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Covid vaccine: All UK adults to be offered jab by 31 July – PM https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56141867
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<div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-vk3nhx-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-1xtcmof-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”Vaccination centre” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/D688/production/_117102945_hi065623641.jpg 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/D688/production/_117102945_hi065623641.jpg 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/D688/production/_117102945_hi065623641.jpg 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/D688/production/_117102945_hi065623641.jpg 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/D688/production/_117102945_hi065623641.jpg 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/D688/production/_117102945_hi065623641.jpg 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/D688/production/_117102945_hi065623641.jpg” width=”976″ height=”549″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span><span class=”ssrcss-1ecljvk-StyledFigureCopyright e34k3c23″>EPA</span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p><b class=”ssrcss-14iz86j-BoldText e5tfeyi0″>All adults in the UK will be offered their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of July, the prime minister has pledged.</b></p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>More than 17 million people have been given a jab since the UK’s Covid vaccine rollout began in December 2020.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>But Boris Johnson said he now wants the programme to “go further and faster”.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>He said the July target would allow vulnerable people to be protected “sooner” and would help to further ease lockdown rules across the country.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said there were “early signs” the vaccine rollout was contributing to a fall in hospital admissions.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The PM is due to hold a final meeting with senior ministers about how to ease England’s lockdown later, before he sets out the full “road map” on Monday.</p></div></div><div data-component=”unordered-list-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><div class=”ssrcss-1pzprxn-BulletListContainer e5tfeyi3″><ul role=”list”><li><a href=”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55045639″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>When will it be my turn to be vaccinated?</a></li><li><a href=”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55274833″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>How many people have been vaccinated so far?</a></li><li><a href=”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52530518″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>What are the UK’s lockdown rules and when will they end?</a></li></ul></div></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>A speedy rollout of the vaccine to all vulnerable people is seen as critical to reducing the pandemic’s death toll and relieving pressure on the NHS. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The government’s previous target was to offer all adults the first dose by September.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The new plan means that by 15 April, all adults aged 50 and over, as well as younger people with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk, should have been offered a jab.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>However, the order of priority for under-50s has yet to be outlined by <a href=”https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)</a>.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Prof Adam Finn, a member of the JCVI, said he expected that a public announcement would be made on vaccine priorities at some point in the next week.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>He told BBC Breakfast: “The strategy from JCVI that’s being provided as advice to the government is just being finalised at the moment, and then government will make their decision as to how to do this during the coming days, so I think there’ll be some kind of public announcement around that in the next week or so.”</p></div></div><div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-1xku3ck-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”Graphic showing how the key groups to be vaccinated in a queue” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/0869/production/_116835120_vaccine_group_feb04_640-nc.png 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/0869/production/_116835120_vaccine_group_feb04_640-nc.png 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/0869/production/_116835120_vaccine_group_feb04_640-nc.png 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/0869/production/_116835120_vaccine_group_feb04_640-nc.png 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/0869/production/_116835120_vaccine_group_feb04_640-nc.png 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/0869/production/_116835120_vaccine_group_feb04_640-nc.png 976w” 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https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/640/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png” width=”640″ height=”2″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-hiiomv-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”Analysis box by Helen Catt, political correspondent” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/C9A6/production/_115522615_helencatt_tr-nc.png 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/C9A6/production/_115522615_helencatt_tr-nc.png 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/C9A6/production/_115522615_helencatt_tr-nc.png 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/C9A6/production/_115522615_helencatt_tr-nc.png 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/C9A6/production/_115522615_helencatt_tr-nc.png 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/C9A6/production/_115522615_helencatt_tr-nc.png 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1536/cpsprodpb/C9A6/production/_115522615_helencatt_tr-nc.png” width=”1536″ height=”306.11957796014065″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The speedier rollout of the vaccine is likely to raise expectations – and pressure – for a swifter unlocking in England, but the government is still talking the language of caution. