UK coronavirus vaccine news – Shameless EU wastes MILLIONS of lifesaving AstraZeneca jabs while covid rages around world

THE EU is planning to waste millions of doses of lifesaving AstraZeneca vaccine while coronavirus rages around the world.

Despite repeatedly moaning about supply issues and threatening exports to Britain, European leaders have repeatedly talked down the AstraZeneca jab despite its incredible qualities and only tiny risks associated with having it.

And now the Netherlands has admitted the 11 million doses of AstraZeneca it has ordered will almost certainly go to waste as shameless European propaganda has dented confidence in the jab and people are refusing it.

Jaap Van Delden, the head of the Dutch public health institute’s vaccination department, told the AD newspaper that there would be so many other vaccines available that the Oxford jab would not be needed.

His comments sparked fury among Dutch doctors association accused Mr Van Delden of further damaging public confidence in AstraZeneca and harming the vaccination roll out, which has been shambolic across the EU.

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  • John Hall

    KATE GARRWAY’S HUSBAND BEGGED TO BE PUT TO SLEEP TO ESCAPE ‘MENTAL TORTURE’ OF COVID

    Kate Garraway has revealed her husband Derek Draper begged to be put unconscious to escape the “mental torture” of Covid.

    The 53-year-old presenter has shared the devastating last texts she received from seriously ill Derek before he was put in an induced coma, as he told her he feared every breath could be his last. 

    Writing in her new memoir The Power of Hope, which is being serialised by The Mail on Sunday, Kate explained how the family started fearing the worst in March when Derek was rushed to hospital with very low oxgyen levels.

    She writes: “And then I read his next text, just to me this time: ‘OK, not for the kids. I’ve been playing down how really awful it is. It is second after second of being locked in a mask thinking every second you’re going to die. 

    I think they now may want to put me to sleep.’ He was referring to the induced coma they had told me about. It went on: ‘I know they are trying to do the best for me. But I just can’t breathe – it’s mental torture. I need a break. I want to be put unconscious.’”

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    DAILY COVID CASES HALVE IN MONTH

    UK daily Covid cases have halved in a month with 1,712 new infections and 11 deaths in the past 24 hours.

    This time a month ago there were 3,862 new cases in the same time period as the UK’s Covid vaccination blitz continues.

    Today’s figures mean there has been 4,404,882 total cases in the UK since the pandemic began, as well as 127,428 deaths.

    This time last week there were 1,882 new cases and 10 deaths recorded, while two weeks ago there were 1,730 cases and seven new deaths.

    Four weeks ago on Sunday there were 3,862 new cases and 19 deaths.

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    DAUGHTER IN UK FEARS FOR MOTHER, 82, IN INDIA AS COVID SPREADS

    A woman living in London has said she feels “angry and frustrated” at being unable to help her unvaccinated 82-year-old mother in India as Covid-19 cases soar.

    Sumita Singha – an architect, author and non-executive director at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – moved to the UK from India in 1988.

    Sumita’s mother Namita Sinha, 82, lives in Delhi with Sumita’s sister in an apartment which she has not left for months.

    Mrs Sinha was recently offered the Covishield vaccine, a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in India.

    While the family were discussing whether she should take it however, a new wave of Covid cases in India convinced them it was best for Mrs Sinha to stay in her flat and reduce her risk of exposure.

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    PRITI PATEL BLASTS ‘SENSELESS THUGS’ AT ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTEST

    Home Secretary Priti Patel has blasted “senseless thugs” who pelted police with bottles at an anti-lockdown and vaccine passport protest.

    Eight police officers were injured and some left with bloody faces after being struck by missiles during yesterday’s London rally.

    Two cops were taken to hospital and five people arrested after the violence in Hyde Park following a march through central London.

    Demonstrators held placards reading “Do Not Comply”, “We Want Our Freedom”, “Covid-19 Vaccine Holocaust”, and: “No To Vaccine Passports”.

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    TRAVEL BOSS ‘CONFIDENT’ MED HOTSPOTS WILL OPEN BY SUMMER

    Thomas Cook boss Alan French has said he is “confident” Mediterranean hotspots will be open for UK holidaymakers when schools break up in the summer.

    He said he backs government plans for a traffic light system, saying it “works well”.

    He told Sky News: “I’m confident that we will see travel opening up on 17 May – it was predicated on a number of things happening, most of which have happened.

    The chief exec said he was so confident he had booked a holiday to Croatia himself, adding: “I’m pretty confident by the time certainly that the school holidays return, most of the popular destinations in the Med will be open.”

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    INDIA ASKS TWITTER TO TAKE DOWN SOME TWEETS CRITICAL OF ITS COVID-19 HANDLING

    The Indian government asked social media platform Twitter to take down dozens of tweets that were critical of India's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Twitter has withheld some of the tweets after the legal request by the Indian government, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Saturday. The government made an emergency order to censor the tweets, Twitter disclosed on Lumen database, a Harvard University project.

    In the government's legal request, dated April 23 and disclosed on Lumen, 21 tweets were mentioned. Among them were tweets from a lawmaker named Revnath Reddy, a minister in the state of West Bengal named Moloy Ghatak and a filmmaker named Avinash Das.

    The law cited in the government's request was the Information Technology Act, 2000.

    While it was not clear which section of the law had been invoked in this case, New Delhi typically uses a clause which empowers it to order blocking of public access to information in a bid to protect "sovereignty and integrity of India" and maintain public order, among other things.

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    BORIS JOHNSON SAYS BRITAIN IS SIDE BY SIDE WITH INDIA

    Boris Johnson has said Britain “stands side by side with India” in the shared fight against Covid.

    He just tweeted: “Vital medical equipment is on its way from the UK to India to help stop the tragic loss of life from the virus and we’ll continue to work closely with the Indian government during this difficult time.”

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