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Coronavirus: UK reports largest number of second jabs in one day

Coronavirus: UK reports largest number of second jabs in one day

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Reuters The UK has reported the largest number of second coronavirus vaccine doses given in a single day, according to the latest government data.A total of 450,136 second doses were received on Friday - with 106,878 first doses also administered.The previous record was set on Thursday when 449,269 second doses were reported - in addition to 96,242 first doses.There were 2,589 new infections in the past 24 hours, and another 40 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.The latest figures show that of the 39,001,554 vaccinations administered in the UK so far, 32,010,244 were first doses - a rise of 106,878 on Friday.Meanwhile, 6,991,310 were second doses, a rise of 450,136.After the latest figures, the UK's death toll stands at 127,080 and the total number of infections is 4,368,045.It comes...
Science behind Pfizer vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs ‘within a couple of years’

Science behind Pfizer vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs ‘within a couple of years’

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The co-creator of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine has said the technology behind it could soon be used to fight cancer too.While the vaccine has been bankrolled by the American pharmaceutical giant, the science itself is the work of BioNTech, a German company founded by married couple and dedicated physicians Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci. Dr Tureci was working on a way to harness the body's immune system to tackle tumours when the pair learned last year of a mystery virus infecting people in China. Image: mRNA could be used to treat more than just COVID-19. Pic: NIAID Over breakfast, they decided to apply the technology they'd been researching for two decades to the new threat, dubbing the effort "Project Lightspeed."Both COVID-19 vaccine...
Covid-19: Updated vaccines can be fast-tracked like flu jabs

Covid-19: Updated vaccines can be fast-tracked like flu jabs

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Dan KitwoodNew Covid vaccines to fight variants like the one from Brazil can be fast-tracked through the approval system, says the UK's regulator the MHRA. Current vaccines may not work as well against some variants and scientists are working on updating them now. But manufacturers will not need to seek brand new approval or do lengthy clinical studies. However they will need proof that the shots trigger protective antibodies in the blood.The aim is to shorten the process, where possible, so that vaccine approval could happen in weeks and months, not years. A similar fast-track method is already used for annual flu vaccines which regularly need updating to keep up with a virus that is constantly changing by mutating. The MHRA has issued guidance, along with authorities in Australia, Canad...
The Latest: Hong Kong starts virus jabs at community centers

The Latest: Hong Kong starts virus jabs at community centers

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong has begun administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public, kicking off its mass inoculation targeting all 7.5 million residents.People age 60 and older and health care workers are among some 2.4 million people prioritized to receive vaccines at community centers and outpatient clinics across Hong Kong.The government said Friday registrations for the first two weeks of the program are full.Participants so far will be receiving the vaccine by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac. A million doses arrived in the city last week, and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other top government officials were vaccinated first in a bid to bolster confidence in the program.Hong Kong has struck deals to buy 22.5 million doses of vaccines from Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Fosun Ph...
UK secures two million more Moderna jabs as new vaccine minister appointed

UK secures two million more Moderna jabs as new vaccine minister appointed

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The government has secured an additional two million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which trials suggest has a 95% effectiveness.The announcement came as the government appointed a minister, Nadhim Zahawi, responsible for the national deployment of the jabs. Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around world Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Moderna vaccine: 'No evidence of waning immunity' The total number of Moderna vaccine doses on order from the US pharmaceutical company is now seven million - enough...