Chief doctor says Covid vaccine should be offered to children
The Minister of Vaccines, Nadim Al-Zahawi, confirmed today that children between the ages of 12 and 15 will be able to get the Covid vaccine starting next week, and that they can nullify the parents’ access to the vaccine.
The Minister of Vaccines said BBC BreakfastR: “The NHS has been making plans that we hope will be able to see the first vaccinations done after approval, because obviously you need the information and letters to go out and get that approval, by the 22nd of this month.”
Mr. Al-Zahawi also said that if the child and the parent disagree about taking the vaccine and doctors consider the child “eligible”, then they can get the Covid jab.
It comes as Boris Johnson prepares to unveil a “toolbox” of options to weather the country’s coronavirus over the winter and prevent another lockdown.
The prime minister is expected to outline a series of options, including working from home and compulsory mask wearing, as part of his Covid scheme to manage the disease at a press conference later today.
He is also expected to announce the start of a Booster jabs program that will target people over 50 years old.
Labor MP says future shutdowns cannot be ‘completely ruled out’
A Labor MP said future lockdowns could not be “totally ruled out” and argued it was “right” to pursue a booster vaccine programme.
Pat McFadden, the Treasury’s shadow economy secretary, told Sky News: “Nobody wants to go back to lockdowns after experiencing the past 18 months.
“We’ve been in and out of this three times now and nobody wants to see a fourth.
“You can’t rule it out completely because, as the old cliché says, prediction is a dangerous game, especially when it comes to the future.
“One thing we do know is that winter is always a tough time for the NHS, so I think it’s time to restart the vaccine effort – we’ve lagged behind some other countries.
“We’re expecting an announcement of the booster punches today – that’s right.”
Joe MiddletonSeptember 14, 2021 09:56
Bill Gates says we are not ready for the next pandemic
A new report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says not enough efforts are being made to prepare for the next pandemic.
In the report, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation urged states to invest long-term in health care systems as well as advocate for reducing inequalities in vaccines and resources between high- and low-income countries. The Independent Thomas Kingsley.
“It is clear that in a globalized world, where people and goods are constantly moving across borders, it is not enough that only rich countries have the equipment and resources to sequence viruses,” the report stated.
Joe MiddletonSeptember 14, 2021 09:28
Public health expert says ‘mixed messages’ of children’s Covid stabs ‘did not help’
Professor Devi Sridhar, personal head of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, said the mixed messages surrounding stabbings for children aged 12 to 15 “did not help”.
She told Good Morning Britain: “The mixed messages didn’t help. Personally, I think part of that is because they were late in deciding – we’ve just had the same evidence that other countries have had since May and June, and those countries came forward because they knew the school year was coming. And they started vaccinating them.
“There has been no new evidence emerging in the UK of a shift in attitude, so I think part of that is why there is mixed messaging – they are trying to explain to people why they are doing something now after they didn’t do two months ago.”
She added: “Every virologist I know, whether it’s in Germany or in France or in the US or Canada, had their child vaccinated once they became eligible, it wasn’t something they had, it was really ‘I want to protect my child as quickly as possible’.”
Joe MiddletonSeptember 14, 2021 09:09
Experts warn Covid-19 numbers ‘do not bode well for winter’
Professor Ravi Gupta, a member of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag), said current data indicate that we are “not out of the woods” and that the COVID-19 numbers “do not bode well for the winter”.
Tell Sky News“We can see from the numbers that we’re still approaching a thousand deaths per week and thousands of hospital patients challenging the capabilities of our hospitals – and of course making care for non-Covid patients also very difficult because of the stretch of staff in those hospitals who are under pressure for a long time.” 18 months now.
“So I think it’s very clear, from the data and from individual sources, that we haven’t come out of the woods and it doesn’t bode well for going into winter at all.”
He added, “If we think back to July 19, many scientists, including myself, were saying ‘we need to take this slowly because our transmission rates are so high that we can’t remove all the restrictions, and that’s going to have a knock on effect – in other words. We won’t get away with this as a country going into winter’.
“And what we’re seeing now is really the result of not heeding that advice, and now we’re in a situation where we’re talking about lockdowns again.
