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UK encourages booster jabs, resists new virus restrictions

Oct. 20, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Under pressure from rising infections and worried health experts, the British government on Wednesday urged millions of people to get booster vaccine shots but resisted calls to reimpose coronavirus restrictions such as mandatory mask-wearing. Health...

FIFA urges players to get vaccinated, EPL lags on take-up

Oct. 03, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

FIFA offered direct encouragement for footballers to get vaccinated on Sunday. The first clear statement of its kind from world football's governing body came as players were flying to countries for men's World Cup qualifiers. “We encourage COVID-19...

UK's Johnson replaces foreign secretary in Cabinet shake-up

Sep. 15, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demoted his top diplomat and fired his education minister in a major government shakeup Wednesday, as he tried to move on from a series of political missteps and revive his promise to “level up” prosperity across the U.K. ...

Ex-jihadi bride asks UK for forgiveness, aims to return home

Sep. 15, 2021 04:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British woman who ran away from home at age 15 to join the Islamic State group in Syria has asked for forgiveness and appealed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to let her come home. Shamima Begum was one of three east London schoolgirls who traveled to...

UK minister: Regulator concern sank deal for Valneva shot

Sep. 14, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government canceled an agreement with French vaccine maker Valneva partly because it was clear the company’s COVID-19 shot wouldn’t be approved by British regulators, the health secretary said Tuesday. Sajid Javid’s comments came a day after...

UK approves vaccines for 12-15s, aims to avoid lockdowns

Sep. 13, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain decided Monday to follow other countries in offering coronavirus vaccines to children 12 and up, as the government gambled that expanded vaccination and mild tweaks to social behavior can avert the need for lockdowns in the winter. Vaccinations for...

The Latest: West Virginia hits daily record in new cases

Sep. 12, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia set two daily records in the past week for positive coronavirus cases as the pandemic continues to ravage the state. Thursday’s total of confirmed cases was a record 1,738, only to be broken by Saturday’s total of 1,821, according...

UK ditches plans for vaccine passports at crowded venues

Sep. 12, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Authorities in Britain have decided not to require vaccine passports for entry into nightclubs and other crowded events in England, Britain's health secretary said Sunday, reversing course amid opposition from some of the Conservative government’s supporters in Parliament. ...

AstraZeneca vaccine creator: Many may not need booster shots

Sep. 10, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Booster shots to extend the protection of COVID-19 vaccines may be unnecessary for many people, a leading scientist behind the AstraZeneca vaccine said on Friday. Oxford University Professor Sarah Gilbert told The Telegraph newspaper that immunity from the...

UK's vaccine assessor opts against COVID jabs for children

Sep. 03, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.’s vaccine advisors declined Friday to recommend the vaccination of healthy older children against COVID-19, saying the direct health benefits are “marginal.” However, the British government said it may join others around the world in offering the vaccines after...