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UK children aged 16 and 17 expected to be offered Covid vaccine

Minister says JCVI experts to update advice ‘imminently’ on widening access to vaccine to more teenagersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid vaccines are expected to be offered to children in the UK aged 16 and 17, in line with many other countries, after a minister confirmed government experts will update their advice “imminently”.Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said the government was expecting an announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination an...
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Hundreds arrested in Berlin protests against Covid restrictions

Protesters defy court order banning marches against German government’s coronavirus measuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 600 people have been arrested after participating in protests against the German government’s coronavirus measures, officials have said.About 13 separate demonstrations took place around Berlin on Sunday, despite being banned by a court order and participants saying they would not follow safety rules. Continue reading...
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Australia Covid live update: NSW records 239 new cases as Queensland reports nine; 4.5m vaccine doses administered nationwide in July

Australia administers 4.5m vaccine doses in July, Prof Michael Kidd says. Queensland reports nine new cases of Covid-19 as three million people across the state begin their first full day in lockdown; Victoria records four new local cases. Follow all the day’s newsNSW reports 239 new cases and seven ICU patients in their 20sNSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; Qld Covid hotspots; Qld restrictionsOther restrictions: Vic; SA; border restrictionsHow do you convince someone to get vaccinated?‘A lottery w...
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Australia Covid live update: NSW records 239 new cases as Queensland reports nine on first full day of lockdown

Queensland reports nine new cases of Covid-19 as three million people across the state begin their first full day in lockdown; Victoria records four new local cases. Follow all the day’s newsNSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictionsQueensland Covid hotspots; Qld restrictionsOther restrictions: NSW; Vic; SA; border restrictionsHow do you convince someone to get vaccinated?‘A lottery who ends up in hospital’: Australian Covid survivors speak outSydney anti-lockdown protest blocked as org...
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Australia Covid live update: Queensland records nine new cases on first full day of lockdown; four new cases in Victoria

Queensland reports nine new cases of Covid-19 as three million people across the state begin their first full day in lockdown; Victoria records four new local cases. Follow all the day’s newsNSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictionsVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 1.30am BST The Ekka, the Royal Brisbane Show, is due to run from 7 to 15 August. It’s not yet clear whether that will go ahead. The organisers have delayed setting up in respo...
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Australia Covid live update: Queensland braces for more cases on first full day of lockdown; Victoria records four new cases

Queensland authorities expect case numbers and exposure sites to grow today as three million across the state begin their first full day in lockdown; Victoria has recorded four new local cases. Follow all the day’s newsNSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictionsVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 12.15am BST Lt Gen John Frewen, who leads the national Covid vaccine taskforce, has been interviewed on Sky News. Sky News’ Andrew Clennell asked F...
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AstraZeneca sales of Covid vaccine triple to $1.2bn in first half of 2021

Not-for-profit pledge sees British firm’s sales revenue fall significantly short of US rival PfizerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAstraZeneca has reported a boost in sales of its Covid-19 vaccine, which tripled to $1.2bn (£900m) in the first half of this year – but remained significantly below the earnings of its US rival Pfizer. revealed it generated $894m from Covid-19 vaccine sales in the three months to the end of June, following $275m in the first three months...
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Genetic engineering test with mosquitoes ‘may be game changer’ in eliminating malaria

UK scientist says gene-drive study rendering female insects infertile may lead to ‘self destruct mosquito’ field tests within 10 yearsScientists have successfully wiped out a population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes by using a radical form of genetic engineering to render the females infertile – in the most advanced and largest ever test of use of the technology to fight the disease.As well as bringing fresh hope in the fight against one of the world’s biggest killers, the study lays the fo...
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Easing travel rules for those vaccinated in US and EU ‘reckless’, says Labour

Angela Rayner warns plan to lift quarantine for arrivals in England could allow in new Covid variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLabour has called plans to significantly ease restrictions for millions of travellers “reckless”, saying the move could lead to the importation of another more infectious Covid variant that could wreak havoc.Concerns were raised after the Guardian revealed ministers were poised to recognise the double-jabbed status of people if they were ...
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Additional emergency workplace testing to be introduced in England