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Senior ministers will finalise the plan today before it’s presented to the wider Cabinet for approval tomorrow. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>It’s unlikely that any restrictions will change before 8 March, when the government hopes to get all children back into schools. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The prime minister has long said that is his top priority. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>But it is likely that a small tweak will be made from that date to allow people to meet one other person outdoors for social purposes rather than just for exercise. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>A Downing Street source said this would be the beginning of allowing people to meet each other for socialising once again as the government recognised the impact of not seeing loved ones. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>It’s understood various options – which could include reintroducing the rule of six – are being considered for the weeks beyond.</p></div></div><div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-18syo2x-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”2px presentational grey line” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/640/cpsprodpb/1226D/production/_105894347_grey_line-nc.png” width=”640″ height=”2″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Labour, meanwhile, welcomed the vaccine targets being moved forward, but called on the government to prioritise people based on their job.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “It’s perfectly reasonable for teachers, police officers and other key workers who haven’t been able to stay at home in the lockdown to ask when their turn will be.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>”If government aren’t going to prioritise by occupation in the next phase, they need to set out why.”</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Mr Ashworth also said the vaccination programme needed to be supported by stronger measures to break the chain of infection, such as “decent financial support” for people who have to self-isolate, updated guidance on face coverings and better ventilation standards in workplaces.</p></div></div><div data-component=”unordered-list-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><div class=”ssrcss-1pzprxn-BulletListContainer e5tfeyi3″><ul role=”list”><li><a href=”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-55877699″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>Labour stands by teacher vaccinations policy</a></li><li><a href=”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56135778″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>Send vaccines to poorer nations now, WTO tells UK</a></li></ul></div></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Some 17.2 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a vaccine at one of the 1,500 vaccination sites across the country, and almost 600,000 have received their second dose.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>NHS England said that more than two-thirds of those aged between 65 and 69 have had their first dose of a vaccine – just one week after invitations went out.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Next, about 460,000 people aged 64 will be invited to get their jab.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>NHS England medical director Prof Stephen Powis said: “Over 14.5 million of the most vulnerable people in England have already safely had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and with people aged between 65 and 69 now eligible too, we want everyone else in this age group to consider making this week your week to get a jab.”</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The government previously met its pledge of offering a vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups – including those aged 70 and over, care home residents, healthcare workers and people required to shield – by 15 February.</p></div></div><div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-1ku6u16-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”Covid vaccine data graphic” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/73B4/production/_117102692_optimised-uk_daily_vax_first_dose_20feb-nc.png 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/73B4/production/_117102692_optimised-uk_daily_vax_first_dose_20feb-nc.png 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/73B4/production/_117102692_optimised-uk_daily_vax_first_dose_20feb-nc.png 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/73B4/production/_117102692_optimised-uk_daily_vax_first_dose_20feb-nc.png 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/73B4/production/_117102692_optimised-uk_daily_vax_first_dose_20feb-nc.png 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/73B4/production/_117102692_optimised-uk_daily_vax_first_dose_20feb-nc.png 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/2048/cpsprodpb/73B4/production/_117102692_optimised-uk_daily_vax_first_dose_20feb-nc.png” width=”2048″ height=”1440.3600900225056″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Mr Johnson said: “<a href=”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56062976″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>Hitting 15 million vaccinations</a> was a significant milestone – but there will be no let up, and I want to see the rollout go further and faster in the coming weeks.