Covid news latest – Brits will get THIRD vaccine says Matt Hancock as plans for booster shot coming 'within weeks'

Covid news latest – Brits will get THIRD vaccine says Matt Hancock as plans for booster shot coming 'within weeks'

A COVID "booster" jab programme in the autumn will be set out in the next few weeks, health secretary Matt Hancock has said.

Mr Hancock said ministers were waiting for results from trials of different combinations of vaccines.

Speaking to BBC breakfast, Mr Hancock said: "We are currently trialling which combinations of jabs are the most effective,"

"In the next few weeks, when we get the clinical data through on what's the most effective combinations to have… then we'll set out all the details for the booster programme for the autumn."

Meanwhile, experts have warned lockdown could be needed if the NHS is overrun by cases asnew 'third wave' hits England's towns & cities.

On Sunday, Susan Hopkins, director of Covid-19 at Public Health England, told The Andrew Marr Show: “We may have to do further lockdowns this winter, I can’t predict the future – it really depends on whether the hospitals start to become overwhelmed at some point."

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    NICOLA STURGEON: MANCHESTER MAYOR ANDY BURNHAM IS 'PLAYING POLITICS' OVER SCOTLAND'S TRAVEL RULES

    Nicola Sturgeon has suggested Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is playing politics in the row over the Scottish Government's Covid-19 travel ban on people from Greater Manchester entering Scotland.

    Scotland's First Minister told BBC News: "These are public health measures. I have a duty, and it's one I take very seriously, to keep Scotland as safe as possible.

    "I'm sure Andy Burnham feels the same sense of duty toward people in the Greater Manchester area.

    "I've always got on well with Andy Burnham and if he wants to have a grown-up conversation he only has to pick up the phone but if, as I suspect might be the case, this is more about generating a spat with me as part of some positioning in a Labour leadership contest in future, then I'm not interested.

    "We've all got a serious job of work to do right now and I'm serious about doing that job in a way that keeps Scotland as safe as I possibly can."

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    BRAZIL HITS 500,000 COVID DEATHS AS PRESIDENT JAIR BOLSONARO STILL REFUSES TO BACK SOCIAL DISTANCING

    Brazil hits 500,000 Covid deaths as President Jair Bolsonaro still refuses to back social distancing

  • Joseph Gamp

    PLEASE DO HAVE THE JAB,' SAYS WOMAN WHO RECEIVED WORLD'S FIRST COVID VACCINE

    The woman who received the world's first Covid jab outside trial conditions has urged other people to get vaccinated.

    Margaret Keenan was given the dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at Coventry's University Hospital on December 8 2020.

    The 91-year-old told BBC Breakfast: "Whatever you thought before, please do have the jab.

    "There is nothing to it. Don't be afraid of a needle. It is just to save your life and to save other lives."

    She added that it "did feel very important to have it done" and she had hoped at the time that it would get "the ball rolling" in kickstarting the vaccination programme.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MORE THAN ONE MILLION COVID JABS BOOKED IN JUST TWO DAYS

    More than one million Covid-19 jabs were booked in just two days after the NHS opened its vaccination programme to all remaining adults in England.

    A total of 1,008,472 appointments were arranged over Friday and Saturday through the booking service, NHS England said – an average of more than 21,000 every hour, or six every second.

    The full figure is likely to be higher as it does not include appointments at local GP-led vaccination services or people getting the jab at walk-in centres.

    The NHS has now administered around 62 million doses since Margaret Keenan became the first member of the public to get a jab on December 8.

    Four in five adults have now received their first vaccination, according to NHS England figures – with three in five having both.

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    GRAPHIC: COVID VACCINATIONS IN THE UK

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    MATT HANCOCK: GOVERNMENT WORKING ON BOOSTER JAB PROGRAMME

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government is working on the booster jab programme and should have clinical data in the next few weeks.

    He told BBC Breakfast that second jabs offer very strong protection "but there is more protection still that we think that you can get from a booster jab and we're currently trialling which combinations of jabs are the most effective".

    "When we know the results of that, then we will set out the full plans for the booster programme over the autumn," he said.

