Covid-19 News: Booster invitations will be sent to over 50s in England

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Round 1.5 million folks in England will probably be invited to ebook a booster shot this week

Textual content messages and letters will probably be despatched to round 1.5 million folks in England this week, inviting them to ebook a covid-19 booster vaccine jab. These eligible embrace folks aged 50 and over, frontline well being and care staff, and other people residing in care houses.

“Booster doses are an vital method of holding the virus below management for the lengthy phrases and can shield essentially the most susceptible by the winter months,” mentioned UK well being minister Sajid Javid.

Chatting with reporters on his technique to the UN Basic Meeting in New York, prime minister Boris Johnson mentioned that the booster programme have to be the UK’s precedence, over donating extra coronavirus vaccine doses to much less rich nations.

Vaccinations started for 12-to-15-year-olds in England as we speak. In the meantime, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been discovered to be secure and efficient in 5-to-11-year-olds, in response to inner Pfizer knowledge that can should be reviewed by the US Meals and Drug Administration earlier than the vaccine will be given to under-12s. The Guardian stories that this age group is on observe to obtain two doses of the vaccine within the US by the tip of October.

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Earlier updates

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17 September

A brand new evaluation means that lengthy covid impacts 6 per cent of people that expertise signs

Lengthy covid seems to have an effect on between 3 to 11.7 per cent of individuals contaminated by the coronavirus, in response to an evaluation by the UK Workplace for Nationwide Statistics that used a number of completely different approaches to gauge the prevalence of the power situation. In line with the evaluation, as many as 17.7 per cent of people that had symptomatic covid-19 infections self-report as experiencing lengthy covid 12 weeks later, however the proportion of symptomatic circumstances who expertise at the very least one ONS-defined lengthy covid signs repeatedly for 12 weeks or extra is decrease, at 6.7 per cent.

In April, the ONS printed a examine suggesting that 13.7 per cent of people that check optimistic for covid go on to expertise some signs for 12 weeks or longer. Now, the ONS has used a number of approaches to get a extra detailed take a look at how frequent lengthy covid is.

The brand new examine discovered that, when trying throughout individuals who check optimistic for covid-19 – no matter whether or not they had signs or not throughout their preliminary an infection – lengthy covid seems to be much less frequent than beforehand thought. Amongst these within the examine who examined optimistic for covid-19, 5 per cent reported a number of of 12 frequent signs 12 to 16 weeks after an infection. Nonetheless, 3.4 per cent of individuals within the management group additionally reported such signs, suggesting that the coronavirus might not be responsible within the majority of circumstances.

The prevalence of lengthy covid appeared to drop even additional – to three per cent – when the evaluation focussed on individuals who’d examined optimistic who then skilled signs repeatedly for at the very least 12 weeks. This compares to 0.5 per cent within the management group. However the evaluation estimates that 11.7 per cent of people that’d examined optimistic would describe themselves as experiencing lengthy covid 12 weeks after an infection, and that 7.5 per cent of individuals would say that lengthy covid is limiting their day-to-day actions.

Nonetheless, the ONS estimates recommend that lengthy covid is extra frequent amongst individuals who expertise signs throughout their preliminary covid an infection. When asymptomatic circumstances have been faraway from the evaluation, the prevalence of lengthy covid went up. The examine discovered that 6.7 per cent of people that had symptomatic infections went on to expertise a number of of 12 frequent signs repeatedly for at the very least 12 weeks. As for self-reported lengthy covid, 17.7 per cent of people that’d had symptomatic infections described themselves as experiencing lengthy covid 12 weeks after an infection, and 11.8 per cent mentioned that this was limiting their day-to-day actions.

The evaluation additionally confirmed that lengthy covid is most typical in ladies, adults aged 50 to 69, and in folks with different well being situations. Those that present indicators of a excessive viral load throughout their preliminary an infection are additionally extra more likely to expertise lengthy covid.

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Round 3000 healthcare staff who haven’t been vaccinated for covid-19 have been suspended in France. A brand new rule got here into pressure on 15 September that makes vaccination obligatory for two.7 million frontline workers.

Italy is planning to make it obligatory for many private and non-private staff to have a “inexperienced go” that signifies that an individual has been totally vaccinated, just lately recovered from the coronavirus, or just lately examined detrimental for it. Since August, a inexperienced go has been vital for accessing most leisure actions within the nation.

The military could also be referred to as upon to assist Scotland’s ambulance service, which is below “acute strain”, first minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned yesterday.

Use our covid-19 dashboard to remain updated with deaths, circumstances, and vaccination charges world wide.

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16 September

Greater than 30,000 reported circumstances of menstrual modifications after vaccination within the UK

A potential hyperlink between covid-19 vaccines and menstrual modifications is believable and must be investigated, in response to a reproductive immunology specialist. Writing within the BMJ, Victoria Male at Imperial School London notes that modifications to durations and sudden vaginal bleeding aren’t at present listed as covid-19 vaccination unwanted side effects by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Merchandise Regulatory Company. Nonetheless, greater than 30,000 stories of such modifications have been made to the MHRA by its yellow card unwanted side effects reporting scheme.

As a result of menstrual modifications have been reported after numerous completely different sorts of covid-19 vaccine, Male means that, if there’s a hyperlink, it’s more likely to be brought on by the physique’s immune response to vaccination, relatively than a response to a particular vaccine part. Male notes that a examine of menstruating ladies discovered {that a} quarter of those that caught covid-19 skilled menstrual disruption, and that vaccination in opposition to the human papillomavirus has been linked to menstrual modifications.

