Live news from Covid: Johnson says he’s ‘soon reconciled’ with the possibility of tighter restrictions; South Korea says it’s curbing the third wave

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Latest updates: UK PM says “we may have to do something in the next few weeks”; on Saturday, South Korea had over 600 new cases.

As part of a massive initiative to speed up the implementation of vaccination, along with lifting limits on delivery in pharmacies and using unoccupied office space as places to administer the vaccine, Tony Blair has called for the creation of “vaccination stations” modelled on polling stations.

Among other initiatives he recommends, Blair also says that there is a need for at least 30,000 additional vaccinators and suggests that a single “covid pass” portal be implemented that would allow any person to easily demonstrate their test status and whether they have been vaccinated. Although it is true that the NHS is making a herculean effort to vaccinate as many people as they have, it is simply not enough,” he said, “By the end of January, when there should be enough vaccine to enable us to do that, we need to at least triple the amount of vaccinations.

The use of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by the Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm has been approved by the government in Egypt, which is scheduled to begin implementation later in January, the health minister said.

“The Egyptian Medicines Authority on Saturday approved the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine,” Hala Zayed said late Saturday in a statement transmitted by local broadcaster MBC Masr, AFP said.

In December, the first batch of the vaccine was shipped, with more doses anticipated this month.

“The second shipment of this vaccine is expected to arrive in the second or third week of January, and as soon as it arrives, we will start vaccination,” the minister said.

Every batch of the vaccine consists of 50,000 doses, and the ministry announced that medical personnel will be the first community to receive the vaccine.

Zayed said Egypt plans to purchase from Sinopharm 40 million doses of the vaccine.

Sinopharm announced Wednesday that there is a 79 percent efficacy rate for one of its vaccines to be administered in China.

The effectiveness of the vaccine is lower than the vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, both of which have more than 90% efficacy rates.

A vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University was found to be 70% one-dose effective and 100% two-dose effective.

In the third or fourth week of January, Egypt will also obtain the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, Zayed said, adding that a deal is in the final stages.

Pfizer talks “are also ongoing,” she said.

Marr uses one of Johnson’s favorite Labor critiques – that he still did “the right thing a few weeks too late.”

“People have always said that,” Johnson says. “The retro-spectroscope is a great tool … what we’re doing now is using the tiering system – unfortunately it’s probably going to get more stringent … And we have the prospect of vaccines that come in tens of millions and literally offer people life and hope.”
“On the possibility of a new Scottish independence referendum, he says, “In my experience, referendums are not activities that are especially fun. In the national mood, they don’t have a particularly unifying impact. They can only happen once in a lifetime.” And that’s it, aside from a bit of chest-thumping Brexit.

The decisions that took the United Kingdom to this stage are now revisited by Marr. “The government has taken every possible step we could reasonably take,” Johnson says. “What we could not reasonably have anticipated was the arrival of a new variant of the [virus]that was spreading between 50 and 70 percent faster … Once we understood that, we … took decisive action.”
“Scientific advisors have said all kinds of things at various times, and they don’t agree at all … you could have shut down all transmissions from March, the government could have basically pastored the British economy … but the damage to people’s mental health, the damage to the long-term prospects of young people growing up in this country, the widening of the gap between rich and poor – that would have been colossal.”Scientific advisors have said all kinds of things at different times, and they don’t agree at all… you could have shut down all transmissions from March, the government could have essentially pastoralized the British economy… but the harm to the mental health of people, the harm to the long-term prospects of young people

Johnson says Health Secretary Matt Hancock is taking action to get rid of the highly criticized forms that must be filled out by retired physicians before they can assist with vaccinations. “He characterizes the forms as “ab

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