UK Covid live news: minister admits vaccine supply shortage will slow rollout

Latest updates: Robert Jenrick, communities secretary, says government is ‘confident’ it is on course to meet two key vaccine targets UK Covid rates may rise because of vaccine delay, adviser concedes Delaying England’s winter lockdown ‘caused 27,000 extra deaths’ PM ‘trying to hide’ from scrutiny of Covid inquiry – Ed Davey Covid vaccines for England’s under-50s delayed due to shortage Coronavirus – latest global updates 11.09am GMT According to a report (paywall) on the front page of today’s Times, Priti Patel, the home secretary, has revived her plan to send people who arrive in the UK and apply for asylum…

Coronavirus live news: India reports rising infections; EU regulator to report on AstraZeneca Covid vaccine safety

Coronavirus cases on the rise in India; EMA to announce findings of investigation into bleeding, blood clots and low platelet counts EU threatens to halt vaccine exports to UK unless it gets ‘fair share’ Tanzania’s Covid-denying president, John Magufuli, dies aged 61 Blanket ‘do not resuscitate’ orders imposed on English care homes Delaying England winter lockdown ‘caused 27,000 extra deaths’ UK coronavirus – latest updates 10.17am GMT Both the World Health Organization’s Europe director, Hans Kluge, and the African Union have said that the benefits of the Astrazeneca shot outweigh any risks in statements encouraging its continued use to save…

Australia politics live: sport rorts report to be released; vaccine website errors put pressure on Coalition

The long-awaited report into accusations of pork barrelling over the allocation of sports grants is due and the government faces scrutiny over its botched vaccine booking website. Follow all the latest updates ‘What the hell?’: Industry sources say government rushed launch of Covid vaccine booking system Coalition grant to help people move for work used by just 3,000 people in seven years Biggest companies pocketed hundreds of millions in jobkeeper despite positive earnings Follow our global coronavirus live blog 10.55pm GMT Greg Hunt has hit back at claims that medical industry sources made in the Guardian this morning that they…

Coronavirus live news: UK foreign secretary says EU threat to block vaccine exports needs explaining

Dominic Raab warns Ursula von der Leyen ‘the world’s watching’ after threat to block supplies to countries that are not reciprocating or with high vaccination rates EU threatens to halt vaccine exports to UK unless it gets ‘fair share’ European countries at the start of a third wave of Covid, experts warn EU unveils ‘digital green certificate’ to allow citizens to travel Australia among countries ‘blocking vaccine access’ for PNG 10.34pm GMT 10.16pm GMT Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli, one of Africa’s most prominent Covid-19 sceptics, has died after a two-week absence from public life which prompted speculation that he had…

Coronavirus is evolving but so are our antibodies

Antibodies (white) binding to a coronavirus (red and orange). Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock The emergence of “variants of concern” has raised questions about our long-term immunity to the coronavirus. Will the antibodies we make after being infected with or vaccinated against the dominant lineage, called D614G, protect us against future viral variants? To answer this question, scientists have been examining how our antibody responses to the coronavirus develop over time. Several studies have recently compared the difference between antibodies produced straight after a coronavirus infection and those that can be detected six months later. The findings have been both impressive and reassuring.…

Coronavirus is evolving but so are our antibodies

Antibodies (white) binding to a coronavirus (red and orange). Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock The emergence of “variants of concern” has raised questions about our long-term immunity to the coronavirus. Will the antibodies we make after being infected with or vaccinated against the dominant lineage, called D614G, protect us against future viral variants? To answer this question, scientists have been examining how our antibody responses to the coronavirus develop over time. Several studies have recently compared the difference between antibodies produced straight after a coronavirus infection and those that can be detected six months later. The findings have been both impressive and reassuring.…

UK politics live: Cummings says health department was 'total disaster' and had to be sidelined for vaccine procurement

Former chief adviser to PM tells MPs Department of Health in spring of 2020 was a ‘smoking ruin’ after PPE procurement problems Minister says UK public inquiry into Covid now would be ‘premature’ Public support for Covid inquiry more than twice as high as opposition UK foreign policy review will focus on China’s growing power Global coronavirus updates – live 11.09am GMT Graham Stringer (Lab) says 90% of scientists voted to remain in the EU. That was partly because the EU funded research. Q: I felt cooperation became more important than the science in those projects. Do you agree? 11.07am…

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