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Sky News 22 Nov 2020

COVID-19: SAGE scientist warns Christmas freedoms will come at a cost

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SAGE scientist Calum Semple says the idea that every day of relaxed rules over Christmas means five more days of restrictions is 'right'.

In a wide-ranging interview, he told Sophy Ridge 'prolonged personal interactions' would drive the R number up.

Prof Semple said construction workers and women working in hospitality seemed to be most a risk of catching COVID-19 at the moment.


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Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, granted an interview to FRANCE 24 during the third edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which is being held virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Amid high hopes for a vaccine against coronavirus, Gates warned against "vaccine nationalism" and explained that a global initiative known as the ACT-Accelerator aims to "get vaccines out to everybody around the world at affordable prices".
The chief executive of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has told Sky News his company is ready to send out doses of its COVID-19 vaccine "within hours" of receiving official approval.

Albert Bourla says he's optimistic that by the second half of 2021, a successful jab will mean life could largely return to normal.

Mr Bourla described the day he was told of the vaccine's success as "the most brilliant day of my life".

He spoke exclusively to Sky News' Adam Parsons.
The Prime Minister is set to announce plans to suspend COVID-19 restrictions during the Christmas period to allow families to get together.

Boris Johnson is aiming for a UK-wide relaxation of the rules, reportedly from 22 to 28 December, so that several families can join in one "bubble".

A tougher three-tiered system of local restrictions will also come into force in England when the lockdown ends on 2 December.

Mr Johnson will unveil his COVID Winter Plan to MPs on Monday.

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