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Coronavirus vaccine: Did Pfizer put profit first?
The global pharmaceutical industry was able to develop multiple COVID-19 vaccines in record time. But has profit been put over human lives?

COVID: AstraZeneca vaccine remains unpopular in Germany
In Germany, everyone who wants a coronavirus vaccine should receive one by September. But this plan will only work if millions of people accept the vaccine produced by AstraZeneca.

Damage to the heart found in more than half of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital
Around 50% of patients who have been hospitalised with severe COVID-19 and who show raised levels of a protein called troponin have damage to their hearts. The injury was detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans at least a month after discharge, according to new findings published in the European Heart Journal by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

First COVID-19 lockdown cost UK hospitality and high street £45 billion in turnover, Cambridge University researchers estimate
The UK’s first national lockdown and its immediate aftermath saw a massive shift in consumer habits.A new study from the universities of Cambridge and Newcastle used data from the ONS to compare retail, hospitality and online sales in the UK between March and August 2020 with average figures for the same months for the years 2010-2019.

Simply Speaking While Infected Can Potentially Spread COVID-19
COVID-19 can spread from asymptomatic but infected people through small aerosol droplets in their exhaled breath. Most studies of the flow of exhaled air have focused on coughing or sneezing; however, speaking while near one another is also risky.

Chris Whitty ‘very unhappy’ with PM’s ‘big bang’ schools reopening plan
Chris Whitty has clashed with Boris Johnson over his ‘big bang’ plan to reopen schools in one go, it has been reported. Whitty is said to be unimpressed over a plan for 10 million children and staff to return to school at the same time. Education sources told The Guardian he is reluctant to put his name to a public show of support for the policy – though No 10 has denied this.

Coronavirus Scotland: British variant mutates spontaneously leaving experts worried
Scientists are concerned once again by the UK variant of coronavirus because it appears to have mutated to a new strain. The mutation is already present in both South African and Brazilian coronavirus variants and experts believe it could have an impact on the effectiveness of some Covid-19 vaccines.

New study reveals Pfizer vaccine is 85% effective after one dose
The first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine is 85% effective, a study of Israeli healthcare workers shows.

EU approves 23 further requests to export vaccines
The European Union said it has approved a further 23 requests to ship Covid-19 vaccines to other parts of the world under the bloc’s new export-licencing regime, bringing the total to 27.