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'We are worried': Indians hopeful but anxious as vaccination drive begins

India launches bid to vaccinate 300m people amid fears over efficacy of domestically produced vaccineEmerging from Holy Family hospital in New Delhi, Ram Verma, a sanitation worker, breathed a deep sigh of relief. As one of the first in India to receive a coronavirus vaccine on Saturday – marking the start of the world’s largest vaccination programmes – he had been feeling a little jittery.“I must admit I was nervous,” said Verma, who had received his Covaxin jab in a centre set up in the hospit...
Tags: Health, India, Narendra Modi, Society, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Verma, Coronavirus, New Delhi Ram Verma


First fruits of vaccine rollout 'should be seen in weeks'

Experts agree that the impact of the jab will vary regionally and among different groupsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAnalysts are involved in an urgent effort to gauge the impact of Britain’s mass Covid-19 vaccine campaign and to pinpoint dates when lockdown measures can be eased.More than 3 million people – most of them elderly or vulnerable individuals or health workers – have already been given jabs. Now researchers are trying to establish when the first fruits ...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Older people, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Bristol, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty


Covid vaccine: 72% of black people unlikely to have jab, UK survey finds

Sage voices concern at BAME uptake and says more must be done to increase trust in vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAdvisers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have raised fresh concerns over Covid vaccine uptake among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME) as research showed up to 72% of black people said they were unlikely to have the jab.Historical issues of unethical healthcare research, and structural and institutional ra...
Tags: Health, UK, Race, Society, Vaccines and immunisation, Sage, BAME, Coronavirus, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE


UK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enter

All foreign arrivals will also have to quarantine in toughening of measures in response to new strainsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK is to close all access to the country for overseas travellers without proof of a recent negative coronavirus test and 10 days of quarantine, shutting all travel corridors, Boris Johnson has announced.At a Downing Street press conference, the prime minister said the border regime was being toughened up in response to new variants ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, Transport, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Transport policy, Coronavirus


Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy?

Race to build app for people to demonstrate Covid jab or a negative test, but rights groups worry about ‘identity checks’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccine passports, which would allow people with immunity to Covid to prove they were at low risk of spreading the disease, are being investigated by companies and countries around the world. But the proposals have also raised fears among critics that they could underpin an oppressive digital ID system, and put sensi...
Tags: Health, Technology, Privacy, Society, Data Protection, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID


Global immunisation: low-income countries rush to access Covid vaccine supply

Despite efforts to procure Covid vaccine, some nations will only vaccinate 20% of populationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere are triumphant scenes as lorries leave a vaccine plant in Pune, India, loaded with boxes that will prevent thousands of deaths. Adar Poonawalla, the owner and chief executive of the Serum Institute of India, poses on the tailgate of a truck, making the most of his company’s “proud and historic” moment as the potential saviour of the nation ...
Tags: Health, Science, China, India, Africa, World news, Brazil, World Health Organization, Un, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Pune India, Serum Institute, Serum Institute of India, Jair Bolsonaro


New year, new outbreak: China rushes to vaccinate 50 million as holiday looms

Drive to immunise 3.5% of the population in weeks comes ahead of the lunar new year festival and as three major cities are locked downCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt a Shenzhen hospital, 21-year-old airport worker Wang Shuyue lines up to receive his second shot.“I feel it’s safe because so many people around the country have taken the vaccine so there shouldn’t be any major problems,” he tells the Guardian. “I think it should be effective otherwise there wouldn’t b...
Tags: Health, Science, China, Society, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Shenzhen, Global Health, Coronavirus, Wang Shuyue


Up to 1m Hindus gather in India as festival goes ahead amid Covid fears

Millions more expected to descend on Haridwar in coming weeks for Kumbh Mela despite pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUp to a million Hindu pilgrims have gathered on the banks of the River Ganges in northern India, marking the start of a major religious festival that is taking place despite the risks of Covid infection.Millions more are expected to descend on Haridwar in the coming weeks for Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s biggest religious gatherings. Pilgrims...
Tags: Health, India, Religion, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Hinduism, Kumbh Mela, Ganges, Haridwar, River Ganges, Coronavirus


Australia's chief medical officer defends AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine amid efficacy concerns

Australia has secured 54m doses of the vaccine some experts say is inferior to Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine, which Australia has bought just 10m doses ofCovid hotspots Victoria; NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsNSW and Sydney trend map: where cases are rising or fallingFollow the Australia coronavirus live blogAustralia’s chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, and infectious diseases experts have defended securing 54m doses of a Covid-19 vaccine made by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Queensland, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Pfizer, Oxford University, Paul Kelly, Stephen Turner, Coronavirus, New Zealand Society for Immunology Prof


Vaccine scepticism in France reflects 'dissatisfaction with political class’

