Vaccine Hesitancy among black people in the UK has halved, recent data suggests.
Vaccine Hesitancy among black people in the UK has halved, recent data suggests.
Only 52% of people could identify the main symptoms of Covid-19, and this did not really improve as time went on, experts found.
About 15 million doses of the single-shot coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson were ruined in a factory error in the United States, The New York Times reported – a blow to the company's efforts to quickly boost production. The pharmaceutical giant told AFP it had identified a batch of doses at a plant in Baltimore run by Emergent BioSolutions "that did not meet quality standards" but did not confirm the specific number affected. The company also said the batch "was never advanced to the filling and finishing stages of our manufacturing process". "Quality and safety continue to be our top priority," it said. The Food and Drug Administration told AFP it was "aware of the situation" but declined to comment further. Johnson & Johnson said it was sending more experts to the site to "supervise, direct and support all manufacturing of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine," which it said would allow it to deliver an additional 24 million shots in April.
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Michel Barnier has called for a ceasefire in Britain’s vaccines war with Brussels in a speech marking his farewell to the European Commission. He issued a veiled rebuke to Ursula von der Leyen, the commission president, who has threatened the UK with vaccine export bans amid her row with AstraZeneca over delivery shortfalls. The former chief Brexit negotiator praised the successful British vaccination campaign, which has so far outstripped the EU’s sluggish efforts. "It is true that the UK has a quicker vaccination rate compared to the EU. But the fight against Covid-19 is more than speed of vaccination, important as that is," he said in Zurich on Wednesday night. He added: "We will all find strong and weaker points in how we managed this. But there is no place, in such a serious situation, for polemics and competition. There are so many more reasons to cooperate, in the short and the long term." His comments came the same day that Thierry Breton, the EU’s internal market commissioner, told Britain that "zero" AstraZeneca jabs would be exported from the bloc to Britain until the company fulfilled its orders. "We are just here again to make sure that the [AstraZeneca contract with the EU] is delivered - and of course we are here to also help our British friends," Mr Breton told the Financial Times. "But we have nothing to negotiate." Brussels accuses AstraZeneca of breaking its contract, which the company denies, after it announced that it would not be able to deliver tens of millions of promised doses due to production problems. Mrs von der Leyen briefly threatened to impose a hard border on the island of Ireland to enforce a vaccine export ban against Britain in January. The Telegraph understands that Mr Barnier, who views the avoidance of a hard Irish border as his major achievement in the Brexit negotiations, was not consulted over the idea, which was hastily dropped after protests from Dublin. Since then the dispute has escalated with Brussels introducing tough new export rules, which target countries like Britain with high vaccination rates and low jab exports to the EU. Negotiations continue to resolve the stand-off, which centres on AstraZeneca's supplies at the company’s Halix plant in the Netherlands, but Mr Breton has played down talk of any imminent breakthrough. Mr Barnier said that it was vital that the UK implemented the Northern Ireland protocol, which is the treaty covering the new customs arrangements for the country. Britain unilaterally extended grace periods on customs checks for GB goods coming into Northern Ireland, which the commission said is a violation the treaty Mr Barnier added that the new UK-EU trade frictions were the "reality" of Brexit. "Brexit means recreating trade barriers that had not existed for 47 years," he said. "These new realities, and the concrete problems they pose – from difficulties for UK fishermen to sell their products in the EU to impediments to the mobility of musicians – do not result from EU decisions. They are the direct, automatic, consequences of the UK’s choice to leave the Union, the Single Market and the Customs Union."
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Farming may be how Harry Metcalfe made a living for most of his life, but he is better known for his car-related Youtube channel Harry’s Garage. In this corner of the online universe, Harry shares his passion for classics and high-end sports cars with an audience of nearly half a million subscribers. “I am a farmer – I keep telling people – I’m a farmer, not a journalist, and it was all by accident,” he laughed. The backdrop for most of his videos is his enviable collection of undisputable classics, which range from British icons to Italian poster-cars. It is in this setting that Metcalfe will delve into each topic with an understated wisdom that subtly hooks you into his videos and satisfies a curiosity you probably didn't realise you had. One day he’ll show you a full engine swap on his Lambordghini Espada, the next he’s poring over the costs of running a fleet of classics, or testing how the new Land Rover Defender fares as a real farm vehicle. Alternatively, you might also be invited to follow one of his epic road trips in which he takes a 1969 Rolls-Royce Shadow to the Arctic Circle, or a Ferrari Testarossa to the Saharan desert.
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The European Union's former Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Wednesday the reality of Britain's decision to leave the bloc was only now being felt, years after the British 2016 referendum on membership. Listing the changes that Brexit has brought since Jan. 1, when Britain ended a transition out of the bloc, Barnier said trade barriers, limits on citizens' movement and work visas were inevitable. "For many people the real consequences of the referendum are only now starting to sink in," Barnier told an event in Switzerland via video link from Paris.
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Pfizer has accused the European Union of hampering its Covid vaccine production. The US drugmaker, which supplies Britain and more than 70 other countries with coronavirus jabs, said new EU rules about the free movement of goods across borders were damaging its ability to export the vaccine. The rules oblige manufacturers to seek Brussels' approval before exporting every parcel of jabs, which has caused "a significant administrative burden and some uncertainty", said Danny Hendrikse, the pharmaceutical giant's vice-president of global supply. “Ultimately what we would like our colleagues to do is to focus on making and distributing the vaccine,” he said. Mr Hendrikse explained the process of gathering all the raw materials needed for jabs was "particularly complex". "The components don't just come from Europe, but from all over the world," he said, explaining that for one dose, 280 are needed, which come from 86 suppliers in 19 countries. His comments come amid a fierce dispute Britain and the EU over export controls. European leaders had threatened to block exports of the vaccine to Britain while demanding that AstraZeneca boost production on the Continent.
Emmanuel Macron has announced strict new month-long measures including closing schools for three weeks, abandoning his efforts to keep France out of a third coronavirus lockdown. The French president had ignored the pleas of his scientific advisors to close up the country in January but the spread of the contagious British variant and spiking infections forced him into a U-turn. "We will lose control if we do not move now," he said in a televised address. Non-essential shops will be closed and travel more than 10km from home is forbidden, unless there is a good reason. Travel between French regions is banned from April 5. People must work from home if they can and a 7pm curfew will stay in place, as Mr Macron extended measures in some French regions to the whole country. Mr Macron had hoped to pursue a “third way” of fighting coronavirus without ordering people to stay at home and keeping the economy as open as possible. In February it had appeared that Mr Macron’s gamble had paid off with cases flatlining under a curfew but with shops and schools open. He was forced to act after daily coronavirus cases doubled to about 40,000 and hospitals in infection hotspots like Paris were swamped. 44 percent of people in intensive care with Covid were below 65, he said.
Mass testing in schools is costing up to £120,000 to find just one positive case, experts claimed as they called for the programme to be halted. Between March 11 and March 17, data from secondary schools showed that just 1,805 positive cases were found from 3.8 million tests. Under current false positive rates, around 1,160 of those positives would be wrong, meaning only 645 would be correct – approximately one in 6,000. "At £20 a test, that is £120,000 per case found," said Prof Jon Deeks, head of the biostatistics, evidence synthesis and test evaluation research group at the University of Birmingham. "There is obviously a lot of uncertainty in this, and I don't think this includes all costs, and obviously they will have varied. But even if it is only £10 per test, we are talking £60,000, which is an inefficient cost to detect a single case."
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Corby, Rotherham and North Warwickshire continue to record the highest rates.
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