Covid vaccine news live: Britons told to ‘holiday at home’ despite ‘jabs working’

Over-25s can book Covid vaccine, Matt Hancock announces

Brits should “holiday at home” this summer rather than travel abroad, a minister has said.

Environment Secretary George Eustice told Sky News that because of the “risks” associated with foreign travel, holidaymakers should instead visit the “great places” the UK has to offer.

Acknowledging the limited number of options on the government’s green list, he said:

“I think my advice to people would be holiday at home. We’ve got some great places here, there aren’t many places that are on that list.”

He added that people are allowed to travel to green list countries, but stressed that they must understand the “risks”.

Brits who travelled to Portugal while it was on the green list were blindsided when it was bumped up to the amber list, and had to pay for expensive flights home or undergo quarantine.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that vaccines are “working” in the fight against coronavirus

Mr Hancock told the House of Commons that the vaccination programme has averted an estimated 13,000 deaths and 39,000 hospitalisations.

He went on to say that the jabs – which will be offered to 25 to 29-year-olds in England from today – “bring us hope”.


George Eustice says he will holiday at home this summer

Environment Secretary George Eustice has said that he has no intention of travelling abroad this summer and will instead holiday in Cornwall.

Speaking to Sky News, the minister urged others to holiday at home too – despite official guidance stating that Brits may travel to green list countries relatively restriction free.

“Our advice has been don’t travel unless it’s absolutely necessary,” he said.

“Sadly, that’s not the situation, we do have this new variant of concern first identified in India that is now cropping up in other countries, and we’ve just got to take a very cautious approach.

“I will be staying at home, I have no intention of travelling or going on a holiday abroad this summer.”

Joanna Taylor8 June 2021 08:55


People should ‘holiday at home’ minister says

People should “holiday at home” rather than travel abroad this summer, a minister has said.

Environment secretary George Eustice told Sky News that Brits should visit the “great places” the UK has to offer rather than undergo the “risk” of travelling abroad.

“I think most people will probably decide this year to stay at home, holiday at home,” he said.

“I think my advice to people would be holiday at home.

“We’ve got some great places here; there aren’t many places that are on [the green list].”

“But obviously some people will want to travel abroad. There are still a small number of countries on that green list.

“If they want to do that they can, but obviously they will have to understand there are risks in doing so as well.”

Joanna Taylor8 June 2021 08:25


‘Tremendous achievement’: the vaccine drive six months on

Six months ago today, on 8 December 2020, Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive a coronavirus vaccine outside of a clinical trial.

The 91-year-old received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry.


NHS England national medical director Stephen Powis hailed this “remarkable” milestone.

“It is remarkable to think that just six months after that first jab back in Coventry in December – Maggie Keenan got it, remember – we have now vaccinated three-quarters of the adult population with their first dose and over half with their second dose”, he said.

“That really is a tremendous achievement and of course the vaccine programme is our way out of this pandemic, so it is crucial that when you get the invite for your jab, come and get it.”

Joanna Taylor8 June 2021 08:16


Vaccine appointments open for 25 to 29-year-olds

Under-30s will be offered vaccination appointments for the first time in England today, following an announcement in the House of Commons yesterday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs that 25 to 29-year-olds across the country will begin to receive vaccination invitations from the NHS from this morning.

He added that vaccines are “working” and that they “bring us hope” that the coronavirus crisis will soon come to an end.

Because of the vaccine drive, he said, an estimated 13,000 deaths and 39,000 hospitalisations have been avoided.

Joanna Taylor8 June 2021 08:06


India’s Bharat Biotech gets $15 million from Ocugen for rights in Canada

Ocugen Inc, the US partner of Indian vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech, has announced a payment of $15 million (£10.5 million) for extending the vaccine rights to Canada.

Both the companies have an agreement to co-develop, supply, and commercialise the Bharat Biotech Covid-19 vaccine — Covaxin — for the US market and recently announced that they have expanded the partnership to include Canada.

Akshita Jain8 June 2021 07:34


Village becomes first in India to vaccinate all adults

The village of Weyan in India’s Jammu and Kashmir has become the first in the country to have vaccinated its entire adult population.

The vaccinators had to walk 18km on foot to reach the village because of the difficult terrain of the area, according to news agency ANI.

Akshita Jain8 June 2021 07:14


Child rights body urges a stop on illegal adoption of children orphaned by Covid

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has informed the Supreme Court of India about a rise in complaints about illegal adoption of children orphaned by Covid-19.

The child rights body told the court that private individuals and organisations have been collecting data on these children while claiming that they want to help them.

It also said that 3,621 children were orphaned, 26,176 children lost a parent and 274 children were abandoned between 1 April, 2020 and 5 June, 2021.

Akshita Jain8 June 2021 07:01


Indian students heading to foreign universities worried about Covaxin

Indian students who have been inoculated with Covaxin — India’s indigenous vaccine manufactured by Bharat Biotech — are worried because the jab has not yet been approved by the World Health Organisation.

Several students are urging the government to make WHO approval for Covaxin a priority or advise them if they can get re-vaccinated with a different jab. Many universities, especially in the US, require students to be inoculated with a WHO approved vaccine before they enter campus.

Akshita Jain8 June 2021 06:55


28,252 cases of black fungus reported in India

The Indian government has said that 28,252 cases of black fungus, or mucormycosis, have been reported in the country so far. Of these, 86 per cent have a history of Covid-19 and 62.3 per cent have a history of diabetes.

The state of Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases at 6,339, followed by Gujarat state with 5,486.

States have also reported a shortage of an anti-fungal drug used in the treatment of black fungus. Bihar state is the latest to flag a shortage of Amphotericin B, with doctors saying they have not received supplies for more than 300 patients.

Akshita Jain8 June 2021 06:03


India changes vaccine rule for people undertaking international travel

India has announced an exemption in vaccine rules for people who are seeking to travel internationally for educational purposes, employment opportunities, or are part of the Indian contingent to the Tokyo Olympics.

The health ministry said that these people will be allowed to take the second dose of Covishield — the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine — after a gap of 28 days from the first dose.

At present, India is administering the second dose of Covishield after 12-16 weeks of the first dose.

Akshita Jain8 June 2021 05:49

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