Coronavirus vaccine ‘should be given to elderly first’, government advisor says

A group of people wearing face masks wait for a bus in Southend on Sea, Essex. (Getty)
A group of people wearing face masks wait for a bus in Southend on Sea, Essex. (Getty)

A coronavirus vaccine is likely to be given to elderly people first when it arrives, a government advisor has said.

Professor Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol, who is a member of the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation (JCVI), said age should determine those given priority rather than occupation.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that evidence collected by the JCVI, which advises the government on vaccines, showed carers and those who are vulnerable should also receive the jab ahead of the rest of the population.

“People should not imagine that there’s going to be a sudden and complete solution,” he said on Tuesday.

“These early vaccines I hope will work to some extent, but there are lots of different vaccines, and they will not all work equally effectively.

An elderly woman wearing a face mask shelters from the rain in London. (Getty)
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Iran university professor and government advisor says ‘ordinary Iranians’ are praying for Trump’s recovery

In the days since President Donald Trump was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and subsequently transferred to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), one Tehran-based sociology professor has taken to social media to depict the “two groups” of Iranians “praying” for the infected commander in chief.

“It is not surprising that Donald Trump has been hospitalized for coronavirus; anyone, including the president of any country, can get sick. But it is very strange that those in Iran, among the people whose lives have suffered the most since Trump’s presidency, wish him well,” wrote Mohammad Fazeli, an Iranian sociologist and assistant professor at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University, who is also reported to serve as an advisor to the Iranian Minister of Energy and is the deputy director of the Research Center of the Presidential Office, in an Instagram post over the weekend. “I have seen people wishing Trump was

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Third wave of coronavirus ‘entirely possible’, government advisor warns

The UK went into lockdown for the first time in March. (PA)
The UK went into lockdown for the first time in March. (PA)

One of the government’s scientific advisors has warned that a third wave of coronavirus in the UK is “entirely possible” if no vaccine is found.

Professor Mark Woolhouse, from the University of Edinburgh, said the current strategy of stopping flare-ups with lockdowns was failing to solve the problem “in the long-term”.

Woolhouse, who sits on the government’s advisory body that models pandemics, said a vaccine needed to be found to provide a lasting solution to the pandemic.

“The government’s strategy is to sit this out for the next six months, that’s what we’re told,” he told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

People walk along Oxford Street while while wearing face masks. (PA)
People walk along Oxford Street while while wearing face masks. (PA)

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Sage advisor warns government ‘current restrictions do not go far enough’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson scans his NHS Coronavirus App at Uxbridge Library earlier this week. (PA)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson scans his NHS Coronavirus App at Uxbridge Library earlier this week. (PA)

One of the government’s top scientific advisers has warned that the current social distancing measures aren’t enough to halt a second wave of coronavirus.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), said the government had been “too slow” to act in the initial stages of the pandemic.

He added that the recent decision to impose a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants “do not go far enough to reduce transmission”.

“It is for politicians to make these very tough decisions, but public trust, confidence and understanding are critical to effective public health – and at the moment that trust is fragile and fracturing,” Sir Jeremy wrote in The Times.

Sir Jeremy Farrar criticised the government's response. (Getty)
Sir Jeremy Farrar criticised the government’s response. (Getty)

“These will be difficult months for us all. It is

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