    "We've got to make sure we get the logistics right; for instance, GPs have been so heavily involved in this vaccination effort, but GPs have also got to do their day job, so that's something we're working hard on now, and, in the next few weeks, when we get the clinical data through on what's the most effective combinations to have… then we'll set out all the details of the booster programme for the autumn."

    On NHS waiting times, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there is a "big and challenging backlog that has been caused by the pandemic" and suggested it could take up to a few years to clear.

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    GRAPHIC: UK COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS PER DAY

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    BODY OF ARMED BELGIAN ANTI-VACCINE FAR-RIGHT SOLDIER FOUND

    Police had launched a manhunt after the soldier had disappeared from his home on 17 May.

    The body of a fugitive soldier who had gone missing with a stash of weapons after threatening a virologist has been found by Belgian police.

    The fugitive had threatened virologist Marc Van Ranst for supporting COVID-19 vaccines as well as Belgian institutions and celebrities.

    Marc has become a target for conspiracy theorists, Covid-sceptics and the Flemish far-right in Belgium during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SNAPCHAT, TIKTOK, REDDIT AND YOUTUBE ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED

    Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok, and YouTube have partnered with the Government and NHS in a bid to encourage more young people to get vaccinated.

    It comes as all adults aged over 18 are invited to receive the vaccine in England.

    Dr Karan Rangarajan, an NHS surgeon and influencer who uses social media to tackle the spread of misinformation, told the PA news agency: "If you really want to get on top of the misinformation, and get ahead of the game, you need to go to the source of where it is coming from. And most of it is coming from social media."

    The 31-year-old, who has 3.9 million followers on TikTok, said it was crucial these platforms were used to target younger people who might be "historically or traditionally more averse to getting their vaccine".

    "Misinformation affects all groups equally and there is a large user base that is in their late teens or early 20s," he said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    COVID CASES RISE BY 23% IN A WEEK BUT DEATHS REMAIN LOW AFTER EXPERTS WARN ANOTHER LOCKDOWN COULD BE ON THE HORIZON

    Covid cases rise by 23% in a week but deaths remain low after experts warn another lockdown could be on the horizon

  • The Sun

    CONTINUED: CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 17 TO BE OFFERED COVID JAB BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS IN SEPTEMBER

    The government have called for all A-Level and college students aged 16 and 17 a vaccine in August, before they head back to education in the autumn.

    A Whitehall source told The Sun: “Subject to approval from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, we have the capacity and willingness to push on to this important age group.

    “Late teens are some of the most socially active members of society so if we can cut that transmission, it can only be a good thing.”

    Hundreds queued yesterday at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium in North London, which opened as a one-day pop up vaccination centre.

    Slots were made available on an appointment or walk-in basis in a huge inoculation push.

  • The Sun

    GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR ANDY BURNHAM SLAMS FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON 'HYPOCRISY' AFTER TRAVEL BAN DECISION 

    Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday that non-essential travel between Scotland, Manchester and Salford would be banned from Monday.

    He said the decision was "announced out of the blue" and was "completely disproportionate".

    The Scottish government said it was made after "careful consideration". 

    A spokesman said Scottish rules on travel were "kept under active review" and could "sometimes happen at short notice" after receiving the latest data.

    Burnham added Covid rates in Manchester and Salford were "particularly high at the moment and these restrictions are intended to minimise the risk of either exacerbating the situation there or indeed allowing more virus to come back here to Scotland".

  • The Sun

    MINISTERS EYE TECHNOLOGY TO SAVE THOUSANDS OF NHS STAFFING HOURS

    New technology could save the NHS an estimated half a million hours a year in staff time by the middle of the decade, under plans to automate some behind-the-scenes tasks.

    The Government will publish a new draft data strategy this week, aimed at saving lives by sharing more patient information to give them better access to healthcare.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the changes were being made after the coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the need for more effective use of data.

    As well as using artificial intelligence (AI), the strategy will promote "robotic process automation", which uses software to automate back office processes

  • The Sun

    SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF ‘HYPOCRISY’ OVER MANCHESTER TRAVEL BAN

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has accused the Scottish Government of “hypocrisy” over a travel ban to the North West.

    Nicola Sturgeon announced on Friday all non-essential travel to Manchester and Salford would be banned from Monday, but the Labour mayor said he or his administration were not contacted before the announcement.

