Shirley Ballas, 60, has had the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

Shirley Ballas has had her first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine. The Strictly Come Dancing judge, 60, took to Instagram on Thursday to share a video showing her being given the vaccine by a medical professional at her local GP surgery. Showing the vaccine was perfectly safe, Shirley encouraged her followers ‘young and old’ … Read more

People receiving the J&J vaccine may not need to be watched for allergic reactions

Is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine allergy free? Experts say clinics may not need to watch patients for severe reactions for 15 minutes after getting the shot because it uses different technology from Pfizer and Moderna Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine combines genetic material from the coronavirus with the genes of virus that caused colds to induce … Read more

Pfizer scientists are studying whether a THIRD vaccine shot can offer protection

Pfizer scientists are studying whether a THIRD vaccine shot can offer protection against more contagious and resistant COVID strains like the one from South Africa Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech are studying a third dose of their coronavirus vaccine The booster shot is aimed at protecting against variants, which are better at evading … Read more

Jo Whiley claims her disabled sister Frances ‘refused to talk to her’ over Covid-19 vaccine

Jo Whiley has claimed her disabled sister Frances ‘refused to talk to [her]’ of her family when she was offered the Covid-19 vaccine first. Making an appearance on Thursday’s edition of This Morning, the BBC Radio One DJ, 55, said her sibling’s reaction was ‘the cruellest twist’ and detailed how the situation was like ‘the … Read more

Moderna to launch trials of new booster vaccine that targets South African Covid variant

Moderna has become the first vaccine maker to develop a jab that targets the South African coronavirus variant. The Boston-based biotech has already shipped the raw materials to the US National Institutes of Health, which helped the firm study its first jab, to start human trials. Dr Anthony Fauci, the US’ top Covid expert, and his … Read more

Jane Fonda, 83, says she is ‘so happy’ she embraced her natural grey hair and got Covid-19 vaccine

Jane Fonda has gushed she is ‘so happy’ to have embraced her natural grey hair as she’d had ‘enough’ of dyeing it blonde. The Hollywood icon, 83, made an appearance on the Ellen show on Wednesday, where she discussed her looks, as well as her delight at being able to get the Covid-19 vaccine, which … Read more

STEPHEN GLOVER: Why I want a vaccine passport

Are vaccine passports imperative if this country is ever going to return to normality? Or do they represent another unacceptable infringement of our liberties, as well as being deeply impractical? The Government until recently has leant towards the second view. Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, dismissed vaccine passports earlier this month as ‘discriminatory’. Only 10 … Read more

WHO says vaccine passports should NOT be used for foreign travel

WHO says vaccine passports should NOT be used for foreign travel as there are ‘critical unknowns’ around how jabs protect people Proof of a jab should not be required because there remain ‘critical unknowns’ The WHO added that inoculated passengers should not sidestep existing curbs It is a fresh blow for both holidaymakers and tourism … Read more

Covid: Consulting giant McKinsey criticised over France’s vaccine rollout

Consulting giant McKinsey has attracted criticism over France‘s slow vaccine rollout after Emmanuel Macron gave the firm £2.83 million to handle logistics. The president signed contracts totalling £9.46 million with four large consulting firms, despite France’s traditional pride for the quality of its vast civil service.  Within weeks of those deals, Mr Macron was receiving flak … Read more

Pharmacists say combining leftover COVID-19 vaccine could increase daily shots by 10%

Pharmacists say that combining leftover COVID-19 vaccines from different vials could save thousands of doses. The process, called ‘pooling,’ involves taking residual vaccine left behind in one bottle and amalgamating it with a little bit from a second bottle to create one full dose.  One pharmacy team at Inova Health System, a nonprofit hospital network … Read more