In line with Male, most individuals who report modifications to their durations after vaccination discover that they return to regular the next cycle. There isn’t a proof that covid-19 vaccination reduces fertility. Nonetheless, she argues that it is very important analysis the results of the vaccines on menstruation. “Vaccine hesitancy amongst younger ladies is basically pushed by false claims that covid-19 vaccines might hurt their possibilities of future being pregnant,” she writes. “Failing to totally examine stories of menstrual modifications after vaccination is more likely to gasoline these fears.”

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15 September

Fast improve in covid-19 hospitalisations in England predicted for October

Modellers on the UK authorities’s SAGE committee of scientific advisers have calculated that between 2000 and 7000 folks a day could possibly be hospitalised with covid-19 in England in October except some restrictions are launched to curb an infection charges.

Round 1000 folks a day are at present being admitted to UK hospitals with covid-19. On the peak of final winter’s peak, 4500 folks have been hospitalised throughout the UK each day. This winter, hospitals are more likely to be below much more pressure, as they deal with long-covid circumstances and seasonal flu.

In line with SAGE, “it’s extremely probably {that a} vital lower in dwelling working within the subsequent few months would end in a fast improve in hospital admissions. If enacted early sufficient, a comparatively gentle set of measures could possibly be enough to curb sustained progress.”

These measures would come with extra widespread testing, a return to encouraging working from dwelling, elevated mask-wearing, and requiring fully-vaccinated individuals who’ve had contact with a optimistic case to self-isolate. Nonetheless, to be efficient in stopping a big wave of infections, these measures would should be carried out earlier than an infection charges start to quickly speed up.

The well being minister Sajid Javid yesterday mentioned the federal government’s “plan A” for autumn and winter is to broaden vaccination to 12-to-15-year-olds and to provide booster jabs to the clinically susceptible and other people over the age of fifty. The prime minister Boris Johnson mentioned yesterday that obligatory masks and recommendation to earn a living from home are the federal government’s “plan B”.

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The World Well being Group yesterday issued an pressing name for vaccine fairness worldwide, with a selected stress on the necessity for vaccination in Africa. WHO director basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was joined by numerous international well being leaders in calling for higher cooperation in vaccine provide and entry.

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10 September

Two covid-19 vaccines permitted in UK for potential use as booster pictures

The Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccines have been permitted as secure and efficient to be used as a 3rd shot by UK regulator the Medicines and Healthcare Merchandise Regulatory Company (MHRA). However a basic booster marketing campaign has not but been really useful by the physique that advises the UK authorities on who ought to obtain vaccines, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). “This is a vital regulatory change because it offers additional choices for the vaccination programme. It can now be for the JVCI to advise on whether or not booster jabs will probably be given,” June Raine of the MHRA mentioned in a press release.

The JCVI met yesterday to debate outcomes from a big UK trial referred to as COV-Enhance, evaluating the outcomes of giving seven completely different vaccines as booster doses. Thus far, the JCVI has solely suggested third pictures for people who find themselves severely immunocompromised – which it says aren’t boosters however top-ups, as this group could not have had sturdy immune responses to the primary two jabs.

In the meantime, Sarah Gilbert on the College of Oxford, who helped develop the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, has joined these saying a mass booster programme shouldn’t be but wanted within the UK, and that provides must be directed to low-income nations. She advised The Telegraph that proof suggests immunity is “lasting properly”.

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The US will introduce strict new guidelines on vaccines that can have an effect on 100 million working folks, about two-thirds of the nation’s labour pressure. Yesterday President Joe Biden mentioned corporations with greater than 100 workers should guarantee their workers are both totally vaccinated or take weekly covid-19 exams. And vaccination will probably be obligatory for federal authorities staff, contractors for the federal authorities and healthcare workers in settings that obtain federal reimbursement. “The underside line: we’re going to guard vaccinated staff from unvaccinated co-workers,” Biden mentioned at a press convention. In the meantime Scotland is ready to introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs and sports activities occasions from 1 October.

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9 September

Platelets could possibly be responsible for lethal covid-19 blood clots

Tiny particles within the blood that promote clotting could possibly be key to explaining why covid-19 will be lethal. The discovering means that we might be able to use current medicines to damp down platelet-triggered clotting in covid-19 sufferers.

Individuals with extreme covid-19 typically have problems from extreme blood clotting, similar to coronary heart assaults, strokes and kidney harm. Tessa Barrett at NYU Langone Well being in New York and colleagues discovered that platelets from 291 hospital sufferers with covid-19 had greater ranges of two molecules concerned in clotting in contrast with platelets from uninfected folks. Ranges have been particularly excessive in those that needed to keep longer in hospital, discovered the examine, printed in Science Advances yesterday.

The workforce discovered that, after they grew wholesome cells from blood vessel partitions in a dish and uncovered them to fluid from platelets that had encountered the pandemic coronavirus, they made extra clotting molecules than when platelets have been uncovered to a coronavirus that causes the frequent chilly. And the gaps between the cells grew to become wider, which could possibly be why blood vessels turn into extra “leaky” in extreme covid-19, inflicting fluid to construct up within the lungs. “Our findings could clarify largely what makes covid-19 a lot extra lethal than its family members that trigger the frequent chilly,” Barrett mentioned in a press release.

Stroke medication that block platelet-induced clotting are at present being trialled as a therapy for covid-19.

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The UK is contemplating making covid-19 and flu jabs obligatory for frontline NHS workers and social care staff. The federal government has as we speak launched a six-week session on making full vaccination in opposition to the 2 viruses a situation of employment, except persons are medically exempt. About 9 in ten NHS workers have had two covid-19 doses up to now, however that ranges from 78 to 94 per cent between hospitals. The flu vaccination price amongst well being service staff was 76 per cent final 12 months.

