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UK’s Covid vaccine programme on track despite AstraZeneca problems

Seventy-five per cent of population can be fully immunised by first week in August, according to forecastsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s vaccination programme is expected to be effectively completed shortly after the United States’ this summer, and several weeks ahead of the EU, despite falling up to six weeks behind because of problems affecting its workhorse AstraZeneca jab.Airfinity, which tracks vaccination programmes worldwide, forecasts that 75% of the...
Tags: Vaccines and immunisation, Health, Society, Coronavirus, Infectious diseases, World news, US news, Medical research, Microbiology, Science


Is vaccinating against Covid enough? What we can learn from Chile and Israel

Contrasting lessons from the two countries, both with high rates of inoculation against the virus, show the danger is not pastCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA trio of countries stand out for the effectiveness of their Covid-19 vaccination programmes: Israel, Chile and the UK. All have managed to inoculate an impressively high percentage of their people but each has fared very differently in controlling the disease.Israel has done so well it is resuming university lec...
Tags: Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Israel, Chile, Infectious diseases, Medical research, Epidemics, Health, Science, Society


Is vaccinating against Covid enough? What we can learn from other countries

Contrasting lessons from Chile and Israel, both with high rates of inoculation against the virus, show the danger is not pastCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA trio of countries stand out for the effectiveness of their Covid-19 vaccination programmes: Israel, Chile and the UK. All have managed to inoculate an impressively high percentage of their people but each has fared very differently in controlling the disease.Israel has done so well it is resuming university lect...
Tags: Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Israel, Chile, Infectious diseases, Medical research, Epidemics, Health, Science, Society


Global Covid vaccine rollout threatened by shortage of vital components

Pharmaceutical firms warn of delays to items such as the large bags in which vaccine cells are grownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccine-makers around the world face shortages of vital components including large plastic growbags, according to the head of the firm that is manufacturing a quarter of the UK’s jab supply.Stan Erck, the chief executive of Novavax – which makes the second vaccine to be grown and bottled entirely in Britain – told the Observer that the sh...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Novavax, Coronavirus, Stan Erck


Vaccine confidence fears as under-30s in UK offered AstraZeneca alternative

Experts warn of impact after advice changes in response to 79 blood clot cases out of 20m vaccinationsJab fears may play into hands of anti-vaxxersCoronavirus – latest UK updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts warned of damage to confidence in the UK’s vaccine programme after 10 million adults under 30 were told they will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab following concerns over rare blood clots.Healthy 18- to 29-year-olds who are not at high risk of Covid should ha...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, JCVI, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca could damage vaccine confidence, say experts

Option offered to under-30s after UK records 79 cases of rare blood clots out of 20m jabs administeredJab fears may play into hands of anti-vaxxersCoronavirus – latest UK updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts warned of damage to confidence in the UK’s vaccine programme after 10 million adults under 30 were told they will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab following concerns over rare blood clots.Healthy 18- to 29-year-olds who are not at high risk of Covid should ha...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, JCVI, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Back in business - how Israel beat Covid: inside the 9 April Guardian Weekly

This week: Behind Israel’s vaccination success story. Plus, Myanmar’s mass exodus, and Britain’s contentious race report.Get the magazine delivered to your doorThe northern hemisphere spring is well on the way: will it bring renewed grounds for optimism as the world wrestles with the Covid pandemic? Many nations still face difficult weeks ahead as cases surge and vaccination rates are slow. But in others, normality is returning fast as infection rates fall to negligible levels.This week’s Guardi...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Israel, Society, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Myanmar, Vaccines and immunisation, Auckland, Sarah Boseley, Oliver Holmes


One in three survivors of severe Covid diagnosed with mental health condition

Study finds 34% developed psychiatric or neurological conditions after six monthsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne in three people who were severely ill with coronavirus were subsequently diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition within six months of infection, a study has found.The observational research, which is the largest of its kind, used electronic health records of 236,379 patients mostly from the US and found 34% experienced mental health and n...
Tags: Health, Science, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Mental Health, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


EU drug agency denies already finding causal link between AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots

European Medicines Agency says review ongoing after head of vaccines spoke of ‘clear’ associationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEurope’s drug regulator has denied it has already established a causal connection between the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare blood clotting syndrome, after a senior official from the agency said there was a link.In a statement to Agence France-Presse, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Tuesday it had “not yet reached a conclu...
Tags: Health, Europe, Eu, European Union, Society, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, European Medicines Agency, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


As a sense of normality returns, we must not forget what this last year has been like for the NHS

I’m an NHS consultant. We barely had the resources to keep people alive – let alone cope with longer effects of CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne year ago, lockdown had just come in. A creeping sense of dread was spreading across the hospital. We were focused on the first wave of admissions, the peak of which for us occurred in early April. We were desperately learning how to keep people from dying due to this new disease. The longer-term consequences were the ...
Tags: Health, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Doctors, Coronavirus


