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Are we near to having a vaccine for Covid-19? – The Guardian

Even a once bullish PM is now not so optimistic but there are promising signs of a vaccine on the horizon

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In March, Boris Johnson said we would turn the tide in 12 weeks and send the coronavirus packing and by May ministers were boasting of having a vaccine by September. Last week the prime minister sounded far less confident, telling MPs that there was still no vaccine for SARS, 18 years after it emerged. A vaccine may not be far away though.
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The World Health Organization is tracking 196 vaccine studies. Of these, 42 are undergoing clinical trials on humans, and eight are in phase three: …

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Shoppers defy economic gloom in September – BBC News

The amount of retail sales saw a 1.5% rise last month, boosted by DIY and garden items.

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British retail sales have continued to increase for the fifth consecutive month, boosted by non-food items including DIY and garden supplies, according to official figures.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said retail sales volumes rose by 1.5% between August and September.
Spending on groceries remained high, but petrol sales were still down as motorists made fewer journeys.
Sales are now 5.5% higher than the pre-pandemic levels seen in February.
The three months to September saw the biggest…

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Covid: Tougher restriction begin for millions in England and Wales – BBC News

Greater Manchester moves to England’s highest alert, while Wales begins a 17-day lockdown later.

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image captionTime, please: Manchester bars shut for 28 days at 10pm on Thursday ahead of new restrictions
Stricter coronavirus rules are coming into force for nearly six million people in Britain on Friday.
Greater Manchester’s population of 2.8 million joined Liverpool City Region and Lancashire in England’s highest tier of restrictions at midnight.
And at 18:00 BST, the 3.1 million people in Wales will go into
a 17-day “firebreak” lockdown.
The UK recorded another…

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Oxford Uni & AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine ‘works perfectly’ & builds strong immunity, study says – The Sun

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THE coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca works perfectly and builds strong immunity, a study has said.
The team at the prestigious university are thought to be the frontrunners in the race to produce a safe vaccine.
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In early trials it has been shown to safely trigger an immune response in volunteers, according to…

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