The traffic light system is reviewed by the government every three weeks.
Japan suspends 1.63 million doses of Moderna due to pollution
Japan has halted use of about 1.63 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine after contamination was discovered in unused vials.
The move has raised fears of supply shortages as the country tries to speed up vaccination amid the Covid-19 surge.
Contamination has been reported from several vaccination sites, according to the Ministry of Health.
Officials said some doses may have been given, but no adverse health effects have been reported so far.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a Japanese drug manufacturer responsible for the sale and distribution of the vaccine in Japan, said it has decided to suspend the use of doses manufactured in the same production line as a precaution.
Vaccine release should extend to 12 to 15 seconds amid variable delta, experts say
Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think now, if we know the options with Delta, given how contagious that is, it’s either you’re going to be exposed to Covid unprotected or you could be… You are exposed and get a vaccine.
“And we should offer this vaccine to teens so that they have that protection before they go back to school.”
Qantas: Flights from the UK may return to Australia by Christmas
Qantas aims to resume flights to and from Britain in mid-December, in plans linked to the launch of a Covid vaccine in Australia and at several of the airline’s major destinations.
The carrier said in a statement that the carrier’s initial focus, pending acceptance by the Australian government, will be on countries with high vaccination rates including the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, Canada and the United States.
The Australian government has formulated a plan to begin the gradual reopening of international borders once the country reaches an 80% vaccination rate, which appears likely to be achieved in December.
Qantas said flights to countries with low vaccination rates are expected to be postponed until next April, including Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.
Qantas said its ability to fly non-stop between Australia and London is expected to be in strong demand after Covid.
The airline said it was investigating using Darwin as a transit point, rather than its current hub in Perth, due to Western Australia’s strict border control policies amid the pandemic.
“The prospect of overseas travel may seem far-fetched, especially with the closures of NSW and Victoria, but the current pace of vaccine release means we should have a lot more freedom in a few months,” Qantas Group President and CEO Alan Joyce said.
Edgar Ramirez urges people to get vaccinated after Covid family dies
Hollywood actor Edgar Ramirez called on people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 after it was revealed that his aunt, uncle and family friend died over the weekend after he tested positive for the virus.
“Sometimes I feel like it’s a nightmare I’m going to wake up from, but I know it’s not,” said the Venezuelan star, known for roles in Zero Dark Thirty, Carlos, and Jungle Cruise.
He said his aunt, Lucy, died on Saturday while his uncle Guillermo fell and died on Sunday.
A family friend also passed away after months of battling complications from the virus, Ramirez told his nearly four million followers on Instagram.
Ramirez said the deaths came a month after his grandmother’s Covid death and four months after his Venezuelan agent died of the virus.
The 44-year-old said the four were not vaccinated because they did not have access to a vaccine.
Yabs is on the waiting list at the Reading and Leeds Festivals
Revelers will be able to get a coronavirus vaccine while they suck at the Reading and Leeds Festival this weekend.
It comes as NHS England said more than half a million people aged 16 to 17 had taken their first dose.
Health officials said pop-up clinics across the two sites this weekend mean music fans will be able to get a dose of beer or burgers easily, but added that people exposed to the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be given the vaccine.
Some music festivals made headlines recently after cases of Covid-19 were linked to attendees.
Urging the Prime Minister to hold quarterly meetings with authorized leaders
A think-tank has suggested that the prime minister hold at least four meetings each year with the leaders of the devolved departments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Our Scottish Future presented this appeal as a report examining how different governments are working together during the coronavirus pandemic, commenting on the “apparently painful personal relationship” between Boris Johnson and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The paper, based on interviews with prominent figures in both the London and Edinburgh governments, argued that the close working relationships now built between health ministers across the UK need to be replicated and become a permanent feature of policy.
She insisted that a “fundamental review of relations” was needed in an effort to “examine the root causes that underlie the failure to cooperate during the Covid crisis”.
High school children urged to get regular Covid tests
Returning high school students are urged to get tested and vaccinated where possible to stem the spread of the coronavirus and reduce disruption to lessons over the course of the fall.
Ministers are launching a campaign to persuade parents, high school and college students to participate in voluntary asymptomatic Covid-19 testing.
Olympic gold medalist Matthew Richards, 18, and TV presenter Dr. Rang Singh are supporting the campaign.
Attendance counselors are assigned to work with local authorities and multi-academic trusts where absenteeism rates are above average.
It comes as a government consultant warned that the return of music festivals and schools would lead to a “significant increase” in infections.
Unions have called for more measures to ensure schools are kept as safe as possible and education is not disrupted further.