Covid live: UK and EU urged to stop blocking vaccine patent waiver; ‘sudden and severe wave’ in Syria’s Idlib

Médecins Sans Frontières says waiver would allow faster production; cases in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province have soared since mid-August

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I have accepted the unanimous recommendation from the UK Chief Medical Officers to offer vaccination to those aged 12 to 15.

This will protect young people from catching COVID-19, reduce transmission in schools and help keep pupils in the classroom.

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The Ukrainian government has decided to introduce Covid-19 “vaccine passports” verifying citizens’ vaccination status, the health ministry said on Monday.

The passports will allow businesses such as cinemas, gyms, theatres and swimming pools to operate without social distancing requirements if all visitors and at least 80% of staff at the venues are at least partially vaccinated, the ministry said in a statement said.

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Source: theguardian