Government will prioritise sites hit hard by the ‘pingdemic’ amid warnings of mounting economic chaosCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters will meet on Monday to sign off additional emergency testing sites for workplaces in England hit hard by the “pingdemic”, so more workers can avoid the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days, amid warnings of mounting chaos across the economy.Refuse depots and police stations are among the sites being considered for testing c...
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Jeremy Farrar: ‘A September 2020 lockdown would have saved a lot of lives’

The Wellcome Trust director and Sage member on what politicians and scientists got right and wrong on Covid and why we need an immediate public inquiryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJeremy Farrar is the director of the Wellcome Trust, a former professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). He has just published his account of the Covid crisis – Spike: The Virus v the People - in which h...
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Vaccinate all UK university students by September, says union

UCU urges government to prevent universities being ‘incubators for Covid-19 all over again’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUniversity staff are demanding the full vaccination of all students by September and compulsory face masks on campus to stop the Delta variant from ripping through universities in the new academic year.The University and College Union (UCU) has written to the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, warning that the Covid chaos seen in universities ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Education, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Higher Education, Microbiology, Delta, Universities, Vaccines and immunisation, Gavin Williamson, The University and College Union UCU, Coronavirus


China refuses further inquiry into Covid-19 origins in Wuhan lab

WHO proposal to audit Chinese laboratories is ‘arrogance towards science’, says health ministerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina’s government has refused to cooperate with the second stage of an international investigation into the origins of Covid-19, labelling a proposal to audit Chinese labs as “arrogance towards science”.Chinese health officials held a press conference on Thursday to respond to last week’s proposal by the World Health Organization that the se...
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Hygiene theatre: how excessive cleaning gives us a false sense of security

Covid-19 is a mainly airborne disease. So does our endless disinfecting and hand sanitising serve any purpose – or could it be worse than useless?Claudia, a 26-year-old beauty worker, dreads it when her clients ask to go to the toilet. “It’s a whole other thing to clean,” she says. “They could have touched anything in there. I have to wipe down the whole thing with antibacterial spray and wipes.”It is her job to maintain stringent cleaning protocols at the London skincare clinic where she works....
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Health campaigners call for an end to the use of the word leper

Derogatory use of the “L-word” has increased during Covid and is said to be further marginalising people with the curable diseaseHealth campaigners are calling for an end to the use of the word leper, saying the language frequently used by politicians and others during the pandemic has made people with leprosy even more marginalised.The metaphor of the socially outcast “leper” has been used often, whether in media reports on stigma against early Covid-19 patients or by politicians in Italy and B...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Philippines, Italy, Microbiology, Global development, Brazil, World Health Organization


Covid live news: UK reports 31,772 daily infections and 26 new deaths; new restrictions in Libya after record cases

UK figures drop slightly on previous day; Libyan cafes closed, weddings and funerals with mourners banned and public transport use barredTory MP fears Boris Johnson will delay winter Covid restrictionsUgandan minister blames west for country’s Covid vaccine shortageEngland reopening going ahead, but mask wearing ‘expected’ Woman, 90, infected with Alpha and Beta Covid variants at the same time 7.20pm BST South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has said that restaurants will be allowed to r...
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Covid live news: UK reports 31,772 daily cases and 26 new deaths; 1,007 deaths in 24 hour period in Indonesia

UK figures drop slightly on previous day; Indonesian death toll rises to total of 66,464 after deadly dayTory MP fears Boris Johnson will delay winter Covid restrictionsUgandan minister blames west for country’s Covid vaccine shortageEngland reopening going ahead, but mask wearing ‘expected’ Woman, 90, infected with Alpha and Beta Covid variants at the same time 4.10pm BST The UK today reported 26 new coronavirus deaths and 31,772 new cases. It’s a slight drop on yesterday’s figures which we...
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Covid live: public in England expected to wear masks when measures lift; Indonesia reports 1,007 daily deaths

UK minister says mask guidance indoors is set to stay in England; Indonesian death toll rises to total of 66,464 after deadly dayZahawi: England reopening going ahead, but mask wearing ‘expected’Sajid Javid warns NHS waiting lists backlog could reach 13m ‘Their childhood has been stolen’: calls for action to tackle long CovidWoman, 90, infected with Alpha and Beta Covid variants at the same timeSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.59am BST In Libya, Al-Wasat news is reporting that the country...
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Malta’s ban on visitors without two jabs raises fears of tourist restrictions across Europe

Travel industry hopes island’s decision is a one-off response to Delta variant’s rapid spread across continentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK travel industry has described as “confusing” Malta’s surprise decision to ban all visitors unless they are double vaccinated, a development that has raised fears that other European countries will follow suit as the Delta variant continues its rapid advance across the continent.Chris Fearne, health minister of the Mediter...
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To mask or not to mask: what will Johnson and others do after 19 July?

