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
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The UK government has been told to "act unilaterally" over the controversial Northern Ireland protocol in its trade deal with the EU. Following the UK's departure from the European Union , the Brexit deal agreed saw trade checks enacted on products travelling between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. But to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, these regulatory and customs checks moved to the Irish Sea, with goods imported into Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK subject to a range of new processes. A grace period has been in place since 31 December, but there has still been disruption on transporting supermarket goods and this could intensify when it ends on 1 April. Unionists say the protocol is driving an economic wedge between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Advertisement Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, spoke after a meeting of the UK/EU committee for … [Read more...] about Brexit: UK government urged to ‘act unilaterally’ over Northern Ireland protocol
UK holidays are jumping in price due to demand, with some costing as much as £600 more following the lockdown announcement. Yesterday, Boris Johnson confirmed that self-catered holidays could go ahead from April 12 , following by hotels from May 17. While there are still restrictions in place - one household only in April, rising to two households on holiday from May - it has already resulted in a huge rush to book in a holiday. Sykes Holiday Cottage bookings were up 150 per cent year-on-year with a booking taken every eight seconds after the PM's announcement, while Away resorts saw bookings up 243 per cent compared to last year. According to research team Mitel , domestic holidays are expected to hit a 10-year high, with Brits to spend more than £7bn - up £5.8bn in 2019. However, this has also led to soaring prices, as happens when demand goes when capacity is limited. A number of people who booked their holidays after the announcement have been complaining on … [Read more...] about UK holiday prices jump 100% & families face paying thousands more – but there are still decent deals to be had
With Prime Minister Boris Johnson finally declaring the end of lockdown is firmly in our sights, many of us are desperate to book that long-awaited getaway. But just where and what can we do? Here are some of your holiday questions answered. When can we holiday at home? Domestic holidays will be allowed from April 12 - after Easter - although hotels and B&B’s will not open until at least May 17. When can we travel abroad? Foreign travel may also be given the go-ahead from May 17, although a review into restarting travel concludes on April 12. Depending on its findings, dates could change. Where can we go? Currently there are 33 countries on the high-risk list. Anyone travelling from these countries to the UK will need to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for ten days at a cost of £1,750. You will also need to take two coronavirus tests. It isn’t known how long this scheme will run for. Do you enjoy reading about politics? Sign up for all the … [Read more...] about Essential holiday questions answered – what you can and can’t book in UK and abroad
The symptoms of coronavirus can vary hugely from person to person, but those most badly affected will require intensive care in hospital. Among them is Prime Minister Boris Johnson , who was admitted to ICU (Intensive Care Unit) after his condition worsened. But what are the reasons for moving a coronavirus patient from a ward to ICU? And what sort of treatment do doctors and nurses provide? Sky News has spoken to a number of consultants. What has to happen for you to end up in intensive care? Advertisement Patients end up in intensive care when COVID-19 makes it very difficult for them to breathe, which in worst cases can cause them to develop pneumonia - fluid on the lungs. They also may require sudden access to equipment to aid breathing that is not available on general wards. More from Covid-19 COVID-19: Airlines to burn through up to $95bn this year after restrictions tightened COVID-19: Face masks may not be needed … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Why are patients put into intensive care?