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Former players at some of England's top football clubs have hit out at plans to create a European super league, calling the proposals a "joke", "greed" and a "disgrace". Among the 'Big Six' English clubs involved in the breakaway project are Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, according to Sky News City editor Mark Kleinman. The new competition is thought to include 12 European teams such as Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid - but French and German clubs have refused to sign up to it.
Authorities in South Africa should lift a suspension of use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine if a number of conditions are met, the country’s health regulator has announced. South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) said it had “recommended that the pause in the Sisonke study be lifted, provided that specific conditions are met”, referring to the clinical trial that allows Pretoria to make the single dose J&J vaccine available to healthcare workers.The conditions laid out by SAHPRA include screening and monitoring of those at high risk of blood clotting disorders, as well as precautions to manage any cases of thrombosis or thrombocytopenia that arise from participants in the trial who develop clotting.Thrombosis happens when a blood clot forms inside a blood vessel, while thrombocytopenia describes a low platelet count, when your blood contains less of the cells needed to help clot blood.South Africa’s government had suspended the rollout of the J&J vaccine on Tuesday, following a move by US health authorities to pause its use after identifying rare blood clots in six people, out of a total of about 7 million people who already had the jab in the US.The Sisonke study involves the rollout of the viral vector J&J vaccine while the licensing process still takes place, although the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has said that despite the vaccine not yet being licensed, this does not mean it is not safe and effective.“Participants in the Sisonke study will be informed about the possible risks of developing a blood clotting disorder after vaccination,” said SAHPRA. “They will also be advised to seek immediate medical assistance if they develop early signs and symptoms associated with blood clots or low platelet counts.”Importance of J&J vaccineThe J&J vaccine has become a vital tool in the fight against Covid-19 in South Africa, given that the authorities decided that the AstraZeneca was not as effective against a local variant of the coronavirus.Although this decision has drawn the irk of some South African experts who questioned whether the government really determined the AstraZeneca vaccine’s effectiveness, as well as Pretoria’s decision to send it to other African countries.The J&J vaccine is also going to play a key role in helping to vaccinate the entire African continent, as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa helped broker a deal to secure J&J doses manufactured locally by Aspen Pharmacare that will be made available through the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT).Rare cases of blood clotting disorders following Covid-19 vaccinations originally surfaced in relation to the AstraZeneca vaccines, prompting a number of countries to suspend their use and some countries, such as Denmark, banning their use entirely.Case for blood clotting overstated?The science behind such suspensions of AstraZeneca or J&J vaccines still remains unclear, with recent studies, such as one published by Oxford University reporting that the risk of rare blood clotting is much higher when contracting Covid-19 rather for vaccination itself.The Oxford University research also compared the risk of thrombosis with the AstraZeneca vaccine to other vaccines developed using new mRNA technology, such as Pfizer or Moderna.Cases of rare clotting called Cerebral Venous Thrombosis (CVT) amongst those receiving a mRNA vaccine stood at 4 people in one million and in those receiving an AstraZeneca vaccine at 5 in one million.This perhaps suggests that the risk of blood clotting from either viral vector vaccines or mRNA vaccines was statistically the same.South Africa is one of the hardest hit by Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa with 1.56 million cases of the coronavirus, and more than 53,660 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.The South Africa regulator said resumption of the J&J rollout would also need the approval of the relevant medical ethics research committees.Pretoria has ordered some 30 million doses of the J&J vaccine, according to the Associated Press, who reported that South Africa had vaccinated 290,00 health care workers, all with the J&J vaccine, out of a population of 60 million people.
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Leicester and Southampton go head to head at Wembley today for a place in the FA Cup Final. Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 in Saturday’s other semi-final to deny Pep Guardiola the chance of an unprecedented quadruple, and Thomas Tuchel’s Blues will head into the final as undoubted favourites. Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester would have wanted to head to Wembley with their full focus on the cup game, but recent results in the Premier League mean the Foxes - currently third in the table - are looking over their shoulders in the race for Champions League qualification.
No one can offer guarantees about Afghanistan's future after U.S. troops leave, a top White House official said on Sunday, even as he stressed the United States would stay focused on terrorist threats emanating from the country. President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States will withdraw its remaining 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks that triggered America's longest war.
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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he supported the position of European soccer's governing body UEFA in opposing the prospect of a breakaway Super League. "The president of the republic welcomes the position of French clubs to refuse to participate to a European football Super League project that threatens the principle of solidarity and sporting merit," the French presidency said in a statement sent to Reuters. "The French state will support all the steps taken by the LFP, FFF, UEFA and FIFA to protect the integrity of federal competitions, whether national or European," the Elysee added, citing the national, European and globally soccer governing bodies.
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Singh, who penned the letter a day after Modi held a review meeting on the COVID-19 situation in the country, suggested five measures to curb the crisis, including ramping up vaccination and boosting the supply of medicines
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Protesters clashed with officers in Washington’s Chinatown on April 17 during a demonstration against racism and police brutality sparked by recent police shootings.Three adults and a 15-year-old were arrested, local media reported. The adults were charged with assault on a police officer and possession of a destructive device and the 15-year-old was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, reports said.Social media footage from the protest showed fireworks exploding in front of the Chinatown arch and smoke fuming out of the vandalized Christopher Columbus fountain near Union Station.Footage shared by Twitter user @superman747474 shows police pushing protesters and telling them to “back off” before fireworks are set off near the officers. Credit: @superman747474 via Storyful
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