    The First Minister pinpointed the areas as Covid-19 hotspots, despite figures in the cities matching case rates in parts of Scotland.

    “Anyone travelling elsewhere in the Greater Manchester or Lancashire area, I’d ask to think carefully about whether your journey is really necessary, because we do see cases rising across that region,” she said on Friday in a coronavirus briefing.

  • The Sun

    SCOTLAND RECORDS 1,205 NEW COVID CASES – AND ZERO DEATHS

    Scotland has recorded no new coronavirus deaths and 1,205 cases in the past 24 hours, the Scottish Government has said.

    It means the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – remains at 7,692.

    New figures show 254,325 people have now tested positive for the virus and the daily test positivity rate is 5.8%, up from 4.5% the previous day.

  • The Sun

    FREEDOM COULD COME 'SOONER RATHER THAN LATER' THANKS TO COVID VACCINE PUSH, EXPERT REVEALS 

    The end of lockdown could come "sooner rather than later" on July 5 thanks to the Covid vaccine push, an expert has revealed.

    Brendan Wren, professor of vaccinology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that having 81 per cent of adults vaccinated was "very encouraging."

    Asked whether the success of the vaccine programme means England could open earlier than July 19, he told Sky News: "We'd still need to be vigilant – but vigilance and vaccination are the two words.

    "So, I think if the numbers continue to be promising then I think there's great hope we could open up on 5 July."

    Wren added that a "pretty miserable winter" is ahead – with lockdowns on the cards in order to battle the virus later in the year.

  • The Sun

    JUNE 21 LOCKDOWN CHANGES – EVERYTHING YOU CAN AND CAN'T DO FROM TOMORROW AFTER ROADMAP EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER MONTH

    Hopes of returning back to normality were bitterly dashed this month when Boris Johnson delayed 'Freedom Day' from June 21 to July 19. 

    But while little will change to life as we know it tomorrow, there are still some changes that will go ahead.

    Speaking at a press conference earlier this month, Boris Johnson said: "This opening up over the last three steps has been accompanied by more infections and more hospitalisations.

    In some areas, rates of the Delta variant are "doubling every week", the Prime Minister added. 

    "We can give the NHS a few more weeks to give those jabs into the arms of those who need them and since today I cannot say that we have met all our four tests for proceeding with step four on June 21," he said.

    "I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer."

  • The Sun

    BODY OF ARMED BELGIAN ANTI-VACCINE FAR-RIGHT SOLDIER FOUND

    Police had launched a manhunt after the soldier had disappeared from his home on 17 May.

    The body of a fugitive soldier who had gone missing with a stash of weapons after threatening a virologist has been found by Belgian police.

    The fugitive had threatened virologist Marc Van Ranst for supporting COVID-19 vaccines as well as Belgian institutions and celebrities.

    Marc has become a target for conspiracy theorists, Covid-sceptics and the Flemish far-right in Belgium during the coronavirus crisis.

  • The Sun

    COVID JAB PUSH SEES HUGE QUEUES FORM OUTSIDE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR'S FOOTBALL STADIUM AS OVER 1 MILLION VACCINATIONS ARE BOOKED IN 2 DAYS

    Huge queues formed outside Tottenham Hotspur's stadium today after vaccinations were opened up to all over-18s. 

    Hundreds lined up around the football ground to receive their vaccinations, with more than one million appointments were booked in just two days.

    Slots were made available at the football ground on an appointment or walk-in basis in attempt to push vaccines and beat the delta variant.

    Queues formed bright and early this morning, snaking right the way round the club's home this afternoon. 

    People in England have formed a total of 1,008,472 appointments through the national booking service across Friday and Saturday.

  • The Sun

    BRITS TO FACE ANOTHER 'MISERABLE' WINTER LOCKDOWN IF HOSPITALS BECOME OVERWHELMED, TOP MEDICS WARN

    Brits face "miserable" winter in lockdown if hospitals start to be overwhelmed, England's top medics have warned today.

    Unlike last year, Brits now have vaccines that will help us live with the virus – but further lockdowns may be on the cards if hospitals get overcrowded later in the year.

    As the Delta variant grips the country, Public Health England's Dr Susan Hopkins said that Brits may have to face winter lockdowns.

