Top story: Johnson & Johnson suspends vaccine trial
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Ministers were warned three weeks ago that Britain is facing a “very large epidemic with catastrophic consequences” unless they take immediate action by imposing a two-week lockdown. Sage’s panel of experts urged ministers to act urgently as new infections rise across all age groups, even as the full impact of opening schools and universities has failed. not yet felt. They warned that a second wave would fall disproportionately on the most fragile and poorest communities in society as well as on BAME communities.
Boris Johnson has warned northern leaders that not agreeing to tighter coronavirus restrictions within days would be ‘unforgivable’ as he faces doubt and frustration over the new three-tier system dividing England into medium risk (level 1), high risk (level 2) and very high risk areas (level 3). Over 17 million people face localized borders. The Liverpool city region was the only area classified as very high risk – as of Wednesday pubs are closed and home mixing is banned in almost all situations.
Johnson & Johnson (no link) has suspended its Covid-19 vaccine trial due to ‘unexplained illness’ in a participant. He did not say whether the participant received the vaccine or a placebo. While such news arouses great interest during the pandemic, it is not uncommon for studies of this magnitude, involving 60,000 patients, to be suspended. In the United States, a man has caught coronavirus twice in the first confirmed case of reinfection – prompting experts to warn that previous exposure is not a guarantee of full immunity. Stay tuned for the latest coronavirus news on our global live blog.
‘He turned his back on you’ – Joe Biden tore Donald Trump apart during a rally in Ohio, calling Trump ditching working class voters in states like this that helped him win in 2016.
Trump held a rally in Florida, his first since falling with the coronavirus, as medics said he had tested negative twice and was no longer contagious. Such packaged events pose the greatest risk of the coronavirus spreading, according to the CDC, but a raspy-sounding Trump roared like a drunken uncle on Christmas: “I’m going to get into this audience. I will go in there, I will hug everyone in this audience. I will kiss guys and beautiful women – everyone. In Georgia, early voting opened and people reported standing in line for 10 hours or more to cast their ballots.
Tragédie du Haut-Karabakh – The battle for the disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been waged from time to time for a century, intensifying when the Soviet Union disintegrated until a ceasefire in 1994. The hostilities have resumed and civilians are once again suffering the consequences.
About 70,000 Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh fled Azerbaijani rockets and drones, which appear to have struck civilian neighborhoods more often than military infrastructure and bases. Those who remain – many of them from older generations – say they would rather die than abandon their homes in Azerbaijan. Here is our special pictorial report from Bethan McKernan to Stepanakert, with photographs by Achilleas Zavallis.
Fears of carbon rebound – The coronavirus pandemic is expected to lead to a 7% drop in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2020, but governments are not doing enough to prevent a rapid rebound, the International Energy Agency warns. Modeling based on current government policies predicts that carbon dioxide emissions will rebound in 2021, exceed 2019 levels in 2027, and grow to 36 gigatonnes by 2030. A more optimistic “sustainable development” scenario sees them peak. in 2019, but the IEA warns that a rapid and “historic” change in energy policies is needed. Separately, 30 of the world’s largest asset managers with a combined portfolio of $ 5 billion (£ 3.8 billion) have pledged to reduce carbon emissions from the companies they invest in up to 29 % by 2025. The UN-backed Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance includes Aviva, the Church of England and the US $ 400 billion CalPERS fund, and covers the BT pension scheme, the David Rockefeller Fund and Axa.
Go subprime – Campaign groups and small businesses have called on consumers to avoid this week’s Amazon Prime event starting today and support small retailers instead. Ethical Consumer, which has long campaigned to persuade shoppers to boycott Amazon on the grounds that it aggressively avoids paying taxes, urged online shoppers to stop, take a break, and “think about the cost. for vital utilities before you click to pay ”. The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has asked consumers to consider small retailers who need their support “more than ever” if their local high street does not become a closed wasteland.
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Manchester United and Liverpool’s ‘Project Big Picture’ are already under intense pressure after bold plans to reform English football failed to win the support of their Premier League peers. Premiership Rugby is at the center of another row, this time on television coverage of the Twickenham final between Exeter and Wasps on Saturday week. José Mourinho is strongly opposed to Gareth Southgate’s plans to pitch Harry Kane for England in the Nations League game against Denmark on Wednesday night. Off the pitch, footballer Marcus Rashford has supported a multi-party parliamentary bill to fund the provision of free breakfast in schools, as the government faces increasing pressure to extend its voucher program food costs of £ 15 per week over a semester.
Lewis Hamilton has delivered what appears to be a scathing retort to Sir Jackie Stewart by dismissing the negativity surrounding his achievements as former pilots. Andy Murray says Rafael Nadal’s 13 Roland Garros singles titles are one of the sport’s greatest records. Ash Barty remains top of the latest WTA rankings despite missing the last two Grand Slam tournaments, while Roland Garros winner Iga Swiatek burst into the top 20. And Dr Richard Freeman insisted that he had “never doped a rider” but his medical court took another twist when he was accused of lying and making excuses by Professor Steve Peters, under whom he worked at British Cycling.
Asian stocks slipped despite a firmer lead on Wall Street as the Chinese rally after the holidays cooled. The broader MSCI index of non-Japanese stocks entered negative territory in the Asian session, down 0.09%, while the Nikkei was down 0.2%. The Shanghai Composite slipped 0.5% and China’s CSI 300 0.3%, while the Hang Seng morning session was called off due to a typhoon warning. The Australian S & P / ASX 200 was on the bright side, up 1% on firmer bank stocks and despite a selloff by the big names in coal after China may consider banning Australian imports. The FTSE is expected to be 0.3% higher at the time of writing, while the British Pound is worth $ 1.304 and € 1.105 this morning.
It all ends with tortured puns in some of today’s major newspapers, which you can see in their glory here. the Mirror is the latest to do ‘Everything ends in layers’ as it grazes the government’s performance on Covid so far. the Guardian says: ‘Spirits are on fire over new rules as PM warns’ we must act now ” alongside grim-faced PM and notes Liverpool’s predicament as the only area so far classified as “At very high risk”. the Mail A “Back to the bad old days” as he says the lockdown measures will affect 22 million people, with 9 million more in London facing curbs this week.
the Telegraph hijacks how Sage wanted tougher steps with “Sage urged PM to order tougher lockdown.” The Guardian’s report on those Sage papers is here. the Time gives Johnson’s serious expression a big show with the headline: “Millions More Face Toughest Covid Borders.” He focuses on his call on northern leaders to accept “draconian” lockdown measures. the Express portrays a PM happier and more attractive to the people: “It is unforgivable not to act now, says the PM.”
the Metro focuses on the situation in Liverpool with the title ‘Mersey mission’ and also notes that London could face tougher measures in the near future. the FT looks at political ramifications for the Prime Minister in the north: “Johnson faces backlash from Tories to move to tough lockdowns.”
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