“The virus is the problem and people are the solution.” WHO Special Envoy, Dr David Nabarro would like to see the government ‘trust people’ rather than use regulations and restrictions. Get live G7 updates:
World leaders convene in Cornwall as the G7 summit officially gets under way.
European leaders meet ahead of G7The leaders of the EU countries in the G7 have met, alongside representatives from the bloc, before the summit starts.French President Emanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and EU Council President Charles Michel could be seen talking animatedly in a picture posted by the French leader.
Alongside the tweet was a message which translates to:"As always, the same union, the same determination to act, the same enthusiasm! The G7 can begin."Since the last G7 summit, the UK has left the EU.13:25Boris Johnson backs Japan Olympics despite virus concerns
The UK prime minister has told his Japanese counterpart that he supports the Tokyo Olympics due to take place later this year.There have been concerns about the Games - which have been delayed from last year - due to the COVID pandemic.Many in Japan want the Games called off and the money used instead to help people who have been affected by the outbreak. headtopics.com
Following a meeting with Japan's Yoshihide Suga ahead of the G7, a Downing Street spokesman said:"The prime minister expressed his support for the Tokyo Olympics, and welcomed Japanese efforts to ensure the Games can take place safely."The Games are due to start at the end of July.
13:17Spanish football team vaccinated ahead of EurosSpain's national football team has received COVID vaccines, administered by the army, after fears of an outbreak of the virus ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.Team captain Serio Busquets is currently isolating after testing positive for the virus, with defender Diego Llorente thought to have suffered a false positive.
While Spain is maintaining a strict, orderly vaccination effort, the decision was made to jab the squad ahead of their opening match against Sweden in Seville on Monday.This year, the Euros is taking place across the continent."We have had the privilege and the good fortune that the government decided to vaccinate us,” said midfielder Thiago, who was infected with COVID-19 last year."While this is great news for us, I hope that we don’t have any adverse effects before the match."
13:15Biden says 'let's get to work' as G7 summit officially gets underwayUS president Joe Biden has said it is time to"get to work" as leaders gather for the G7 summit in Cornwall."It's the first official day of the G7 summit here in the United Kingdom," he said. headtopics.com
"I'm looking forward to reinforcing our commitment to multilateralism and working with our allies and partners to build a more fair and inclusive global economy."Let's get to work."We'll be bringing you all the latest G7 updates here as the day develops.
12:57Infections surge in UK, latest ONS figures showIn figures that support the notion that COVID cases are increasing, the Office for National Statistics has said its latest data shows one in 560 people in England now have the virus.That is a rise from one in 640 last week.
A similar increase was seen in Scotland, where the number of people with COVID grew to one in 640 (from 580).The trends were less clear in Wales - which now has a figure of one in 1,300 - and Northern Ireland, where it is one in 700.12:24EU medicine regulator advises against Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for people with history of rare bleeding condition
Europe's drug regulator has advised against the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca' vaccine in people with a history of a rare bleeding condition.It also said it was looking into heart inflammation cases after inoculation with all coronavirus shots, as mentioned earlier (see 8.32 post) headtopics.com
The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) safety committee in its evaluation said that capillary leak syndrome must be added as a new side effect to labelling on the AstraZeneca vaccine.It is a condition in which blood leaks from the smallest of vessels into muscles and body cavities and is characterised by swelling and a drop in blood pressure.
The regulator first began looking into these cases in April and the recommendation adds to AstraZeneca's woes after a series of problems for the vaccine, including a possible link to rare blood clotting issues.The EMA advised last month against using the second AstraZeneca shot for people with the clotting conditions.
12:03'Waive the vaccine patents' G7 protesters tell leadersActivist group Avaaz used Newquay beach as their canvas to demand intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines are waived.The beach is near the site hosting G7 leaders for their ongoing summit.
11:45Rick Stein restaurants almost went under in March and April, chef director saysWarning the hospitality sector is"not out of the woods yet", the chef director at Rick Stein's restaurants, the famous chef's son, Jack Stein, has been revealing the pressure placed on the business by lengthy lockdowns.
