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2 people in India die after receiving Covid jab as Bharat Biotech says vaccine too risky for some - rt

2 people in India die after receiving Covid jab as Bharat Biotech says vaccine too risky for some

Two people have died after being administered Covid-19 shots in India, but the government insists that the jabs are not to blame. Meanwhile, one drug manufacturer has advised some groups to forgo the vaccine.
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Pregnant Highland cow mauled to death by Rottweiler who escaped owners’ home - metro

Pregnant Highland cow mauled to death by Rottweiler who escaped owners’ home

The dog ripped the cow's tongue out.
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The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world - metro

The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world

Around 16 people in every million are dying from the virus, new data has revealed.
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'Global pandemic alert system not fit for purpose': WHO report critical of China's & its own responses to Covid crisis

China, other governments and the WHO itself didn't act fast and decisively enough against the novel coronavirus, allowing it to become a pandemic, an interim report by an independent WHO panel on the handling of the crisis states.
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Russia opposition activist Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days - channel 4

Russia opposition activist Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days

A Russian judge has imprisoned the opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 30 days. The hearing took place not in court, but a police station, with Navalny’s lawyer given barely any notice. The UK and other European countries are understood to be weighing possible further sanctions.
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How has Trump’s talk of ‘fake news’ undermined US democracy? - channel 4

How has Trump’s talk of ‘fake news’ undermined US democracy?

In just over 40 hours, on Wednesday early morning, President Trump will leave the White House to fly to West Palm Beach in Florida, skipping the inauguration ceremony of his successor – the first outgoing President to do so since Andrew Johnson in 1869.  If there has been an element of continuity in Trump’s presidency,…
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MPs vote to extend universal credit increase - channel 4

MPs vote to extend universal credit increase

In the last few minutes MPs have voted to support the extension of the temporary £20 a week increase in universal credit.
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Trump presidency ‘an aberration’ – Lewis Lukens, former US deputy chief of mission to UK - channel 4

Trump presidency ‘an aberration’ – Lewis Lukens, former US deputy chief of mission to UK

With a new incoming President in the White House, that is also going to mean a new US ambassador in the United Kingdom. Like Donald Trump, the man who’s been in charge of the embassy for the past three years has proved to be a controversial figure. The former deputy chief of mission at the…
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FBI investigates background of troops guarding Capitol ahead of Biden inauguration - channel 4

FBI investigates background of troops guarding Capitol ahead of Biden inauguration

There is a vaccine story in Washington too – 30 million doses delivered so far, but only 12 million have ended up in people’s arms. President-elect Biden intends to change that quickly. Today, he visited a food bank as Americans celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. King was assassinated and there are fears of similar…
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Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable offered Covid jabs in England - channel 4

Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable offered Covid jabs in England

ore than four million people have had a first dose and from today the over-70s in England are being offered jabs.
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Hospitals under intense pressure as vaccinations pass four million mark - channel 4

Hospitals under intense pressure as vaccinations pass four million mark

Although vaccination numbers are rising sharply, hospitals remain under intense pressure. The number of patients with coronavirus in UK hospitals is the highest that it's been throughout the pandemic.
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Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS) - rt

Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS)

Police in Guatemala have started breaking up a caravan of hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants who had camped on a street while trying to reach the US, after their journey was halted by officials, migration authorities have said.
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'Deepest concerns': South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells, making it more infectious, govt adviser says

The so-called South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells with a stronger mechanism, allowing it to spread more easily between its human hosts, the government's advising chief epidemiologist said on Monday.
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Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe - rt

Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe

In a milestone breakthrough, astronomers have discovered the oldest supermassive black hole ever seen. The extraordinary find dates back to the early days of the universe and fuels the most distant quasar yet known.
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China's Hebei province to reexamine Covid-19 test results after lab caught out over positive cases

Health officials in the Chinese province of Hebei will review hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 tests carried out by third-party agencies after it was revealed that one laboratory allegedly hid positive cases of the disease.
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The FBI Is Vetting 25,000 Inauguration Troops Over Fears of an Inside Attack - vice

The FBI Is Vetting 25,000 Inauguration Troops Over Fears of an Inside Attack

The FBI is reportedly concerned about National Guard troops with far-right and extremist views and affiliations.
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Canada to allow return of Boeing 737 MAX service by lifting flight ban imposed after devastating crashes - rt

Canada to allow return of Boeing 737 MAX service by lifting flight ban imposed after devastating crashes

The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is set to return to service in Canada following a flight ban of almost two years, which was imposed after crashes that killed hundreds of people, the country's transport regulator said on Monday.
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Indian TV anchor’s texts spark cries for security leak inquiry after he discussed Pakistan airstrikes before they happened - rt

Indian TV anchor’s texts spark cries for security leak inquiry after he discussed Pakistan airstrikes before they happened

Opposition politicians in India have called for an investigation into a potential national security leak after a TV anchor’s messages showed he had prior knowledge of airstrikes launched against Pakistan in February 2019.
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Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden’s inauguration - rt

Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden’s inauguration

Iran’s most senior general has ridiculed the US after American armed forces and the national guard were brought in to protect Washington from any further violence during the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration as president.
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Germany considers extended lockdown as new Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of

Germany considers extended lockdown as new Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of 'risk of mutation'

The German government is considering the extension of the country's lockdown into February following the detection of new variants of Covid-19 and persistently high numbers of infections.
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EU drug regulator vows thorough examination of Covid-19 vaccines, says it could issue ruling on jabs by year end

EU drug regulator vows thorough examination of Covid-19 vaccines, says it could issue ruling on jabs by year end

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The EU organization tasked with screening drugs has promised to carefully study all available data on several Covid-19 vaccines before issuing opinions on the jabs, saying it could make a decision by the end of the year.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) could release its opinions on jabs developed by AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna before January, according to the body’s Executive Director Emer Cooke. 

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EU could approve TWO Covid-19 vaccines in coming weeks, Commission chief says

Cooke told the Irish Independent that the rapid development of the vaccines, which typically take years to create, was “promising from a scientific perspective,” but would be subjected to the same scrutiny brought to bear on other drugs.  

“There is a lot of attention on the results and we have to make sure we evaluate those as efficiently as we can without compromising our usual scientific standards,” Cooke told the paper. 

She explained that the agency would determine whether the jabs have a “positive benefit risk,” adding that it was important to classify in which “type of population” the vaccines show positive outcomes, such as the elderly or people with underlying health conditions.

Cooke said that if the data was “positive,” EMA could prepare a scientific opinion on the vaccines by the end of the year. The agency is hoping to coordinate its findings with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is expected to issue its own ruling in mid-December on Pfizer’s Covid-19 jab. 

US-based Pfizer says that its vaccine is more than 90 percent effective, while British-Swedish multinational AstraZeneca’s jab, created in conjunction with Oxford University, has shown an average efficacy of 70 percent. Moderna, an American biotech firm, claims that its own iteration of the Covid-19 vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective. 

Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the bloc was aiming to approve both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines by the end of December. The EU has inked deals with five companies to distribute coronavirus vaccines across the continent once approved, including AstraZeneca, CureVac, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Sanofi-GSK. 

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