healthy volunteers, according to a government release Thursday.CDC Approves Pfizer Shot for Young Teens (12:50 p.m. HK)A group of medical experts said children ages 12 to 15 years old can safely take the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, opening an important new phase of the U.S. immunization effort.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved 12-15 year olds taking the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, opening an important new phase of the U.S. immunization effort. That was after it was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration and a group of medical experts said it was safe. California announced it would allow parents of eligible children to start booking appointments Thursday.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.