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Why do some people still refuse vaccinations?

Why do some people still refuse vaccinations?

Technology
Scientists around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against coronavirus.And today, the government has announced it wants to double the number of people who get the flu jab this winter, with experts concerned about the double whammy of COVID-19 cases and seasonal flu potentially overwhelming the NHS. But a YouGov poll earlier this month, conducted on behalf of the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), suggested a third of Britons are either unsure or would definitely refuse to get vaccinated if a coronavirus vaccine became available.Scientists say, repeatedly, that vaccines have never been safer - or more effective. So why do some people still refuse to trust them? ...
Mike Skinner: ‘I can enjoy the past more knowing I have something people want to hear now’

Mike Skinner: ‘I can enjoy the past more knowing I have something people want to hear now’

Entertainment
"It felt a little bit like just pure nostalgia, which is enjoyable but it's also a bit worrying," says Mike Skinner, thoughtfully. "I think no one wants to totally dwell on the past."The musician, producer, songwriter, DJ, rapper and modern-day bard best known as The Streets is talking about the comeback gigs that started in 2018, seven years after - jaded with it all - he quietly announced he was calling it a day. Much as he enjoyed the shows, the rowdiness of sold-out venues, and the goosebumps of the strings at the start of Turn The Page opening to crowds once again, Skinner has always - to nick his own song title - wanted to push things forward. Image: Skinner has just released the first Streets album in nine years Now, he's back ...
Paul Weller: ‘People weren’t ready for my house record’

Paul Weller: ‘People weren’t ready for my house record’

Entertainment
As the owner of one of the most famous haircuts in the country for the past 40 years, Paul Weller is being surprisingly serene about his lockdown locks."I'm just letting it grow," he laughs."Well, I was kind of letting it grow anyway, but I've had no choice now. You have to just adapt, don't you?"Rather than attempting to trim his own barnet at home, as others have done to varying degrees of success, the musician has been letting it all hang out while "trying to make the best of it" at his nearby studio in Surrey."There's so much time off and obviously no live work, so I'm just cracking on and trying to get on with the next thing really," he says.First things first though, and his 15th solo album, On Sunset, is released into the ...
US Treasury sent $1.4bn of pandemic aid to dead people

US Treasury sent $1.4bn of pandemic aid to dead people

Business
The US Treasury mistakenly sent more than $ 1.4bn (£1.1bn) of its pandemic rescue funds to dead people, government inspectors have found.The finding was one of several "challenges" uncovered in the official review of federal coronavirus aid.Since March, Congress has pumped some $ 2.6tn into the American economy in an effort to shield it from virus slowdown.But the rush to deliver the money has contributed to errors, inspectors said.For example, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Treasury Department, which was in charge of mailing stimulus cheques to American families, did not check death records, even though some of the tax officials working on the programme said they raised concerns about the risk o
Summer might kill coronavirus, but only if people stay outside, researchers say

Summer might kill coronavirus, but only if people stay outside, researchers say

Health
June 24 (UPI) -- A gradual reopening that gets people outdoors where the new coronavirus is less likely to survive is key to successful containing the COVID-19 outbreak, experts said. The approach is based on findings that suggest SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, survives for 30 minutes after exposure to ultraviolet sunlight and, in general, doesn't fare as well in warmer, more humid air, researchers said. Advertisement However, large gatherings indoors remain prime settings for disease spread, they said. "Governmental public health measures need to be more scientific in approaches, and ignoring more and more data showing seasonality to SARS-CoV2 is not helping," Dr. Anthony Amoroso, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, ...