More rounds of boosters to come as government buys 114 million jabs

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The government has secured 114 million additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for future booster campaigns.

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The ministers announced the jabs, which will be delivered in 2022 and 2023, will “future proof” the country’s immunization program and help tackle omicron and other forms of anxiety.

These include 60 million additional doses of Moderna Vaccine and 54 million doses of Pfizer. It comes after officials announced that all adults in the UK would be offered a booster shot before the end of January amid growing concerns about the Omron version.

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However, scientists have expressed doubts about the need for booster missions.

Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies programme, said he was not aware that booster jabs would provide more protection.

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Asked about the acceleration of the UK’s booster programme, he said at a press briefing: “It’s hard for some countries, which have large amounts of extra vaccine, to decide who to give it, but that’s the problem.” Not faced by many countries around the world which can’t even get its most vulnerable people primary immunization so if you are in a position to be able to get enough vaccine to do that then it’s a great situation Is.”

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Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard’s live coverage of the COVID pandemic.

Here’s a quick overview of the main headlines from overnight:

Scientists believe they may have found the “trigger” behind the extremely rare blood clotting complications resulting from the AstraZeneca vaccine. Researchers believe the reaction can be traced to how the adenovirus used by the vaccine binds with a specific protein in the blood to transfer the genetic material of the coronavirus into cells.

– Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has said people should avoid “snogging under the mistletoe” over the Christmas holidays. She said to avoid kissing with “people you don’t already know”.

– Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 technical chief at the World Health Organization (WHO), said more information would be received about the transmission “within days” of the Omicron variant. According to WHO, the Omicron variant has been reported in 23 countries.

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