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(Alliance News) – AstraZeneca announced that its Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency care in the UK. The first doses will be released on Wednesday so vaccinations can start at the beginning of the new year.

The pharmaceutical company FTSE 100 has announced that it will ship millions of doses in the first quarter as part of an agreement with the UK government to ship up to 100 million doses in total.

The vaccine, developed jointly with Oxford University, has been approved by the British Medicines Agency & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and recommends two doses four to twelve weeks apart. Clinical studies showed that the vaccine is safe and effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19, with no severe cases and no hospital stays more than 14 days after the second dose.

« Today is an important day for the millions of people in the UK who will have access to this new vaccine. It has been proven to be effective, well tolerated, easy to manage and is being delivered by AstraZeneca at no profit, « said Pascal Soriot, chief executive of AstraZeneca, on Wednesday.

UK Health Secretary & Social Care Matt Hancock added: « This is a moment to celebrate UK innovation. Not only are we responsible for discovering the first treatment to reduce mortality from Covid-19, but this vaccine will also be available. « to some of the poorest regions in the world at low cost to protect countless people from this terrible disease. « 

The AstraZeneca vaccine is the second to be approved in the UK. The Pfizer / Biontech vaccine was approved in early December.

More areas in England will be subject to the country’s strictest coronavirus restrictions, Health Secretary Hancock is expected to tell the Commons on Wednesday, PA reports. Pressure on the UK government to function as hospitals across England warned of increasing strains on services due to the Covid-19 patient numbers, which peaked during the pandemic, on Tuesday 51. 135 more cases and 414 deaths were reported. Local authorities in Essex have reported a « serious incident » as the number of coronavirus cases threatens to overwhelm health services in the county. Ambulances lined up outside hospitals on Tuesday, including the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and the Queen’s Hospital in Romford, both in east London, as well as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. A junior doctor in the capital said his hospital was « aggressively overburdened ». of Covid-19 patients.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make an immediate decision on whether to keep secondary schools closed to reduce coronavirus transmission. According to the Daily Telegraph, Johnson will chair an important meeting on Wednesday aimed at delaying the reopening of secondary schools. It comes amid growing concerns from unions and academics about the spread of the virus following the discovery of its much more transmissible variant. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he did not want schools closed or children’s education disrupted. Labor has called on UK Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to deliver a statement to MPs on the plan for schools and colleges on Wednesday.

Britain will « open a new chapter in our national history, » Johnson said as MPs prepare to vote on its Brexit deal. Parliament will be called back on Wednesday to take its decision on the trade deal reached more than four years after the in / out referendum in 2016. The Future Relationship (EU) bill is expected to clarify the Commons with the Conservatives and the majority of Labor MPs who want to support it, despite the SNP, DUP, Plaid Cymru, SDLP, Alliance and the Liberal Democrats have all announced that they will not vote in favor of doing so.

House prices in the UK soared in December, the fastest growth in six years according to the Nationwide House Price Index. House prices rose by 7. 3% year over year in December, accelerated from an increase of 6. 5% in November and 5. 8% in October to hit the highest annual growth rate since 2014. In a month-on-month comparison, house prices rose by 0. 8%, one touch slower than the 0. 9% growth in November. The average UK property price was 230 in December. £ 920 versus £ 229. £ 721 in November. House prices ended the year 5. 3% above March levels when the pandemic hit the UK.

Energean has agreed with Kerogen Investments, a subsidiary of Kerogen Capital, to acquire Kerogen’s 30% stake in Energean Israel, which would result in Energean owning 100% of the Israeli share capital. The Mediterranean gas exploration and production company gave a grand total between 380 and 405 million. USD known. Energean said the acquisition adds 29 reserves to 2P. 5 billion cubic meters of gas and 30 million barrels of liquids for a total of 219 million barrels of oil equivalent for the company. With a 100% stake in Energean Israel, Energean will have complete control over its capital structure and improve its ability to maximize shareholders’ total return.

Exploration and development company Indus Gas reported a decline in pre-tax profit to $ 20 for the six months ended September. 9 million from USD26. 1 million last year as adjusted revenue decreased to $ 23. 2 million from USD27. 7 million. The company announced that its administrative expenses of. $ 970 year over year to $ 586. $ 360 rose. « While the pandemic has presented unprecedented operational challenges, the company remains focused on executing our strategy to maximize value for all of our stakeholders, » said Chairman Peter Cockburn.

(Sharecast News) – Oxford University / AstraZeneca University’s Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. The vaccinations should start at the beginning of the new year.

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