Hypothesis continues on whether or not the UK will begin providing third coronavirus vaccine doses to the broader inhabitants, with the i newspaper reporting as we speak {that a} booster programme for older age teams might start within the subsequent two weeks. Yesterday the World Well being Group mentioned there must be no basic booster campaigns till at the very least the tip of the 12 months to let low-income nations give 40 per cent of their populations their first two doses. Right here’s what we all know up to now in regards to the professionals and cons of boosting.

There isn’t a proof of airborne transmission of covid-19 in public bogs, in response to a scientific evaluation printed in Science of Whole Atmosphere. The danger may be very low, most likely as a result of folks spend so little time in there and infrequently work together with others, says Sotiris Vardoulakis on the Australian Nationwide College in Canberra.

UK researchers are on the lookout for volunteers to assist establish covid-19 infections from the sound of individuals’s speech and coughing. You must be ready to add sound recordings of your self inside three days of taking a lateral stream or PCR check for covid-19.

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8 September

Newest figures present 4 in 5 of individuals 16 and over have now had two covid-19 vaccine doses

4 in 5 UK folks aged 16 and over have had each covid-19 vaccine doses, in response to authorities figures. Additionally they present greater than half of all youngsters aged 16 or 17 have had their first jab, simply over 4 weeks since they have been provided vaccination, suggesting low vaccine hesitancy amongst youngsters. Well being and social care minister Sajid Javid referred to as the figures “an outstanding achievement”.

This week the UK authorities launched a marketing campaign to additional promote vaccine take-up amongst younger folks, involving TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, MTV and radio stations. It can have two strands. One targets youngsters with the message: “Don’t miss out on half-term plans, good occasions, and the covid jab.” The opposite is geared toward dad and mom, reassuring them that the vaccine is secure and protects households.

The transfer comes as the newest figures from the UK’s Workplace for Nationwide Statistics present a unbroken gradual improve within the numbers of deaths registered in England and Wales. In that week ending 27 August, the variety of registered deaths was 13 per cent greater than the typical for the previous 5 years. Covid-19 was talked about within the registration paperwork of 6.5 per cent of all deaths.

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The top of pharmaceutical agency AstraZeneca says a 3rd vaccine dose might not be wanted for everybody. Writing in The Telegraph, chief government Pascal Soriot and a colleague mentioned: “A 3rd dose for all could also be wanted, however it could not. Mobilising the NHS for a boosting programme that isn’t wanted would doubtlessly add pointless burden on the NHS over the lengthy winter months.” The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is more likely to resolve on a booster programme this week.

The UK authorities has denied stories within the i newspaper on Monday that it’s planning a two-week “firebreak” lockdown across the faculty October half-term vacation. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman mentioned there have been contingency plans for a variety of eventualities, however a firebreak could be a final resort.

Newly identified sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England fell by a 3rd in 2020 in contrast with the 12 months earlier than. The drop is as a result of folks met up much less throughout lockdowns and fewer folks went to clinics to get examined, says Public Well being England.

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7 September

Lab exams recommend the delta variant escapes immune responses extra simply than alpha

The delta variant of the coronavirus is much less delicate than different frequent variants to antibodies within the blood of people that have beforehand been contaminated or vaccinated, researchers have discovered. The examine, printed in Nature, additionally discovered that the delta variant is extra environment friendly at replicating and higher at breaking into cells from the respiratory tract. These traits could account for why this variant has unfold the world over quickly because it was first recognized in India in late 2020, changing into the dominant type of the virus worldwide.

In lab experiments, Petra Mlchova on the College of Cambridge and her colleagues in contrast the delta variant with alpha, which was the dominant kind within the UK earlier than being overtaken by delta in Could. Delta was 5.7 occasions much less delicate to serum from the blood of people that’d beforehand had covid-19 and eight occasions much less delicate to serum from individuals who had been vaccinated.

Antibodies are proteins produced as a part of the physique’s immune response to an infection. They work by recognising and binding to elements of invading viruses and microbes, such because the spike protein on the floor of the coronavirus. Earlier analysis has discovered that the delta variant doubles the danger of hospitalisation for unvaccinated folks in contrast with the alpha variant, and that vaccines have a considerably decrease effectiveness in opposition to the delta variant – though the safety conferred by receiving two pictures of the vaccine remains to be considered good.

The newest examine additionally checked out how the virus behaves in “mini-organs” grown up within the lab from cells taken from folks’s airways. As a result of the delta virus particles have extra spikes on their floor, they have been higher in a position to break into cells and replicate inside them.

An infection of vaccinated healthcare staff with the delta variant is a big downside, mentioned examine co-author Anurag Agrawal from the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in Delhi, India. “We urgently want to contemplate methods of boosting vaccine responses in opposition to variants amongst healthcare staff. [The study] additionally suggests an infection management measures might want to proceed within the post-vaccine period,” he mentioned in a press launch.

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The UK authorities has drawn up plans for a “firebreak” lockdown in October in case hospitalisations stay excessive, in response to the i newspaper. A member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) advised the paper that the federal government could possibly be compelled to reintroduce restrictions if the Nationwide Well being Service is susceptible to being overwhelmed. “That is primarily the precautionary break that Sage advised final 12 months,” the unnamed SAGE member mentioned. “It might be smart to have contingency plans, and if a lockdown is required, to time it in order that it has minimal financial and societal influence.” Faculty half-term holidays, which fall on the finish of October, could possibly be prolonged from one to 2 weeks to assist scale back transmission, the newspaper reported.

