Making Headlines: UK begins rollout of Moderna vaccine; Kim Kardashian is officially a billionaire
Britain’s rollout of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine is set to begin, with the jab expected to be offered in England later this month. The UK’s first doses will be administered in Wales today. Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said that the jab would be deployed in England "around the third week of April”.
And Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the first batch of Moderna vaccines had arrived in the country on Monday.
Phase three results suggest the vaccine’s efficacy against Covid-19 was 94.1 per cent, and efficacy against severe Covid-19 was 100 per cent.
The public has been urged to continue accepting Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccines after a trial of the jab was paused amid fears it is linked to blood clots. A trial of the vaccine in children has been stopped while regulators investigate reports of a rare form of blood clot among adults.
The University of Oxford said that no safety concerns have arisen from the trial itself. However, it is waiting for more information from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) before giving any more vaccinations. Sage adviser Professor Calum Semple urged people to continue accepting the jabs, saying the trial was paused out of “exceptional caution.”
Those diagnosed with Covid-19 in the previous six months were more likely to develop depression, dementia, psychosis and stroke, researchers have found. Researchers at the University of Oxford looked at the TriNetX electronic 2020 health records of more than 230,000 Covid-19 patients, mostly from the US. Their study, said to be the largest of its kind to date, estimated that one in three Covid-19 survivors (34 per cent) were diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition within six months of being infected.
The first show from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix deal will be a series about the Invictus Games, which former soldier Prince Harry has championed. Heart of Invictus will follow the competitors as they prepare for the 2022 games. The couple signed a major deal with Netflix last year under which they said they wanted to make “impactful” shows.
The service said the couple would be producing “content that informs but also gives hope,” from documentaries and scripted series, to features and children’s programming.
Kim Kardashian West is officially a billionaire, according to Forbes magazine. The reality TV star joined the likes of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos thanks largely to her clothing company Skims and her cosmetics brand KKW Beauty, Forbes said. The magazine values Kardashian West’s net worth at one billion dollars (£723 million), up from 780 million dollars (£506 million) in October. As well as her businesses, the rest of the 40-year-old’s wealth comes from her TV career and endorsement deals, Forbes said.
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