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UK PM Johnson will host Germany's Merkel on July 2
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look on as they arrive for the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/PoolLONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a meeting on July 2, his Downing Street office said on Friday. "This will be a chance to discuss a range of issues, including deepening the UK-Germany relationship and the global response to the coronavirus pandemic," a spokesperson said. Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by Andy Bruce, editing by Paul SandleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel, Phil Noble, Elizabeth Piper, Andy Bruce, Paul Sandle Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS, British, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Germany
MOSCOW — Russia is prepared to target intruding warships if they fail to heed warnings, a senior diplomat declared Thursday after a Black Sea incident in which a British destroyer sailed near Crimea in an area that Russia claims as its territorial waters. Britain denied that account, insisted its ship wasn’t fired upon and said it was sailing in Ukrainian waters. Minutes later, the Defender left Russian waters, the ministry said. It insisted the ship was making a routine journey through an internationally recognized travel lane and remained in Ukrainian waters. The U.K., like most of the world, recognizes Crimea as part of Ukraine despite the peninsula's 2014 annexation by Russia.
Persons: wasn’t, Sergei Ryabkov, , Ryabkov, ” Ryabkov, don’t, Dmitry Peskov, ” Peskov, Boris Johnson, ” Johnson Organizations: NATO, NBC, Russian Federation, Russian Defense Ministry, HMS, Russian, Royal Navy Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, British, Crimea, Crimean, Sevastopol, Moscow, Russian, Britain, Ukraine, Ukrainian, England
Climate watchdog says Britain lacks a strategy to meet its goals.
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Stanley Reed | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
An influential watchdog group on Thursday said the British government was doing far too little to implement the ambitious pledges it has made on tackling climate change. Although the government has promised to cut its greenhouse emissions to net zero by 2050, it has failed to take interim steps — such as tax incentives for reducing emissions — essential to meet that goal, according to a report by the group, the Committee on Climate Change. “The trouble is the action, the delivery has just not been there,” said John Gummer, chairman of the committee, which is funded by the British government to advise lawmakers on environmental policies. The criticism may prove uncomfortable for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Mr. Johnson has made leadership on climate diplomacy a key pillar for the post-Brexit Britain that he is trying to shape.
Persons: , John Gummer, Boris Johnson, Johnson Locations: British, Britain
Amazon’s lax policy on waste belongs in the bin
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Dasha Afanasieva | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Unfortunately for the environment, Amazon’s (AMZN.O) chief executive seems to be taking his own advice too literally. UK broadcaster ITV has found the e-commerce group is destroying millions of unsold items in Britain alone. A former employee of the $1.8 trillion online marketplace said the weekly target for Amazon's Dunfermline warehouse was to destroy some 130,000 items a week. That recognises the importance of a sustainable economic system, and aims to minimise waste by redesigning products and operations to encourage re-use and recycling. Making transparent numerical disclosures on the waste of the products Amazon warehouses for third parties would be a good start.
Persons: Jeff Bezos reckons, Bezos, Boris Johnson, Ellen Macarthur, Peter Thal Larsen, Sharon Lam Organizations: LONDON, Reuters, ITV, Dunfermline, , Greenpeace, Amazon, Unilever, Danone, Ellen, Ellen Macarthur Foundation, ITV News, Securities and Exchange Commission, Bloomberg Locations: Peterborough, Britain, Germany, France
UK PM Johnson: I'm not ruling out a foreign vacation this summer
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) sentiment -0.95   time to read: +1 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a vaccination centre at the StoneX Stadium, home of the rugby club Saracens, amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in North London, Britain June 21, 2021. Alberto Pezzali/Pool via REUTERSLONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was not ruling out going abroad for his summer vacation this year as the government mulls easing restrictions on travel for those who have had two COVID-19 vaccination doses. "I think that the whole double jab process is offering the real prospect of opening up to travel, and we'll be setting out a bit more later on," Johnson told reporters. Asked if he would take a trip abroad, he replied: "I'm going to see how we get on, and I'm certainly not ruling it in or ruling it out." (Refiled to fixe day in lead)Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Kate HoltonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Alberto Pezzali, Johnson, I'm, Michael Holden, Kate Holton Organizations: Britain's, rugby, Saracens, REUTERS LONDON, British, Thomson Locations: North London, Britain
UK PM Johnson says British warship was acting legally
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes questions in Parliament, in London, Britain June 23, 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSLONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday a British warship was acting legally in international waters after a confrontation with the Russian military off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea. "I think it was wholly appropriate to use international waters," Johnson told reporters. "These are Ukrainian waters and it was entirely right to use them to go from A to B." Johnson disagreed that relations with Russia were at a historic low.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jessica Taylor, Handout, Johnson, Michael Holden, Kate Holton Organizations: British, REUTERS LONDON, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, British, Russian, Russia, Crimea
Travelers should expect airfares to continue to rise to pre-pandemic levels in the coming weeks, and likely move even higher in the months ahead. Not surprisingly, the surge in air travel demand is pushing up ticket prices from their pandemic lows. Fares have not, however, caught up with 2019 ticket prices. Skilled labor shortfalls for pilots, mechanics and other technicians are likely to put pressure on airline costs and ultimately ticket prices for several years. Those decisions are likely to translate into higher ticket prices — at least until the industry catches up with demand.
