BioNTech's boss has said he is confident the company's vaccine will be effective against the new coronavirus variant. Ugur Sahin said, however, that more tests were needed before he could be completely sure of the efficacy of the drug. The Pfizer/BioNTech jab is the only vaccine approved for use in the UK so far. It is also being rolled out in the US. Latest coronavirus updates from the UK and around the world Mr Sahin said that the company had "scientific confidence" that the vaccine would be effective, as the new form of COVID-19 shares 99% of the proteins with the previous iterations. Advertisement "The likelihood that our vaccine works... is relatively high," he added. But he acknowledged more research was needed into the mutation, which is prevalent in London and the southeast of England. More from Covid-19 Reading and Leeds festivals will go ahead in August, organisers confirm COVID vaccine side-effects, … [Read more...] about COVID-19: BioNTech boss confident coronavirus vaccine will work against new variant
THE CORONAVIRUS vaccine rollout is in full swing and so far over 6.5 million people have received a jab. Some of the most vulnerable people in society have now had vaccines from either Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the target is to give the first dose of the vaccine to 15 million people in the four-key groups by mid-February. Health Secretary Matt Hancock last night said that over 70 per cent of the over 80s had now been vaccinated - meaning that the country is a step closer to protecting those who are most vulnerable to infection. Mass vaccination centres across the country have opened and GP surgeries along with pharmacies will also be giving out the jab. It is hoped more than 700 GP surgeries across the UK could be delivering the Oxford jab , which can be stored at fridge temperatures. How will I be contacted to get the Covid vaccine? All Covid vaccines are being given in order of greatest priority, … [Read more...] about How will I be contacted about the Covid vaccine?
Can I go on holiday? What's the GHIC, and how does it differ to the EHIC? How travel to Europe will change after Brexit New UK entry testing rules: Everything you need to know Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter R equiring everyone who wishes to go overseas to have been vaccinated against Covid-19 is a path towards discrimination, according to the head of the World Travel and Tourism Council. Gloria Guevara, chief executive of the industry body, criticised the approach by Australian airline Qantas, whose boss, Alan Joyce, suggested passengers would need a jab before they can board one of its international services. “We should never require the vaccination to get a job or to travel,” she said. “I totally disagree with the approach from Qantas. If you require the vaccination before travel, that takes us to discrimination.” The chief executive of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, supported Guevara, and added that global testing measures are the way to … [Read more...] about Vaccine passport for international travel branded ‘discriminatory’
COVID vaccines will be available from GP surgeries from today - as the race to protect Brits from the virus is ramped up. The Oxford/AstraZeneca jab can be stored at fridge temperatures making it easier to administer, unlike the Pfizer jab which requires storage at -70C. It's hoped more than 700 GP surgeries will be delivering vaccines by the end of the week - after the UK recorded the highest daily death toll since April. The UK reported a further 1,041 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday. Record numbers are also currently in hospital with coronavirus, with a further 3,500 admitted in England on Monday. Some 1.3 million people have already received either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca jab. And millions of extra Covid vaccines could be ready within weeks as approval times for fresh batches are slashed to just five days. The jabs will be given to those deemed most vulnerable to the virus first - and are … [Read more...] about Covid vaccines available in GP surgeries TODAY – all you need to know about getting yours
James Argent has received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The former TOWIE star, 33, was labelled a high-risk individual by doctors due to being overweight and asthmatic. The TV star, who recently admitted that he’s hoping to get a gastric band to help him lose weight, had said he would be in serious trouble if he caught the deadly virus. In pictures obtained by Mail Online , James arrived at his GP surgery in Essex on Tuesday to receive his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The reality TV star, who is currently on a health and fitness regime to help him shed some weight, drove to the appointment on his blue Vespa. Sporting a black tracksuit set and some matching trainers, James looked comfortable as he made his way into the surgery to get the jab. James recently opened up about his health worries during an appearance on Loose Women. The concerned star admitted that he’s waiting on a gastric band surgery which he hopes will help him finally stop … [Read more...] about High-risk James Argent gets first dose of Covid vaccine as he reaches 26-stone