The 'elite controllers' who can naturally suppress HIV

Research into how some HIV-positive people keep the virus at bay promises to yield new treatment possibilities, from vaccines to gene therapiesThe year was 1998 when Joel Blankson encountered a patient he would never forget. Blankson was working in the HIV clinic at John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, when an HIV-positive woman in her mid-40s arrived for some routine tests.Blankson gave her a PCR test, intending to prescribe a newly developed combination of medicines called antiretrovira...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Aids and HIV, Baltimore, John Hopkins School of Medicine, Blankson, Coronavirus, Joel Blankson


Long Covid: snapshot poll finds more than 1m people with symptoms in UK

ONS estimates 1.1m people in community had ongoing symptoms in four weeks to 6 March Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than a million people in the UK were experiencing “long Covid” in a recent four-week period, according to new survey figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Statisticians estimate that 1.1 million people in the community had ongoing symptoms in the four weeks up to 6 March after contracting the disease at least three months beforehand...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Office for National Statistics ONS, Coronavirus, Long Covid


France to close schools and stop domestic travel after Covid surge

Emmanuel Macron announces three-week shutdown of schools after leaving restrictions ‘until last moment’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance’s schools are to close for at least three weeks and travel within the country will be banned for a month after Easter in an attempt to curb a dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm hospitals, Emmanuel Macron has said.In a televised address to the nation, the French president said the government had waited “...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, France, Germany, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Emmanuel Macron, Coronavirus


Covid probably passed to humans from bats via other animal, finds WHO report

Much-delayed report from team that visited Wuhan all but rules out lab leak theory Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 probably passed to humans from a bat via an intermediary animal, an international expert mission to China has concluded in a report, with investigators all but ruling out a laboratory leak.The intermediate host hypothesis was deemed “likely to very likely”, while the theory that the virus escaped from a lab was considered “extremely unlikely”, ac...
Tags: Health, Science, China, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Who, World Health Organization, Wuhan, Afp, Coronavirus


Stick to Covid rules as end of England lockdown approaches, public warned

Warning comes amid signs people are already mingling more before next step of easing restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe public have been warned to keep abiding by Covid rules as the end of lockdown approaches, amid a falling “sense of risk” and fresh data showing increased mingling between households.Before the further easing of rules in England on Monday – when outside meetings will be permitted in private gardens for groups of six – the public already a...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


Covid third wave may overrun Africa's healthcare, warns WHO

Leap of 50% in cases in three months and just 7m jabs across continent ‘infecting 11 health workers an hour’Rising cases of coronavirus in Africa threaten to overrun fragile healthcare systems and test the continent’s much-touted resilience to the disease, according to the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent.The global health body stated that infections were on the rise in at least 12 countries in Africa including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Guinea. Continue reading....
Tags: Health, Science, Africa, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Guinea, Epidemics, Global development, Kenya, World Health Organization, Tanzania, Global Health, Coronavirus, Cameroon Ethiopia Kenya


'She didn’t deserve this': families on loved ones who caught Covid in hospital

We hear the stories of people who died after being admitted to hospital in England for non-Covid reasons 40,600 people likely caught Covid while hospital inpatientsSee all our coronavirus coverageAlexandra Fredericks, 69, from Fordingbridge, Hampshire, is struggling to digest the death of her husband Jeremy, 74. He died at Salisbury hospital on 25 January 2021, after contracting coronavirus. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Society, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Jeremy, Salisbury, Coronavirus, COVID, coverageAlexandra Fredericks, Fordingbridge Hampshire


Women are more susceptible to long-covid, but will we listen to them?

We have a unique window to analyze how the virus overlaps with chronic illnesses – but medicine has a habit of dismissing women who suffer from themHelene Fox was recovering from surgery to remove endometriosis when she caught Covid-19. It had been six weeks since her laparoscopy and although she had been walking every day, following her surgeon’s instructions, she had only been on short 30 minute walks around her neighbourhood. Then a sunny March day presented itself and Helene took advantage o...
Tags: Science, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Fox, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, East London, Helene, Coronavirus, Long Covid


Covid vaccine used on apes at San Diego zoo trialled on mink

Experimental animal jabs could stop spillover back to humans, says firm behind vaccines for primatesAt the start of 2021, four orangutans and five bonobos became the first great apes at a US zoo to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. An outbreak in San Diego zoo’s western lowland gorilla troop had caused panic among staff after the virus spread to the animals, probably from an asymptomatic zookeeper. Eight gorillas tested positive – with symptoms such as runny noses, lethargy and coughs – and there w...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, US, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Microbiology, San Diego, Vaccines and immunisation, Mahesh Kumar


Sturgeon welcomes 'official, definitive, independent' ruling she did not breach ministerial code – as it happened

This live blog is now closed. For more on this story, you read the news report hereFull report: Nicola Sturgeon cleared of breaching ministerial codeTimeline: what we know so far about Sturgeon and the Salmond inquiry 6.15pm GMT The army’s increased deployability and technological advantage will mean that greater effect can be delivered by fewer people. I’ve therefore taken the decision to reduce the size of the army from today’s current strength of 76,500 trade trained personnel to 72,500 ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, Scotland, China, Germany, European Union, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Office For National Statistics


Can the UK avoid a third wave of Covid?