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>”We will now aim to offer a jab to every adult by the end of July, helping us protect the most vulnerable sooner, and take further steps to ease some of the restrictions in place.”</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>He added, however, that the “route out of lockdown” would be “cautious and phased”.</p></div></div><div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-1atfwmc-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”Banner image reading ‘more about coronavirus'” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/B898/production/_111165274_cps_web_banner_top_640x3-nc.png 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/B898/production/_111165274_cps_web_banner_top_640x3-nc.png 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/B898/production/_111165274_cps_web_banner_top_640x3-nc.png 480w, 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Child heart transplants: Record year for new-style operations https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56127933
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<div data-component=”media-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><div class=”ssrcss-1uy4vn0-Container e1h75hkw0″><div data-testid=”bbc-logo-wrapper” class=”ssrcss-1d84lqw-LogoIconWrapper e1h75hkw2″><svg viewBox=”0 0 210.69 60″ class=”ssrcss-47d2zd-StyledIcon e6m7o990″ focusable=”false” aria-hidden=”true”><path d=”M36.76 33.87c-2.21-.78-3.78-.78-7.12-.78h-5.18v11.79H30c4.28 0 5.61-.25 7.37-1a5.58 5.58 0 002.47-2 4.86 4.86 0 00.85-2.55 5.11 5.11 0 00-.87-3.33 6.31 6.31 0 00-3.06-2.13zM35.25 24.36a5.28 5.28 0 001.51-4.23c-.06-2.62-1.6-5-7.63-5h-4.67v11.21h3.37c3.56 0 6.01-.62 7.42-1.98z” /><path d=”M0 0v60h63.76V0zm46.69 45.76a11.33 11.33 0 01-5.3 4.24 22.16 22.16 0 01-8.89 1.64H16.72V8.41h12.21a22.73 22.73 0 019 1.44 11.34 11.34 0 014.94 4 9.73 9.73 0 011.8 5.93c0 4.09-1.77 6.94-5.51 8.86a13.9 13.9 0 016.74 3.92 10.42 10.42 0 012.71 7.32 10.86 10.86 0 01-1.92 5.88zM110.22 33.87c-2.21-.78-3.78-.78-7.12-.78h-5.17v11.79h5.5c4.28 0 5.62-.25 7.37-1a5.53 5.53 0 002.47-2 4.69 4.69 0 00.85-2.55 5 5 0 00-.84-3.35 6.22 6.22 0 00-3.06-2.11zM108.71 24.36a5.24 5.24 0 001.51-4.23c-.06-2.62-1.59-5-7.62-5h-4.67v11.21h3.37c3.56 0 6.01-.62 7.41-1.98z” /><path d=”M73.46 0v60h63.76V0zm46.69 45.76a11.35 11.35 0 01-5.29 4.24 22.16 22.16 0 01-8.86 1.63H90.19V8.41h12.21a22.73 22.73 0 019 1.44 11.31 11.31 0 014.93 4 9.67 9.67 0 011.8 5.93c.06 4.09-1.76 6.94-5.51 8.86a13.86 13.86 0 016.74 3.92 10.38 10.38 0 012.71 7.32 10.78 10.78 0 01-1.92 5.88zM146.93 0v60h63.76V0zM198 48.24a36.9 36.9 0 01-8.07 3 38.19 38.19 0 01-8.6.93 28.11 28.11 0 01-12.73-2.8 22.06 22.06 0 01-8.73-7.84 20.39 20.39 0 01-3.35-11.13 21.92 21.92 0 013.4-11.71 23 23 0 019-8A28.39 28.39 0 01182 7.86a35.63 35.63 0 017.52 1 58.32 58.32 0 018 2.65v8A40.05 40.05 0 00189.8 16a28.65 28.65 0 00-7.39-1.28 19.92 19.92 0 00-9 1.7 15.8 15.8 0 00-6.57 5.51 14.64 14.64 0 006.46 21.71 21.75 21.75 0 009.09 1.65 26.09 26.09 0 007.1-1.2 34.81 34.81 0 008.5-4z” /></svg></div></div></div></figure></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p><b class=”ssrcss-14iz86j-BoldText e5tfeyi0″>Two UK hospitals have teamed up to offer a novel type of heart-transplant service for children, reducing waiting times for the life-saving operations.</b></p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>In the programme, so-called “non-beating donor hearts” are revived to give to teenage recipients.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Freya Heddington, 14, from Bristol, was one of the first to get one, waiting just two months instead of two years.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Despite the pandemic, 2020 was one of the busiest years in a decade for heart transplants in children in the UK.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>In 2015, the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge became the first in Europe to retrieve and transplant adult donor hearts that had been allowed to stop beating on their own after life support had been withdrawn.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>By using a special device, surgeons can effectively restart the heart and keep it healthy until transplantation.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Last February, the hospital collaborated with Great Ormond Street hospital (GOSH) in London to extend the service to children.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Until then, almost all paediatric heart transplants came from patients who had suffered brain death, where although their heart might beat, they would never wake up. Once life support is withdrawn, the heart is stopped and retrieved; also known as donation after brain death (DBD).