Covid-19: Vaccine numbers cross 44 crore after July slump
Monday, 26 July 2021 India on Monday completed the administration of more than 44 crore doses of anti-Covid vaccines, as the number of shots delivered during the last week improved after a slump earlier in July.
The UK has agreed two "landmark" deals with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) to secure "hundreds of thousands" of doses of new Covid treatments.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: "These antivirals have the potential to speed up recovery time and to stop infections from progressing … we'll keep working to secure even more of these incredible treatments." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The government will not be implementing its 'Plan B' for dealing with coronavirus this winter, despite rising cases, the Health Secretary has said.
The contingency measures would have seen a return to compulsory face masks and working from home. Sajid Javid said in a press conference on Wednesday: "This pandemic is not over … we'll be staying vigilant, preparing for all eventualities, while strengthening our vital defences." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
CNN’s Brian Stelter and Brianna Keilar say it’s striking Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto would say that the Covid-19 vaccination saved his life while the network’s prime time hosts speak out against mandates.
The chief executive of the NHS Confederation has warned of a "real and present" risk that the health service will be overwhelmed this winter if the government does not move to its 'Plan B' for Covid.
Matthew Taylor said: "We're calling for action now because this challenge for the NHS and care system over the winter, it's not a possibility, it is almost certain to be the case." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
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