‘No change’ to subsequent steps of Covid roadmap, Boris Johnson says
Boris Johnson has stated there will likely be no delay to lifting England’s coronavirus lockdown regardless of a shortfall of vaccine provides in April.
The prime minister advised a televised Downing Street briefing there can be “no change to the subsequent steps of the roadmap” after it was revealed regional NHS leaders had been ordered to not guide in wholesome under-40s for jabs till May.
Mr Johnson rejected ideas the disruption to the vaccination programme might require him to decelerate his roadmap for the lifting of restrictions, attributable to be accomplished by 21 June.
Health secretary Matt Hancock stated the scarcity subsequent month will likely be partly as a result of scheduled deliveries of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine from India have been delayed.
The EMA stated it had come to a “clear scientific conclusion” that the jab was “secure and efficient” and that its advantages in defending folks from Covid-19 outweighed any potential dangers.
And the MHRA additionally stated the vaccine was secure and that there was no proof of a causal hyperlink between the jab and blood clotting.
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GPs have warned some British sufferers have begun to reject the vaccine, the rollout of which has been suspended in a number of international locations amid experiences of blood clot instances, regardless of the World Health Organisation (WHO) additionally insisting its advantages outweigh any dangers.
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Ireland ‘made proper determination’ pausing AstraZeneca rollout, says deputy chief medical officer
Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer has stated the nation did the precise factor in pausing its rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine to guard confidence within the vaccine programme.
The nation, which halted the rollout final Sunday on issues about blood clots, is because of determine on Friday whether or not to renew use of the vaccine after the EU’s drug watchdog discovered it “secure and efficient”.
Ronan Glynn advised a press briefing: “I consider that the precise determination was made. We acted swiftly and in the perfect curiosity of the inhabitants but additionally within the pursuits of the vaccination programme.
“I might hope that in time it will likely be seen to have protected the vaccination programme, to guard confidence within the vaccination programme and in time will likely be seen to have been the precise factor to do.”
Chiara Giordano18 March 2021 19:01
France pronounces new Paris lockdown
France has introduced new lockdown measures for Paris amid a contemporary surge in Covid instances.
From midnight on Friday, residents of 16 departments will solely be allowed to go away dwelling below particular circumstances, although the restrictive measures are much less strict than the primary lockdown final March.
Anthony Cuthbertson experiences from Paris:
Chiara Giordano18 March 2021 18:29
Covid sees greatest fall in life expectancy in England since Nineteen Forties
New information has revealed the coronavirus pandemic brought about the biggest fall in life expectancy throughout England since World War Two.
The common life expectancy at delivery for males in 2020 dropped by 1.3 years and was down 0.9 years for ladies in comparison with 2019, the biggest fall since 1939-40.
Our well being correspondent Shaun Lintern explains:
Chiara Giordano18 March 2021 18:10
Government to ‘pursue’ memorial for lives misplaced throughout pandemic, PM confirms
Boris Johnson has confirmed a nationwide memorial to commemorate the a whole bunch of hundreds of lives misplaced to coronavirus will likely be “pursued” by the federal government.
Sam Hancock has extra updates:
Chiara Giordano18 March 2021 17:33
No ‘flashing crimson lights’ over charge of transmission since faculties reopening
Professor Chris Whitty stated it was not but clear what impact faculties reopening has had on the R quantity (charge of transmission of coronavirus) – however that it was all the time anticipated it was rise as soon as kids returned to the classroom.
He stated: “We haven’t but received to the purpose that we are able to see the complete affect of faculties being open once more and we might want to relook on the information as soon as it is available in.
“It is vital that we persist with this information not dates method however there may be nothing in the meanwhile that’s flashing crimson lights past what you’d anticipate.”
Chiara Giordano18 March 2021 17:29
Asked whether or not the present vaccine provide concern will imply there will likely be a delay in England transferring on to the subsequent section of the roadmap out of lockdown, Boris Johnson stated: “Er, no, I believe is the quick reply to that. We will be capable of meet our targets in precisely the best way I’ve described by 12 April and July.”
Chiara Giordano18 March 2021 17:21
No delay to lifting lockdown attributable to vaccine scarcity, vows Boris Johnson
There will likely be no delay the deliberate lifting of lockdown restrictions in England on account of the shortfall of vaccine provides in April, Boris Johnson has promised.
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Chiara Giordano18 March 2021 17:13
Dr June Raine has requested anybody who has a headache or bruising on the website of vaccination that lasts for greater than 4 days after getting a jab to hunt medical consideration.
Chiara Giordano18 March 2021 17:06
Prime minister to obtain AstraZeneca vaccine
Boris Johnson has revealed he will likely be receiving his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine tomorrow.
Chiara Giordano18 March 2021 17:05
Downing Street press briefing
Boris Johnson is because of give a coronavirus press briefing shortly.
The prime minister will likely be joined by England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and MHRA chief govt Dr June Raine.
Chiara Giordano18 March 2021 16:59