Coronavirus news LIVE – UK secures ANOTHER 40m Valneva vaccine doses as Captain Sir Tom Moore fights covid in hospital

CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to hospital where he is being treated for pneumonia.

His daughter Hannah confirmed the news in a statement on Sunday and said the NHS hero had difficulty breathing .

Sky News reported that the heroic Brit has not had the coronavirus vaccine, because he was being treated for pneumonia.

However, sir Tom, 100, is being treated in a ward and not in ICU.

The statement added: "The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible.

"We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we are able to."

The news comes as over 8.3 million Brits have received their first jab of a COVID vaccine.

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  • Chiara Fiorillo

    COVID VACCINE ROLL-OUT IN THE UK

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    VACCINES MAY ALREADY BE SLOWING TRANSMISSION OF VIRUS

    Covid vaccines are already easing the pandemic's grip on Britain, a study has shown.

    As inoculations rack up, early data shows the crisis is easing and the number of people testing positive is already dropping, experts say.

    The research, which will be published within days, will also provide evidence that Brits are protected with just one dose.

    More on the story here

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    THE SUN'S JABS ARMY SUCCESS

    We launched our drive to support the Royal Voluntary Service in amassing our Jabs Army of helpers at the beginning of January.

    Just 18 days later, you helped us reach our target of signing up 50,000 people as stewards to assist in rolling out Covid vaccines to the population.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    EVERY UK CARE HOME HAS BEEN OFFERED COVID VACCINE

    Boris Johnson today hailed the vaccine roll out as it hit the “crucial milestone” of jabbing every care home resident.

    The PM marvelled at the army of volunteers, GPs and care home staff who jabbed the estimated 400,000 residents in 10,000 care homes across the UK.

    He said: “Today marks a crucial milestone in our ongoing race to vaccinate the most vulnerable against this deadly disease.

    “We said we would prioritise and protect care home residents and that is exactly what we have done.”

    More on the story here

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'TOO EARLY' TO DETERMINE WHEN THE UK WILL SEND VACCINES ABROAD

    On Sunday, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said it is "too early" to determine when the UK will send vaccines abroad.

    She said that "we first need to make sure that our population is vaccinated" but insisted it would be damaging to become a "vaccinated island" while other countries go without.

    Ms Truss told Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday: "It's a bit too early to say about how we would deploy 'XX' vaccine, but we certainly want to work with friends and neighbours, we want to work with developing countries because we're only going to solve this issue once everybody in the world is vaccinated."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WHERE IS THE VALNEVA VACCINE BEING MADE?

    The jab is expected to be given as two doses and is being made at a site in West Lothian, with the Government saying the new deal "will bolster long-term vaccine production in Scotland".

    Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "If approved, Valneva's vaccine will not only help tackle Covid-19 here in the UK, but aid our mission to ensure there is a fair supply of vaccines across the globe.

    "No-one is safe till the whole world is safe."

    Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said the Valneva vaccine will help tackle Covid-19 in the UK and abroadCredit: refer to caption.
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    GOVERNMENT ORDERS AN EXTRA 40M DOSES OF VALNEVA VACCINE

    The Government has ordered an extra 40 million doses of the Valneva Covid-19 vaccine which is being manufactured in Scotland.

    The move means 100 million doses of Valneva have now been put on order, enough for every adult in the UK, with the latest batch earmarked for delivery in 2022.

    The Government has also retained options over a further 90 million doses for supply between 2023 and 2025.

    Valneva said the total value of the entire order was up to 1.4 billion euro (£1.24 billion).

    The vaccine is still in clinical trials, with the early-stage phase 1/2 study expected to read out within the next three months.

  • Ben Hill

    'CRUCIAL MILESTONE'

    Boris Johnson marked a "crucial milestone" in the fight against coronavirus as official figures are expected to confirm all older residents in England's care homes have been offered a vaccine.

