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Covid vaccine: PM to have AstraZeneca jab as he urges public to do the same

Covid vaccine: PM to have AstraZeneca jab as he urges public to do the same

Health
PA MediaThe prime minister is to receive his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after reassuring the public it was "safe".Boris Johnson, 56, has urged people to get inoculated and said England's roadmap out of lockdown was "on track".He said there was "no change" to the plan despite a drop in vaccine supply.Several European countries are to resume using the AstraZeneca jab after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed it was "safe and effective".The regulator reviewed the vaccine amid fears about blood clots, but said it was "not associated" with a higher risk and the benefits outweighed any risks.When will it be my turn to be vaccinated?Why is the EU warning the UK over vaccines?How will we know Covid vaccines are safe?Mr Johnson told a Downing Street conference o...
Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister’s kidnap case

Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister’s kidnap case

World
SUPPLIEDPrincess Latifa, the captive daughter of Dubai's ruler, has appealed to UK police to re-investigate the kidnap of her older sister from a Cambridge street more than 20 years ago.In a letter shared with the BBC, Latifa tells Cambridgeshire police this could help free Princess Shamsa, who was captured on the orders of their father. Shamsa, who was just 18 then and is now 39, has not been seen in public since.The government of Dubai has not responded to BBC requests for comment.A High Court judge ruled in 2019, that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum had abducted both daughters and held them against their will. Last week BBC Panorama broadcast shocking videos Latifa had secretly recorded on a phone she had been given, in which she described how she was being held "hostage" by h...
Bruce Springsteen urges unity in Jeep commercial

Bruce Springsteen urges unity in Jeep commercial

Entertainment
Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Rock 'n' roll icon Bruce Springsteen can now be seen urging Americans to come together in a commercial for Jeep called "The Middle." The 2-minute ad was released Saturday on the eve of the Super Bowl NFL football game. Advertisement The video shows Springsteen traveling in the Midwest region of the United States in a Jeep. Seen along his journey are a chapel, train, wheat field, diner, horse and American flags. It has gotten nearly 8 million views since it was posted on YouTube. "It's no secret. The middle has been a hard place to get to lately -- between red and blue, between servant and citizen, between our freedom and our fear. Now fear has never been the best of who we are," Springsteen said. "And, as for freedom, it's not the property of just the fortunate few. It bel...
Biden says vaccine rollout has been a ‘dismal failure’ and urges Americans to wear a mask for 99 days

Biden says vaccine rollout has been a ‘dismal failure’ and urges Americans to wear a mask for 99 days

World
Joe Biden has warned that the fight to bring coronavirus under control in the US is a "wartime undertaking" - devoting much of his first full day in office to tackling the pandemic.The new president signed 10 executive orders on Thursday that are designed to ramp up testing, tackle vaccine shortages, and increase mask wearing nationwide. More than 406,000 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the US, and more than 24.5 million cases have been confirmed - with 4,367 fatalities confirmed in the past 24 hours. Image: Mr Biden signed 10 executive orders concerning the coronavirus pandemic Mr Biden has described the rollout of vaccines in the US as a "dismal failure so far", and vowed to expand vaccine manufacturing in the coming wee...
‘Let’s start afresh’: Joe Biden becomes 46th US president and urges unity

‘Let’s start afresh’: Joe Biden becomes 46th US president and urges unity

World
Joe Biden has entered the White House as America's 46th president, and after taking his oath of office he told his country it has been "a day of victory and hope".To the sound of cheers and applause from former presidents, he swore to preserve, protect and defend the US. And while his predecessor Donald Trump headed to Florida, Mr Biden said that "democracy has prevailed" and urged Americans to "start afresh"."Let's begin to listen to one another," he said. And he added: "We can see each other, not as adversaries, but as neighbours." After storming performances from Lady Gaga, J.Lo and Garth Brooks, the new president went to Arlington National Cemetery to pay his respects to America's fallen, before heading up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House with his family...