Britain, Germany in role reversal on AstraZeneca vaccine risks – Reuters

Britain restricted the use of AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine on Friday while Germany said it would give the shot to anyone who wants it, in a risk-management role reversal that reflects the divergent progress of their vaccination campaigns. The shifts in guidance on the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker’s vector-based shot demonstrate just how hard it is for policy makers to weigh its benefits against risks in the form of very rare – yet occasionally fatal – cases of blood clotting. How choosy governments can afford to be depends to a large extent…

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‘Wasn’t my time’: Mexico man who changed subway cars survives deadly collapse – NBC News

MEXICO CITY — A decision to change cars to get closer to a station exit may have saved Erik Bravo, a 34-year-old financial adviser who survived the collapse of an elevated line in Mexico City’s subway system that killed 25 people and injured around 80. Bravo said Thursday that he and two colleagues from work were accustomed to taking the Number 12 line home from their jobs. His two friends got off late Monday, as usual, at their stops. Alone, Bravo decided to put on his headphones and use the…

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Ugandan Climate Activist Vanessa Nakate Is Back in the Picture – The New York Times

She chanced upon environmental activism in 2018 after graduating with a business degree from Makerere University. With no job lined up, Ms. Nakate volunteered with the Rotary Club organization, where she was researching the biggest challenges facing local areas and how she could help. That was when she realized that climate change was not some distant threat, but a problem that at that very moment was eating away at communities and destroying livelihoods. She also found out about Fridays for Future, the movement that Ms. Thunberg started to pressure policymakers…

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Palestinian gunmen open fire toward military base; 2 attackers killed, 1 injured – The Times of Israel

Three Palestinians opened fire toward a Border Police base in Israeli territory near the northern West Bank on Friday, with two of the attackers killed and one wounded when officers on the scene returned fire. There were no reports of Israeli injuries in the incident at the gate of the Salem Border Police base, which straddles the West Bank border. “The terrorists fired at the gate of the base. Border Police officers and an IDF soldier responded by firing and neutralizing the three terrorists,” police said in a statement. Get…

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Gandhi warns ‘explosive’ COVID wave threatens India and the world – Reuters

India’s main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi warned on Friday that unless the deadly second COVID-19 wave sweeping the country was brought under control it would decimate India as well as threaten the rest of the world. In a letter, Gandhi implored Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prepare for another national lockdown, accelerate a country-wide vaccination programme and scientifically track the virus and its mutations. Gandhi said the world’s second-most populous nation had a responsibility in “a globalised and interconnected world” to stop the “explosive” growth of COVID-19 within its borders.…

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Pressure rises for India lockdown; surge breaks record again – Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced growing pressure Friday to impose a strict nationwide lockdown, despite the economic pain it will exact, as a startling surge in coronavirus cases that has pummeled the country’s health system shows no signs of abating. Many medical experts, opposition leaders and even Supreme Court judges are calling for national restrictions, arguing that a patchwork of state rules is insufficient to quell the rise in infections. Indian television stations broadcast images of patients lying on stretchers outside hospitals waiting to be…

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Germany defends AstraZeneca pivot as key to speeding vaccinations – Reuters

Health Minister Jens Spahn on Friday defended another U-turn by Germany on the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) vaccine, saying making it available to all adults who want it would protect more people against COVID-19 more quickly. Spahn announced late on Thursday that Germany would make AstraZeneca available to all adults, subject to consulting a doctor, and allow people to get a second shot as soon as four weeks after the first. read more The move comes with an eye to the summer holidays and coincides with the rapid passage of legislation that…

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Police say cell opened fire toward military base; 2 attackers killed, 1 injured – The Times of Israel

Three Palestinians opened fire toward a Border Police base in Israeli territory near the northern West Bank on Friday, with two of the attackers killed and one wounded when officers on the scene returned fire. There were no reports of Israeli injuries in the incident at the gate of the Salem Border Police base, which straddles the West Bank border. “The terrorists fired at the gate of the base. Border Police officers and an IDF soldier responded by firing and neutralizing the three terrorists,” police said in a statement. Get…

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Pressure rises for India lockdown; surge breaks record again – The Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced growing pressure Friday to impose a strict nationwide lockdown, despite the economic pain it will exact, as a startling surge in coronavirus cases that has pummeled the country’s health system shows no signs of abating. Many medical experts, opposition leaders and even Supreme Court judges are calling for national restrictions, arguing that a patchwork of state rules is insufficient to quell the rise in infections. Indian television stations broadcast images of patients lying on stretchers outside hospitals waiting to be…

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European agency studying new COVID-19 treatment – Fox News

LONDON – The European Medicines Agency says it has begun an accelerated authorization process for an experimental coronavirus treatment made by GlaxoSmithKline and Vir BioTechnology. In a statement on Friday, the EU drug regulator said it had started a rolling review of sotrovimab, based on early results from an ongoing study into whether the treatment can prevent hospitalization or death in people who don’t yet have severe COVID-19. But EMA said it had not yet received the complete data and cautioned that “it is too early to draw any conclusions…

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