    The Prime Minister said the rollout "will only accelerate from here on", after the daily number of jabs administered in the UK exceeded 500,000 for the first time.

    NHS England said figures are expected to show on Monday that people living at more than 10,000 care homes with older residents had been offered their first vaccine doses, meeting the deadline set by the Government.

  • Ben Hill

    40 MILLION MORE JABS

    The British government has ordered 40 million further doses of Valneva's Covid-19 vaccine candidate for 2022, the French drugmaker said today.

    This brings Britain's total orders to 100 million doses, while it retains options for a further 90 million doses between 2023 and 2025, the company said in a statement.

    The firm expects a read-out of its Phase I/II clinical trial within three months.

  • Ben Hill

    RYANAIR LOSSES

    Ryanair said on Monday it may lose close to 1 billion euros (£883 million) in its current financial year, by far its worst ever performance, but Europe's largest low-cost carrier said the crisis would create significant growth opportunities.

    The Irish airline said it expects to post a loss of between 850 and 950 million euros in its current financial year, which ends on March 31, around 5 times larger than its previous record annual loss posted in 2009.

    "Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc across the industry," the airline said in a statement. "FY21 will continue to be the most challenging year in Ryanair's 35 year history."

  • Joseph Gamp

    SCHOOL CLOSURES 'COULD LEAD TO £350BN IN LOST LIFETIME EARNINGS'

    School closures could lead to a loss in earnings of £350 billion in the long run, a report has warned.

    A "massive injection" of resources is needed to help pupils catch up after many children will have missed out on around half a year of in-person lessons, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) paper.

    A variety of options – including allowing students to repeat a whole school year, lengthening the school day, or extending the academic year – should be "on the table" to increase learning time, it says.

    Pupils who have lost six months of normal schooling could lose approximately £40,000 in income over their lifetime, the IFS observation suggests.

    This equates to £350 billion in lost lifetime earnings across the 8.7 million school children in the UK.

  • Joseph Gamp

    RESIDENTS AT ALL ELIGIBLE CARE HOMES OFFERED COVID JAB, FIGURES SET TO CONFIRM

    The coronavirus vaccine has been offered to residents at every eligible care home with older people in England, official figures are expected to confirm on Monday.

    NHS England said people living at more than 10,000 care homes with older residents had been offered the jab.

    A small number of homes had visits deferred for safety reasons during a local outbreak but would be visited as soon as it was safe for NHS staff to do so, a spokesman for NHS England said.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Today marks a crucial milestone in our ongoing race to vaccinate the most vulnerable against this deadly disease.

    "We said we would prioritise and protect care home residents, and that is exactly what we have done.

    "There will be difficult moments to come, and the number of cases and people in hospital remains dangerously high.

    "But vaccines are our route out of the pandemic, and having protected 8.9 million people with a first dose so far, our rollout programme will only accelerate from here on."

  • Joseph Gamp

    I DIDN'T BELIEVE THE VIRUS WAS REAL, COVID-19 PATIENTS TOLD NURSE

    A senior nurse in a coronavirus ward has said patients told her they did not believe the virus was real.

    Senior charge nurse Rosario Walshe leads the team at Ward A31 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert in the Falkirk Council area and said there has been a "huge spike" in cases recently.

    The PA news agency was given access to the 32-bed Covid-19 ward where every bed was taken as hospital referrals have doubled since the first wave.

    Ms Walshe believes a combination of family gatherings at Christmas, people ignoring guidelines and the new rapidly-spreading variant is behind the rise.

    "I've had patients say to me, 'I wish I had listened, I didn't listen. I didn't really believe it was real,' so that was quite an eye opener," she said. "The last few weeks have been extremely busy and challenging. It's definitely different to the first wave."

  • Joseph Gamp

    ELDERLY COUPLE ILL WITH COVID HOPE TO BE REUNITED AFTER 'MEDICS WORK WONDERS'

    A coronavirus patient who was on the same hospital ward as his wife of more than half a century hopes to get home to see her on Monday, saying they have "never been apart".

