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Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days

Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days

Health
Getty ImagesUK experts say there will be a big increase in the number of people being offered Covid vaccinations in the coming days. The number of shots given is expected to top 4 million this week, nearly double what has been achieved per week recently, NHS sources say.It should mean all over 50s will have been given at least one dose by the end of the month.That would put the NHS rollout two weeks ahead of schedule.The increase has been made possible by a large shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute in India, which has arrived and passed safety checks.So far more than 24 million people have already received a first dose of Covid vaccine in the UK.Vaccination teams are now working their way through the priority list of people in their 50s and younger adults wi...

LIVE reaction as Chris Wilder to LEAVE Sheffield United, plus latest Premier League news with Harry Kane expected to be fit for north London derby

Sports
[unable to retrieve full-text content]Keep up to date with all the latest football news, views and gossip. Plus, all the top lines from today’s Premier League press conferences ahead of another busy weekend of top-fight action. Scott Brown set to leave Celtic after 14 years and become Aberdeen player-assistant – if close pal Stephen Glass gets Pittodrie job Manchester […] talkSPORT
House expected to pass $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package Friday

House expected to pass $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package Friday

Business
Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The House is expected to pass President Joe Biden's $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package on Friday, hours after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that a $ 15-per-hour national minimum wage can't be included. While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the minimum wage provision will remain in the House bill, the Senate ruling Thursday essentially ends the possibility that it will be included in the final version. Advertisement Biden has called the package the American Rescue Plan and several Democratic lawmakers have said the minimum wage hike is a key part of the bill. Because Democrats have used a process called budget reconciliation to pass the legislation, there are limits for what can be included. On Thursday, Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that th...
Botticelli portrait expected to fetch $80M at Sotheby’s auction next week

Botticelli portrait expected to fetch $80M at Sotheby’s auction next week

Business
Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A rare portrait by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli is expected to fetch $ 80 million at auction next week, according to Sotheby's, a record for the Old Master. Young Man Holding a Roundel, along with dozens of other Old Master artworks, went on display at Sotheby's New York City location Friday. The items are set to be auctioned off Thursday in a hybrid live stream and in-person format. Advertisement Botticelli was mostly known for his large, mythological paintings, including The Birth of Venus and Primavera, both of which are housed at the Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy. He also created dozens of religious paintings. Secular portraits, though, were somewhat rare for the Italian Renaissance master. It's even rarer that one is in private hands and has come up for auct...
PM announces new lockdown for England expected to last until mid-February

PM announces new lockdown for England expected to last until mid-February

Business
Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England - with people instructed to "stay at home" as they did during last March's first shutdown.The prime minister revealed the action in an eight-minute TV address on Monday night, after being told that COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in every part of the country due to the new coronavirus variant. The public are being asked to follow the new rules, which have now replaced England's tiers system.It is expected the new lockdown in England - the third time a national shutdown has been introduced - will last until the middle of February.Mr Johnson expressed his hope that, at this point, the most vulnerable will have all been offered the first dose of a vaccine. ...