"My child is not a lab rat." The words are from a 25-year-old woman, Susan, and they're in reference to her three-year-old twin girls. While she speaks to DW, her eyes flicker between them as they begin to meander away — first together, then in different directions — in a large, open park in Bonn, Germany. "It just hasn't been tested enough," Susan insists. "A few months [of testing]? That isn't safe." So no, she says. Her kids are not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. And she isn't, either. Her husband had to, and she didn't like that. At a nearby playground, another mother, who does not want to share her name, feels very differently. "I'd vaccinate them. If it were allowed, or doable, then definitely." Her 12-year-old daughter, she says, has had two different kids in her classroom get COVID-19. That led to a two-week quarantine — each time. "That's where you realize it affects them too." At some point in the coming weeks, the European Medicines Agency is expected to … [Read more...] about COVID: How many parents will actually vaccinate their kids?
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The Bank of England has upgraded its growth forecast for the coronavirus-hit UK economy and signalled it will not raise interest rates in the near term - despite seeing a looming spike in inflation ahead. The latest meeting of the central bank's interest rate-setting committee left policy unchanged, with rates remaining at their COVID-19 crisis low of 0.1% as analysts had widely expected. Its £895bn programme of asset purchases, known as quantitative easing, was also kept static. But its quarterly Monetary Policy Report said that the vaccine-led recovery from the sharpest hit to the economy in over 300 years in 2020 was clearly under way at a greater speed than initially expected. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement The Bank said it now saw growth of 7.25% during 2021 - up from the 5% it expected earlier this year - with output falling by just 1.5% in the lockdown-hit first quarter compared to the plunge of over 4% … [Read more...] about Bank of England sees speedier COVID recovery ahead but holds interest rates
Tui will offer coronavirus tests for a fraction of standard prices to 'make travel a possibility' once restrictions are lifted on May 17. The UK's largest holiday company said its cheapest package - made up of a lateral flow test and PCR test - will be available for just £20. The tests will be requirements for people returning to or visiting England from green list destinations under the Government's traffic light system for international travel from May 17. Passengers from green list countries - expected to include Malta, Jamaica and Portugal - must get a lateral flow or PCR test no more than 72 hours before flying into the UK. They must also get a PCR test once they have landed. The Government is set to provide free rapid Covid test kits to those travelling abroad so they can avoid the hassle of finding one before they returned, Whitehall sources claimed. But arrivals would still have to pay at least £50 each for the gold-standard PCR test on landing. The package from … [Read more...] about Tui will offer £20 Covid tests for holidaymakers travelling to green list destinations this summer
Wang Quanzhang is a lawyer. He spent four and a half years in jail for doing his job. It says a lot about the state of the rule of law in China when even lawyers are persecuted for representing victims. He is no exception. In a nationwide operation in summer 2015, the Chinese authorities rounded up more than 200 lawyers and dissidents. For three years, Wang's wife Li Wenzu knew nothing about his fate; their son had to grow up without a father. Yet, Li Wenzu's spirit was unbroken. She herself became an activist. Watch video 03:23 Share '709 Crackdown' five years on Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3f0ix China: Freed human rights lawyer tries to rebuild his life Long-term coverage DW's China correspondent Mathias Bölinger accompanied this courageous woman's battle for four years. Their many encounters provided the … [Read more...] about DW reporters in China: Documenting the erosion of fundamental rights
New figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed the take-up of first dose COVID jabs among over-50s in England. Due to the progress of the coronavirus vaccination programme, it can be assumed that a substantial proportion of over-50s had been offered a jab up to 12 April - the period to which the figures apply. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Here's what the figures show: • Around three in 10 black over-50s have not been vaccinated Advertisement Vaccination rates for the first dose of a COVID vaccine were lower among all ethnic minority groups compared with the white British population. • Vaccination rates differ by religious affiliation More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Coronavirus rates in England continue to fall across most regions and ages - apart from 5 to 9s and in North West COVID-19: UK reports 13 more coronavirus deaths and 2,613 new cases - as 16m now fully vaccinated … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Who’s getting jabbed among the over-50s? Here are the latest vaccine stats