</p></div></div><div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-1xtcmof-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”Freya in hospital after surgery” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/15FAD/production/_117092009_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.58.00-2.jpg 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/15FAD/production/_117092009_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.58.00-2.jpg 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/15FAD/production/_117092009_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.58.00-2.jpg 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/15FAD/production/_117092009_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.58.00-2.jpg 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/15FAD/production/_117092009_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.58.00-2.jpg 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/15FAD/production/_117092009_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.58.00-2.jpg 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/15FAD/production/_117092009_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.58.00-2.jpg” width=”976″ height=”549″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”crosshead-block” class=”ssrcss-mysbf6-ComponentWrapper-CrossheadComponentWrapper e1xue1i84″><h2 class=”ssrcss-qozapo-StyledHeading e1fj1fc10″>’I am ecstatic I got such an amazing gift'</h2></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Freya, 14, was one of the first paediatric patients to undergo this type of heart surgery.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>In August 2019, she was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, which can cause tiredness, chest pain and breathing problems. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>She was warned she might have to wait up to two years for a heart, but the programme run by GOSH and Royal Papworth meant she had to wait only eight weeks.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Freya left hospital 10 days after her operation and within months could start doing the things she loved most again, like horse riding. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>”I now have more stamina. I can go out for long walks and climb hills and I don’t need to stop for breathers,” she says.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>”I am ecstatic that I got such an amazing gift, but it’s upsetting to know that someone also died.”</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Freya’s dad, Jason, says their family will never forget the people – and the machine – that saved her life.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>”Freya needs medication on a daily basis and there are hospital visits. It’ll always be in the back of our minds,” he says. “But we know now she’s got a lovely, healthy heart and her future is bright.”</p></div></div><div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-1xtcmof-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”Heart in OCS machine” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/0275/production/_117092600_4384aadd-61a8-4dcf-b050-886cf178b76f.jpg 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/0275/production/_117092600_4384aadd-61a8-4dcf-b050-886cf178b76f.jpg 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/0275/production/_117092600_4384aadd-61a8-4dcf-b050-886cf178b76f.jpg 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/0275/production/_117092600_4384aadd-61a8-4dcf-b050-886cf178b76f.jpg 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/0275/production/_117092600_4384aadd-61a8-4dcf-b050-886cf178b76f.jpg 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/0275/production/_117092600_4384aadd-61a8-4dcf-b050-886cf178b76f.jpg 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/0275/production/_117092600_4384aadd-61a8-4dcf-b050-886cf178b76f.jpg” width=”976″ height=”549″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span><span class=”ssrcss-1ecljvk-StyledFigureCopyright e34k3c23″>Transmedics</span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”crosshead-block” class=”ssrcss-mysbf6-ComponentWrapper-CrossheadComponentWrapper e1xue1i84″><h2 class=”ssrcss-qozapo-StyledHeading e1fj1fc10″>How does donation after cardiac death work? </h2></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>For many years, non-heart-beating donation was deemed unsuitable for transplantation due to the damage sustained from oxygen deprivation when the heart stops.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>However, a specially designed machine, called the organ care system, can help keep it beating outside the body.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The heart can be transferred to the device once life support is withdrawn, the heart has stopped beating on its own and death has been confirmed.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Blood, nutrients and oxygen are pumped through the organ for up to 12 hours, allowing time to carry out vital checks and even transport it to other hospitals for transplantation.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>A donor family’s consent is always required before any surgery.</p></div></div><div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-1xtcmof-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”Freya outside GOSH” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/7935/production/_117092013_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.57.59.jpg 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/7935/production/_117092013_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.57.59.jpg 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/7935/production/_117092013_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.57.59.jpg 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/7935/production/_117092013_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.57.59.jpg 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/7935/production/_117092013_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.57.59.jpg 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/7935/production/_117092013_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.57.59.jpg 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/7935/production/_117092013_whatsappimage2021-02-10at08.57.59.jpg” width=”976″ height=”549″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”crosshead-block” class=”ssrcss-mysbf6-ComponentWrapper-CrossheadComponentWrapper e1xue1i84″><h2 class=”ssrcss-qozapo-StyledHeading e1fj1fc10″>’Devastating’ wait for families</h2></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Usually, children have to wait around two-and-a-half times longer than adults for a donor heart.