EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer vaccine
European Union leaders have cranked up their criticism of the US call to waive Covid-19 vaccine patents, arguing on Saturday that the move would bring no short or mid-term relief.Instead, they urged Washington to lift export restrictions if it wants to have a global impact on the pandemic.
Thousands of Covid-19 jabs are being administered after stadiums and football grounds in London were transformed into mass vaccination centres. Giant jab clinics have been set up at the Olympic Stadium, Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Charlton Athletic FC, Selhurst Park and Crystal Palace Athletics Centre. Chelsea FC had 6,000 Pfizer vaccines to administer on Saturday, with the jab being offered to all adults over the age of 18 yet to receive a first dose, as well as those awaiting a second Pfizer dose. The “super pop-ups” are expected to attract thousands of young Londoners on “super Saturday” who are now eligible to receive their first Covid jab.
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On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that there have been a higher-than-expected number of cases of heart inflammation in 16- to 24-year-olds after receiving their second dose of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines.
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