The NHS will probably be given an additional £5.4 billion over the following six months to proceed the response to coronavirus and deal with the therapy backlog brought on by the pandemic. The Division of Well being and Social Care mentioned £1 billion of this funding will probably be particularly used to clear the ready lists confronted by sufferers as a consequence of covid-19, whereas £2.8 billion will probably be allotted for prices similar to higher an infection management to proceed to guard in opposition to the virus. An extra £478 million will go in the direction of discharging sufferers from hospitals to liberate beds.

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6 September

UK could push forward with vaccinating 12-15 age group pending medical officers’ evaluation

Sending kids again to varsities with insufficient mitigations for covid-19 in place will result in widespread infections and disruptions to studying, a gaggle of scientists have warned. In an open letter to UK training secretary Gavin Williamson printed within the British Medical Journal on Friday, scientists and educators mentioned permitting mass an infection of kids is “reckless” and really useful 9 measures to guard kids and wider society from a fourth wave. The measures included vaccinating all 12-to-15-year-olds, investing in air flow in faculties, offering distant studying choices, and psychological well being assist for college kids and workers.

The letter highlighted that the prevalence of an infection is now 26 occasions greater than on the similar time final 12 months, and the UK is experiencing 40 to 50 hospitalisations of under-18s day-after-day. “There was no plan for strong mitigation measures in faculties to scale back the danger for kids from an infection and the implications thereof, together with lengthy covid, hospitalisations, workers security and academic disruption,” the authors wrote.

On Friday, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation determined in opposition to extending the vaccination programme to kids aged 12 to fifteen who do not need underlying situations or susceptible members of the family, saying that because the coronavirus presents solely a really low threat to wholesome kids, the marginal advantage of vaccination to their very own well being shouldn’t be nice sufficient to assist mass vaccination from a purely well being perspective.

Nonetheless, the federal government has requested the UK’s chief medical officers to evaluation the broader advantages of vaccinating the age group, similar to minimising faculty absences. The end result is anticipated inside days and ministers have indicated they’re eager to authorise a wider rollout.

The UK Division of Well being and Social Care has mentioned dad and mom of wholesome 12-to-15-year-olds will probably be requested for consent if coronavirus jabs are permitted for his or her kids, as with different immunisation programmes. However vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi advised Occasions Radio that kids on this age group might override their dad and mom’ needs “in the event that they’re deemed to be competent to make that call, with all the knowledge out there”.

A number of nations, together with the US, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands are already vaccinating kids aged 12 and over.

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Eire will proceed with a serious easing of covid-19 restrictions as we speak, with reside music returning and bigger crowds allowed at indoor venues. The Irish authorities confirmed final week that it will be embarking on a phased easing of covid-19 restrictions, which can finally see the overwhelming majority of public well being rules eliminated by the tip of October. The numbers permitted to attend out of doors sports activities occasions will increase from as we speak, whereas restrictions on indoor venues will even be eased, with bigger crowds permitted.

Vietnam has prolonged covid-19 restrictions within the capital, Hanoi, for an extra two weeks in an effort to comprise the delta variant. Town has been divided into pink, orange and inexperienced zones primarily based on an infection charges, and barricades have been put in place to separate pink zones from different areas. Authorities are planning to check as much as 1.5 million folks for the virus in higher-risk areas, Reuters stories.

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3 September

The UK will ship 4 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to Australia as a part of an change deal, with Australia returning the identical quantity earlier than the tip of the 12 months.

The association will permit the UK to raised align timings of vaccine provide with future want, together with for any booster programme or extension of the rollout to youthful youngsters, the UK Division of Well being and Social Care mentioned.

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison mentioned the settlement would velocity up the nation’s efforts to come back out of lockdown. “This may allow us to carry ahead considerably the chance for Australia to open up once more,” he advised reporters.

Greater than half the nation’s inhabitants, together with the cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, are below stay-at-home orders. Solely 36 per cent of individuals over 16 are totally vaccinated.

New South Wales recorded 1431 new circumstances and 12 deaths as we speak, the state’s highest each day variety of deaths up to now. State premier Gladys Berejiklian mentioned infections are anticipated to peak within the subsequent fortnight.

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Round one in 4 younger adults within the UK have nonetheless not obtained a primary dose of covid-19 vaccine, figures present. The proportion of 18 to 29-year-olds who’re unvaccinated is 23.5 per cent in Wales, 25.6 per cent in Scotland, 27.7 per cent in England and 29.2 per cent in Northern Eire, in response to the well being companies of the 4 nations. Adults over 18 have been in a position to get their first dose throughout the UK because the finish of June. New figures additionally confirmed that just about two-thirds of 16 and 17-year-olds in Wales have had a primary dose of a coronavirus vaccine, whereas half of this age group in England and Scotland and 40 per cent in Northern Eire have had a vaccine.

The European Fee has reached an settlement with AstraZeneca on the supply of covid-19 vaccines, bringing an finish to an acrimonious authorized dispute. Underneath the settlement, the drugmaker may have till the tip of the primary quarter of 2022 to ship the remaining 200 million doses it has dedicated to the European Union, having missed its unique deadline on the finish of June.

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2 September

Individuals with weakened immune programs provided third vaccine dose

Round half 1,000,000 folks within the UK who’ve severely weakened immune programs will probably be provided a 3rd dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will apply to folks over the age of 12 with situations similar to leukaemia, superior HIV and up to date organ transplants. These folks could not have been in a position to mount a full immune response to vaccination, the advisers mentioned, that means they could possibly be much less protected than the broader inhabitants.