    James 'Jim' Tierney, 85, and his wife Mary, known as May, 83, ended up in separate rooms on a coronavirus ward at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert after testing positive for the virus.

    The couple, from Camelon, Falkirk, were taken to hospital more than a fortnight ago after Mr Tierney collapsed at home and he was so unwell he cannot remember much of his stay.

    Now sitting by his hospital bed no longer wearing an oxygen mask, he told the PA news agency: "I was falling in the bathroom, falling in the bedroom. I landed in hospital and I know nothing until I really came up into here and I was getting better.

    "Until that, I was oblivious. But the nurses in here, the doctors, they've worked wonders. They've brought me on.

    "I was on oxygen and you had to get rid of that so you were better, so that's what I worked on. The treatment has been first class. I feel really good now, I'm wanting home to see the wife."

  • Joseph Gamp

    CAPTAIN TOM MOORE ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

    Captain Sir Tom Moore has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to hospital where he is being treated for pneumonia, his daughter Hannah said in a statement.

    In a statement posted on Captain Sir Tom Moore’s Twitter page, his daughter said: “I wanted to update everybody that today (Sunday 31 January) my father was admitted to hospital.

    “Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for Covid-19. He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing. He is being treated in a ward although he is not in ICU.

    “The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible.

    “We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we are able to.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    UP TO 100,000 MAY HAVE MISSED OUT ON LIFE-SAVING CANCER TREATMENT DUE TO COVID

    UP to 100,000 patients may have missed out on life-saving cancer care because of the pandemic, it was revealed today.

    Britain could see “tens of thousands of unnecessary cancer deaths” with surgeries and chemo being delayed or cancelled because of the coronavirus.

    During the first wave of the pandemic many patients saw cancer surgeries and treatments cancelled or pushed back.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    NHS WILL TAKE MONTHS TO RETURN TO NORMAL

    The NHS will take months to return to normal as the workforce are traumatised and exhausted over the fight against coronavirus, a senior hospital trusts boss said today.

    Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS providers, said that staff may go on long-term sick leave or quit as a result of not being allowed to decompress from working during the pandemic.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PANDEMIC HAS HIT LOWEST PAID THE HARDEST, STUDY SUGGESTS

    Low-paid workers are most likely to have lost income and increased their debt as a result of the coronavirus crisis, research suggests.

    The TUC said its study indicated that half of workers on low pay have suffered a loss in income during the pandemic, compared with 29% of high earners.

    The union organisation said its findings showed the need for a "workers' budget" and an extension of the job retention scheme to the end of 2021.

    A survey of more than 2,200 adults found that almost two in five said their household had suffered a reduction in disposable income since the pandemic began.

    This rises to half for workers with annual earnings below £15,000, while it is fewer than a third for those earning more than £50,000, said the TUC.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ASTRAZENECA TO SUPPLY 9 MILLION ADDITIONAL DOSES OF VACCINE TO EU

    AstraZeneca has agreed to supply 9 million additional doses of its coronavirus vaccine to the European Union during the first quarter, the bloc's executive arm said Sunday.

    The new target of 40 million doses by the end of March is still only half what the British-Swedish company had originally aimed for before it announced a shortfall due to production problems, triggering a spat between AstraZeneca and the EU last week.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said after a call with seven vaccine makers Sunday that AstraZeneca will also begin deliveries one week sooner than scheduled and expand its manufacturing capacity in Europe.

    Step forward on vaccines, tweeted Von der Leyen, who has come under intense pressure over the European Commission's handling of the vaccine orders in recent days.

    The EU is far behind Britain and the United States in getting its population of 450 million vaccinated against the virus. The slow rollout has been blamed on a range of national problems as well as slower authorization of the vaccines and an initial shortage of supply.

