Easing of lockdown restrictions not before March, says Zahawi
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has suggested that a gradual easing oflockdown restrictions will not begin before early March.
He told BBCBreakfast: “If we take the mid-February target, two weeks after that you getyour protection, pretty much, for the Pfizer/BioNTech, three weeks for theOxford/AstraZeneca, you are protected.
“One of the things we don’t know yet,and the deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam is on record as saying‘look give me a couple of months and I’ll tell you’, is the impact of thevaccine on transmission rates ie on infecting people.
“So there are a numberof caveats that stand in the way of us reopening the economy.
“It will begradually, it will be probably through the tiered system but you’re looking atthat sort of period, two to three weeks after the middle of February, afterwe’ve protected the top four cohorts.”
Surge testing has begun in South Gloucestershire after two cases of the Brazilian variant of Covid-19 were found. Residents who live within five postcode areas and are aged over 16 with no symptoms, are being urged to come forward for testing. The two cases of the new variant are from one household and originate from an individual who travelled back from Brazil on 10 February - five days before the quarantine hotel policy was introduced. The two cases are among three that have been detected in England so far, with authorities now trying to find the currently unidentified third that is not believed to be linked. Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has said the surge testing in South Gloucestershire is a "precautionary measure". Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said authorities are working with the postal service to locate a person infected with a concerning variant of coronavirus first found in Brazil. It is thought the person was tested on February 12 or 13, possibly via a home postal test or a test collected from a local authority. The vaccines minister urged anyone tested within this time who has not had a result back, to contact 119. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi sets out the role that the Covid vaccine deployment will play in the wider context of exiting from the national lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce the roadmap out of current restrictions on Monday afternoon. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The UK will examine European Union proposals for a vaccine passport in the hope of reviving international travel for the summer holidays.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Britain was working with the EU and countries around the world on the issue.
But England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said there was still "great uncertainty" around holidays on the continent, partly because the EU’s vaccination programmes were behind the UK's.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said plans for a "digital green pass" will be set out this month, which would allow people to prove they have had a jab or show the results of Covid tests. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The government has reinforced its stay at home message, saying it is too early to relax the rules despite the roadmap being set out and cases of coronavirus falling. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van Tam said people should not "wreck this now".
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New data shows that a single jab of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by over 80%. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a Downing Street press conference that "a single shot of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine or of the Pfizer vaccine works against severe infection among the over-70s with a more than 80% reduction in hospitalisations". He added that the data shows "the protection that you get from catching Covid 35 days after a first jab is even slightly better for the Oxford jab than for Pfizer, albeit both results are clearly very strong."
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Initial deliveries of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should start on Tuesday, senior Biden administration officials said on Sunday, saying they hoped to boost lagging vaccination rates among minorities. Bryan Wood reports.
A single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine reduces the risk of asymptomatic infections, helping to stem transmission, research suggests.The UK has approved three coronavirus jabs – Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-University of Oxford and Moderna – after studies demonstrated they significantly ward off severe disease.With not everyone able to be immunised, or producing a strong immune response as a result of their vaccination, questions lingered as to whether the jabs prevented the infection itself.Asymptomatic infections are particularly important amid the pandemic, given these individuals do not know to isolate and may unwittingly transmit the coronavirus even when they speak.To learn more, medics from the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) swabbed the site's vaccinated and unvaccinated healthcare workers over two weeks.Results suggest the risk of an asymptomatic infection decreases by four times more than 12 days after a worker received the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.
The discovery of a new and more contagious COVID-19 variant derailed South Africa’s plans to begin immunising its health workers with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which proved less effective against the new strain.
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President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered U.S. states to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers to ensure children could return to school quickly and safely, and called for every educator to receive at least one shot by the end of March. Gloria Tso reports.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there was “exciting new data” showing the effectiveness of the vaccines.He told a Downing Street press conference the data showed that “a single shot of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine or of the Pfizer vaccine works against severe infection among the over-70s with a more than 80% reduction in hospitalisations”.
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