Persons: Khalid Usman, Bruce Spear, Oliver, Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, airfares, Oliver Wyman Organizations: US Travel Association, US Bureau of Transportation, US Centers for Disease Control, UK, Energy Information Administration Locations: United States
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber arrives for the world premiere of the movie "Cats" in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 16, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew KellyLONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - Andrew Lloyd Webber and other impresarios said on Thursday they had started legal action to press Britain's government to publish research into the safety of holding indoor events during the pandemic. "Opening without any sort of protection is impossible for many producers, live event organisers and theatre buildings across the country." Last week, Lloyd Webber said he would not take part in the pilot scheme but would comply with social distancing rules when his new musical "Cinderella" begins previews on Friday. We simply must now see the data that is being used to strangle our industry so unfairly," he said.
Persons: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Andrew Kelly LONDON, Cameron Mackintosh, Sonia Friedman, Boris Johnson, Andrew Lloyd Webber's, Mackintosh, Lloyd Webber, Marie, Louise Gumuchian, Elizabeth Piper, Andrew Heavens Organizations: REUTERS, Brit, Theatre, Research, Thomson Locations: Manhattan , New York, U.S, COVID
Britain still lacks a plan to hit its bold climate goals
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Hanna Ziady | Cnn Business | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
London (CNN Business) The United Kingdom will fail to meet its "historic climate promises" if the government doesn't urgently put policies in place to reach its goal of decarbonizing the economy, according to its official climate watchdog. The Climate Change Committee, which advises the government on emissions targets, warned Thursday in its annual progress report that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is falling short of its rhetoric on the climate crisis. achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Last year, the UK announced a The United Kingdom has positioned itself as a climate leader. It was the first major economy to pass laws — in 2019 — requiring the country toachieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Persons: doesn't, Boris Johnson's, Alok Sharma Organizations: London, CNN, Britain, UN, Change Locations: United, Kingdom
Russia said it fired warning shots at the Royal Navy destroyer, which the British government denied. Russia said one of its warships fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs in the path of British destroyer Defender on Wednesday to drive it away from waters near the Crimean city of Sevastopol. "If it doesn't help, we may drop bombs and not just in the path but right on target, if colleagues don't get it otherwise." Mikhail Khodaryonok, a retired Russian army colonel who works as a military analyst in Moscow, said the Russian warplane apparently dropped bombs miles away from the British ship. He charged that the British denial that Russia had fired warning shots and dropped bombs to chase the Defender away was an attempt to save face.
Persons: wasn't, Sergei Ryabkov, Ryabkov, Jeff J Mitchell, Dmitry Peskov, Peskov, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Vladimir Putin, Ustinov, Alexei Druzhinin, Deborah Bronnert, Adm, Nikolai Yevmenov, Ben Wallace, Wallace, Mikhail Khodaryonok, Khodaryonok, Jill Lawless, Daniel Kozin Organizations: Royal Navy destroyer, Business, Service, , NATO, British Royal Navy, Getty, Russian Federation, Russian Defense Ministry, HMS, Russian, Royal Navy, Sputnik, REUTERS, Russian Foreign Ministry, West . UK, Russian coastguard, Associated Press Locations: Russia, Russian, British, — Russia, Crimea, Crimean, Sevastopol, Moscow, Britain, Ukraine, Ukrainian, England, Kremlin, St . Petersburg, London
REUTERS/Phil Noble/File PhotoLONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Britain's much-maligned multi-billion pound COVID-19 test-and-trace system has improved, but is still missing targets and the results of millions of tests to find asymptomatic cases have not been reported, parliament's spending watchdog said on Friday. Critics say it has wasted huge sums and failed in its primary objective of breaking the chain of transmission. During a surge in cases in December, only 17% of people received test results in 24 hours against a target of 90%, the NAO said. The department said since its launch, the service had identified 3.4 million positive cases and told 7.1 million contacts to self-isolate. It said they were "finalising analysis" to understand why so few lateral flow test results were being reported.
