President Joe Biden on Wednesday threw his support behind waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, bowing to mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers and more than 100 other countries, but angering pharmaceutical companies. Jonah Green has more.
Boris Johnson has warned that the Indian coronavirus variant could “pose a serious disruption” to plans to ease restrictions and “could make it more difficult” to end them as hoped in June.The Prime Minister told the Downing Street press conference: “I do not believe that we need, on the present evidence, to delay our road map and we will proceed with our plan to move to step three in England from Monday.
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Boris Johnson has said that remaining second doses for the over-50s will be accelerated so they come eight weeks after the first.The Prime Minister told the Downing Street press conference: “I believe we should trust in our vaccines to protect the public whilst monitoring the situation as it develops very closely because the race between our vaccination programme and the virus may be about to become a great deal tighter and it’s more important than ever therefore that people get the protection of a second dose.
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Researchers from the Oxford Vaccine Group's Com-COV vaccine trial discovered that adults were more likely to suffer from mild to moderate side effects after mixing doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer jabs
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More than 18 million second coronavirus jabs have been given in the UK, along with 35,587,348 first doses. The statistics come after protesters demanded that AstraZeneca share its Covid-19 vaccine technology, holding a noisy demonstration outside the pharmaceutical firm’s Cambridge headquarters.
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CNN’s KFile has preserved a since-deleted Facebook Live post from 2019 showing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene – then a conservative activist – standing outside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s locked office taunting her to come out and “get rid of your diaper” and “be a big girl.”
Manchester United fans have gathered outside Old Trafford ahead of the club’s Premier League match against Liverpool, a week and a half after the fixture had to be postponed because of protests. Supporters are once more protesting against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Andy Burnham says a local lockdown would “go down like a lead balloon” in Greater Manchester, “because they didn’t work last year.” The mayor was speaking after Boris Johnson refused to rule out the introduction of a local lockdown in Bolton, which has seen a surge in Indian variant (B16172) coronavirus cases. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
James Cleverly, the minister for the Middle East, says the government is “working intensively” to try and de-escalate the Israel Gaza conflict. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Former prime minister David Cameron was seen leaving his house on Thursday morning. Mr Cameron appears before two select committees of MPs later in the day to face questions over his lobbying activities for Greensill Capital. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Public health officials in Africa are concerned there could be a similar Covid-19 crisis as in India as the COVAX vaccine-sharing program is running out of doses. The international scheme to ensure equal access to Covid-19 vaccines is 140 million doses short because of India’s continuing Covid crisis. CNN’s Larry Madowo reports from Nairobi, Kenya.