Past medical scandals involving big pharma and public officials have made many suspicious of vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn France, every child is now obliged to have 11 vaccinations. If parents want their children to attend school, or take part in many extracurricular activities, they must accept. There is no opt-out or concessions made to vaccine doubters.On Monday France’s government and health authorities are speeding up the country’s Covid-19 vaccine ...
Tags: Health, Europe, France, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Salim Abdool Karim: 'None of us are safe from Covid if one of us is not. We have mutual interdependence'

The face of South Africa’s Covid science on why Africa has been hit less hard than Europe, the new variant in the region, and the danger of vaccine nationalism Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim could be considered South Africa’s Anthony Fauci. As co-chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19, he is the government’s top adviser on the pandemic and has become the country’s face of Covid-19 science. He also s...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Africa, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Aids and HIV, Anthony Fauci, Durban, Karim, Coronavirus, COVID, Salim Abdool Karim, South African Ministerial Advisory Committee


All UK adults will be offered Covid vaccine by autumn, says Matt Hancock – video

The health secretary promised vaccines would be offered to every adult in the UK ‘by the autumn’. Speaking on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, Hancock said it was ‘very, very important’ that as many people as possible get a vaccine. More than 200,000 people are now being vaccinated each day, he addedMatt Hancock does not rule out further toughening of lockdown rules Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, UK News, Bbc, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Now we have the coronavirus vaccine, how soon can we get back to normal life?

The government has ordered sufficient doses to inoculate the entire population of the UK against Covid-19 but we are in for a long haulCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen will the Covid-19 vaccine begin to have an effect on the nation?The government has pledged to offer vaccines to 15 million people – the over-70s, healthcare workers and those required to shield by mid-February, and millions more by spring. This should slowly bring the virus under control although it...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Covid in the UK: why is it so bad now and when will cases decline? | Nicola Davis and Linda Geddes

With a major incident declared in London and positive test results surging, experts answer key questionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK is seeing record numbers of people testing positive for coronavirus, with more than 60,000 positive tests reported on three days this week. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, London, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Nicola Davis, Coronavirus, Linda Geddes


Fears Covid vaccines would not work against South Africa variant led to travel curbs

Minister says extra check on travellers introduced as ‘we simply cannot take chances’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFears that Covid vaccines will not work against the new South African strain of the virus have prompted the introduction of testing for new arrivals into England and Scotland from abroad, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said.Outlining the new testing regime for England and Scotland, he told Sky News: “This is an extra check and we’re doing th...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Scotland, Society, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Sky News, Grant Shapps, Coronavirus


Bob Grose obituary

For some people, the work they do and the life they lead are in perfect alignment. My friend and colleague Bob Grose, who has died aged 71, was one of those people.He did historically important work on HIV/Aids for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa, and for polio, HIV and leprosy for the Overseas Development Administration (ODA, later DfID) in India. Writing for War on Want in the mid-1980s, Bob was one of the first to predict that truckers would be high-risk vectors for the HIV epid...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, Poverty, Aid, Global development, Who, Geneva, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Bob, Aids and HIV, Global Health, UNAIDS, Global Programme, Bob Grose


Europe at tipping point with Covid running rampant, says WHO

Europe director Hans Kluge says rapid spread of new variant is cause for alarm Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEurope is at a tipping point in the course of the pandemic, the World Health Organization has said, warning that the coronavirus is spreading very fast across the continent and the arrival of a new variant has created an “alarming situation”. Related: Coronavirus live news: Japan's PM announces state of emergency for Tokyo; US suffers record daily deaths C...
Tags: Health, Europe, Japan, Science, US, European Union, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Hans Kluge


EU approves Moderna jab amid tensions over slow rollout of vaccines

Move should ease frustrations over low supplies of Pfizer vaccine and EU’s longer authorisation process Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe European Medicines Agency has approved the Moderna vaccine, making it the second coronavirus shot to be cleared for general use across the EU, as tensions continued to rise over the slow progress of vaccination programmes in the bloc.In a move that should ease frustrations over a shortfall in supplies of the BioNTech/Pfizer jab an...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Eu, European Union, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Microbiology, European Commission, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, European Medicines Agency


Strict Covid restrictions could last months, Boris Johnson signals

PM says lifting lockdown is subject to ‘lots of caveats’ as figures show 1m people in England have CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain could face harsh restrictions for many months to come, Boris Johnson and his chief scientists warned as figures suggested more than 1 million people in England are infected with coronavirus, or one in every 50.The prime minister said the plan to emerge from a newly-imposed national lockdown in mid-February was subject to “lots...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, UK News, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty


Covid vaccinations: slow start around world brings dose of reality

Burst of optimism over approvals has been followed by delays, shortages and bureaucratic errorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe global introduction of newly approved coronavirus vaccines has been marked by delays, shortages and bureaucratic errors as it has become clear that many governments will miss their targets for mass inoculation.The burst of optimism that arrived with approvals of new vaccines – encouraged by unrealistic expectations raised by politicians – ...
Tags: Health, Europe, France, China, India, Africa, Israel, European Union, World news, US news, South Africa, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