Persons: Phil Noble, Boris Johnson, NAO, Gareth Davies, Justin Madders, Michael Holden, Toby Chopra Organizations: NHS, REUTERS, Audit Office, Trace Service, Department of Health, Labour Party, Thomson Locations: Moston, Manchester, Britain, England
Hugh Gimber, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, said the PMI showed the private sector was struggling to keep up with the vaccine-driven rebound in demand. There were signs in the PMI survey that the rebound might be slowing as new orders cooled and manufacturers also felt the effects of Brexit after Britain left the European Union's single market on Jan. 1. The PMI survey showed hiring rose by a record amount in June but many firms were unable to operate at full capacity because of staff shortages. Williamson said that could add to worries that the recent spike in inflation will last longer than the BoE has suggested. The PMI for the services sector dipped to 61.7 in June from 62.9 in May.
Persons: Toby Melville, Chris Williamson, BoE, Hugh Gimber, Samuel Tombs, Boris Johnson, Tombs, Williamson, William Schomberg, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, IHS, Bank of England's, Morgan Asset Management, PMI, Monetary, Committee, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, British, England
Sterling hits 2-1/2 month high against euro, investors eye PMI
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( Ritvik Carvalho | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Recent movements in the pound have been dollar-driven, as investors price in earlier than expected asset purchase tapering from the Federal Reserve, after the U.S. central bank signalled last week higher rates in 2023. By 0749 GMT, sterling was 0.3% higher at $1.3979. It was also up 0.3% against the euro at 85.35 pence, its highest level since April 6. Investors were also keeping an eye on the release of UK flash purchasing managers indexes for June due at 0830 GMT to gauge business activity and planning. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the extra time would be used to speed up the country’s vaccination programme.
Persons: Sterling, ” “, Boris Johnson Organizations: Federal Reserve, ING Locations: U.S, Britain
UK asks schoolchildren to sing "One Nation, One Britain" song as the country marks 5 years since Brexit. The UK on Wednesday marked the anniversary of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. The UK government has backed a campaign for schoolchildren to come together and sing a song for "One Nation, One Britain day", as the country marks five years since the vote to leave the European Union. The campaign website, linked to by the government, is encouraging school children to sing the song this Friday. It comes as the UK marks five years since the vote for Brexit.
Persons: Gavin Williamson, Downing, Boris Johnson, pollsters Savanta Organizations: Education, European Union, The Education Department, Conservative, — Department for Education, Politico, Brexit, EU Locations: Britain, Great
UK Labour wants government to protect Morrisons in potential takeover
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
A general view shows the car park of a Morrisons Supermarket which will be turned into a drive through vaccination centre for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Yeovil, Britain, January 9, 2021. REUTERS/Paul ChildsLONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party has called on the government to confirm it will intervene in any private equity takeover of supermarket group Morrisons to secure binding commitments about the buyer’s business plan, on jobs and on pensions. read moreUnder British takeover rules, CD&R has until July 17 to announce a firm offer or walk away. However, Labour wants the government to have powers to intervene where an acquisition may have long-term implications for the United Kingdom’s industrial strategy. On Monday, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson declined to comment on the Morrisons bid.
Persons: Paul Childs, Clayton, Seema Malhotra, Labour's, , Boris Johnson, Johnson, James Davey, Barbara Lewis Organizations: Morrisons, REUTERS, Paul Childs LONDON, Labour Party, Tesco, Asda, British, United Kingdom's, Labour, United, Thomson Locations: Yeovil, Britain, Dubilier
REUTERS/Toby Melville/FilesLONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - Inflation pressures faced by British firms hit record levels this month, and growth in the private sector cooled only slightly from an all-time high in May when coronavirus restrictions were lifted, a survey showed on Wednesday. "Businesses are reporting an ongoing surge in demand in June as the economy reopens, led by the hospitality sector," Williamson said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson allowed bars, restaurants and other hospitality firms in England to resume indoor service in mid-May. Williamson said that could add to worries that the recent spike in inflation would last longer than the BoE has suggested. The PMI for the services sector dipped to 61.7 in June from 62.9 in May.