    Dr Hopkins told BBC's The Andrew Marr Show: "We may have to do further lockdowns this winter, I can't predict the future, it depends on whether hospitals start to become overwhelmed."

    She added: "We are definitely seeing some signals in some areas of cases slowing down, Bolton for example has definitely reversed, Blackburn and Darwen has stabilised."

  • The Sun

    CONTINUED: BORIS JOHNSON DID HAVE ALL THE DATA TO SHOW COVID VACCINES WORK DESPITE CLAIMS HANCOCK DIDN’T TELL PM OF JAB SUCCESS

    "The data was provided to the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet committee in the most up-to-date way before the decision was made on Monday."

    He told Sky's Trevor Phillips On Sunday: "Those taking part in the meeting had all the relevant data in the most up-to-date way. 

    "There's no question of the Prime Minister not being cited on important data. 

    "It was provided to him and other members of the committee in the normal way, as people would expect."

    The Justice Secretary rejected claims that the data wasn't included in briefing papers given to Mr Johnson, Rishi Sunak, and Michael Gove in advance of the meeting.

    Read the full story here

  • The Sun

    BORIS JOHNSON DID HAVE ALL THE DATA TO SHOW COVID VACCINES WORK DESPITE CLAIMS HANCOCK DIDN'T TELL PM OF JAB SUCCESS

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson did have all the data to show that vaccines work, despite claims that Matt Hancock didn't tell the PM about the jab success.

    Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said that there's "no question" the PM had the most "up-to-date" figures before deciding to delay June 21.

    It was previously said that the Hancock failed to tell the Prime Minister about the PHE study showing the effectiveness of vaccines against the Delta variant.

    Sources told the Telegraph that Mr Hancock didn't raise the promising figures during the meeting when Boris Johnson decided whether to postpone the planned June 21 reopening. 

    Responding to claims, Robert Buckland said today: "That report is wrong".

  • The Sun

    SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF ‘HYPOCRISY’ OVER MANCHESTER TRAVEL BAN

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has accused the Scottish Government of “hypocrisy” over a travel ban to the North West.

    Nicola Sturgeon announced on Friday all non-essential travel to Manchester and Salford would be banned from Monday, but the Labour mayor said he or his administration were not contacted before the announcement.

    The First Minister pinpointed the areas as Covid-19 hotspots, despite figures in the cities matching case rates in parts of Scotland.

    “Anyone travelling elsewhere in the Greater Manchester or Lancashire area, I’d ask to think carefully about whether your journey is really necessary, because we do see cases rising across that region,” she said on Friday in a coronavirus briefing.

  • The Sun

    FURTHER 9,284 CORONAVIRUS CASES AND SIX DEATHS REPORTED AS DELTA VARIANT SWEEPS NATION

    Football stadiums around London have turned into jab hubs as the NHS braces itself for a large uptake from 18 to 25-year-olds.

    Another 9,284 coronavirus cases and six more deaths have been reported in the UK, according to official daily figures.

    It compares with 10,321 cases and 14 deaths yesterday, and 7,490 cases and eight deaths this time last week.

    Figures show 280,241 people have also had a first dose of the Covid vaccine, whilst 236,363 have returned for a second dose.

    Total UK deaths within 28 days of a positive test stand at 127,976, since the start of the pandemic.

    The figures come at the end of a week where all over 18s can now book a coronavirus vaccine.

  • The Sun

    CONTINUED: VACCINE WATCHDOG ‘CLOSELY MONITORING’ 4,000 WOMEN REPORTING PERIOD PROBLEMS AFTER GETTING THEIR JAB

    The potential side effect did not appear to be flagged during clinical trials on thousands of people.

    But once a drug – in this case a vaccine – is given to millions of people worldwide, more side effects can become apparent.

    Experts have assured women there is no "increased risk" of period problems after the jab so there is no reason to add to the list of possible side effects, the MHRA said.

    But the body did include menstrual disorders in its weekly report on adverse reactions.

    Victoria Male, a reproductive immunologist at Imperial College London, said: "It's definitely true that not everyone will be reporting any menstrual changes they have noticed to Yellow Card [the MHRA’s scheme for people to report suspected side effects] simply because not everyone knows that it exists and that they can file a report."

    Read the full story here

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