UK Covid live news: infections increase in England and Wales, ONS estimate shows; Pfizer jab approved for over-12s

Latest updates: 1 in 640 in England had Covid last week, up from 1 in 1120 the week before; vaccine regulator approves jab for children over 12

12.09pm BST

The latest ONS data on infections has been released and show there has likely been an increase in the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus in most areas of the UK.

In England, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus has increased in the week ending 29 May 2021. The ONS estimates that 85,600 people within the community population in England had Covid-19, equating to around 1 in 640 people, which is up from about 1 in 1100 last week. This is the highest level since the week to April 16.

11.48am BST

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the use of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds.

The MHRA said the decision follows a “rigorous review” of safety and effectiveness in that age group.

We have carefully reviewed clinical trial data in children aged 12 to 15 years and have concluded that the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective in this age group and that the benefits of this vaccine outweigh any risk.

We have in place a comprehensive safety surveillance strategy for monitoring the safety of all UK-approved Covid-19 vaccines and this surveillance will include the 12- to 15-year age group.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: UK Covid live news: infections increase in England and Wales, ONS estimate shows; Pfizer jab approved for over-12s ———

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