Persons: Toby Melville, Chris Williamson, BoE, Williamson, Boris Johnson, William Schomberg, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, IHS, Bank of England's, PMI, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, British, England
"Poor man": UK queen expresses sympathy for under fire health minister
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock is seen outside the BBC Headquarters in London, Britain, June 6, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth expressed sympathy on Wednesday for Britain's health minister who has faced repeated attacks from Boris Johnson's former top aide including the revelation the prime minister himself had called him hopeless. "I've just been talking to your secretary of state for health - poor man ... The queen's remarks come after Johnson's former aide Dominic Cummings has repeatedly criticised his former boss and Hancock for their response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying the health minister should have sacked and accusing him of lying in meetings. Last week, Cummings posted screenshots of old message exchanges that he said were with the prime minister, in which Johnson responded to complaints about the slow progress of Hancock’s efforts with the words “Totally (blanked expletive) hopeless”.
Persons: Matt Hancock, Henry Nicholls LONDON, Queen Elizabeth, Boris Johnson's, Johnson, I've, Dominic Cummings, Hancock, Cummings, Michael Holden, Andrew MacAskill Organizations: BBC, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Buckingham
LONDON (Reuters) -British pilots, cabin crew, travel agents and other workers are urging politicians to save the summer holiday season by reopening routes abroad or risk destroying tens of thousands of jobs as companies fail. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that whatever happens, it will be a difficult year for travel. “The government has to decide if this summer it will make or break the UK travel industry,” said Brian Strutton, acting General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA). To survive more than 15 months of travel restrictions, companies including British Airways, easyJet, TUI and Jet2, have taken on billions of pounds of debt. Airline bosses have said that they could be ready for a wider re-opening of travel within weeks should government rules change.
Persons: Toby Melville, Boris Johnson, , Brian Strutton, Tim Alderslade, Tina Milton Organizations: British, Heathrow, REUTERS, Workers, British Airline Pilots Association, British Airways, “ Airlines, Airlines, Popular Locations: London, Britain, England, TUI, Jet2, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, United States
Borrowing excluding public sector banks totalled 24.3 billion pounds ($33.8 billion) in May, down from 43.8 billion pounds in the same month in 2020, the Office for National Statistics said. Economists polled by Reuters had on average expected a shortfall of 26.0 billion pounds. The May figure took the deficit for the first two months of the 2021/22 financial year to 53.4 billion pounds. That was the second-highest on record but was down by almost 38 billion pounds from the April-May period of last year. Government spending in May fell by almost 11 billion pounds to just under 82 billion pounds.
Persons: Henry Nicholls, Samuel Tombs, Tombs, Rishi Sunak, Sunak, Boris Johnson's, William Schomberg, Andy Bruce Organizations: Bank, REUTERS, National Statistics, Reuters, European Union, Revenues, Sunday Times, Thomson Locations: City, London, Britain
Battery deficit risks UK driving electric jalopy
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
LONDON, June 22 (Reuters Breakingviews) - A looming battery deficit risks running Britain’s motor industry on a low charge. UBS reckons electric vehicles will account for close to two-fifths of European sales by 2025. The Brexit agreement states that at least 55% of electric vehicle parts by value must be sourced from the UK and EU from 2027. Yet the required batteries, which currently come mostly from Asia, account for two-fifths of a car’s financial worth, reckons the Faraday Institution. - So far, there are 38 planned major battery factories across Europe, according to green lobby group Transport & Environment, with only Britishvolt’s project being disclosed in the UK, according to the newspaper.
Persons: carmakers, Boris Johnson, Antony Currie, Katrina Hamlin, Oliver Taslic Organizations: Reuters, BMW, Ford, Nissan, LG, Samsung, Whitehall, Financial Times, Rover, Toyota, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, UBS, Society of Motor Manufacturers, Traders, Companies, pre, European Union, EU, Faraday, World Trade Organization, Ford Motor, Nissan Motor, LG Corp, InoBat, Transport, Environment Locations: KS, Europe, British, Asia, Brussels, Britain, gigafactories
Save Our Summer: British pilots call on politicians to rescue travel industry
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoLONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - British pilots on Wednesday urged politicians to save the summer holiday season through clearer travel guidance and provide direct financial support to rescue jobs as the industry grapples with an existential crisis brought on by COVID restrictions. read moreBut Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that whatever happens, it will be a difficult year for travel. read more"The government has to decide if this summer it will make or break the UK travel industry," said Brian Strutton, acting General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA). "Pilots are meeting politicians across the UK today to urge them to put pressure on the government to act now and save not only the summer but the future of UK aviation and travel. " Strutton also said that direct state support to airlines and airports would help save jobs and companies as they head into the European winter, traditionally the off-peak travel season for Britons.