US pharmacist who tried to ruin Covid vaccine doses is a conspiracy theorist, police say

Steven Brandenburg told investigators he intentionally tried to spoil the doses because he believed the vaccine could change DNAA Wisconsin pharmacist who was convinced the world was “crashing down” told police he tried to ruin hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine because he believed the shots would mutate people’s DNA, according to court documents released on Monday. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, US, US news, Wisconsin, Vaccines and immunisation, US crime, Coronavirus, Steven Brandenburg


England to enter toughest Covid lockdown since March

Boris Johnson says restrictions will last at least six weeks with schools closed until February half-termCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland will enter its toughest nationwide lockdown since March, with schools closed and people allowed to leave home once a day for exercise for at least six weeks, Boris Johnson has announced as the numbers of people in hospital reach new highs.All pupils will switch to remote learning until the February half-term, the prime minist...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Education, UK News, World news, Schools, Primary schools, Secondary Schools, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Colleges, Further Education, Coronavirus


First patient receives Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine – video

An 82-year-old retired maintenance manager has become the first person in the world outside clinical trials to receive the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.Brian Pinker, a dialysis patient, received the jab at 7.30am on Monday from Sam Foster, a nurse at Churchill hospital, part of the Oxford University hospitals NHS foundation trust.Oxford man, 82, first in world to get Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Continue re...
Tags: Health, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Churchill, Sam Foster, Coronavirus, AstraZeneca Brian Pinker


Covid vaccine: Oxford man, 82, first in world to get Oxford/AstraZeneca jab

Dialysis patient Brian Pinker received jab at Oxford’s Churchill hospital on Monday morning Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn 82-year-old retired maintenance manager has become the first person in the world outside clinical trials to get the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.Speaking after getting the jab at Oxford’s Churchill hospital at 7.30am, Brian Pinker, 82, said: “The vaccine means everything to me. To my mind, it’s the only way of getting...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca, Brian Pinker


Oxford man, 82, first in world to get Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

Dialysis patient Brian Pinker received jab at Oxford’s Churchill hospital on Monday morningCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn 82-year-old retired maintenance manager has become the first person in the world outside clinical trials to receive the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.Brian Pinker, a dialysis patient, received the jab at 7.30am on Monday from Sam Foster, a nurse at Oxford University hospitals NHS foundation trust’s Churchill hospital. C...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Sam Foster, Coronavirus, Brian Pinker, AstraZeneca Brian Pinker


Oxford man, 82, first in world to get Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Dialysis patient Brian Pinker, 82, received jab at Oxford University hospital on Monday morningCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn 82-year-old retired maintenance manager has become the first person in the world to receive the Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine outside clinical trials.Brian Pinker, a dialysis patient, received the jab at 7.30am on Monday from nurse Sam Foster at Oxford University hospitals NHS foundation trust’s Churchill hospital. Continue rea...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Sam Foster, Coronavirus, Brian Pinker


UK to begin using Oxford Covid vaccine as PM strikes hopeful tone

Boris Johnson says he hopes pace of vaccination can be ramped up to protect tens of millions in months Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople in the UK will begin receiving the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday, after the prime minister expressed hope that the pace could be ramped up to protect tens of millions of people from Covid-19 within the next few months.In England the first doses would be administered in a small number of hospitals for surveillance purposes...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Oxford, Doctors, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Gps


Analysis: is it wise for England to mix and match Covid vaccines?

US experts warn against plan to give different second jab if supplies run lowCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK is setting the pace around the world in the approval and use of Covid vaccines but, while other countries watch intently, not all are yet prepared to embrace what looks like public health pragmatism rather than strict adherence to evidence.Britain is the first country in the world to approve and use the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, just as it was first wi...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, US, Society, UK News, World news, Regulators, US news, Britain, NHS, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer


How is the Oxford Covid vaccine being deployed in England?

With jab to be administered to public for first time, we look at key questions about its rollout Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history will receive a major boost on Monday, with the first use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. Here we look at some key questions about how it will be deployed in England. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Coronavirus


India's approval of covid vaccines triggers mass immunisation drive

Green light for Oxford vaccine alongside domestic Covaxin hailed as ‘decisive turning point’ by PMCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia has granted emergency approval to both the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and the domestically developed Covaxin, signalling the start of one of the largest Covid-19 immunisation drives in the world.At a press conference on Sunday, the drugs controller general of India said the decision to approve both the Oxford vaccine and C...
Tags: Health, Science, India, Narendra Modi, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Vaccines and immunisation, Bharat Biotech, Coronavirus, Covaxin



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