The PM says he will keep his covering in crowded places after England’s rules change but what do his ministers and experts think?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has said he will continue to wear a mask in “crowded places” after mandatory requirements are dropped in England on 19 July.“What we’re trying to do is move from a universal government diktat to relying on people’s personal responsibility,” he told Monday’s Downing Street press conference. “Clear...
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Covid: Sage scientist fears England could repeat ‘mistakes of last summer’

Prof Stephen Reicher says restrictions may have to be reimposed if reopening leads to surge in infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA scientific adviser to the government’s Covid-19 response has expressed fears England could be in danger of repeating “the mistakes of last summer”.Prof Stephen Reicher, from the University of St Andrews and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) subcommittee on behavioural science, said the government may ...
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Ireland to delay indoor dining and only allow access to fully vaccinated

No date agreed for planned reopening as health officials warn of risks of a Delta-driven new waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland has delayed the reopening of indoor hospitality and plans to limit indoor dining to people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.The government announced the changes on Tuesday after health officials warned of a possible wave of infections and deaths driven by the Delta variant. Continue reading...
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Cambridge hospital’s mask upgrade appears to eliminate Covid-19 risk to staff

Use of FFP3 respirators on coronavirus units at Addenbrooke’s ‘may have cut ward-based infection to zero’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn NHS hospital that upgraded the type of face masks used by staff on Covid-19 wards recorded a dramatic fall of up to 100% in hospital-acquired coronavirus infections among those workers, research has indicated.Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge upgraded the masks from fluid resistant surgical masks (FRSMs) to filtering face piece...
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Mixing Covid vaccines offers strong immune protection – study

Oxford researchers say having AstraZeneca then Pfizer jabs is almost as potent as two shots of Pfizer Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHaving different Covid vaccines for first and second shots produces a strong immune response to the virus, according to research that will help improve the resilience of vaccine programmes around the world.Scientists in Oxford looked at the impact of a mix-and-match approach to vaccinations where people were given either the standard tw...
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Third shot of AstraZeneca vaccine could work as booster – study

Oxford University researchers say existing vaccine could work with no need for tweaksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA third shot of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine could be an effective booster jab without the need for tweaks, research suggests.An Oxford University study found that giving people a third dose more than six months after their second led to a substantial rise in antibodies and increased the body’s T-cell ability to fight coronavirus, including its varian...
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How developed countries are vaccinating their way out of the pandemic

Developed countries are seeing the benefits of quickly vaccinating their populations, but concerns remain about the unequal share of global vaccine suppliesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew analysis by the Guardian has confirmed that a speedy vaccination campaign pays off when it comes to escaping the worst of the pandemic. As the chart below shows, countries such as Israel, the UK and the US have all seen deaths decline as vaccination coverage extended to the most ...
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Vaccine inequality: how rich countries cut Covid deaths as poorer fall behind

Developed countries are seeing the benefits of quickly vaccinating their populations, but concerns remain about the unequal share of global vaccine suppliesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew analysis by the Guardian has confirmed that a speedy Covid vaccination campaign pays off when it comes to escaping the worst of the pandemic. As the chart below shows, countries such as Israel, the UK and the US have all seen deaths decline as vaccination coverage extended to the...
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Covid vaccine map: how are countries around the world doing?

More than 2bn Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. Find out which countries are vaccinating the mostCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince the first Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 was injected into the arm of a British woman in December 2020, hundreds of millions of vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.Dozens of countries now have advanced vaccination campaigns as they rush to protect their people and get their economies back up and runni...
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Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrevious infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on healthcare workers suggests.Researchers at Oxford University found marked differences in the immune responses of medical staff who contracted Covid, with some appearing far be...
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How do we learn to live with Covid in the UK?

Analysis: Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original Delta variant hotspots – may have peaked for now, Public Health England expects recent rises in the n...
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