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The UK has only two paediatric heart-transplant units – at GOSH and at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital – and in the past five years, 39 children died before a donor heart became available.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>”Some patients will just not survive the wait, says Jacob Simmonds, a transplant surgeon at GOSH. “There is also a risk that while waiting they could damage other organs, particularly the lungs.”</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The GOSH and Royal Papworth collaboration resulted in six of the new type of paediatric heart transplants – donations after cardiac death – in the UK in 2020. Only four others have been carried out worldwide.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Overall, 32 paediatric heart transplants were carried out last year – the second most in a decade.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>”We didn’t believe during a pandemic we would achieve a record number of transplants. It was a phenomenal team effort,” says Marius Berman, surgical lead for transplantation at Royal Papworth.</p></div></div><div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-1xtcmof-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”Picture of three team members from Papworth” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/77A5/production/_117092603_whatsappimage2021-02-10at16.42.29.jpg 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/77A5/production/_117092603_whatsappimage2021-02-10at16.42.29.jpg 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/77A5/production/_117092603_whatsappimage2021-02-10at16.42.29.jpg 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/77A5/production/_117092603_whatsappimage2021-02-10at16.42.29.jpg 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/77A5/production/_117092603_whatsappimage2021-02-10at16.42.29.jpg 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/77A5/production/_117092603_whatsappimage2021-02-10at16.42.29.jpg 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/77A5/production/_117092603_whatsappimage2021-02-10at16.42.29.jpg” width=”976″ height=”549″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The six transplants came from adult donors because the organ care system can accommodate hearts from donors weighing more than 50kg (eight stone).</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Royal Papworth and GOSH are now developing a new piece of technology which they hope will mean they can retrieve hearts in the same way from children.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>If successful, it could increase the number of organs available for infants and even babies, where there is a desperate shortage.</p></div></div><p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p> Sun, 21 Feb 2021 06:00:02 +0000 By Anna Collinson & Rachael Buchanan
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Israel eases restrictions following vaccine success https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56143126
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<div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-vk3nhx-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-1xtcmof-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”A woman in Tel-Aviv is vaccinated” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/DD2C/production/_117102665_dcb090d6-a69f-43a2-8272-87530bda310e.jpg 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/DD2C/production/_117102665_dcb090d6-a69f-43a2-8272-87530bda310e.jpg 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/DD2C/production/_117102665_dcb090d6-a69f-43a2-8272-87530bda310e.jpg 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/DD2C/production/_117102665_dcb090d6-a69f-43a2-8272-87530bda310e.jpg 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/DD2C/production/_117102665_dcb090d6-a69f-43a2-8272-87530bda310e.jpg 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/DD2C/production/_117102665_dcb090d6-a69f-43a2-8272-87530bda310e.jpg 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/DD2C/production/_117102665_dcb090d6-a69f-43a2-8272-87530bda310e.jpg” width=”976″ height=”549″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span><span class=”ssrcss-1ecljvk-StyledFigureCopyright e34k3c23″>Reuters</span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p><b class=”ssrcss-14iz86j-BoldText e5tfeyi0″>Israel is easing lockdown restrictions as studies there reveal the Pfizer vaccine is 95.8% effective in preventing hospitalisations and death. </b></p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>From Sunday, shops, libraries and museums can open but social distancing and masks are still required. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The health ministry says it is the first stage of returning to normal life.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Israel has the highest vaccination rate in the world. More than 49% of people <a href=”https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations” class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>have received at least one dose</a>.