The JCVI remains to be deliberating on the potential advantages of booster vaccines for the remainder of the inhabitants and is awaiting additional proof to tell its resolution. Anthony Harden, the deputy chairman of the JCVI, advised Right this moment on BBC Radio 4: “I feel it’s extremely probably that there will probably be a booster programme. It’s only a query of how we body it. This will probably be determined over the following few weeks.” 

The JCVI can be contemplating whether or not to broaden the vaccine programme to most 12- to 15-year-olds. “There’s many, many arguments for and in opposition to giving vaccines to 12 to 15-year-olds, and we’re deliberating on what we predict as a committee is finest for kids,” Harnden mentioned.

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Having two doses of coronavirus vaccine nearly halves the chance of contaminated adults growing lengthy covid, a brand new examine has discovered. Researchers at King’s School London analysed knowledge from greater than 2 million folks logging their signs, exams and vaccine standing on the UK Zoe Covid Symptom Examine app. The outcomes recommend people who find themselves double-jabbed are 73 per cent much less more likely to be admitted to hospital and 31 per cent much less more likely to develop extreme signs.

Scotland plans to introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs and a few music festivals and soccer matches to curb coronavirus infections. First minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned the transfer – which is but to be confirmed in a Holyrood vote subsequent week – is “applicable” as circumstances proceed to surge. The scheme will apply to golf equipment in addition to unseated indoor reside occasions with greater than 500 folks within the viewers. It can additionally apply to unseated out of doors occasions with greater than 4000 within the viewers, and at any occasion with greater than 10,000 in attendance. From Friday, folks in Scotland will have the ability to obtain a QR code exhibiting their vaccination standing. Kids and other people with sure medical situations who can’t be vaccinated will probably be exempt from the scheme, Sturgeon mentioned.

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1 September

Mu variant recognized in Colombia could also be extra immune to vaccines

A brand new coronavirus variant, named mu, has been designated a variant of curiosity by the World Well being Organisation (WHO). Mu, or B.1.621, was first recognized in Colombia and circumstances have been recorded in South America and Europe. The WHO’s weekly bulletin on the pandemic mentioned the variant has mutations indicating “potential properties of immune escape”, that means present vaccines could be much less efficient in opposition to it, however that extra research could be wanted to look at this additional.

“Since its first identification in Colombia in January 2021, there have been just a few sporadic stories of circumstances of the mu variant and a few bigger outbreaks have been reported from different nations in South America and in Europe,” the bulletin mentioned. “Though the worldwide prevalence of the mu variant amongst sequenced circumstances has declined and is at present beneath 0.1 per cent, the prevalence in Colombia (39 per cent) and Ecuador (13 per cent) has constantly elevated.”

There are at present 4 coronavirus variants of concern, as deemed by the WHO, with the alpha variant seen in 193 nations, beta in 141, gamma in 91 and delta in 170 nations, whereas mu is the fifth variant of curiosity.

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One in seven kids and younger folks contaminated with the coronavirus should still have signs 15 weeks later, in response to preliminary findings from the world’s largest examine on lengthy covid in kids. Researchers surveyed 3065 folks in England aged 11 to 17 who examined optimistic for the virus between January and March and a matched management group who examined detrimental. Uncommon tiredness and complications have been the most typical persistent complaints.

The UK will press on with plans to introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs from the tip of September, Downing Avenue has confirmed. The proposals have beforehand been met with criticism from politicians on each side in addition to leaders within the night time time hospitality trade. The scheme would see members of the general public required to point out proof of their vaccine standing to realize entry to nightclubs and another settings.

Eire has introduced plans to finish nearly all coronavirus restrictions on 22 October. Vaccine certificates will now not be required to enter bars and eating places and there will probably be no limits on folks attending indoor or out of doors occasions. Some restrictions will probably be relaxed earlier, with cinemas and theatres in a position to open at 60 per cent capability on 6 September and staff starting to return to workplaces on 20 September.

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31 August

Covid-19 surge in Scotland “a cautionary story” as faculties reopen in England

College students are being inspired to take twice-weekly lateral stream exams to assist stop a surge in covid-19 transmission as the brand new faculty 12 months begins throughout the UK.

In England and Wales, guidelines regarding face masks, social distancing and “bubbles” have been relaxed, though some faculties are selecting to maintain further precautions in place. 

The UK’s training secretary, Gavin Williamson, says it’s not only a matter for faculties. “Mother and father too have a accountability to guarantee that their kids are examined commonly,” he wrote in a Day by day Mail article.

Scotland has seen a sharp rise in covid-19 infections with circumstances having doubled each week since 9 August, when most restrictions have been eased. The surge is regarded as partly fuelled by kids returning to highschool greater than two weeks in the past. On Sunday, 7113 circumstances have been reported in Scotland, the best each day determine ever.

“Scotland is proving to be a cautionary story of what occurs when restrictions are dropped & then faculties reopened with out sufficient mitigations when R is already above 1 (which is the place we’re in England),” Deepti Gurdasani, an epidemiologist at Queen Mary College of London, wrote on Twitter. “We are able to count on worse in England within the close to future.”

The Welsh authorities has introduced it’ll pay for 30,000 carbon dioxide sensors and 1800 ozone disinfecting machines to enhance security in faculties, faculties and universities.

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A brand new variant of the coronavirus often called C.1.2 has now unfold to most provinces in South Africa and 7 different nations in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. The variant remains to be occurring at a a lot decrease price than the delta variant in South Africa, researchers say. Scientists haven’t but decided how the variant compares with others and it has not been listed as a variant of curiosity or concern by the World Well being Group. Nonetheless, researchers say it comprises a number of mutations which were linked to elevated transmissibility and decrease sensitivity to antibodies. 