Persons: Toby Melville, Boris Johnson, Brian Strutton, BALPA, Strutton, Alistair Smout, Guy Faulconbridge Organizations: Heathrow, REUTERS, British, British Airline Pilots Association, Pilots, Popular, Britons, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, England, United States, Europe, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece
UK must expect travel hassle and delays, PM Johnson says
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson chats with teachers in the Arts and Design area during a visit to Kirklees College Springfield Sixth Form Centre in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Britain June 18, 2021. Oli Scarff/Pool via REUTERSLONDON, June 21 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that travellers would face hassle and delays this year if they sought to go abroad because the priority would be keeping the country safe from the coronavirus. "I want to stress that this is going to be, whatever happens, a difficult year for travel: there will be hassle, there will be delays, I'm afraid, because the priority has got to be to keep the country safe and to stop the virus coming back in," Johnson said. Asked if the government was looking at easing the rules for those who have been double-vaccinated, Johnson said: "We're looking at it but I want to stress that the emphasis is going to be on making sure that we can protect the country from the virus coming back in." Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael HoldenOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Oli Scarff, Johnson, Guy Faulconbridge, Michael Holden Organizations: Britain's, Arts, Kirklees College Springfield Sixth, REUTERS LONDON, British, Thomson Locations: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Britain
Let the vaccinated travel, UK air industry demands
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( ) sentiment -0.92   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoLONDON, June 21 (Reuters) - The aviation industry on Monday demanded that Britain removes COVID testing and isolation requirements for fully vaccinated travellers from most countries, a step already being taken in the European Union to help tourism recover. Airlines UK said in a letter to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that fully vaccinated travellers from "amber" destinations should be exempt from the 10-day isolation requirement, while those coming from both "amber" and "green" countries should not need to have expensive PCR tests. "Today 32 countries exempt travellers from quarantine and 27 from testing if fully vaccinated. The failure to adopt a similar approach risks the UK falling further behind the EU's reopening of international travel, including the critical trans-Atlantic market." The 11 countries and territories rated "green" require two tests for passengers, including those who are fully vaccinated.
Persons: Toby Melville, Grant Shapps, Boris Johnson, Paul Sandle Organizations: Heathrow, REUTERS, European Union, Airlines, British, hospitalisation, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Europe, United States, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece
Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday the highly transmissible delta Covid variant, first discovered in India, could present challenges to U.S. schools this fall given lower vaccination rates among children. "The old assumptions about children and children [not] driving community spread were based on the original strain of this virus," he added. "With these new, more contagious variants, I think we're going to see that children and schools do become more of a focal point of spread." Gottlieb pointed to coronavirus case data in the U.K., where the delta Covid variant is more prevalent than in the U.S. and led to Prime Minister Boris Johnson delaying the nation's reopening. Gottlieb added that he hopes schools do have some policies in place this fall to try limiting Covid spread.
Persons: Scott Gottlieb, Pfizer's EUA, Gottlieb, Boris Johnson, Trump Organizations: CNBC, Food and Drug Administration, Moderna, FDA, Pfizer, Centers for Disease Control Locations: India, U.S
The highly contagious delta variant is the fastest and fittest coronavirus strain yet, and it will "pick off" the most vulnerable people, especially in places with low Covid-19 vaccination rates, World Health Organization officials warned Monday. Ryan said world leaders and public health officials can help defend the most vulnerable through the donation and distribution of Covid vaccines. The United Kingdom recently saw delta become the dominant variant there, surpassing its native alpha variant, which was first detected in the country last fall. The delta variant now makes up more than 60% of new cases in the U.K.WHO officials have said there were reports that the delta variant also causes more severe symptoms, but that more research is needed to confirm those conclusions. Still, there are signs that the delta strain could provoke different symptoms than other variants.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Dr, Mike Ryan, Ryan, Tedros, Paul Offit, Maria Van Kerkhove, Covid Organizations: Sondheim, Health, WHO, Vaccine Education, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Centers for Disease Control, United Locations: London, England, India, Europe, Wuhan, China, Delta, United States, United Kingdom
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