Latest coronavirus: millions urged to minimize travel as Pfizer tests vaccine in children under 12
Millions of people in England are now being urged to minimize travel in order to stop the spread of the Delta variant, first identified in India.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire will benefit from increased testing capacity, military support and be subject to stricter guidelines regarding non-essential travel. This puts them in line with eight other regions of England, including the London Borough of Hounslow, which has already been ordered to meet outside rather than inside if possible, to stand at 2 m people you do not live with and minimize travel to and from affected areas
It comes as Pfizer said on Tuesday it would start testing its vaccine on a larger group of children under the age of 12 after selecting a lower dose of the vaccine at an earlier stage in the trial. The study will recruit up to 4,500 children at more than 90 clinical sites in the United States, Finland, Poland and Spain, the company said.
The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK has cleared jab for use in the younger age group following a review of its safety, quality and suitability. its efficiency.
Staycation: Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick will not travel abroad this summer
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said he will likely be going on vacation to the UK this summer.
He told Sky News: “I think a lot of people come to the understandable conclusion that it’s not a normal summer – international travel opportunities are going to be more limited, so why not take advantage of what does this country have to offer this summer?
“That’s probably the decision I’m going to make, a lot of other people will do the same.
“We would like to give people the opportunity to go to more Green List countries, but that depends a lot on what’s going on there.
“We cannot control the rollout of vaccination in these countries, we obviously cannot control the spread of new variants, and we must do everything we can to protect everything we do here at the national level.”
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick wonders if it will be possible to lift restrictions on June 21
Speaking on whether the final restrictions will be lifted on June 21, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “What we don’t want to do is throw away the gains we have made as a that country and we are in this race between the virus and the deployment of the vaccine.
“The argument would be: a few more weeks would allow us to double vaccinate more members of the public and vaccinate others first. It is a judgment that has not yet been rendered, but a judgment that the Prime Minister will have to render in the coming days, ”he added.
Robert Jenrick said coronavirus cases ‘are clearly on the rise’ and data is being reviewed as to whether June 21 could take place
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said coronavirus cases were “clearly on the increase” and Boris Johnson was reviewing a series of data to make a decision on whether to lift restrictions again on June 21.
He told Sky News: “The Prime Minister is looking at the data and new data is coming in which is very important.
“We created this five-week period between the stages of the roadmap and this proved to be invaluable on this occasion, because it is a finely balanced decision.
“We need to see this case data, which is clearly increasing, but the link with hospitalizations and ultimately with deaths.
“So the Prime Minister is reviewing this ahead of the decision point, which will take place on June 14 – at that point, of course, he will inform everyone of the final decision. “
‘Failed’ traffic light travel system must be phased out, industry body says
The ‘failed and damaging’ traffic light system for international travel must be scrapped if Britain’s travel and tourism sector is to be saved from total collapse, an industry body has warned.
The London-based World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said the government must abandon the system that has “wreaked havoc” among consumers and businesses in order to save hundreds of thousands of jobs.
The risk-based system with red, orange and green ratings for countries around the world determines the quarantine and coronavirus testing requirements people face upon returning to the UK.
But Portugal’s switch from green to amber surprised many holidaymakers and left thousands of British tourists scrambling to return home before new quarantine rules took effect on Tuesday morning.
Virginia Messina, WTTC Interim CEO, said: “Consumers, airlines and the broader travel industry have been promised a watchlist and three weeks’ notice for any change from green to orange, and not just four days.
“It has been incredibly disruptive and costly for travel and tourism businesses and consumers. It just didn’t work.
Experts say more work needs to be done to assess current Covid-19 tests
More work needs to be done to assess current Covid-19 tests, leading statisticians have said.
Experts from the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) said current legislation does not require tests to be evaluated in the setting where they will actually be used.
RSS has warned that the tests have entered the market without proof of their accuracy for many of the uses to which they are applied.
It has asked the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to review its authorization process for certain diagnostic tests.
Statisticians claimed that during the pandemic, there had not been the necessary evaluations of the tests for the different uses to which they are applied.
For example, a brand of commonly used lateral flow tests has been lab tested in patients with symptoms.