The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine might offer less protection against the South African strain of Covid-19.
A small study suggests that the jab is not effective against mild illness caused by the South African variant.
But scientists are hopeful that the vaccine will still work to prevent severe cases and deaths.
In the UK, ministers have sought to reassure the public over the effectiveness of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, as experts warned it was "very possible" the South African variant is already quite widespread in the country.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government is “very confident in all the vaccines that we're using.”
More than 12 million people have been vaccinated in the UK so far.
Meanwhile, scientists are already working on an Oxford-AstraZeneca booster against the South African variant, which could be ready as soon as this autumn.
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India has worked with South Africa and other partners in the WTO to seek relaxation in the norms of the TRIPS agreement, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Friday and noted that this waiver will be an important step for enabling the rapid scaling up of manufacture and timely availability of affordable COVID-19 vaccines and essential medical products on a global basis. "India has also worked with South Africa and other partners in WTO to seek relaxation in norms of TRIPS agreement to ensure quick and affordable access to vaccines and medicines for developing countries during the COVID pandemic," said Foreign Secretary Shringla at UNSC high-level meeting.
Sam Simmonds has been named in a British and Irish Lions squad that is captained by Alun Wyn Jones, but Kyle Sinckler and Johnny Sexton are among several high-profile omissions.Simmonds, the Exeter number eight and current European player of the year, has been picked by Warren Gatland despite being consistently overlooked by England since winning the last of his seven caps in 2018.
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Under-40s in the UK will be offered an alternative coronavirus vaccine to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said there is an "extremely small risk" of people suffering blood clots after having the jab.
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Union External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar attended a virtual conversation, called 'Global Dialogue Series' on May 05. He said, "Our vaccine production situation was different from many other countries. On what basis Covishield was being made in India? It's Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, you can say it's British-designed product. It was made in India as the vaccine owner saw India as an efficient production venue. Along with that the ability and approval to make in India, came an obligation to supply it to a large part of the world. So, people have to understand, it was not that vaccine production started in India, it was invented by an Indian, owned by an Indian, produced by an Indian." He further said, "It was a truly international collaboration. When there is an international collaboration, if somebody gave you a vaccine to make in India, then you have to do your part, otherwise, it doesn't work. It also came with support from the Covax initiative. So, there was an obligation to support the Covax initiative to give vaccines at a low cost to a number of nations."
Maharashtra Congress Chief chief Nana Patole has responded to SII chief Adar Poonawalla’s allegation that he is being threatened. Addressing the media, Patole said that Congress is worried over Poonawalla’s allegations and said that the Congress would take the responsibility of ensuring his security. He further urged Poonawalla to name those politicians who had threatened him over vaccine production. Poonawalla, who flew to London last week, is chief executive officer of the Serum Institute, which is the local maker of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Boris Johnson has visited Hartlepool after the Conservatives won the constituency from Labour in Thursday's by-election. The prime minister said the Tories' victory in the town is a mandate for the party to carry on delivering its policies to "build back better" after the pandemic. Visiting the constituency with the winning candidate Jill Mortimer, the Prime Minister told reporters: "If there is a lesson out of this whole election campaign across the whole of the UK is that the public want us to Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
During a visit to Hartlepool, Prime Minister Boris Johnson compared a giant inflatable blimp of himself to Superintendent Ted Hastings from Line of Duty. The prime minister was in the town following the Conservatives by-election victory. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Boris Johnson has described the early election results as "very encouraging". Speaking to reporters in Coventry, the prime minister said the government's success is because they have been focusing on "our priorities, the people's priorities, and bouncing back from the pandemic as much as we can." Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the early election results as “very encouraging”, adding this is because the Government has been focusing on “our priorities, the people’s priorities, and bouncing back from the pandemic as much as we can.”The Prime Minister spoke during a visit to Severn Trent Academy in Coventry.
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As the Covid wave in India continues to rage, renowned cardiologist Dr. Naresh Trehan talks about the warning signs and preventive steps for heart patients. Speaking exclusively to Hindustan Times’ Kumkum Chadha, Dr. Trehan explained how the virus can affect heart patients. Dr. Trehan talks about cases of heart attacks in patients who do not have a pre-existing history of heart-related ailments. Watch the full interview for more details.
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At least 25 people have been killed in Colombia following protests fueled by frustration over Covid-19’s crushing economic pain and exacerbated by a heavy-handed police response. CNN’s Polo Sandoval answers your questions live from Bogota, Colombia.
Delivering a message of solidarity with India United States Vice President Kamala Harris on May 07 expressed condolences on India's COVID-19 infections and deaths and says its nothing short of heartbreaking. "The surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths in India is nothing short of heartbreaking. To those of you who have lost loved ones, I send my deepest condolences. As soon as the dire nature of situation became apparent, our Administration took action," said US Vice President.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon says she is feeling "extremely happy and extremely confident" that the SNP is on track for a fourth consecutive election victory. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel are among 12 countries and territories people in England can visit from May 17 without self-isolating on their return. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told a Downing Street press conference that the removal of international travel restrictions was "necessarily cautious", adding: "We must make sure the countries we reconnect with are safe." The green list also consists of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands and the Falkland Islands. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Speaking after retaining her Glasgow Southside seat in the Holyrood election, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said: "At this stage I am extremely happy that the SNP appears to be on course for a fourth consecutive election victory and to be on course to have the privilege of forming a government again." Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says that he will do "whatever is necessary" to rebuild trust in the party following its "bitterly disappointing" by-election defeat in Hartlepool. The Conservatives took the seat by 6,940 votes despite Labour holding the constituency for almost 50 years. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn