Coronavirus latest news LIVE: Boris Johnson to ramp up vaccine production amid fears of fourth Covid wave in UK

Coronavirus latest news LIVE: Boris Johnson to ramp up vaccine production amid fears of fourth Covid wave in UK

BORIS Johnson is to ramp up vaccine production in the UK amid fears a fourth wave of Covid could hit.

The PM has ordered a massive push in action to increase output to make the country less reliant on imported doses.

The move comes asconcerns grow of further chaos caused by meddling EU chiefs or breakdowns at other overseas sites.

More than half of the UK’s adult population has now received a first dose of the Covid vaccine.

It means the midway point to jabbing the entire nation by the end of July was passed in the last 24 hours – with 26.8 vaccines now hands out.

But the PM wants to keep pushing the rollout and up production to prevent vaccine wars from disrupting supplies.

It comes as Professor Andrew Hayward says “another wave” of coronavirus cases is possible in the UK – but its consequences would be less due to high levels of vaccination.

Appearing on Times Radio he was asked if a “fourth wave” of infections could be possible if “mistakes” are made during the easing of lockdown measures.

Prof Hayward, of University College London (UCL), said: “I think another wave is possible, likely even.

“I guess the difference is that another wave will cause substantially fewer deaths and hospitalisations because of high levels of vaccination across the sorts of people who would have ended up in hospital or unfortunately dying if they haven’t been vaccinated.

“So the consequences of another wave are less. I think the challenge is of course we don’t know exactly how much less."

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  • Katie Davis

    BORIS JOHNSON SAYS HE IS ‘PROUD’ OF VACCINE ROLLOUT PROGRESS

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Like the rest of the country I am immensely proud of the progress we have made so far in rolling out vaccinations.

    “There is still further to go and I encourage everyone to take up the offer when asked to do so.

    “I received my first vaccine yesterday and would like to thank the brilliant NHS staff I met, alongside the teams and volunteers working across the UK to deliver this vital protection.”

  • Katie Davis

    PM WARNS ANOTHER PANDEMIC ‘REALISTIC POSSIBILITY’ BY 2030 DUE TO RISING POPULATION

    Boris Johnson warned another pandemic is a “realistic possibility” by 2030 as the population continues to grow.

    A Government review has cautioned infectious disease outbreaks with the impact of Covid-19 are likely to be more frequent by the end of the decade.

    The PM’s major review of foreign policy stated that population growth and the loss of natural habitat would increase interaction between humans and animals.

    This could fuel the risk of a disease spreading from one species to another, as is believed to have happened with Covid-19.

  • Katie Davis

    COVID MADE ITS WAY ACROSS GLOBE DUE TO 'PERFECT STORM'

    The Covid-19 outbreak made its way across the globe due to a “perfect storm" of conditions – and almost didn’t happen, a new study shows.

    Scientists at the University of Arizona say the killer bug spread due to cramped conditions in China after it caught "a lucky break or two.”

    Michael Worobey, professor of evolutionary biology at the American University told CNN: “It was a perfect storm –  we know now that it had to catch a lucky break or two to actually firmly become established.

    “If things had been just a tiny bit different, if that first person who brought that into the Huanan market had decided to not go that day, or even was too ill to go and just stayed at home, that or other early super-spreading events might not have occurred.

    "We may never have even known about it."

  • Alex Winter

    EU 'COULD HOLD ASTRAZENECA JAB HOSTAGE'

    The UK is reportedly on the brink of a vaccine war with the EU after Ursula von der Leyen "threatened" to join Germany and France to block 19million jabs.

    The EU's shambolic jab rollout, combined with a sharp rise in infections, has seen large swathes of the continent plunged back into lockdown in the past week.

    The EU has blamed its vaccine programme’s problems on AstraZeneca not producing enough of the jabs.

    Now European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has threatened to team up with Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to hold doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine hostage, reports the Mail on Sunday.

    Here's what you need to know.

  • Joseph Gamp

    QUEUE-JUMPERS ‘POSE AS HEALTH WORKERS TO CHEAT THEIR WAY TO EARLY COVID VACCINE’

    QUEUE-jumpers have been posing as health workers to cheat their way to an early Covid-19 vaccine.

    And officials fear the problem is only getting worse as the UK prepares for a jab drought as soon as next month.

    Last Wednesday it was announced that April will see a “significant reduction” in the UK’s supply of vaccines – causing a spike in those registering for appointments. On Tuesday there were just 305,087 appointments booked – compared to 708,927 on Wednesday.

    Anyone can fraudulently book an appointment on the NHS website by ticking the box saying they work as a health care worker in some capacity. NHS bosses say carers and NHS staff must provide proof of their occupation when they go to get vaccinated, such as letter identifying them as a registered carer.

    The NHS insists that those without “official proof” will not be vaccinated.

  • Joseph Gamp

    RECORD DAY FOR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS IN THE UK

    A record number of people received their Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, with 711,156 doses given to the UK public.

    More than half of the UK's adult population – some 26,853,407 people aged 18 and over – have now received their first jab, Government data up to March 19 suggests. Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the milestone as a "phenomenal achievement".

    The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said it remains "on track" to offer the vaccine to all over-50s by April 15.

    It comes as countries across Europe have had to impose tougher restrictions amid a rise in Covid-19 cases, with UK scientists warning overseas holidays this summer will be "extremely unlikely".

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among those to receive his first dose on Friday when he was given the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine at St Thomas' Hospital in central London.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PFIZER WARNS EU TO BACK DOWN ON THREATS TO BLOCK VACCINE EXPORTS TO UK – BECAUSE ESSENTIAL JAB INGREDIENTS ARE MADE IN YORKSHIRE

    PFIZER has urged the EU to back down on its threats to block vaccine exports to the UK as essential ingredients are made in Yorkshire.

    The drugmaker warned that production could "grind to a halt" if Britain retaliates, sparking further jab chaos on the continent.

    Yorkshire-based chemicals firm Croda International has been delivering "fatty molecules" to Pfizer's EU factories since signing a five-year contract in November.

    Pfizer, and its partner BioNTech, have told the EU that Britain can strike back against any export ban by withholding vital materials, The Telegraph reports.

    The warning comes after EU Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen threatened to seize vaccines from Britain as she demanded Europe got a bigger share of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FRANCE SAYS 6.14 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE SHOTS

    The French health ministry said on Saturday 6,137,375 people have received a first COVID-19 vaccine shot since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in the country.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRAZIL REPORTS 79,069 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES, 2,438 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS

    Brazil recorded 79,069 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 2,438 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

    Brazil has registered nearly 12 million cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 292,752, according to ministry data.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FRANCE REPORTS 35,327 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES

    The number of positive cases of COVID-19 rose by 35,327, bringing the total number to 4.25 million, the health ministry reported on Saturday.

    That compared to a rise of 35,088 the previous day.

    It also reported 92,167 coronavirus deaths, up by 185 from previous day.

  • Joseph Gamp

    DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE PRAISES 'INCREDIBLE HEROES' TACKLING PANDEMIC IN SYRIA

    The Duke of Cambridge has said he is "totally overwhelmed by the scale of the burden" faced by the "incredible heroes" who are helping tackle the pandemic in war-torn countries.

    William spoke with three Syrian aid workers, supported by the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Coronavirus Appeal, about how donations from Britain are being used to help millions of vulnerable people.

    The DEC's appeal was launched last July, and aims to support health workers and improve the living conditions of refugees in regions including Yemen, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan.

    More than £38 million has been raised so far, of which £10 million was matched by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office through UK Aid Match.

    Speaking with humanitarian workers Fadi Hallisso, Kawther Mohamad Ali, and Shahinaz Muamar via video call on Thursday, William said he was "amazed" by the money raised to date, but acknowledged it is "nowhere near what you need".

    He said: "As a fundraising initiative goes, that's a decent amount. I know it's nowhere near what you need, but £38 million in a coronavirus pandemic year is quite impressive."

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRAZIL REPORTS 79,069 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES, 2,438 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS

    Brazil recorded 79,069 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 2,438 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

    Brazil has registered nearly 12 million cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 292,752, according to ministry data.

  • Joseph Gamp

    US: PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN CELEBRATES AFTER HITTING GOAL TO VACCINATE 100 MILLION AMERICANS

    Joe Biden has paid a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and used the appearance to celebrate his administration reaching the benchmark of injecting 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine since his inauguration.

    Biden met with scientists at the CDC in Atlanta on Friday to express his gratitude for their work trying to stop the coronavirus, while also learning about variants of the virus and the unfolding medical situation.

    Biden pumped his fist as the CDCs director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said the 100 million vaccine-threshold had been reached.

    The president told CDC staff: We owe you a gigantic debt of gratitude and we will for a long, long long time. You are the army, you are the navy, the marines, the coast guard … you are the frontline troops.

  • Joseph Gamp

    IRELAND RESUMES ITS ROLLOUT OF ASTRAZENECA VACCINE

    The resumption of the rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine restarted in Ireland today following a precautionary pause.

    The decision to recommence the vaccine comes following the green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Ireland's National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac).

    HSE chief executive Paul Reid tweeted: "This morning, as we recommence the AstraZeneca vaccine, our plan to protect some of the most vulnerable also continues.

    "Today and tomorrow, 3,700 over 75-year-olds, patients of GPs, will receive either first and second doses in the Helix vaccination centre."

    Ireland's deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn confirmed on Friday evening that it recommended the use of the jab. The use of AstraZeneca in Ireland was paused last Sunday following reports of unusual blood clots in Norway.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ELEVEN PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT LATEST ANTI-LOCKDOWN DEMONSTRATION IN DUBLIN

    Eleven people have been arrested at an anti-lockdown protest in Dublin for failing to comply with public health guidelines, gardai said.

    Up to 150 anti-lockdown demonstrators marched through Dublin on Saturday over the ongoing country-wide restrictions.

