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Cummings texts show Boris Johnson calling Matt Hancock ‘totally hopeless’

WhatsApp message published by former aide reveals prime minister’s scathing verdict on health secretaryBoris Johnson described Matt Hancock as “totally fucking hopeless” during the early stages of the pandemic, concerned by the health secretary’s testing promises, new text messages published by Dominic Cummings have revealed.Writing on Substack, the prime minister’s former chief aide published a slew of texts and documents from emergency Cobra meetings which he said would combat what he called “...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


G7 summit: Boris Johnson praises Joe Biden as ‘breath of fresh air’ after talks – as it happened

Latest updates: prime minister welcomes US president’s desire to work with UK on issues such as security and climate crisisBrexit rains on Boris Johnson’s G7 paradeJohnson must respect rule of law and implement Brexit deal, says EUG7 leaders ‘will call for fresh WHO inquiry into Covid origins’Coronavirus – latest global updates 7.01pm BST The president and the prime minister set out a global vision in a new Atlantic Charter to deepen cooperation in democracy and human rights, defence and sec...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Washington, US, UK News, Joe Biden, US news, Foreign Policy, Social Care, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Johnson, Biden, G7


G7 summit live: Boris Johnson praises Joe Biden as ‘breath of fresh air’ after talks

Latest updates: US president arrives in Carbis Bay as world leaders assemble for in-person G7 summitBrexit rains on Boris Johnson’s G7 paradeJohnson must respect rule of law and implement Brexit deal, says EUG7 leaders ‘will call for fresh WHO inquiry into Covid origins’Coronavirus – latest global updates 6.24pm BST Asked if President Biden urged him to speed up implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol in their talks, Boris Johnson said Biden did not do that. But he said that all side...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, US, Eu, UK News, Joe Biden, US news, Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Social Care, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Belfast


G7 summit live: Joe Biden meets Boris Johnson in Cornwall ahead of world leaders’ talks

Latest updates: US president arrives in Carbis Bay as world leaders assemble for in-person G7 summitBrexit rains on Boris Johnson’s G7 paradeJohnson must respect rule of law and implement Brexit deal, says EUG7 leaders ‘will call for fresh WHO inquiry into Covid origins’Coronavirus – latest global updates 4.11pm BST PA Media has filed on the pleasantries exchanged when Boris Johnson and Joe Biden posed for pictures at Carbis Bay with reporters and cameras in the room. Biden said:I told the p...
Tags: Health, Politics, US, America, Bloomberg, UK News, Joe Biden, US news, Foreign Policy, Social Care, Cornwall, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Biden, G7, Greg Clark


No UK Covid deaths announced for first time in 10 months

News raises optimism in No 10 for unlocking despite warnings from scientists over third waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has reported no deaths from Covid in a day, for the first time in 10 months, raising optimism in Downing Street that England could forge ahead with the final stage of the roadmap despite scientists warning that extra restrictions might be needed to control a third wave.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, hailed the statistic as proof that ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Downing Street, Conservative Leadership, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, COVID


Some long Covid sufferers in England waiting months for treatment

MPs call on Matt Hancock to explain ‘postcode lottery’ despite assertion that clinic network is operationalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who remain chronically ill after Covid infections in England have had to wait months for appointments and treatment at specialist clinics set up to handle the surge in patients with long Covid.MPs called on Matt Hancock to explain the lengthy waiting times and what they described as a “shameful postcode lottery” which left s...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Society, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Long Covid


The UK has approved Johnson & Johnson's single-dose coronavirus vaccine

California Department of Public Health State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan receives the Johnson & Johnson Janssen one-dose vaccine during a press conference at the Oakland Coliseum vaccination site in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The event is part of the state"u2019s efforts to increase vaccine acceptance among groups that are less likely to be vaccinated. Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images The UK has approved the J&J coronavirus vaccine for use....
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Trends, Bbc, Getty Images, News UK, Johnson, Johnson Johnson, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland Calif, Matt Hancock, Moderna, Johnson And Johnson, Jane Tyska, Coronavirus


