Vietnam is seeking the transfer of mRNA technology to domestically manufacture COVID-19 vaccines, state media reported on Tuesday, as officials warned of supply issues until the end of the year. MRNA vaccines, like that developed jointly by BionTech and Pfizer, prompt the human body to make a protein that is part of the virus, triggering an immune response. "Given the currently limited supply to Vietnam, especially as the COVID-19 situation is showing complicated developments, the health ministry has met with a World Health Organization representative to facilitate the negotiations on transferring of mRNA technology," the Vietnam News Agency reported.
The European Union is willing to see its COVID-19 vaccine contract with AstraZeneca fulfilled three months later than agreed, providing the company delivers 120 million doses by the end of June, a lawyer representing the bloc said on Tuesday. The lawyer was speaking in a Belgian court as proceedings in a second legal case brought by the European Commission against AstraZeneca over its delayed delivery of vaccines got underway. Officials familiar with the case said the lawsuit is mostly procedural - pertaining to the merits of the issue - after a first case was launched in April, and would allow the European Union to seek possible financial penalties.
The PHE study also said that protection against death from the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine rises from approximately 80% after one dose to 97% after two doses in its new analysis.
A woman has released shocking photos of her injuries after her ex-husband attacked her with a hammer and a screwdriver. Anna Butt was left bruised and covered in blood after she was assaulted by Alec Butt, 71 on 28 December 2019 in Bristol. He was jailed for seven years and nine months at Bristol Crown Court on Monday. In a personal statement read out in court, Anna said she feared the man she was married to for 18 years would kill her, adding: “I was absolutely terrified.” Domestic abuse can be reported on 101, or 999 if it's an emergency. If you call and don't feel it's safe to speak, dial 55 and the operator will transfer your call to the police. Credit: SWNS
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The taxpayers' stake in NatWest has been reduced after the chancellor authorised the first sale to private investors since 2018. Sky News reported on Monday how UK Government Investments (UKGI), the state-owned company that controls the shares bought following the bank's 2008 financial crisis bailout, was preparing to offload 5% of the stock. The sale raised £1.1bn and took the government's holding in NatWest - formerly known as Royal Bank of Scotland Group - to just below 55%.
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