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When will a Covid-19 vaccine be ready in the UK? Latest updates from around the world 

Is China working on a vaccine? China has moved up a gear in the pivotal area of vaccine diplomacy, with a string of positive announcements from Beijing. SinoVac, the Chinese pharmaceutical firm, says its vaccine is nearly ready and will be rolled-out across the world early next year.   Sinovac is one of four Chinese vaccines in …

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Police ‘struggling’ as £10,000 self-isolation fines come in

Parliament has been “consistently sidelined during the pandemic” as the Government avoids scrutiny of emergency coronavirus laws, according to academics. The conclusion by the Constitution Unit at University College London’s department of political science and school of public policy came after there was further criticism of the last-minute publication of complex legal documents setting out …

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Evening all. Anyone else feeling slightly disappointed that we’re not settling in for a repeat of the 2018 showdown between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams? However saddening it is that we won’t be watching  Serena go toe-to-toe with Osaka again in New York, or the tantalising prospect of the American emulating Margaret Court by winning slam No …

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Matt Hancock announces mass tests for population to help lift restrictions

A fresh outbreak of infections in Australia’s coronavirus hot zone of Victoria appeared to have eased on Wednesday, as the country signed a deal to secure a potential vaccine that it intends to roll out free of cost to its citizens. Australia has signed a deal with British drugmaker AstraZeneca to produce and distribute enough …

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Screen schoolchildren using 90 minute test to keep them safe says Sir John 

Brow bar was fully booked for more than 2,600 appointments before the Government postponed reopening, as business owner warns jobs could now be lost.  Vanita Parti, the founder of eyebrow threading salon Blink Brow Bar, told BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme: “This is our third false start, we had expected to open twice in …

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Australia considers providing a safe haven for Hong Kong residents

Australia is actively considering providing a safe haven to Hong Kong residents in response to China’s sweeping new security law, it said on Thursday. The move is likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the situation in Hong Kong was “very concerning” and his government was “very actively” considering proposals …

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Kaiya McCullough welcomes US Soccer’s u-turn on ‘horrible’ kneeling ban

“I just realised that with my platform, I had the opportunity to do something bigger, especially an action that was very hotly-contested in the media at the time. I think just seeing the impact of what Colin Kaepernick was doing really gave me the push I needed to.  I was scared, because I wasn’t really …

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Britons may resist test and trace isolation after lockdown

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound – the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia – reopened today after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. An AFP journalist said worshippers in protective masks were allowed to enter the compound in the early hours, ahead of the first prayers of the …

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Dutch Minister confirms dog, three cats have caught novel coronavirus

A dog and three house cats in the Netherlands have been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus, broadcaster RTL reported on Friday, citing the country’s agriculture minister. “Everything points to these animals having been infected by their owners,” RTL quoted minister Carola Schouten as saying. “So if you are ill, do not hug …

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More than 26,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK, NHS figures show

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds are celebrating the arrival of a healthy baby boy, but there has been speculation about whether he came early. Ms Symonds’s due date, which was never officially confirmed, had been described as “early summer”, leading to the belief that the arrival was expected in June. Ms …

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