A brand new vaccine developed by South Korean agency SK Bioscience has begun a late-stage medical trial involving 4000 volunteers worldwide. The vaccine is being mixed with an adjuvant – a drug that reinforces the immune response – produced by GlaxoSmithKline, and will probably be in contrast with AstraZeneca’s vaccine within the trial. 

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27 August

Examine compares threat of blood clotting issues after covid-19 an infection and vaccination

The danger of blood clotting issues is way greater after covid-19 an infection than after receiving a covid-19 vaccine, in response to analysis from the College of Oxford.

The examine, printed within the British Medical Journal, checked out greater than 29 million folks aged 16 or older who had a primary dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in England between December 2020 and April 2021. It targeted on the dangers of blood clots and thrombocytopenia, a situation involving low ranges of platelets – cells that assist the blood clot.

Their findings recommend the danger of thrombocytopenia in somebody with the coronavirus is nearly 9 occasions greater than in somebody who has had one dose of the Oxford jab. They estimated that in 10 million folks vaccinated with this jab, there could be 107 further circumstances of thrombocytopenia within the 28 days post-vaccination, in contrast with 934 in vaccinated folks contaminated with the virus.

The evaluation discovered an affiliation between vaccination with the Pfizer jab and an elevated threat of stroke, however the threat was greater than 10 occasions larger after an infection with the virus. There have been an estimated 143 further circumstances of ischaemic stroke per 10 million folks inside 28 days of the Pfizer vaccine, in contrast with 1699 circumstances inside 28 days of a optimistic covid-19 check.

For cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, a kind of blood clot within the mind, in addition to different kinds of blood clot, the dangers have been additionally a lot greater after covid-19 than after both jab.

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Round half of all folks hospitalised with covid-19 nonetheless have at the very least one persistent symptom after one 12 months, in response to a examine of 1276 sufferers from Wuhan, China. Round a 3rd of individuals skilled shortness of breath after one 12 months. Fatigue and muscle weak point affected about half of individuals after 6 months, however fell to 1 in 5 after 12 months. 

Seven locations have been added to the UK’s inexperienced checklist for journey, that means folks arriving from these locations is not going to must quarantine. The Azores, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Switzerland will probably be redesignated from 30 August. Thailand and Montenegro will probably be moved to the pink checklist, that means returning UK residents should quarantine in a resort for 11 nights on arrival.

Lockdown will probably be relaxed in most of New Zealand from 1 September, prime minister Jacinda Ardern has introduced, however stringent restrictions will stay in Auckland and Northland. The modifications in a lot of the nation imply companies can function for on-line orders and contactless companies, however public venues stay closed. Practically 350 folks have been contaminated within the newest outbreak. “We could also be seeing the start of a plateau of circumstances, however warning remains to be required,” Ardern mentioned.

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26 August

English well being suppliers planning for potential vaccine rollout as pupils return to varsities

The Nationwide Well being Service in England is making ready for the potential rollout of vaccines to 12 to 15-year-olds from 6 September, in response to media stories. NHS trusts are being advised they will need to have plans prepared by 4pm on Friday, The Day by day Telegraph reported.

The Division of Well being has mentioned no choices have but been made to increase the vaccine programme to youthful folks, however mentioned they “proceed to plan for a variety of eventualities”. Thus far, vaccines have been provided to folks aged 16 and above and kids aged 12 to fifteen with a high-risk situation or a susceptible member of the family. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) remains to be deliberating on broadening the rollout additional. Kids aged 12 and over are already being vaccinated within the US, Canada, France and the Netherlands.

“Both you’re going to be uncovered to covid with none safety otherwise you will be uncovered and have a vaccine. And we must be providing teenagers that vaccine in order that they have that safety earlier than going again into faculties,” Devi Sridhar on the College of Edinburgh advised BBC Radio 4’s Right this moment programme.

Whereas youthful persons are extra more likely to expertise myocarditis, a uncommon coronary heart aspect impact, after receiving a few of the covid-19 vaccines, a examine within the US launched earlier this month discovered that myocarditis is extra frequent after coronavirus an infection than vaccination

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Japan has suspended the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna’s covid-19 vaccine after stories that some vials had been contaminated with “particulate matter”. Japan and Moderna say the transfer is a precaution and that no security or efficacy points have been recognized. In line with a well being ministry official, Takeda, the pharmaceutical firm that’s distributing the Moderna pictures in Japan, first realized of the problem on 16 August, however didn’t notify the federal government till 25 August, as a result of it wanted time to seek out out which vials have been affected and the place they’d been distributed.

Trials have proven {that a} booster shot of Johnson & Johnson’s covid-19 vaccine produces a huge improve in antibody ranges, the corporate has introduced. The J&J vaccine has been administered as a single dose because it was permitted for emergency use within the US in February. Trial volunteers who obtained a second dose six to eight months after the primary noticed antibody ranges rise 9 occasions greater than 28 days after the primary shot, the corporate mentioned.

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25 August

Extra UK knowledge recommend efficacy of two vaccines wanes over time

The safety supplied by two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines begins to wane inside six months, new analysis suggests. The Pfizer jab was 88 per cent efficient at stopping covid-19 an infection a month after the second dose, however after 5 to 6 months the safety decreased to 74 per cent, in response to evaluation from the Zoe Covid examine involving greater than 1.2 million individuals within the UK. With the AstraZeneca vaccine, safety dropped from 77 per cent one month after the second dose to 67 per cent after 4 to 5 months. “In my view, an affordable worst-case state of affairs might see safety beneath 50 per cent for the aged and healthcare staff by winter,” mentioned Tim Spector, lead scientist on the Zoe Covid Examine.