    Gardai said they were aware of an event organised on social media by disparate groups planning to gather at the Wellington Monument in Phoenix.

    At around 3.30pm, protesters walked from the Phoenix Park along the North Quays to the GPO on O'Connell Street and then back along the South Quays.

    Many carried placards with anti-vaccination messages while others carried the Irish flag.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MPS URGE GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW PROTESTS AS THOUSANDS MARCH OVER LOCKDOWN RULES

    The Government is coming under renewed pressure to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions to allow protests to go ahead.

    More than 60 MPs and peers have signed a letter warning that allowing the police to criminalise people for protesting is "is not acceptable and is arguably not lawful".

    It came as thousands of people marched through the centre of London in protest against lockdown restrictions.

    The letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel and Health Secretary Matt Hancock was co-ordinated by Liberty and Big Brother Watch.

    Signatories include the Tory MPs Sir Charles Walker, Steve Baker, Sir Christopher Chope and Sir Desmond Swayne and the Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE IN LONDON

    ANTI-lockdown protesters clashed with cops in London today after police warned they could be arrested if they gathered.

    Hundreds of maskless demonstrators marched through the capital to rally against Covid rules, just hours after the Met urged people not to join.

    Protesters began their march in Hyde Park, continuing towards Oxford Street and blocking off Park Lane – despite demonstrations being banned under lockdown restrictions.

    Crowds of people held placards and chanted as they stormed the streets, with one banner reading "stop destroying our kids' lives".

    Another woman held a sign which said: "Yes sex is great, but have you ever been f***ed by the Government?"

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘FIT AND HEALTHY’ DAD, 40, DIES OF COVID LEAVING BEHIND THREE CHILDREN

    A “FIT and healthy” father has died of Covid-19, leaving behind his three devastated young children.

    Former rugby player Brian Elsey, 40, from Cardiff was admitted to hospital with the killer bug on Christmas Eve.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BORIS JOHNSON SAYS HE IS 'PROUD' OF VACCINE ROLLOUT PROGRESS

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Like the rest of the country I am immensely proud of the progress we have made so far in rolling out vaccinations.

    “There is still further to go and I encourage everyone to take up the offer when asked to do so.

    “I received my first vaccine yesterday and would like to thank the brilliant NHS staff I met, alongside the teams and volunteers working across the UK to deliver this vital protection.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: COVID DEATHS DOWN BY 80% IN A MONTH WITH 96 MORE FATALITIES

    Covid deaths down by 80% in a month with 96 more fatalities as cases rise by 5,587

  • Joseph Gamp

    GRAPH: COVID VACCINATIONS IN THE UK TO DATE

  • Joseph Gamp

    PM WARNS ANOTHER PANDEMIC 'REALISTIC POSSIBILITY' BY 2030 DUE TO RISING POPULATION

    Boris Johnson warned another pandemic is a "realistic possibility" by 2030 as the population continues to grow.

    A Government review has cautioned infectious disease outbreaks with the impact of Covid-19 are likely to be more frequent by the end of the decade.

    The PM's major review of foreign policy stated that population growth and the loss of natural habitat would increase interaction between humans and animals.

    This could fuel the risk of a disease spreading from one species to another, as is believed to have happened with Covid-19.

  • Joseph Gamp

    'FOURTH WAVE’ OF COVID IN BRITAIN ‘STILL LIKELY’ DESPITE VACCINE ROLLOUT SUCCESS, SAYS SAGE ADVISER

    A 'FOURTH WAVE' of Covid in Britain is "still likely" despite the successful vaccine rollout, says SAGE adviser Professor Andrew Hayward.

    Speaking to Times Radio, he was asked if a surge of infections could occur if "mistakes" are made during the easing of lockdown restrictions. The scientist, from University College London, said: "I think another wave is possible, likely even.

    "I guess the difference is that another wave will cause substantially fewer deaths and hospitalisations because of high levels of vaccination across the sorts of people who would have ended up in hospital or unfortunately dying if they haven't been vaccinated.

    "So the consequences of another wave are less. I think the challenge is of course we don't know exactly how much less.

    "We know some people are still not vaccinated, because the uptake hasn't been complete. We know the vaccine isn't 100 per cent effective, although it's very good."

  • Joseph Gamp

    GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

  • Jon Rogers

    GERMAN COPS CLASH WITH PROTESTORS OVER COVID MEASURES

    Protesters in Germany clashed with police Saturday over coronavirus measures, with officers using water cannons, pepper spray and batons against people trying to break through police barriers, German news agency DPA reported.

    Protests against government measures to rein in the pandemic also were reported in several other European countries, including Austria, Switzerland and Finland.

    Around 10,000 people participated in the protest in the central German city of Kassel, where there also were confrontations between the demonstrators and counter-protesters.

    Thousands of people marched through downtown Kassel despite a court ban, and most didn't comply with infection-control protocols such as wearing face masks. Some protesters attacked several journalists, DPA said.

    Federal police, who were brought in beforehand from other parts of Germany, used water cannons and helicopters to control the crowds, the news agency reported.

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