decision on whether over-50s will be given a third coronavirus jab is expected to be made within weeks.
Ministers are said to be planning to deliver an average of almost 2.5million third doses a week, with 2,000 pharmacies rolling out the scheme.
If it is approved, all people in the age bracket, plus the clinically vulnerable, in England are expected to be offered a booster vaccine before Christmas.
It comes as millions of people are under strict lockdown in China as the country battles to contain its largest coronavirus outbreak in months.
China reported 55 new locally transmitted coronavirus cases on Monday as an outbreak of the highly transmissible Delta variant reached more than 20 cities and more than a dozen provinces.
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Critically endangered tigers recover from Covid-19 in Jakarta
Two Sumatran tigers are recovering from Covid-19 in an Indonesian zoo.
Nine-year-old Tino became ill with shortness of breath, sneezing, and a runny nose on July 9.
Two days later, 12-year-old Hari was showing the same symptoms.
Swabs were taken and results came back positive for Covid, Suzi Marsitawati from the Jakarta Parks and Forestry Agency said.
The tigers were promptly treated with antibiotics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs and multivitamins.
Their condition is now described as “good”, with Ms Marsitawati saying: “Their appetite has returned and they’re being active”.
It is unclear how the tigers were infected with Covid as the zoo has been closed in line with coronavirus restrictions.
No infections were detected among zoo staff.
Australia: Brisbane lockdown extended until Sunday due to fears over Delta variant
A three-day lockdown of Brisbane – due to end on Tuesday – has been extended for five more days amid a growing Covid outbreak of the Delta variant.
The Queensland government announced the extension today after 13 cases of the highly transmissible variant were detected in 24 hours.
Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is now in its sixth week of lockdown amid an acceleration of cases, with 206 reported on Monday.
Some 300 military personnel were called up to help enforce the extended measures in Sydney last week.
Families reunite at Heathrow – in pictures
Families split apart by the Covid pandemic reunited for the first time in months on Monday.
Fully vaccinated arrivals from the EU and US are now able to travel to England without having to quarantine, in news welcomed by both separated families and the travel industry.
Children as young as three will be given COVID jabs in the UAE
Vaccines will be administered to children as young as three in the United Arab Emirates, its government said today.
Those aged three to 17 will be given China’s Sinopharm COVID jab following clinical trials and “extensive evaluations”, ministers said, though no details were given.
Authorities said in June that trials would monitor the immune response of 900 children to COVID vaccines.
The Gulf Arab state, which has among the world’s highest immunisation rates, was already providing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12 to 15.
Almost 80 per cent of the UAE population has so-far received one vaccine dose, while 70 per cent have been fully vaccinated.
Up to 170,000 Moderna doses at risk of expiring within days
According to reports, up to 170,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine risk expiring within the next fortnight amid the stodgy take-up among younger people, according to reports.
The NHS is now facing calls to redistribute the tens of thousands of vaccines, The Guardian reports having seen an internal email.
The newspaper understands the NHS has reallocated around 40,000 spare doses of Moderna.
Anneliese Dodds: ‘I don’t think it makes sense for there to be vaccine passports for day-to-day activities’
On vaccine passports, Labour Party chairwoman Anneliese Dodds told Times Radio: “I don’t think it makes sense for there to be vaccine passports for day-to-day activities.
“Really we need to make sure that there isn’t transmission taking place – for example, at mass events – that’s why testing and getting that sorted out is so important, but I would agree with Khalid (Khalid Mahmood Labour MP) when it comes to, in particular, the suggestions that we had over the weekend that there could be some kind of incentives that this would unlock the issue for young people of getting vaccinated.”
She added: “This isn’t rocket science. Government shouldn’t be focused on these kinds of, frankly, attention-grabbing headlines here – they should be listening to the public health services who are already managing to drive up vaccination on the basis of their local knowledge and particularly their local knowledge of where young people are, who they listen to and where they go for the information that they act on the basis of.”
