Covid England: Indian variant now behind 20% of cases as hotspots lag behind in vaccine rollout

The Indian Covid variant now accounts for at least one in five infections in England and NHS figures show that five out of the six hotspots have vaccine uptake lower than the national average. Number 10 today refused to rule out a return to local lockdowns as the mass easing of restrictions in England was … Read more

Covid UK: ‘One shot’ Johnson and Johnson vaccine could be targeted at people who refused jabs

Johnson and Johnson‘s single-shot coronavirus vaccine could be targeted at Britons living in Indian variant hotspots who have so far refused a jab, according to reports. Health officials believe the one dose schedule could be more appealing to vaccine-hesitant Britons, who they fear are harder to convince to turn up for two appointments. The shot … Read more

Coronavirus: Scientist claims preservative in AstraZeneca vaccine could explain blood clot link

A preservative in AstraZeneca‘s Covid vaccine may trigger a rare overreaction from the immune system that causes blood clots, a scientist has claimed. Tiny numbers of people given the jab or the one made by Johnson & Johnson have developed a clotting condition that spooked some countries into turning their backs on it. The reasons for this … Read more

Coronavirus India: Care home staff infected after vaccination ‘avoid severe illness’

AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine appears to be protecting people from the Indian variant of the virus, reports suggest. There are concerns the Indian variants, which have started spreading in the UK, could make jabs less effective and risk vaccinated people getting sick anyway. But in a case of 33 care home workers getting infected after vaccination … Read more

‘Covid arm’ side-effect from Moderna vaccine is HARMLESS and disappears within a week, study finds

A rash that appears on the arms of some people who receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is harmless, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at data from 16 Americans who developed so-called ‘Covid arm,’ in which people experience itchy and swollen skin, sometimes accompanied by red lumps or hives.  They found that the reaction is … Read more

Britain’s cases rise week-on-week for seventh day in row amid spread of Indian variant

Britain’s Covid cases rose slightly for the seventh day in a row today, amid fears the rapid spread of the Indian variant could jeopardise lockdown-easing plans. Department of Health bosses recorded 2,284 positive tests — up 6.5 per cent in the space of a week. But deaths are continuing to fall. Officials posted only 11 … Read more

Covid England: Vaccine drive will open up to under-40s TOMORROW

The coronavirus vaccine programme in England will open up to people under the age of 40 for the first time tomorrow. An NHS bulletin showed adults aged 38 and 39 will be invited to come forward for their jab from Thursday morning. They will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine on the back … Read more

Coronavirus: Indian variant could spread 60% faster than Kent strain, scientist claims

The Indian Covid variant that is surging in Britain could spread up to 60 per cent faster than the dominant Kent strain, a scientist has claimed. Professor Tom Wenseleers, a biologist and biostatistician at the KU Leuven university in Belgium, said on Twitter he had analysed how the two strains compared and found the Indian … Read more

Covid Russia: Putin boasts Sputnik-v vaccine are ‘as simple and reliable as a Kalashnikov rifle’

Putin claims Russia’s controversial Covid jabs are ‘as simple and reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle’ President Putin was welcoming the country’s fourth vaccine, Sputnik LightHe said that Western nations have developed vaccines which were ‘innovative’But he said the Russian jabs were simple and reliable like a Kalashnikov rifle  By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline and Ap … Read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle urge fans to make vaccine donation for Archie’s birthday

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today urged supporters to make a $5 donation to vaccine distribution in developing countries to mark Archie’s second birthday.  The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, also shared an emotive letter to the CEOs of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax urging them to help ‘ensure equitable vaccine access globally’. In a separate … Read more