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Vaccine to have marginal impact on winter pressures as rollout work continues

The UK’s chief medical officers have warned the coronavirus vaccine will only have a “marginal impact” on hospital numbers over the winter as each of the four nations prepares to start administering the first doses next week. Festive gatherings are likely to put additional pressure on healthcare services, with a tough few months still ahead, experts said. It comes as preparations are continuing to roll out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine from […]

todayDecember 5, 2020 2


PM and EC president in emergency talks as time runs out on trade deal

Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen are to hold emergency talks as negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal go down to the wire. With time for an agreement rapidly running out, the two sides’ chief negotiators announced on Friday they were putting the talks on “pause” to allow political leaders to take stock. In a joint statement following the latest round of negotiations in London, the […]

todayDecember 5, 2020 1


Regulator defends speed of UK vaccine approval as first batch arrives

The UK approved a Covid-19 vaccine without compromising safety, the medicines regulator said after America’s top infectious disease expert questioned the level of scrutiny. Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned the speed at which the UK approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine could undermine confidence in the jab. Dr Fauci told CBS American regulators would do a “more thorough job”, although he […]

todayDecember 4, 2020 2


PM acknowledges immense logistical challenges of vaccine rollout

The Prime Minister has warned of the “immense logistical challenges” in distributing the newly approved coronavirus vaccine as it emerged that most care home residents will need to wait for their jab. The UK became the first country in the world to give the go-ahead to the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech on Wednesday, paving the way for vaccinations to start next week.   The Prime Minister has warned of […]

todayDecember 3, 2020 1


List of NHS vaccine hubs in England

Here is a list of the 53 NHS vaccine hubs in England, according to a letter to trusts last month from Emily Lawson, NHS England’s chief commercial officer, and Sue Harriman, chief operating officer of the Covid-19 vaccination deployment programme:   Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Countess of Chester Hospital […]

todayDecember 3, 2020 2


Care home residents top the list for newly approved Covid 19 jab

Elderly people in care homes and their carers are top of the list to receive a Covid-19 vaccine after the UK became the first country in the world to approve a jab from Pfizer and BioNTech. The jab has been shown in studies to be 95% effective and works in all age groups.   The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises ministers, said vaccines should first be […]

todayDecember 2, 2020 1


Covid 19 vaccine priority list set out

Vaccine experts advising the Government have published a detailed list of who should get offered the Covid-19 jab first. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said care home residents were among those who should be given the jab first. The committee examined data on who suffers the worst outcomes from coronavirus and who is at highest risk of death. It published interim guidance earlier in the year, but […]

todayDecember 2, 2020 2


Covid 19 vaccine Who will get it when and how

The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. But what does this mean for people being vaccinated? – What’s in the pipeline for the UK? The Government has secured 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with 10 million promised for the UK by the end of the year. Patients need two doses, meaning not enough shots have been secured for the entire UK population. – […]

todayDecember 2, 2020 2


New commemorative 50p coin celebrates The Snowman

One of Britain’s most famous festive characters will feature on a new collectable 50p coin. The Snowman, the much-loved animation created by illustrator Raymond Briggs, will feature on the commemorative coin this month. The design was created by animator Robert Shaw, who was also the art director on The Snowman And The Snowdog, the sequel to the original Oscar-nominated film. First published in 1978 and adapted for television in 1982, […]

todayDecember 1, 2020 5