Hancock faces calls to explain Covid test failings at care homes

Health secretary claims it ‘wasn’t possible’ to test all patients sent to care homes at outset of pandemicDominic Cummings’ key accusations against Matt HancockSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock is under mounting pressure to explain why the government failed to protect care home residents at the outset of the Covid pandemic, as he sought to salvage his reputation after Dominic Cummings accused him of lying.The health secretary claimed for the first time it “wasn’t possible” to test all...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Social Care, Health policy, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Matt HancockSee


Matt Hancock says not all patients sent to care homes were tested for Covid

Health secretary admits it ‘wasn’t possible’, as he defends himself against Dominic Cummings’ claims Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has admitted it “wasn’t possible” to test for Covid all hospital patients discharged into English care homes, as he tried to salvage his reputation after a series of bombshell allegations made against him by Dominic Cummings.The health secretary said “we worked as hard as we could to protect people who live in care homes” bu...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Social Care, Health policy, Dominic Cummings, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


UK Covid live: Indian variant now dominant and could account for up to 75% of new cases, says Hancock

Health secretary says more than half of new cases are Indian variant; Hancock dodges question about whether he told No 10 patients would be tested before being discharged from hospitalThree-quarters of new Covid cases could be India variant, says HancockJohnson and Hancock dismiss Cummings’ claims of chaos and liesMinisters urged to release data on Covid variants in English schoolsTimeline: Cummings’ view of early days of pandemicGlobal Covid updates - live 5.34pm BST Q: Is it the case that ...
Tags: Health, Politics, India, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, UK Covid, HancockJohnson


UK Covid live news: Starmer says public inquiry needs to be fast-forwarded to examine Cummings’ claims

Latest updates: Labour leader says public Covid inquiry should be brought forward; PM rejects claim tens of thousands died needlesslyJohnson and Hancock dismiss Cummings’ claims of chaos and liesTory MPs turn on Dominic Cummings over Covid testimonyDominic Cummings lambasts Johnson in damning accountTimeline: Cummings’ view of early days of pandemicGlobal Covid updates - live 3.23pm BST New absence figures published by the Department for Education reveal that 60% of pupils in England were ke...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, David Cameron, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Treasury, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Department for Education, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Hancock


UK Covid live news: Johnson rejects Cummings’ claim tens of thousands died needlessly

Latest updates: PM says he faced ‘incredibly difficult series of decisions, none of which we’ve taken lightly’Matt Hancock says he was ‘straight with people’, after Cummings claims Minister rejects Cummings’ claims of ‘needless’ Covid deathsDominic Cummings lambasts Johnson in damning accountTimeline: Cummings’ view of early days of pandemicGlobal Covid updates - live 1.29pm BST In his evidence yesterday Dominic Cummings accused Carrie Symonds, the prime minister’s fiancee, of trying to fill...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Colchester, Johnson, Downing Street, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Carrie Symonds, Coronavirus


The Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the variant first found in India, but only if you get both doses, real-world data shows

On March 1, 2021, a woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a newly-opened vaccination site in Los Angeles, California. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Pfizer and AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccines work against variants first found in India, real-world data shows. Pfizer's vaccine was 88% effective after two doses and AstraZeneca's was 60% effective against the variant, a UK study found. A single dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca's vaccine was 33% effective, highlighting...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, News, India, US, Trends, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Public Health England, Phe, Los Angeles California, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Sewage samples being tested across England to monitor Covid variants

Wastewater analysis programme will aim to detect variants early and identify need for surge testingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSewage samples are being tested to determine which Covid-19 variants are most prevalent across regions accounting for two-thirds of England’s population.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the programme had helped identify the need for surge testing in areas such as Bristol and Luton. On Wednesday, the health secretary, Ma...
Tags: Health, England, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Bristol, Luton, Matt Hancock, Department of Health and Social Care DHSC, Coronavirus