See his interview with Kay Burley below.11:30Germany removes several countries from COVID travel risk listGermany has removed a number of countries and regions from its coronavirus travel risk list, including the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Austria and some regions in Greece.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the new classifications apply from Sunday.11:17Huge crowds return to sporting events in USAs UK ministers ponder whether to go ahead with planned 21 June reopening, things have advanced rather more quickly in parts of the US.
The video below shows scenes in Las Vegas currently unthinkable under existing restrictions across Britain.The thousands of fans pouring down escalators had been to watch the Vegas Golden Knights reach the Stanley Cup semi final by beating Colorado avalanche.
In Nevada, where Las Vegas located, 38% of the population are now fully vaccinated.The state currently has nine cases per 100,000 residents - although infections have risen by 26% in the last two weeks.10:5783 people in hospital with Indian variant were fully vaccinated
More detail from that PHE report here, and some potentially worrying figures around the breakdown of hospital attendances.Of the 1,234 people who attended A&E in England between February 1 and June 7 and who were confirmed as having the Delta variant, 825 (67%) were unvaccinated, 220 (18%) were more than 21 days after their first dose of vaccine, and 83 (7%) were more than 14 days after their second dose.
And of the 383 cases where attendance at A&E resulted in an overnight admission, 251 (66%) were unvaccinated, 66 (17%) were more than 21 days after their first dose of vaccine and 42 (11%) were more than 14 days after their second.10:39COVID passport plans should be scrapped, cross-party group of MP concludes
Proposals for a COVID-status certification system to be used domestically have been blaster by a cross-party group of MPs, who have called for plans to introduce them to be scrapped.So-called COVID passports would certify as coronavirus-safe people who have had the vaccine or a negative test.
The government began a review on the idea in March to decide if they were an appropriate tool to help reopen the economy.But in their latest report, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) said the government had so far failed to make the scientific case in favour of the system.
It found little evidence that the introduction of the regime would actually increase public confidence.The report also criticised the government's choices on which locations would and would not be included in the programme - saying the evidence did not support the plan to exempt pubs and restaurants but include open-air football grounds.
The committee labelled such decision-making as “largely arbitrary”.Among MPs’ concerns was that the scheme would “disproportionately discriminate” on the basis of race, religion, age and socio-economic background.The committee also questioned the value of establishing a certification process given the cost of doing so and the success of the vaccine rollout.
They say the efficacy of the vaccine on new variants means any potential benefits will only decrease as the number of people currently vaccinated against it rises.10:28the full story on the latest PHE report on the Delta variant09:54Vaccines 15-20% less effective against Delta variant after first dose, new figures reveal
New government data has just been released, an contains relatively alarming findings around the Delta variant that first emerged in India.The weekly 'risk assessment' issued by Public Health England says analyses shows a reduction in vaccine effectiveness for the Delta variant compared to the Alpha variant, which was first identified in Kent.
"This is more pronounced after one dose (absolute reduction in vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic infection of approximately 15% to 20% after 1 dose)," the document says.It also shows the number of Indian variant cases in England has risen from 1243,1 to 42,323 in a week.
PHE now estimates it is 60% more transmissible than the Kent variant - although that is a figure we have heard before.09:46'Highly unlikely' 21 June reopening will go ahead, Labour shadow minister saysLisa Nandy has said it was"highly unlikely" the full relaxation of restrictions will go ahead later this month.
Asked if"caution and temperance" was needed when opening up, the shadow foreign secretary said:"I do, I am desperate to unlock, I think like everybody else, to try to get back to normal."Here in the North West lots of us have been in almost continuous lockdown for nearly a year-and-a-half now and it's just really starting to take its toll."
Speaking to BBC breakfast, she added:"But I think if we proceed too fast, if the government can't get control of the new variant that has emerged which is more transmissible than previous variants, then we could end up in another lockdown and this has got to be the last lockdown."
When asked if she supported a delay she said:"I think it's highly unlikely they are going to go ahead with full unlocking on the 21st [of June]."09:34India's COVID vaccination workers arriving in rural areas on horsebackHaving suffered one of the most devastating outbreaks of virus in the world, India's vaccination drive is now in full swing.
Drive, however, may not be the right word given the mode of transport employed by workers arriving in the picturesque rural valley of Lidderwat, near Pahalgam in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.Here are some images of the healthcare workers administering jabs to shepherds against a decidedly stunning backdrop.
