COVID-19: Every UK adult could receive both jabs by August, says head of UK’s vaccine taskforce

Sam Coates:;SKY:: Every adult in the UK could receive both doses of a coronavirus vaccine by August or September “or maybe sooner if we need to”, the head of the UK’s vaccine taskforce has told Sky News. Clive Dix, who runs the body which identifies and buys vaccines on behalf of the UK government, said […]

Covid: Four fined in Birmingham over red-list travel

BBC::Mail:: Four air passengers have each been fined £10,000 for failing to declare they had travelled from a “red-list” country, West Midlands Police has said. They were stopped at border control by officials and were not able to leave Birmingham Airport. Under new rules, arrivals in England have to quarantine in hotels, if within the […]

Covid: Vaccine given to 15 million in UK as PM hails ‘extraordinary feat’

BBC:: More than 15 million people in the UK have now had their first coronavirus vaccine, in what Boris Johnson described as a “significant milestone”. The PM hailed the “extraordinary feat”, reached just over two months after the first jab was given on 8 December. It comes as the government is expected to announce on Monday […]

WHO Wuhan mission finds possible signs of wider original outbreak in 2019

By Nick Paton Walsh, CNN Investigators from the World Health Organization (WHO) looking into the origins of coronavirus in China have discovered signs the outbreak was much wider in Wuhan in December 2019 than previously thought, and are urgently seeking access to hundreds of thousands of blood samples from the city that China has not so far let them […]

TONY BLAIR: The world needs to agree a form of Covid passport – and Britain should lead the way

By TONY BLAIR, FORMER PRIME MINISTER:: Lockdown is the weapon of choice of Governments around the world to reduce the spread of Covid-19, but let’s be clear – the effects on the nation’s health and economy are severe. Jobs and livelihoods lost. A huge bill for future generations to pay. It means postponing the treatment of other conditions […]

Fortune smiles on Jashore flower growers in February

LT24:;Jessore:: Pahela Phalgun (the first day of spring), Valentine’s Day and International Mother Language Day in February have made the flower growers of Jashore hopeful about overcoming the losses they incurred owing to the Covid-19 pandemic in the year gone by. Abdur Rahim, president of Bangladesh Flower Society, said the damage to the flower sector […]

COVID-19: ‘Optimistic’ Boris Johnson hints at how lockdown in England will be eased

LT24:;SKY::BBC:: Boris Johnson has said he is “optimistic” ahead of the launch of his “roadmap” for easing England’s lockdown and hinted at which industries will reopen first. The prime minister said his plan, which will be unveiled on 22 February, will prioritise the reopening of schools from 8 March. Non-essential retail will follow, then hospitality […]

Bangladesh launches vaccination of foreign diplomats in Dhaka

LT24::The government has begun vaccinating Dhaka-based foreign diplomats against Covid-19. reports BSS, UNB, Jugantor State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam inaugurated the campaign at Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital at Mohakhali on Wednesday. “We have taken this initiative to immunise diplomats from all countries stationed in Bangladesh. Over 30 diplomats are taking […]

The WHO’s theories about the origins of Covid-19 after Wuhan probe

Reuters,10 February, 2021:: A team of experts appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) completed its 28-day mission to the Chinese city of Wuhan this week seeking clues about the origins of Covid-19. The following looks at their findings. What Are The Main Scenarios? Peter Ben Embarek, the WHO’s leading animal disease expert, said the team conducted scientific investigations […]

Travellers face £1,750 cost for England quarantine hotels

BBC::SKY:: Travellers having to stay in quarantine hotels in England will be charged £1,750 for their stay, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced. The measures, which come into force on Monday, apply to UK and Irish residents returning from 33 red list countries. Those who fail to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel for 10 days face […]

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