People aged over 50 in Britain to be offered 3rd COVID vaccine shot in autumn -The Times

People aged over 50 in Britain to be offered 3rd COVID vaccine shot in autumn -The Times

People aged over 50 in Britain to be offered 3rd COVID vaccine shot in autumn -The Times Photo

Soccer Football - Premier League - Leeds United v Sheffield United - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - April 3, 2021 A sign for a COVID-19 vaccination centre outside the stadium REUTERS/Carl Recine

Everyone aged over 50 in Britain will be offered a third COVID-19 vaccination jab in the autumn in an attempt to eradicate the threat from the infection entirely by Christmas, The Times newspaper reported.

The first involves vaccines specifically modified to tackle new variants. The second is for a third shot of one of the three versions already in use: Pfizer-BioNTech (PFE.N), (22UAy.DE), Oxford-AstraZeneca (AZN.L) or Moderna (MRNA.O), the newspaper reported.

Britain, which has a population of 67 million, has deals for over 510 million doses of eight different COVID-19 vaccines, some of which remain under development. read more

Britain will buy 60 million more doses of Pfizer/BioNTechs vaccine, health minister Matt Hancock said last week, in a deal that more than doubles the countrys supply of the shot ahead of a booster programme later this year.

Scottish nationalists are unlikely to win an outright majority in Thursdays parliamentary election, a blow to their hopes of demanding an independence referendum that could split apart the United Kingdom, a Savanta Comres/The Scotsman poll indicated.

British online fashion retailer Boohoo (BOOH.L) on Wednesday reported a 37% jump in full-year core earnings, benefiting from the huge growth in demand for digital shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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