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?
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India's coronavirus crisis is spreading outside major cities, with rural districts in at least 10 states recording a surge of cases and deaths in April. Rural districts recorded more COVID-related deaths than urban districts for the first time last month, despite urban areas having higher overall cases, according to the How India Lives" data repository. In 2020, the first wave of the pandemic in India was initially limited to densely populated cities. The ongoing second wave in 2021 is ravaging wide swathes of rural India, which is starved of public health resources. Shortages of available emergency services have also prompted some villagers to travel to cities, sometimes to other states, in a desperate attempt to find care. Bharti Sharma, a public health consultant, told DW that reports from the ground show a huge swath of the rural population will be at risk if health care deficits are not addressed "immediately." Which rural areas are suffering? India's federal … [Read more...] about COVID in rural India poses parallel health care crisis
MARY Jenkins was a child herself when she discovered she was pregnant at just 14 years old. Terrified of what her parents would think, the teen hid her pregnancy from her parents for as long as she possibly could. Speaking to Kidspot , she shared her extraordinary journey into motherhood... What is wrong with me? I wondered at the start of a bitter, cold December morning in 1998. I was midway through the eighth grade. I was fourteen and had been through the whole puberty phase of life. But this felt different. The energy I should have as a young girl was gone, replaced with nausea. I had no desire to eat and what little I could get down always seemed to find its way back up. It was all I could think about. Why is this happening? What is going on? In agony and pain, I slept as much as I could, trying to keep out of sight—and hopefully out of mind—from my parents. They were busy enough and certainly didn’t need the added worry of my bizarre illness. Though it … [Read more...] about I was pregnant at 14 – I did everything I could to hide it from my parents, I was absolutely terrified
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
EastEnders fans were not happy on Tuesday evening after watching Linda Carter tell her husband Mick that she's pregnant. Earlier on in the episode, Linda (Kellie Bright) was seen feeling unwell at the hospital after she decided to quiz her daughter Nancy's doctor on her decision not to have children. Clearly feeling faint, Linda admitted to the doctor: "I think I'm pregnant," as the medical professional offered to run some tests. Once at home, Linda decided to break the news to Mick (Danny Dyer) after having her pregnancy confirmed - but it wasn't exactly the good news he was hoping to hear. Speaking about her relationship with Nancy, Linda said: "I only ever tried to be a good mum, put my kids first, look where it's got me. Maybe next time I'll get it right, eh?" "What, a baby?" Mick asked, as Linda nodded looking panicked. "That's amazing!" Mick continued, as Linda confirmed she'd had a scan at the hospital. "This is what we need, this is like a fresh start for … [Read more...] about EastEnders fans left ‘fuming’ as Linda tells Mick she’s pregnant with Max’s baby