Coronavirus latest news LIVE – Kids SHOULDN'T have vaccine to protect the vulnerable from covid, SAGE member claims

CHILDREN shouldn't be given covid vaccines for the sake of protecting the elderly and vulnerable, a SAGE member has claimed.

Speaking in a personal capacity, Professor Calum Semple we shouldn't be giving a vaccine to a child in order to protect their grandparents because the risk of kids dying from covid is one in a million. 

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said: "We're talking about vaccinating children here mainly to protect public health and reduce transmission, and it's accepted that teenagers for biologically more like adults are more likely to transmit.

"But the younger children really are not, they're about a half to a third as likely to acquire the virus. And similarly to pass it on.

"So we're now coming into really interesting ethical and moral debate here about vaccinating children for the benefit of others."

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  • John Hall

    SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT PLANNING POSSIBILITY OF BOOSTER VACCINES IN AUTUMN

    The Scottish Government is planning for the possibility of booster vaccines against Covid-19 in the autumn.

    The idea has been mooted repeatedly by public health officials, including Scotland’s national clinical director Jason Leitch, in the past.

    Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs on Tuesday that guidance was expected in the coming weeks from the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) on the issue.

    “We also expect advice from the JCVI in the coming weeks about whether or not booster vaccinations will be needed during the autumn – so plans are also under way to deliver these if necessary,” she said.

    The First Minister also said moves were being made to vaccinate 12 to 17-year-olds, in case the JCVI recommend it as a course of action.

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    DANISH FOOTBALLER’S COLLAPSE NOT CAUSED BY COVID VACCINE

    Inter Milan has been forced to deny rumours Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest was related to the Covid vaccine as has not even got the jab yet.

    The Denmark midfielder, 29, was given CPR on the pitch after collapsing during the team’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday.

    Conspiracy theorists have now spread claims online that the horror was down Eriksen getting the Covid vaccine or contracting the virus.

    But Inter Milan have quashed the rumours, which were also shared by ex-Southampton and England player Matt Le Tissier.

    The Italian club confirmed their star player has not been vaccinated and does not have the virus.

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    SCIENTISTS DEVELOPING ‘GAME-CHANGING’ ANTIBODY TEST FOR COVID-19

    Scientists have developed “game-changing” antibody tests that can detect whether people have been exposed to new variants of Covid-19.

    Researchers said the new tests can detect antibody responses to infection by SARS-CoV-2 virus with more than 98% accuracy and 100% specificity, in contrast to currently available tests which are around 60-93% accurate and cannot differentiate between unique variants.

    The new tests can be used to estimate the prevalence of circulating variant strains in the community, including the Alpha and Delta variants which were first identified in Kent and in India respectively.

    Scientists said the tests have the potential to “dramatically change the trajectory of recovery” from the pandemic.

    The tests can assess the long-term immunity of an individual and whether immunity is vaccine-induced or is a result of previous exposure to the infection.

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    BORIS JOHNSON WILL MEET SPEAKER LINDSAY HOYLE FOLLOWING CRITICISM OF LOCKDOWN ANNOUNCEMENT

    Downing Street confirmed that Boris Johnson is due to meet with Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle following criticism of the the handling of the road map delay announcement.

    The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters: “I haven’t spoken to the Prime Minister but this is a matter that is taken very seriously.

    “The Prime Minister is going to be meeting with the Speaker to discuss this.”

    The spokesman added: “You will appreciate the Prime Minister was in travel to Nato yesterday, and held Cabinet, and also was finalising the agreement as regards to the trade deal last night and this morning.”

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    SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES IN BLACKBURN HAS PEAKED

    The surge in Covid-19 cases in Blackburn with Darwen looks to have peaked, with case rates stabilising for the first time in over a month, new figures suggest.

    A total of 897 coronavirus cases were recorded in the local authority in the seven days to June 10 – the equivalent of 599.2 cases per 100,000 people.

    Although this is up week-on-week from 548.4, it is below the figure of 666.7 recorded for the seven days to June 7, which was the highest for the area since the middle of January.

    Since June 7, the seven-day rate of new cases has dropped on each successive day.

    The figures have been calculated by the PA news agency from Public Health England data.

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    ALL OVER-18s LIKELY TO BE ABLE TO BOOK THEIR COVID JAB BY END OF THE WEEK

    Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS in England, said that all adults in England should be able to book their Covid-19 jab “by the end of this week”.

    He told the NHS Confederation annual conference that the NHS would “finish the job” of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to the “greatest extent possible” over the next four weeks.

    Sir Simon said: “It is now very important that we use the next four weeks to finish the job to the greatest extent possible for the Covid vaccination programme, which has been a historic signature achievement in terms of the effectiveness of delivering by the NHS – over 60 million doses now administered.

    “By July 19 we aim to have offered perhaps two thirds of adults across the country double jabs.

    “And we’re making great strides also in extending the offer to all adults – today people aged 23 and 24 are able to vaccinate through the National Booking Service.

    “I expect that by the end of this week, we’ll be able to open up the National Booking Service to all adults age 18 and above.

    “Of course, vaccine supply continues to be constrained, so we’re pacing ourselves at precisely the rate of which we’re getting that extra vaccine supply between now and July 19.”

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    SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES IN BLACKBURN HAS PEAKED

    The surge in Covid-19 cases in Blackburn with Darwen looks to have peaked, with case rates stabilising for the first time in over a month, new figures suggest.

    A total of 897 coronavirus cases were recorded in the local authority in the seven days to June 10 – the equivalent of 599.2 cases per 100,000 people.

    Although this is up week-on-week from 548.4, it is below the figure of 666.7 recorded for the seven days to June 7, which was the highest for the area since the middle of January.

    Since June 7, the seven-day rate of new cases has dropped on each successive day.

    The figures have been calculated by the PA news agency from Public Health England data.

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    LOCKDOWN MOB

    The political editor of BBC’s Newnight was chased into Downing Street by anti-lockdown campaigners as a protest through central London turned ugly yesterday.

    Nicholas Watt was surrounded by a baying mob who called him a “c***” and blocked his path as he tried to escape.

    He was first captured on video walking quickly through Whitehall near police in high-vis jackets.

    In the footage, the journalist – who wore a blue BBC lanyard around his neck – was then followed closely by a man wearing a leather waistcoat and a blonde woman in a minidress who pointed their fingers at him.

    Watt, who wore a blue face mask, then turned to escape their path – only for a crowd of around 15 to chase him across a road.

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