US President Joe Biden said the government is gearing up to give the coronavirus vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds. Mr Biden announced the next phase in America's vaccine rollout and said that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to approve the Pfizer jab for children as young as 12. All of the current vaccines are authorised for use in people over 16 in America. Subscribe to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , Spotify , Spreaker The president also laid out plans to vaccinate 70% of American adults - a total of 160 million - by 4 July. Advertisement The target is well within reach given that 105 million have already had COVID-19 jabs and the US is vaccinating nearly a million adults per day. However, the vaccination rate is half of what it was just three weeks ago. More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Last two rounds of Premier League fixtures only open to home fans COVID-19: … [Read more...] about COVID-19: US President Joe Biden expects Pfizer vaccine to be approved for 12 to 15-year-olds
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The polls open at 7am today for the biggest set of elections outside a general election in almost 50 years. Voters will cast their ballots despite the many COVID-19 restrictions still in place, with 48 million people given the chance to have their say. In Scotland and Wales, the electorate will decide on their national representatives in Holyrood and the Senedd respectively. In Wales, young people aged 16 and over will get the chance to vote for the first time. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player A closer look at Thursday's elections Elsewhere there are a total of 143 different councils running elections today, while in Hartlepool voters are deciding who should represent them in Westminster. There are also 13 mayoral elections, including for the London mayor, and 39 police and crime commissioner elections across England and Wales after these votes were postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic. Advertisement … [Read more...] about Vote 2021: Polling day for biggest set of elections outside a general election in nearly 50 years
The doctor in charge of NHS England's response to Long COVID has told Sky News that specialist clinics to treat the condition may be needed for "much longer" than current funding allows. The chair of the National Long COVID Taskforce, Dr Kiren Collison, said the service, which has already been used by thousands of patients, could be needed beyond April next year. "We recognise this is a condition where the symptoms can be quite prolonged and we've already seen that from the patients who got Long COVID a year ago, some people are still suffering, so there is that sort of time frame to bare in mind. "We suspect it may need to go on much longer than that," she said. NHS England has spent £34m on opening 83 clinics, which act as a referral system for those suffering with Long COVID. Advertisement "By the end of 2020 we had 69 clinics across the country, which is a huge amount - now we have 83," Dr Collison added. "We need to learn and look … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Long COVID clinics may be needed beyond April next year
With the vaccine rollout going so well and daily deaths dwindling to single figures, the challenge now is how to future-proof our shield against the virus - and prevent the need for another lockdown. The Chief Medical Officer has been signalling since the start of the year that booster doses are likely to be given to the vulnerable in the autumn. And Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News: "We want them to be able, if they need to, from September onwards to boost those that are most vulnerable". That looks increasingly certain, probably for everyone over 50 - they are the most likely to suffer severe disease if their immunity against the virus wanes. Live COVID updates from UK and around world Advertisement And once again the oldest are likely to be at the front of the queue, just as they were in the spring. Their immunity from a vaccine tends to be lower and less durable. More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Last two rounds of … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Booster jab rollout ready from the autumn – but which vaccine to give?
Depression in Britain's adults more than doubled in early 2021 compared with levels recorded before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, figures have shown. Around 21% of adults in Britain experienced some form of depression compared with 10% before the coronavirus outbreak took hold in early 2020. Among people aged 16 to 39 the figure stood at 29%, up from 11%, while for those with a disability the figure was 39%, up from 27%. Some 25% of people living in a single-person household experienced depression in early 2021, up from 15% before the pandemic. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Are vaccines having a real impact on COVID cases? For those living in a household with at least one child under 16, the proportion stood at 23%, up from 6%. Advertisement When comparing age groups, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found more than four in 10 (43%) women aged 16 to 29 years experienced depressive … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Depression in adults has more than doubled since before pandemic