Analysis: as lockdown restrictions ease, the country now faces a race between vaccination and infection Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain’s latest lockdown has dramatically reduced cases of coronavirus, and the number of people being admitted to hospital and dying from the disease. What the country faces now is essentially a race between vaccination and infection: can we protect people faster than the virus spreads as restrictions are eased?This was always going...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Israel, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus


Sturgeon welcomes 'official, definitive, independent' ruling she did not breach ministerial code – UK politics live

Latest updates: Scotland first minister had been accused over investigation into allegations against Alex SalmondFull report: Nicola Sturgeon cleared of breaching ministerial codeTimeline: what we know so far about Sturgeon and the Salmond inquiryGlobal coronavirus updates – live 5.21pm GMT Nicola Sturgeon is speaking now to broadcasters about the findings of the Hamilton report.She repeats points she made in her earlier written statement. (See 4.56pm.) 5.10pm GMT This is from the SNP c...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Scotland, European Union, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Nicola Sturgeon, SNP, Health policy, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Office For National Statistics


Nicola Sturgeon awaits publication of report into handling of Alex Salmond allegations – UK politics live

Latest updates: findings of James Hamilton QC due on Monday afternoon, as Scottish Conservatives plan no-confidence vote on TuesdayGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.24pm GMT Half of all eligible adults in Wales have now had a first dose of vaccine, the Welsh government has announced.Over half of all eligible adults in Wales have now had their first dose 1,273,186 people in Wales have now had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.346,058 people are now fully vaccinated.Latest @Public...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Wales, Scotland, European Union, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Alex Salmond, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation


'I can’t wait to hug my daughter': how it feels to finally get the vaccine

From those who have stayed inside for a year to those who haven’t seen their children, Americans tell us what vaccination means to themOn 13 March last year, Ignacia Fulcher went into quarantine. She wore only N95 masks, ordered groceries online, and had no in-person contact with friends. All of this was necessary to keep her high-risk family of five – who, between them, suffer from moderate asthma, sickle-cell anemia, type 1 diabetes, and medicine allergies – from potentially catching Covid-19....
Tags: Society, US news, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Fulcher, Coronavirus, Ignacia Fulcher


Covid: why has the fall in UK infection rate stalled despite vaccinations?

Hospital admissions and deaths are declining as priority groups vaccinated but number of new diagnoses has stabilisedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s Covid-19 statistics remain encouraging despite continuing rows over vaccine deliveries in Europe. Admissions to hospital and daily deaths from the disease continue to decline with numbers in the latter category now down to double digits while the former have dropped to around a 10th of their total two months ago....
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


Vaccine wars: the week that rocked the UK’s Covid jab rollout

After a week of bans, U-turns and warnings of supply shortfalls, public confidence in vaccination has been dented. Can Britain get back on the fast track out of lockdown? Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor Stacey Harris, the hardest part of organising vaccinations over the last couple of months has been fending off patients. “They’d be ringing up, coming into the surgery saying ‘I want my vaccine,’” she told the Observer.But last week that popularity evaporated. On T...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, France, European Union, Society, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, HARRIS


After Covid, will we ever shake hands again?

The handshake will be back, says Ella Al-Shamahi – we’ve been doing it for 7m years and it’s part of our DNAThe handshake has a serious PR problem. For a long time the go-to, multipurpose, international greeting, it was abruptly banished in March 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world. But has it gone for ever? Is it consigned to history? Have we been shocked into seeing what we should have realised all along: that it is sheer recklessness to indiscriminately touch other people’s dirty pa...
Tags: Life and style, Society, Infectious Diseases, Social history, Anthony Fauci, Ella Al Shamahi, Coronavirus, COVID


The Observer view on the dangers of vaccine nationalism | Observer editorial

Covid-19 is a global problem, sharing our surpluses and science is not only ethical but will speed our own return to normality Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA week ago, there was a palpable sense that spring was approaching and that our long Covid winter was coming to an end. All the data told the same story – of a virus being forced into retreat by a superbly orchestrated vaccine campaign that was further aided by citizens who were prepared to endure the hardships ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Ursula von der Leyen, Coronavirus


France limits AstraZeneca Covid jab to over-55s as Europe treads cautiously

Three Scandinavian countries reserve judgment one day after EMA says shot is safe and effectiveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance has said only people aged 55 and over should receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, and three Scandinavian countries have reserved judgment until next week, a day after Europe’s health regulator declared the shot safe and effective for all age groups.As politicians launched an urgent effort to convince citizens of the vaccine’s safet...
Tags: Health, Europe, Sweden, France, Eu, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Norway, EMA, Coronavirus, AstraZeneca COVID


France limits AstraZeneca Covid jab to over-55s despite EMA green light

Norway, Sweden and Denmark reserve judgment until next week on resuming use of vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance has said only people aged 55 and over should receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, and three Scandinavian countries have reserved judgment until next week, a day after Europe’s health regulator declared the shot to be safe and effective for all age groups.As politicians launched an urgent effort to convince citizens of the vaccine’s s...
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