- US health officials call for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout to be paused
- Six cases saw women develop a rare disorder involving blood clots after being vaccinated - one died
- Johnson & Johnson says it's going to delay the rollout of its vaccine in Europe and is reviewing the blood clot cases
- The target of offering all UK over-50s and those in high-risk groups a first dose of a vaccine by 15 April has been met, ministers say
- People in their late 40s can now book a jab in England, while those aged 40-45 have been making appointments in Wales and Northern Ireland
- PM Boris Johnson warns that Covid cases and deaths will rise as lockdown lifts, despite the successful rollout
- In Scotland some lockdown easing is brought forward - from Friday, people can travel outside their local area and six adults can meet up outside
- The first Moderna vaccine has been given in England - Scotland and Wales began using it last week
- Surge testing is implemented in two areas of south London, after a cluster of the South African variant was found
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Here are the latest headlines in the UK:
- All over-50s and those in high-risk groups in the UK have now been offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine , the government has announced
- It means ministers have met their target of offering a first dose to the top nine priority groups by 15 April
- England is giving out its first doses of the Moderna jab , the third Covid-19 vaccine in the nation's rollout
- Wales and Scotland began using the Moderna vaccine last week
- The UK economy "showed some improvement" in February after growing by 0.4%, according to official figures
- "Exciting", "slightly scary" and "buzzing" were some of the verdicts from drinkers enjoying their first night out in months as England reopened outdoor hospitality on Monday
- Shops, hairdressers, gyms and zoos were among the other businesses reopening in England, while Northern Ireland's "stay-at-home" order was lifted and some rules were eased in Scotland and Wales
- Surge testing has been implemented in two areas of south London, after a "significant" cluster of the South African Covid-19 variant was found
- And Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell has published an open letter asking the prime minister to ringfence £100m a year to help primary school libraries post-pandemic .
Summary from The Guardian
- India is to fast-track emergency approvals for Covid-19 vaccines that have been authorised by western countries and Japan, paving the way for possible imports of Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax and Moderna shots. Since 2 April, India has reported the world’s highest daily tallies of infections, reaching more than 100,000 a day in the last week.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent the emergence of new diseases. The WHO said that while traditional markets play a central role in providing food and livelihoods for large populations, banning the sale of live wild mammals could protect the health of market workers and shoppers alike.
- Amnesty International has called this morning for a more equitable distribution of vaccines by South Asian governments. “Marginalised groups across south Asia have been effectively locked out by practical barriers. South Asia’s governments must ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines for everyone,” said Yamini Mishra, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director.
- Thousands of supporters of a Pakistan Islamist party who blocked major roads to protest against the arrest of their leader also disrupted critical oxygen supplies for Covid-19 patients, health officials said.
- US infectious disease official Dr Anthony Fauci said if safety concerns about AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine were “straightened out” it had good efficacy, but it might not be needed for Americans because of supplies of other shots.
- Austria’s health minister, Rudolf Anschober, said on Tuesday he is stepping down as he is overworked because of the Covid-19 pandemic and his health has suffered.
- Germany’s government is expected to agree today on controversial changes to a national infections control law that would hand Berlin more centralised power to impose sweeping measures to curb the raging coronavirus pandemic.
- All over-50s and high-risk groups in the UK have been offered a coronavirus vaccine before the mid-April government deadline. The second phase of the rollout to younger cohorts is now beginning. England will follow Wales and Scotland and start using the Moderna vaccine at over 20 sites this week.
Latest across Europe
- Three elderly Covid patients have died in Romania after a malfunction in a mobile intensive care unit’s oxygen supply. The ventilators stopped working because oxygen levels rose too high, officials in Bucharest said.
- Belgian prosecutors have launched an investigation into threats made against virologist Marc van Ranst,who fronts Belgium’s anti-Covid campaign. Mr van Ranst says he’s fed up with constant death threats – the latest is allegedly from a dance manager. The virologist has had to have police protection for months.
- Italian rugby will today pay its final respects to Massimo Cuttitta, a national rugby hero who played 70 times for his country and has died of Covid aged 54, days after his mother.
- Cuttitta also played in England for Harlequins. His twin brother said Massimo had recently come back to Italy to spend more time with his mother after his father died.
- Ireland has become the latest European country to limit the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca drug to over 60s. Extremely rare blood clots have been linked to the drug but the EU’s medical regulator say the benefits outweigh any risk.
- French Prime Minister Jean Castex is expected to tell parliament today that regional elections will take place on two weekends running in the second half of June. The government asked 35,000 local mayors what they thought and most of them agreed they should go ahead.
- The German government is set to agree changes to the country’s infections control law that hand more powers to the central government. Berlin has struggled to implement Covid measures on the 16 states and this change would enable imposing curfews and school closures.