  • Joseph Gamp

    RECORD BREAKING DAY FOR UK COVID VACCINES AS NEARLY 600,000 JABS GIVEN

    Record-breaking day for Covid vaccines as nearly 600k jabs given in just 24 hours in UK

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    TEACHERS MOVING UP COVID VACCINE QUEUE COULD LEAVE VULNERABLE AT RISK – TRUSS

    A Cabinet minister has suggested more of the most vulnerable members of the public could die if teachers are moved up the vaccination priority list.

    Labour is calling for teachers to receive the jab before schools return, but after those in the four most vulnerable groups have been vaccinated, which is anticipated by mid-February.

    However, this appeared to be ruled out by International Development Secretary Liz Truss, who said that this could leave other vulnerable groups at risk.

    Asked if teachers should be moved up the priority list, she told Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday: "The issue is that for every person you vaccinate who isn't in the most vulnerable group, that's somebody in the most vulnerable group who isn't getting their vaccine and who is more likely to die in the next few weeks and months.

    "I just don't think that's right. That's the decision made by the independent committee that we are going to vaccinate first the over-70s and those in the most vulnerable group, and then the over-50s."

  • Joseph Gamp

    'SELFLESS, LOVING FATHER' AND NHS WORKER DIES WITH COVID-19 AGED 52

    An intensive care nurse who worked alongside her husband has said her family feels "broken" by his death.

    Dax Daantos, 52, who lived in Hammersmith, has been described as a "selfless, loving father and husband" by his wife Arlene Agunias-Daantos, following his death with coronavirus on Tuesday.

    Mr Daantos, a Filipino churchgoer, keen cyclist, and father to two children, Jozeph, 15, and Daxene, 12, was a "dedicated" frontline orthopaedic implant co-ordinator at Charing Cross Hospital.

    Ms Agunias-Daantos, a neo-natal nurse, said that as a healthy man who did not smoke or drink, her husband's death is "a tragedy" and "he never said goodbye".

    "We didn't expect it, I thought he was going to get better," she said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK HAS RECORD DAY FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINATIONS

    A record number of coronavirus vaccines were administered in the UK on Saturday, with more than half a million people receiving their first dose in one day.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed that four fifths of those aged over 80 had now received their first dose of the vaccine, alongside three quarters of those aged between 75 and 79.

    It comes as politicians and celebrities sent their best wishes to Captain Sir Tom Moore, who is in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, his family said.

    Government figures show a record 598,389 first doses were administered in the UK on Saturday, bringing the total number of people to have received their first dose to 8,977,329.

    In a video on Twitter, Mr Hancock said: "Yesterday, Saturday, 598,000 people received their coronavirus vaccine, and I'm just so grateful to everybody who is involved in making this happen.

    "It means that three-quarters of those over the age of 75 but under 80 and four-fifths of those over 80 have now been jabbed.

    "It's a massive effort and I'm very, very grateful to everybody involved."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    SOCIAL DISTANCING COULD BE IN PLACE FOR THE WHOLE YEAR

    Social distancing could remain in place for the rest of the year unless the Covid vaccine can halt a "third death spike", ministers have said.

    Experts fear the UK could suffer another spike in coronavirus deaths unless vaccines significantly halt transmission rates.

    Modelling commissioned by SPI-M – a subgroup of Sage – found that, in a best case scenario in which vaccines stop 85 per cent of transmission, the current lockdown may need to remain in place until May.

    However, if lockdown was lifted in mid-February – when it is aimed that the top four priority groups will have received their Covid vaccine – there could be a third surge in infections and deaths in April, The Telegraph reports.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    CAPTAIN TOM'S EFFORTS RAISED £32MILLION FOR THE NHS

    Captain Sir Tom's fundraising efforts raised more than £32 million for the NHS, walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April.

    The veteran set out to raise £1,000 from his lockdown charity challenge but his efforts struck a chord with the nation, and praise and donations flooded in.

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