The examine’s findings are according to one other latest evaluation, which discovered that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine wanes in effectiveness by round a fifth each month after the second dose, and that each vaccines are much less efficient in older age teams.

One other examine, printed as a preprint this week by The Lancet, discovered that two in 5 individuals who have impaired immune programs have a “low or undetectable” antibody response after being double vaccinated. The researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and Birmingham mentioned their outcomes assist giving a 3rd dose of coronavirus vaccine to individuals who had no or decrease stage antibody responses.

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A US intelligence report ordered by president Joe Biden has been unable to find out whether or not the SARS-CoV2 virus arose naturally or escaped from a lab, in response to The Washington Publish. Intelligence companies will search to make elements of the report public inside days, officers aware of the matter advised the newspaper.

The prime minister of Vietnam, Pham Minh Chinh, has written to the pinnacle of the World Well being Group to induce its vaccine sharing programme COVAX to prioritise Vietnam “within the quickest method and with the most important quantity potential.” After efficiently containing the virus for many of final 12 months, the nation is now going through a disaster pushed by the delta variant. Solely 2 per cent of its inhabitants is totally vaccinated. Prior to now two days, China and the US have introduced they may donate 2 million and 1 million vaccine doses to Vietnam, respectively.

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24 August

Hundreds of individuals check optimistic after attending music and browsing competition

Virtually 5000 coronavirus circumstances are suspected to be linked to Boardmasters, a music and browsing competition that passed off earlier this month in Cornwall, UK. Well being officers mentioned 4700 individuals who examined optimistic for the virus confirmed they’d attended the competition or had connections to it. The circumstances are unfold throughout the nation however round 800 live in Cornwall, a Cornwall Council official mentioned.

Boardmasters was held between 11 and 15 August within the Newquay space. The covid-19 coverage on its web site mentioned all ticket-holders aged 11 and over could be requested to exhibit their covid-19 standing by the NHS Covid Move app earlier than getting into. This meant attendees had to offer proof of a detrimental lateral stream check taken inside 24 hours of arrival on the competition gates, proof of being vaccinated with each doses (with the second obtained at the very least 14 days earlier than the competition), or proof of a previous an infection confirmed by a PCR check at the very least 10 days and as much as 180 days earlier.

Individuals who camped on the competition needed to take a second lateral stream check through the occasion on 13 August and log their ends in the NHS Covid Move app. Face masks weren’t obligatory however have been inspired.

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The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has turn into the primary covid-19 jab to get full approval from the US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA). The vaccine has been in use since December 2020, when the FDA granted it emergency use authorisation for folks aged 16 and over. It has already been administered to greater than 204 million folks within the US. President Joe Biden mentioned he hoped the choice would encourage those that haven’t been vaccinated to come back ahead for his or her pictures. A number of main employers, together with the Pentagon, responded by asserting new necessities for his or her staff to be vaccinated.

The variety of sufferers with covid-19 in hospital in England has hit 6000 for the primary time in additional than 5 months. The determine, which is a snapshot of sufferers as of 8am on 23 August, is up 11 per cent on the earlier week. Affected person ranges haven’t been this excessive since 14 March, in response to knowledge printed by NHS England. A mean of 100 deaths per day from covid-19 have been recorded within the UK over the previous week, one other determine final seen in March.

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23 August

Antibody testing programme to gather knowledge on immune responses and vaccine effectiveness

The UK is launching an antibody testing programme for individuals who have contracted the coronavirus. The programme, which plans to supply exams to 1000’s of adults per day, goals to enhance our understanding of how a lot safety antibodies give us following covid-19 an infection and vaccination.

Antibodies are proteins produced by the physique to defend in opposition to viruses and different invading microbes. Antibody testing may give a sign of how sturdy somebody’s immune response is, however they don’t definitively present whether or not somebody is protected in opposition to an infection.

From Tuesday, anybody over 18 from any of the 4 UK nations can decide in to the programme when taking a PCR check. Of those that go on to check optimistic for coronavirus, as much as 8000 will probably be despatched two finger prick antibody exams to finish at dwelling and ship again for evaluation. The primary have to be taken as quickly as potential after the optimistic end result, and the second have to be taken 28 days later.

The UK Well being Safety Company, which is working the programme, will use the outcomes to observe ranges of antibodies in optimistic circumstances throughout the UK. The Division of Well being and Social Care says it will likely be the primary time antibody exams have been made out there to most of the people, and the scheme might additionally present insights into whether or not some folks don’t develop an immune response. The information will probably be used to tell the federal government’s ongoing strategy to the pandemic and provides additional perception into the effectiveness of vaccines in opposition to new variants.

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UK well being minister Sajid Javid has promised to crack down on “cowboy” behaviour by firms who benefit from holidaymakers with deceptive costs for coronavirus testing kits. Javid highlighted 82 personal journey testing corporations, who make up round 18 per cent of these on the federal government web site, who will probably be issued with a two-strike warning and could possibly be struck off the official checklist. A latest Division of Well being and Social Care evaluation found they have been displaying decrease costs on the website than folks must pay in actuality as soon as they get to the checkout. 

Taiwan has begun rolling out a homegrown vaccine with medical trials but to be accomplished and no knowledge out there on the vaccine’s efficacy. Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen was among the many first to obtain the vaccine developed by Medigen. The federal government has ordered an preliminary 5 million doses. Thus far round 40 per cent of Taiwan’s inhabitants has obtained at the very least one dose of both Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

New Zealand has prolonged its lockdown, with restrictions set to stay throughout the nation till Friday and in Auckland till at the very least 31 August. Thirty-five new circumstances have been recorded as we speak, bringing the variety of present infections to 107. 

