The next phase of COVID vaccinations will continue to prioritise people by age and not their occupation to avoid slowing down the rollout. People aged 40-49 will be the next in line to get a vaccine after all vulnerable groups and the over-50s are covered, the government said. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said this would provide "the greatest benefit in the shortest time". It added that prioritising occupational groups such as teachers and police could make the rollout more complex and could potentially slow the programme overall, leaving some vulnerable people at higher risk for longer. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement In a statement, a government spokesperson confirmed all four nations of the UK would follow the recommendations "subject to the final advice given by the independent expert committee". The spokesperson added that age had been assessed to be "the strongest … [Read more...] about COVID-19: People in their 40s first for phase two of vaccine rollout – no priority for teachers and police
Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will deliver to the EU less than half the amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses that it pledged for the first quarter of 2021, company boss Pascal Soriot admitted to European lawmakers on Thursday. The drugmaker has long said it will not be able to fulfill its target, but the confirmation remains a blow to the EU's vaccine rollout. The bloc has fallen far behind the United States, Britain and Israel in vaccinating its public, blaming supply chain issues. About 8% of the adult population of the EU have been vaccinated, according to European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen. AstraZeneca will now try and deliver 40 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March, down from an initial 90 million. The pledge is in line with previous statements from the company. On Wednesday, AstraZeneca said it would only be able to deliver half the COVID-19 vaccines it was contracted to supply the EU in the second quarter of 2021. The EU has … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: AstraZeneca admits huge vaccine shortfall for EU
Getting the vaccine is for many a lifesaver. For others it opens up the possibility of a return to a more normal life - leaving lockdown, travelling, going to the work place. But when are you going to be vaccinated? That's a simple question with an incredibly complex answer. Here's the simple version of that answer, but be warned, this table is a very rough estimate. Our starting point is the new information we were given today about how the vaccination programme against COVID will be rolled out across the country. The group of independent scientific and clinical experts which advises the government on how to prioritise giving the vaccine, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), says once the top nine priority groups have had their first dose, the COVID jab is then to be given to people according to age , starting with the oldest first. If Health Secretary Matt Hancock hits his target of all 32 million people in the top nine priority groups … [Read more...] about COVID-19: When might I get a coronavirus vaccine?
Aid organizations are still unable to reach parts of the conflict-torn Tigray region, three months since the conflict began. Information is thin as communications is interrupted. Ethiopian opposition parties claim that at least 52,000 people have died in Tigray since November. About 60,000 have fled the embattled region for Sudan, according to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. A third of those displaced are children. The European Union's special envoy, Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, warned this week that the crisis in Tigray region is "completely out of control militarily, human rights-wise and humanitarian-wise." EU's special envoy Pekka Haavisto has urged Addis Ababa to grant full access to aid organizations He said the Ethiopian government must urgently provide full humanitarian access to Tigray and its estimated six million inhabitants. In December, Brussels announced it was withholding some 90 million euros ($110 million) in aid to Ethiopia because the … [Read more...] about Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Too little aid for distraught citizens
A 19-year-old died from sepsis after trying 25 times to get through to a GP surgery only to be refused an appointment, an inquest heard. University student Toby Hudson was unable to speak to anyone at the practice because of a faulty phone system and eventually gave up and called again the next day to be told he could not be seen for at least 48 hours. The tragic teenager was told that due to him being registered at another surgery in his university town of Southampton, Hants, he could either wait two days to re-register or go to an urgent care walk-in centre. Toby died two days after he had first sought help at the Wyke Regis & Lanehouse Medical Practice in Weymouth, Dorset. An inquest into his death in Bournemouth heard Toby had previously been a patient at the Weymouth practice. However, when he moved to Southampton to study chemistry at university he registered at a new clinic closer to campus. He had been suffering from a cough for around two months before he … [Read more...] about Student dies from sepsis after ringing GP surgery 25 times to be refused appointment