Infected blood scandal: Hancock pledges payouts if advised by inquiry

Health secretary agrees government has ‘moral responsibility’ to address what happened in 1970s and 80sMatt Hancock has said compensation will be paid to people people infected by contaminated blood products and their relatives if is recommended by the public inquiry into the scandal.Appearing at the inquiry on Friday, the health secretary agreed the government had a “moral responsibility” to address what had happened. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, NHS, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Contaminated blood scandal


England test-and-trace glitch blamed for spread of India Covid variant

No 10 confirms delay in tracking cases in eight areas – including Blackburn with Darwen, where B.1.617.2 has surgedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA glitch in the government’s £37bn test-and-trace system may have helped fuel the spread of a highly-transmissible Covid variant in one of the UK’s worst-hit towns, it has emerged.The software error meant that more than 700 infected people and their close contacts were not promptly passed on to local health teams, allowing ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Blackburn, North Of England, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


UK ministers urge vaccine take-up amid variant fears

Matt Hancock is urging anyone who is unsure about having a Covid jab to "look at the situation in Bolton".
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India variant will be dominant UK Covid strain ‘in next few days’

Scientists’ warning comes as government comes under pressure to explain border policyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid variant first detected in India is set to be become the dominant strain in the UK within days, experts have said, with the government and health teams struggling to contain cases which have risen by more than 75% since Thursday.With the rapid spread of the more transmissible B.1.617.2 variant threatening to reverse moves to ease lockdown, the ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, India, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Bolton, Blackburn, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Hancock: most Bolton Covid patients eligible for jab but haven’t had it

Health secretary’s comments come amid mounting concerns over spread of Indian B.1.617.2 variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe majority of people in hospital with Covid in Bolton were eligible for the vaccine but have not had it, Matt Hancock has said, saying that health authorities would go “door-to-door” offering jabs.His comments came as concern mounted over increased cases of the B.1.617.2 variant first detected in India, particularly in the north-west and par...
Tags: Health, England, London, India, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, North West, Bolton, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Bolton Covid


Matt Hancock: unlocking will go ahead next week despite India variant – video

The health secretary told the BBC's Andrew Marr that the next stage of opening England up from lockdown would still go ahead this week despite concerns about the India variant.'I'm confident that we can take the step tomorrow, but we should all be careful about how we take that step,' Hancock said.He added that the government would announce a decision on whether to end all lockdown measures – currently planned for 21 June – on 14 June Covid live: Matt Hancock says ‘high degree of confidence’ vac...
Tags: Health, England, India, UK News, Bbc, Health policy, Andrew Marr, Hancock, Matthew Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Covid: Six Indian variant hospitalisations in Bolton despite vaccine - Hancock

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says six vaccinated people have been hospitalised with the Indian variant in Bolton.
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UK Covid news: India added to England’s travel red list with rules coming into force at 4am on Friday

Latest updates: India added to travel red list, Hancock tells MPs, as number of Indian variant cases in UK rises to 103Under-30s less compliant with Covid rules, UK data shows‘If we catch Covid, we die’: UK shielders reflect on still feeling unsafeOxford trial to study effect of immune system on reinfectionBritons working at home spend more time on job in Covid crisis, ONS findsCoronavirus – latest global updates 4.59pm BST 4.57pm BST In the Commons Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary,...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, India, Race, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology


UK ministers silent on AstraZeneca vaccine shipment to Australia

Downing Street will not confirm or deny report that more than 700,000 Covid jabs were sent after EU blocked exportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritish ministers and officials did not deny that more than 700,000 shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine were secretly dispatched from the UK to Australia a few weeks ago as the EU blocked the drug’s export.The Sydney Morning Herald reported that 717,000 AstraZeneca doses were dispatched in late February and March from the compa...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Australia, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Australia news, Public services policy, European Commission, Health policy, Astrazeneca