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20 August

Ronapreve, the primary drug designed particularly to deal with covid-19, will get approval

The UK has permitted the primary therapy to make use of synthetic antibodies to stop and battle the coronavirus. In line with The Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company (MHRA), the drug could also be used to stop covid-19 an infection, deal with acute signs of the illness and scale back the chance of being admitted to hospital as a result of virus. Sajid Javid, UK Well being Secretary, mentioned that he hoped it will be rolled out to sufferers quickly.

Trials of the drug, referred to as Ronapreve, passed off earlier than widespread vaccination and earlier than the emergence of virus variants. The drug, beforehand often called REGN-Cov2, was given to former US president Donald Trump when he was admitted to hospital with covid-19 final 12 months.

Ronapreve, developed by pharmaceutical corporations Regeneron and Roche, is given both by injection or infusion and acts on the lining of the respiratory system, the place it binds tightly to the virus and prevents it from having access to the cells, the MHRA mentioned. It consists of monoclonal antibodies, proteins produced within the lab that mimic antibodies discovered within the immune system.

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One other antibody drug developed by AstraZeneca diminished the danger of growing symptomatic covid-19 by 77 per cent in medical trials, the corporate has introduced.

Javid has mentioned he’s assured a coronavirus booster marketing campaign can begin subsequent month throughout the UK, nonetheless the federal government is ready on remaining recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, earlier than giving additional particulars. The JCVI met on Thursday and had been anticipated to debate the potential for boosters for essentially the most susceptible. However officers advised the PA information company that boosters had not been mentioned on the assembly, though they’d not affirm what was spoken about.

Lockdown has been prolonged in Sydney, Australia, till the tip of September and a nightly curfew will probably be launched from 23 August within the 12 worst-affected council areas, masking 2 million residents.

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A person receives a covid-19 vaccination in Los Angeles, California.

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19 August

Third doses of covid-19 vaccines will probably be rolled out to fight delta variant surge in US

The US will begin making booster vaccines out there on 20 September, well being officers have introduced. The pictures will probably be provided to individuals who had their second dose eight months earlier, initially specializing in healthcare staff, nursing dwelling residents and older folks, who have been among the many first to be vaccinated.

“It’s one of the best ways to guard ourselves from new variants which will come up,” president Joe Biden advised reporters on the White Home on Wednesday. “It can make you safer and for longer. It can assist finish this pandemic sooner.” 

Nonetheless, the World Well being Group has urged wealthy nations and vaccine producers to prioritise distributing vaccines to low- and middle-income nations earlier than pushing forward with third doses at dwelling. 

Biden additionally introduced that his administration would make vaccination of workers a situation for nursing houses to obtain Medicare and Medicaid funding.

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The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is assembly as we speak to debate a possible booster marketing campaign and which individuals would possibly “actually need” a 3rd dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a authorities scientific adviser mentioned.

Adam Finn, a member of the JCVI, advised BBC Radio 4’s Right this moment programme: “I feel there’s sufficient proof, and I feel we’ll be imminently deciding, that there will probably be some individuals who will want a 3rd dose, notably individuals who we all know are impossible to be properly protected by these first two doses. However I feel we do want extra proof earlier than we are able to make a agency resolution on a wider booster programme.”

Finn additionally advised BBC Breakfast: “I feel it’s much less clear actually whether or not a 3rd dose in a extra basic method, for form of all folks above a sure age, is de facto going to make very a lot distinction.”

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Vaccine proof: A UK examine has discovered that safety from the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines wanes over time. Each vaccines present good safety in opposition to symptomatic infections by the delta coronavirus variant, however are round 15 per cent much less efficient in opposition to delta than in opposition to the alpha variant. The findings additionally suggest that vaccinated individuals who do get contaminated is perhaps simply as infectious as unvaccinated folks.

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18 August

Ten circumstances confirmed in outbreak of delta variant in Auckland

New Zealand has begun a nationwide lockdown in a bid to comprise the delta variant of the coronavirus. Thus far 10 circumstances have been confirmed within the outbreak, however modelling suggests the numbers might rise to between 50 and 100. “From the expertise of what we’ve seen abroad, we’re completely anticipating extra circumstances,” prime minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned. The extent 4 alert, the best stage, means folks apart from important staff can solely depart dwelling for groceries, healthcare, covid-19 exams and train. The lockdown will cowl your complete nation for at the very least three days, and stay in place in Auckland for every week. New Zealand had been freed from native covid-19 infections since February, and solely 21 per cent of the overall inhabitants has been totally vaccinated.

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The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has examined optimistic for covid-19, his workplace has introduced. Abbott is totally vaccinated and never exhibiting any signs, and he’s receiving a monoclonal antibody therapy, in response to a press release. Abbott has restricted the extent to which native authorities in Texas can mandate covid-19 vaccination and the sporting of face masks. On Monday, he attended a Republican social gathering occasion with a crowd of a whole bunch. Texas is at present a hotspot in a covid-19 surge happening within the southern US, pushed by the delta variant. Yesterday the US recorded greater than 1000 covid-19 deaths for the primary time since March, in response to a Reuters tally.

Vaccine provides are urgently wanted in southeast Asia, the Pink Cross has warned. The area has recorded 38,522 deaths previously two weeks, practically twice as many as North America. Indonesia is among the worst-affected nations, with a median of 1466 deaths a day over the last week. “We concern that because the virus spreads from cities to regional and rural areas that many extra lives will probably be misplaced among the many unvaccinated,” mentioned Alexander Matheou, Asia Pacific Director of the Worldwide Federation of Pink Cross and Pink Crescent Societies in a press release.

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