“So I think with the right planning, this could have been avoided.”
Joe MiddletonSeptember 14, 2021 09:01
The vaccine rollout begins next week and children between the ages of 12 and 15 can pounce on parents to get vaccinated, Zahawi confirms.
Nadim Al-Zahawi confirmed that children between the ages of 12 and 15 will be able to get the first vaccine of the Corona virus vaccine starting next week.
The Minister of Vaccines said BBC breakfast: “The NHS has been making plans that we hope will be able to see the first vaccinations done after approval, because obviously you need the information and letters to go out and get that approval, by the 22nd of this month.”
Asked when to start administering the enhanced program, Al-Zahawi said Prime Minister and Health Minister Sajid Javid would provide more details later on Tuesday.
Al-Zahawi also told BBC Radio 4 today that children could pounce on parents to get the Covid vaccine.
He said that if the child and parent disagree about taking the vaccine and doctors consider the child “eligible,” they can get the Covid jab.
Joe MiddletonSeptember 14, 2021 08:45
Chief expert says the NHS will have ‘difficult times’ this winter
Callum Semple, Professor of Child Health and Outbreak Medicine, said: BBC breakfast that the NHS will face ‘difficult times’ this winter and that local health leaders may call for a return to wearing masks in public.
Joe MiddletonSeptember 14, 2021 08:42
Experts acknowledge different advice on whether children should be given Covid jab will cause ‘uncertainty’
Professor Anthony Harnden, Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), acknowledged that different advice on whether the vaccine should be given en masse to children aged 12 to 15 from his committee versus chief medical officers (CMOs) would cause “a lack of Certainty, hesitation and controversy” between families.
He told BBC Today programme: “What we have tried to do right during the pandemic as a committee is to be open and honest with the public and give them the best advice possible…
“I think the public will eventually appreciate our honesty and I think they will also appreciate the point of view of the CMOs, and the government that is offering them a choice.
“I agree that it will cause uncertainty and hesitation and debate within families, but sometimes life is not black and white, and this is one of those situations.”
He added that parents and children need to be “properly informed” and their choices about whether or not the vaccine should be “respected”.
Joe MiddletonSeptember 14, 2021 08:31
Report says epidemiological police powers threaten ethnic minorities
Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are more likely to be stopped by police, threatened or subjected to police violence, and falsely accused of breaking rules and wrongdoing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.
The study notes that lockdown conditions and new police powers pose a threat to already overly policing communities and to the most marginalized and vulnerable sections of society, A threat to public safety: Police, racism and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Published by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), and authored by academics from the University of Manchester-based Center for Race Dynamics (CoDE), the report was published in the context of increased scrutiny around policing, following Black Lives Matter protests and “Kill Bill” demonstrations against the bill. Police, Crime, Judgments and Government Courts.
The Independent Racing Reporter Nadine White, reports.
Joe MiddletonSeptember 14, 2021 08:20
Boris Johnson prepares to unveil ‘toolbox’ of options as part of winter Covid scheme
Today, Boris Johnson will announce a “toolbox” of options to weather the coronavirus in the country during the winter and prevent further lockdowns.
The prime minister will outline a series of options, including working from home and compulsory mask wearing, as part of his Covid scheme to manage the disease, according to the Daily Mirror.
Johnson is still ‘dead mode’ before another shutdown, with the No. 10 shirtless insisting he will only be seen as a ‘last resort’.
The prime minister is also likely to announce the start of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine booster program for those in their fifties.
Under the plan, all people over their 50s will be served a third strike – starting with those over their 70s and the most vulnerable.
The injection of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be given at least six months after the second dose amid concerns that the protection it gives older adults will wear off over time.
Ministers believe it will help ensure the NHS is not overwhelmed by new cases of the disease as it moves into autumn and winter.
However, it has been criticized by some scientists, who argue that the priority now should be to get the vaccine to those countries that have received only trace amounts of the vaccine.
Health Minister Sajid Javid will set out the details when he unveils the government’s Covid winter plan for England in a statement to the House of Commons on Tuesday.
Joe MiddletonSeptember 14, 2021 08:11