Labour Party chairwoman calls on Government to be ‘open and transparent’ over travel guidelines
Labour Party chairwoman Anneliese Dodds called on the Government to be “open and transparent” over its travel guidelines.
Asked if an amber watch list should be introduced, she told Times Radio: “Well, no, we don’t want to see additional confusion and chaos here… We’ve been here before, we’ve been in this chaos before, and yet Government seems to be providing just more of the same, more confusion, more extra categories.
“What we’ve said for months as the Labour Party is that the Conservative Government need to be open and transparent, they need to be actually publishing the data that they’re taking their decisions on.
“They need to be also seeking that agreement around vaccine passports internationally that they’ve said they’re trying to do, but we’ve seen no evidence of progress there.
“If there’s more openness, I think that’s going to build trust in the system.
“The problem is, right now holidaymakers just don’t know who to believe and we’ve got… seem to have the Chancellor briefing against the Prime Minister in the Sunday papers. That’s not building confidence, ultimately, in the system.”
Young people may not be taking up the vaccine because there is an implication that ‘infections don’t matter’
Stephen Reicher, professor of psychology at the University of St Andrews and a Spi-B member, said young people may not be taking up the vaccine because there is an implication that “infections don’t matter”.
He told Times Radio: “In many ways the implication has been there that infections don’t matter.
“So, if the Health Secretary can say ‘We’re going to have 100,000 cases a day, that doesn’t matter, we’re still going ahead with our policy’, and when you see reopening everywhere, it does begin to send the message that infections don’t matter.
“And in fact there’s some evidence that the young people are beginning to say ‘Well, why should I get vaccinated if it doesn’t really matter, if infection doesn’t matter, why should I do things to avoid infection?’.
“I think the messaging is really critical from governments as well – it needs to be consistent, it needs to be clear.”
Brad Pitt ‘in new legal suit against Angelina Jolie over French vineyard’
According to DailyMail.com, new court papers accuse Jolie of trying to remove Pitt from a deal to sell her shares in the former couple’s French property and vineyard, Chateau Miraval.
The website says the court papers were filed in Luxembourg on Tuesday in regard to the property in Correns, France.
It says the lawsuit suggests Miraval is owned by Quimicum – which both Pitt and Jolie have a 50 per cent take in through their companies Mondo Bongo and Nouvel respectively.
The suit reportedly alleges that Jolie is attempting to flog her 50 per cent stake while circumventing Pitt’s right of first refusal. It allegedly claims she is attempting to profit from the “incredible amount of work, time and money” invested by Pitt and his business partners.
The papers alleged say: “We understand that behind this systematic obstruction, the real purpose of Nouvel and its shareholder [Jolie] is to sell its stake in Chateau Miraval SA in a way that would circumvent Mondo Bongo’s right of first refusal (as provided in Quimicum’s articles of approval), taking, as a result, a capital gain raised thanks to Mondo Bongo’s investment and to which Nouvel did not contribute.”
The representatives of both Pitt and Jolie have been contacted for comment.
The actress filed for divorce in 2016 and the former Hollywood golden couple, who share six children, have been wrangling in legal proceedings concerning their separation in California largely shielded from public view.
Pitt, 57, was accused of being abusive toward his then-15-year-old son Maddox during the flight, but investigations by child welfare officials and the FBI were closed with no charges being filed.
Jolie, 46, made the allegation in an interview with The Guardian promoting her new book, Know Your Rights And Claim Them, which aims to equip children with the knowledge to challenge injustices.
Asked whether she feared for the safety of her own children, she replied: “Yes, for my family. My whole family.”
Jolie described the divorce and custody proceedings as “horrific”.
She added: “It doesn’t start with the violation (the plane incident). It’s so much more complicated than that.”
Jolie admitted she could not talk in more detail because of her “legal situation” but the newspaper reported she nodded to confirm she was referencing the divorce and allegations she made against her Pitt.
Pitt has always denied being physically abusive towards his children. He has admitted to having alcohol issues around the time of the couple’s separation and to have shouted at one of children in relation to the reported plane incident in 2016.
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