09:0321 June reopening 'could cause vaccine-evading variants'An earlier post referred to comments from Jim McManus, vice-president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, who has been urging the government to delay the 21 June reopening.
He said pushing back the measure would"stop us going backwards"."If you get enough people infected, you will get a rise in hospitalisations," he said."You will also get a significant rise in long COVID, which is something we want to avoid too."
He went on to warn that reopening as planned could lead to the emergence of variants that would render vaccines a less useful tool in overcoming the virus."The second thing is that the more people infected, the more variants will develop, and the more risk we have that a variant will develop that evades the vaccine completely," he warned.
"So actually, investing a bit of time is really important to enable the vaccine programme to finish and do its job."08:44Vaccine minister issues Pfizer supply warningVaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi admitted supply of the Pfizer vaccine will be tight over the next few weeks - but insisted that it was"stable".
It comes after Scotland's Health Secretary Humza Yousaf warned supply of the Pfizer vaccine would be"particularly tight" in the near future.Mr Zahawi told LBC:"I am absolutely confident, and I'll speak to Humza on this, that we will be able to deliver the Pfizer vaccines that Scotland needs to be able to meet its targets for end of July, as the United Kingdom target."
Asked if it was going to be"tight" in the next few weeks, he said:"It will be, there is no doubt. Every time I've come on your show I've said that the determining factor in terms of vaccine in arms is supply."And supply remains finite, but it is stable, and Pfizer have done a great job in being consistent on their delivery schedule."
08:32Heart inflammation higher than expected in young men after Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, US health officials sayA higher-than-expected number of young men have suffered heart inflammation after their second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 shots from Pfizer and Moderna, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said after analysing data from two vaccine safety monitoring systems, .
The CDC and other health regulators have been investigating heart inflammation cases after Israel’s Health Ministry reported it had found a likely link to the condition in young men who received Pfizer’s (PFE.N) COVID-19 vaccine.The agency said it was still assessing the risk from the condition and had not yet concluded that there was a causal relationship between the vaccines and cases of myocarditis or pericarditis.
08:15PM urges other countries to follow UK after pledge to donate 100m vaccines to other countriesHaving announced the UK will donate at least 100 million surplus COVID vaccine doses to other countries within the next year, Boris Johnson is calling on other nations to follow suit.
As he welcomes world leaders to Cornwall for the G7 summit, the PM promised to"take a massive step towards beating this pandemic for good".And he is urging other leaders to make similar pledges to donate vaccines - with Joe Biden saying the US would buy 500m Pfizer doses for poorer countries.Read more: Sky News »
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Government don’t trust people and we don’t trust the government. Stale mate. I like the sentiment. But some people are idiots. Platitudinous statement. What a stupid statement. Trust people .. look what happened last year .. we don’t even trust the government… He’s not alone.
G7: A cycling tour of Cornwall's G7 villagePlenty of police, road closures, and presidential motorcades - the village of Carbis Bay in Cornwall is having a memorable time hosting the G7 summit I think you mean, 'shit time'. Aw naw. It’s a gun boat. All the terrorists will be shitting it. Most tokenistic security since the tank at Heathrow Is there a doughnut convention going on?
The PM faces flak for flying 250 miles in an RAF plane to the G7 summitBORIS Johnson was blasted for FLYING just 250 miles to the eco-themed G7 summit in Cornwall yesterday – as he battles to get fellow world leaders to sign up to green goals. MPs came out to sl… Lazy prick Yep! He should've walked Too right he should be, that's tax payers money he used.
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Boris becomes first world leader to meet Biden overseas at G7 summitBoris Johnson greeted US President Joe Biden this afternoon as the two leaders prepare to hold talks ahead of the G7 Summit. The pair, accompanied by their wives, met at the seaside resort of Carbis Bay in Cornwall, where the summit is taking place. stone me At least, he can't mess up your hair, when petting. Boris not Johnson, Biden not Joe. You can see why we're in this mess, can't you.
Queen Elizabeth II heading for G7 to meet world leaders in major 'charm offensive'THE QUEEN and several other members of the Royal Family are set to make their way to the G7 summit tomorrow, a royal source has said. So it's okay for the government to use her in this way when she has just lost her husband? But its not okay that her grandson speaks out about his issues?! Okay then ....