GLOB earnings call for the period ending June 30, 2020.
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Up to half a million fewer doses of Covid vaccine will be supplied to the NHS next week as Whitehall sources admitted the target of vaccinating priority groups by mid-February was increasingly “tight”. Deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine will be cut by between 15 and 20 per cent next week after the US firm announced delays in shipments because of work to increase capacity at its Belgian processing plant, sources said. Boris Johnson announced on Friday that more than 400,000 people in the UK were vaccinated on Thursday in another record day for the national rollout. "Our immunisation programme continues at an unprecedented rate," the Prime Minister told a Downing Street press conference. "5.4 million people across the UK have now received their first dose of the vaccine and over the last 24 hours we can report a record 400,000 vaccinations. "In England, one in 10 of all adults have received their first dose, including 71 per cent of over-80s and two-thirds of elderly care home residents."
Matt Hancock has warned there is potential evidence a mutated strain of coronavirus that was detected in South Africa could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines by 50 per cent. The Health Secretary said “there is evidence in the public domain, although we are not sure of this data” and said the variant is being tested at the Government’s Porton Down research facility as well as in a clinical trial in South Africa to check the efficacy of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
It comes almost three weeks after Boris Johnson ordered lockdown.
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When news emerged last month of a new, far more contagious mutation of coronavirus spreading across Britain there was only one positive straw at which to clutch. There was no evidence, said scientists, that the “Kent” variant was more deadly than the original strain. On Thursday morning, the Prime Minister was shown a paper by the Government’s Nervtag [New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Group] which appeared to destroy even that shred of hope. It considered three studies, which suggest that as well as being remarkably contagious, it is also significantly more fatal - between 30 and 90 per cent more so. Scientists don’t know why. But they think it may be that some of the behaviours which make the variant more easy to transmit, may also make it more lethal. Key among them is the stickiness of the mutation, and the way it gets into cells, and replicates.
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Do not help your flood-hit neighbours, a council has warned amid concern "gestures of kindness and goodwill" could fuel the spread of Covid. Hundreds of properties in England and Wales have been flooded after days of heavy rain caused by Storm Christoph, leaving families displaced during a national lockdown. A severe flood warning - meaning danger to life - was in force on Friday for the River Dee at Farndon, Cheshire, while 138 flood warnings, indicating that flooding is expected, were issued across other parts of the country. The Coastguard released footage of a particularly daring rescue effort which saw three people, including a child, lifted into a helicopter by a winch from their flooded home in North Wales. Social distancing has this year been at the heart of councils’ emergency response as public health officials try to prevent rescue operations turning into the scene of viral outbreaks. On Friday, a local authority in one of the worst-affected parts of the country even sought to stamp out the displays of community spirit that can follow destructive storms as volunteers rush to assist the relief effort. Warrington Borough Council released a statement, co-signed by its director of public health, urging the public to “avoid going to any community venues that may have opened”. “People congregating indoors poses significant risks of coronavirus being transmitted,” it continued. The authority said it had seen “many gestures of kindness and goodwill from our communities who are supporting those affected”, but added: “Coronavirus can, and will, spread very easily and will take advantage of any occasion where people are gathering or sharing supplies that may be being passed around.”
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Experts identified a new variant of coronavirus - which originated in the south east of England - at the end of last year. Professsor Chris Whitty said in December: “There is no current evidence to suggest the new strain causes a higher mortality rate or that it affects vaccines and treatments although urgent work is underway to confirm this." Experts did say it may be responsible for the "faster spread" of the virus in London and the south-east in the final weeks of 2020 and at the star of January.
Europe's COVID-19 vaccination drive was dealt another blow on Friday when AstraZeneca said initial deliveries to the region will fall short of the targeted volumes because of a production glitch. "Initial volumes will be lower than originally anticipated due to reduced yields at a manufacturing site within our European supply chain," a company spokesman said in a written statement, declining to provide details. The slippage hits a European immunisation campaign that has already been hampered by a temporary shortfall in the supply chain of vaccine developers Pfizer and BioNTech, who are retooling a site in Belgium to boost output.