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Coronavirus round-up

Millions of UK-made jabs ‘ready before new year’

TENS of millions of doses of UK- made Covid vaccines should be ready by the end of the year. Prof Andrew Pollard, who leads the Oxford University and AstraZeneca team, is ‘optimistic’ about the prospect of producing the £2.23 doses next month. Meanwhile, Prof Ugur Sahin, head of BioNTech which helped develop the Pfizer vaccine that costs £29.47 for a course of two jabs, told the BBC: ‘We could have a normal winter next year.’

NHS setting up clinics for long Covid sufferers

SPECIALIST clinics for sufferers of ‘long Covid’ are being set up. The NHS will spend £10million to open the 43 centres and establish a task force to study the lingering effects of the virus, which more than 60,000 people in the UK are experiencing. Symptoms can include fatigue, breathlessness and pain. NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens said cases are likely to reach the hundreds of thousands and the task force will help to ‘develop a greater understanding’ of the condition.

‘Megalabs’ set to double testing capacity to 1.1m

TWO ‘megalabs’ due to open early next year will more than double the UK’s coronavirus testing capacity, ministers say. The laboratories in Leamington Spa and a site in Scotland still to be confirmed will add 600,000 to daily testing — estimated at 519,951 yesterday — and mean faster results, says the Department for Health and Social Care. Meanwhile, a further 168 coronavirus deaths have been recorded in the UK, bringing the total to 51,934.