COVID-19 US: Great apes at San Diego Zoo receive vaccine

Nine great apes at San Diego Zoo become first non-humans to receive COVID-19 vaccine after outbreak saw eight gorillas infected Four orangutans and five bonobos at the San Diego Zoo in California were given doses of an experimental coronavirus vaccine made for animals last month  The vaccines were handed out after eight gorillas at the … Read more

EU BLOCKS shipment of 250k doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Italy to Australia

The EU has blocked a shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines from leaving Italy for Australia using controversial export laws for the first time. Authorities in Italy refused to grant a licence for 250,000 doses manufactured in the country to be exported, meaning the shipment could not leave Thursday as planned. Officials in Rome had informed the … Read more

Covid-19 UK: Vaccine queue system jumped by people claiming to be carers

Britons can cheat the Covid vaccine queue system by claiming to be a carer to get jabbed early. Officials aren’t thoroughly checking the credentials of people when they turn up for their appointments, inoculated people claim.  NHS bosses say carers and NHS staff must provide proof of their occupation when they go to get vaccinated, … Read more

‘Covid vaccine passport app’ to be trialled on Singapore Airlines London flights

Vaccine passports have landed in the UK as the International Air Transport Association trials an app with an airline between Singapore and London. The phone software from IATA stores evidence of a negative Covid test as well as the facility to store evidence travellers have had coronavirus vaccinations. It is being trialled over the next few … Read more

UK’s Covid vaccine drive set to drastically pick up pace from 15 March

Britain’s coronavirus vaccine drive should drastically pick up pace from March 15 because supplies will ‘increase substantially’, NHS bosses have revealed. The programme, which is crucial to Britain’s hopes of seeing lockdown eased over the next few months, slowed down in February due to manufacturing issues. Ministers promised March would be a ‘bumper’ month for … Read more

Covid: Pfizer and Moderna vaccines give T-cell immunity against new variants

Immunity produced by white blood cells is ‘not substantially affected’ by mutated coronavirus variants, scientists have found.  Experts were concerned the current jabs might not work as well against the South African and Brazilian variants because they changed its shape. Studies found disease-fighting proteins called antibodies were less effective in the face of the new strains, … Read more

Covid vaccines: Oxford and Pfizer first doses just as effective in elderly with underlying illness

One dose of the Covid jabs being deployed in Britain are up to 80 per cent effective at stopping already-ill elderly people from being hospitalised with the disease, fresh research shows. Earlier this week, the first real-world analysis of the Oxford and Pfizer jabs in England found a single injection prevented eight in 10 over-80s from … Read more

Dolly Parton, 75, receives Moderna COVID-19 vaccine after pledging $1M to help fund trials

Dolly Parton announced on Tuesday that she has received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which was developed with help from her $1million donation early last year. The 75-year-old country music icon posted a picture of herself getting the injection, with a caption that read: ‘Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine.’ … Read more

Biochemical systems at Oxford University laboratory researching Covid are hacked

Hackers break into biochemical systems at Oxford University laboratory that is researching Covid Oxford confirmed breach of  its Division of Structural Biology, known as Strubi  Clinical studies have not been compromised and the hack has been contained GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre has been alerted and will assist in probe By Jack Elsom For Mailonline … Read more

France U-turns on AstraZeneca Covid vaccine amid EU shortfall of 90M doses

France’s government has said it wants to ‘rehabilitate’ the AstraZeneca vaccine as EU leaders try to undo the doubts they sowed about the jab which have led to low uptake despite its proven effectiveness.   The French health ministry admitted that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine had an ‘image deficit’ which had led to ‘feeble’ usage of the … Read more