Plea to ease Covid maternity rules as women continue to get bad news alone

But Not Maternity Alliance says postcode lottery remains despite guidance issued in DecemberThe majority of women who have received bad news about their pregnancy since December were on their own at the time, despite the NHS ordering trusts to allow partners to be present throughout scans, labour and birth, the Guardian can reveal.An alliance of pregnancy rights campaigners have written to the health secretary, Matt Hancock, urging him to draw up a roadmap for easing visiting restrictions in mat...
Tags: Health, Politics, Pregnancy, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Maternity & paternity rights, Matt Hancock, Not Maternity Alliance


High court to rule on legality of Covid contracts for PM's 'chums'

Campaigners claim Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock acted unlawfullyClaims that Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by appointing their “chums” to three top jobs in the fight against Covid-19 – without opening the processes to competition – are to be the subject of an official legal challenge in the high court.Campaigners won an initial victory in the case last Thursday, when Mr Justice Swift granted their applications for a judicial review. In court, they will argue that the prime mini...
Tags: Health, Politics, Law, UK News, Public finance, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Swift, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


EU leaders back 'global value chains' instead of vaccine export bans

Refusal to support measure despite Ursula von der Leyen highlighting 21m doses sent to UK Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEU leaders backed “global value chains” rather than support Brussels in using new powers to block Covid jab exports to highly vaccinated countries, despite being told that 21m doses had been sent to the UK.At a virtual summit, attended briefly by Joe Biden, the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, highlighted the large shipments sen...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, Society, UK News, Joe Biden, European Commission, Vaccines and immunisation, Brussels, Ursula von der Leyen, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


EU leaders told bloc has sent 21m Covid vaccine doses to the UK

Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, emphasises need for member states to secure supplyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUrsula von der Leyen has revealed to EU leaders that 21m doses of Covid vaccine have been exported to the UK from suppliers based in the bloc’s member states as she emphasised the need to secure jabs at home.At a virtual summit of the 27 heads of state and government, the European commission president used an address to highlight the dependency...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, Society, UK News, European Commission, Vaccines and immunisation, Ursula von der Leyen, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Leyen


UK Covid live: fewer vaccine doses in April and March, says PM, but country on track to hit targets

PM says vaccine supply issues will not affect roadmap; MHRA says no evidence AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots but issues new adviceHancock tells EU to respect ‘contract law’ over UK vaccine supplyTory backbenchers urge faster lockdown easing ahead of Commons voteUK Covid rates may rise because of vaccine delay, adviser concedesDelaying England’s winter lockdown ‘caused 27,000 extra deaths’Coronavirus – latest global updates 5.28pm GMT Q: Has the decision by some countries to suspend As...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Eu, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Gibraltar, Welsh politics, Mark Drakeford, Matt Hancock


Matt Hancock confirms dip in UK Covid vaccine supply for April

Health secretary says stocks will be affected by need to retest 1.7m doses and delay from IndiaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has said there will be a significant dip in vaccine supply in April, confirming supplies have been hit by a need to retest 1.7m doses and a delay in arrival of imports from India.Speaking in the House of Commons, Hancock stressed the overall target timetable for vaccinations would not change but said he wanted to give more informa...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, House of Commons Hancock


UK Covid live: MHRA says no evidence AZ jab causes clots and to keep using it – but new precautionary advice issued

Latest updates: MHRA says no evidence AstraZenca vaccine causes blood clots and benefits outweigh risks but issues new adviceHancock tells EU to respect ‘contract law’ over UK vaccine supplyTory backbenchers urge faster lockdown easing ahead of Commons voteUK Covid rates may rise because of vaccine delay, adviser concedesDelaying England’s winter lockdown ‘caused 27,000 extra deaths’Coronavirus – latest global updates 3.24pm GMT Prof Sir Munir Pirmohamed, chair of the Commission on Human Med...
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