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The country entered its third lockdown on 27 December after a resurgence of the virus. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Under the easing measures, people are now able to enter shopping malls and tourist attractions such as zoos. </p></div></div><div data-component=”image-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><span class=”ssrcss-1xtcmof-Placeholder e16icw910″><span><div><img alt=”An empty shopping mall in Tel Aviv” srcset=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/240/cpsprodpb/8F0C/production/_117102663_0942cccb-ea14-4e3a-9d0a-baaf534ca907.jpg 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/8F0C/production/_117102663_0942cccb-ea14-4e3a-9d0a-baaf534ca907.jpg 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/480/cpsprodpb/8F0C/production/_117102663_0942cccb-ea14-4e3a-9d0a-baaf534ca907.jpg 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/8F0C/production/_117102663_0942cccb-ea14-4e3a-9d0a-baaf534ca907.jpg 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/cpsprodpb/8F0C/production/_117102663_0942cccb-ea14-4e3a-9d0a-baaf534ca907.jpg 800w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/8F0C/production/_117102663_0942cccb-ea14-4e3a-9d0a-baaf534ca907.jpg 976w” src=”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/8F0C/production/_117102663_0942cccb-ea14-4e3a-9d0a-baaf534ca907.jpg” width=”976″ height=”549″ loading=”lazy” class=”ssrcss-evoj7m-Image ee0ct7c0″></div></span></span><span class=”ssrcss-1ecljvk-StyledFigureCopyright e34k3c23″>Reuters</span></div></figure></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>A number of other facilities are now able to reopen including gyms, hotels and synagogues. However they require a “green passport”, a certificate that can only be obtained once you have been vaccinated. A small number of people who have recovered from the virus and are not currently eligible for the vaccine are also able to obtain the certificate. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>The passport, which is contained in an app, is issued by the health ministry and will be valid for six months, <a href=”https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-israels-green-passport-program-659437″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>one week after the second dose</a>.</p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Crowds are now allowed back at concerts and sporting events have reopened at 75% capacity but they have a cap of <a href=”https://www.jpost.com/health-science/coronavirus-what-opens-on-sunday-the-full-list-659589″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>no more than 300 people inside and 500 outside</a>. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Despite the easing of restrictions, Israel’s airport will remain closed for another two weeks. </p></div></div><div data-component=”unordered-list-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><div class=”ssrcss-1pzprxn-BulletListContainer e5tfeyi3″><ul role=”list”><li><a href=”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55706855″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>Israel’s vaccine rollout linked to infection fall</a></li><li><a href=”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-55879745″ class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>Thousands break rules for rabbi’s funeral in Israel</a></li></ul></div></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>On Saturday, the health ministry said studies revealed the risk of illness from the virus has dropped 95.8% among people who have had both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>It also found that the vaccine was 98% effective in preventing fever or breathing problems. </p></div></div><div data-component=”media-block” class=”ssrcss-18mjolk-ComponentWrapper e1xue1i80″><figure class=”ssrcss-2y05cd-StyledFigure e34k3c20″><div class=”ssrcss-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer e34k3c22″><div class=”ssrcss-1uy4vn0-Container e1h75hkw0″><div data-testid=”bbc-logo-wrapper” class=”ssrcss-1d84lqw-LogoIconWrapper e1h75hkw2″><svg viewBox=”0 0 210.69 60″ class=”ssrcss-47d2zd-StyledIcon e6m7o990″ focusable=”false” aria-hidden=”true”><path 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class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>Earlier this week, the Gaza Strip received its first doses of the vaccine after Israel approved the transfer through its border. The shipment included 2,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine which will be used on patients who have had organ transplants and those with kidney failure, an official told Reuters news agency. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>It comes as the Palestinian Health Ministry struck a deal with Israel’s Health Ministry to vaccinate 100,000 Palestinians who work in the country. </p></div></div><div data-component=”text-block” class=”ssrcss-uf6wea-RichTextComponentWrapper e1xue1i83″><div class=”ssrcss-3z08n3-RichTextContainer e5tfeyi2″><p>It’s thought about five million Palestinians so far <a href=”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-56095941?ns_mchannel=social&amp;ns_source=twitter&amp;ns_campaign=bbc_live&amp;ns_linkname=602ce1baa5360f02e49f0dc9%26First%20covid%20vaccines%20to%20enter%20Gaza%20strip%262021-02-17T10%3A05%3A03%2B00%3A00&amp;ns_fee=0&amp;pinned_post_locator=urn:asset:5f6d9127-9d7e-4841-bfd9-7d2e74fb9f56&amp;pinned_post_asset_id=602ce1baa5360f02e49f0dc9&amp;pinned_post_type=share” class=”ssrcss-hiczm3-InlineLink e1no5rhv0″>are waiting for their vaccines</a>.</p></div></div><p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p> Sun, 21 Feb 2021 00:58:25 +0000 en-GB
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