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Covid vaccines roll off Pfizer production line in image of hope for the world as jabs could be out by New Year

COVID vaccines that could be available by the New Year have been recorded rolling off the production line in an image of hope for the world.

The new footage shows the tiny bottles that could end the pandemic that has swept the globe – as drug giant Pfizer reveals it has already manufactured "several hundred thousand doses".

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Vials of the vaccine are being stockpiled at the plant in Puurs, Belgium – and they're ready to be rolled out internationally if clinical trials are a success, the Mail on Sunday reports.

Health watchdogs must first decide if the drug is safe and effective.

However, if it is, the US company hopes to make 100million doses available this year, of which a whopping 40m are destined for the UK.

By 2021, the company aims to manufacture 1.3billion jabs.

Every patient who receives the vaccine will need two doses.

In an interview with the paper, Pfizer UK boss Ben Osborn said: "It was great to see the first vial coming off the manufacturing line. 

"It just brought a tremendous smile to my face to see all of this work actually result in a product."

Pfizer, which is working with Germany's BioNTech, is currently running a trial on 44,000 people.



Last week, bosses said they will apply for emergency US approval of its vaccine in November. 

It comes in a weekend of cheering developments on the progression of a vaccine.

The NHS is preparing to launch a coronavirus vaccine shortly after Christmas, the deputy chief medical officer has revealed in private.

Thousands of NHS staff will be trained to give the Covid jab, which Jonathan Van-Tam says will cut infections and save lives.

Prof Van-Tam told MPs last week that stage three trials of the vaccine created at Oxford University and being manufactured by AstraZeneca mean a mass rollout could come as early as December, The Times reports.

In a briefing to MPs on Monday, he said: “We aren’t light years away from it.

"It isn’t a totally unrealistic suggestion that we could deploy a vaccine soon after Christmas.

"That would have a significant impact on hospital admissions and deaths.”

Coronavirus deaths rose by 150 yesterday in the UK's deadliest day since June 3.

A further 16,171 people have also tested positive for the disease in the third highest daily rise – bringing the total in Britain to 705,428.

The head of the Oxford Vaccine Group had a more sober take on the news last week, warning Brits may need to social distance and wear face masks until next summer.

Andrew Pollard said that, even if trials are successfully finished by the end of this year, the jab might not be ready until well into 2021.

He said: “Life won't be back to normal until summer at the earliest. We may need masks until July."


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Snoozing golden retriever rolls off sofa while having a big stretch

Wrong paw-sition! Snoozing golden retriever named ‘Weasel’ rolls off the sofa while having a big stretch

  • Footage shows the moment a pet dog in China was woken from her sweet dream 
  •  ‘Weasel’ was stretching her legs while enjoying a late morning nap on the sofa
  • The ‘clumsy’ golden retriever is seen rolling over before tumbling off the couch
  • After falling, the animal remained still, seemingly puzzled by what just happened

This is the amusing moment a pet dog was woken from her sweet dream after she tumbled off a sofa while having a big stretch.

The golden retriever called ‘Weasel’ was enjoying a late morning snooze as she stuck her paws up straight before suddenly rolling over and falling off the couch at her home in China.

After waking up, the sleepy-eyed canine remained still for a few seconds while looking around, seemingly puzzled by what just happened.

This is the amusing moment a pet dog was startled from her sweet dream after she tumbled off a sofa while having a big stretch. The golden retriever in China was taking a nap on the sofa

The golden retriever called ‘Weasel’ was enjoying a late morning snooze as she stuck her paws up straight before suddenly rolling over and falling off the couch at her home in China

‘Weasel’ was stretching her legs while enjoying a late morning nap on the sofa After waking up, the sleepy-eyed canine remained still for a few seconds while looking around

Weasel’s adorable reaction was shared online by her owner, Mr Shen, who spotted the scene while watching the replay from his home security camera.

Footage from yesterday morning shows the home-alone pet lying on her back while having a cosy nap on the sofa.

Weasel is seen slowly opening her eyes as she stretched her legs and started turning towards the edge of the couch.

As she rolled over, the sleepy golden retriever tumbled from the sofa and landed on the floor.

Woken up by the sudden fall, the animal is seen looking around while lying down, seemingly trying to figure out what had just disrupted her sweet dream.

Weasel’s adorable reaction was shared online by her owner, Mr Shen, who spotted the scene while watching the replay from his home security camera. ‘Weasel’, living in east China’s Yancheng city, was stretching her legs while enjoying a late morning nap on the sofa

This is the moment a pet dog in China was woken from her sweet dream. The family dog’s funny reaction amused hundreds of thousands after the owner shared the footage on Douyin

This is not the first time Weasel has fallen while she’s asleep, according to the pet owner from eastern Chinese city Yancheng.

‘This happens all the time,’ Mr Shen told MailOnline. ‘[She is] quite clumsy and careless.’

The dog’s funny reaction amused hundreds of thousands of social media users after the owner shared the footage on Chinese TikTok-like Douyin.

One user wrote: ‘Hahaha this is how I look like when I just wake up from a nap!’

This is not the first time Weasel has fallen while she’s asleep, says the pet owner from eastern Chinese city Yancheng. Mr Shen described his eight-year-old dog as ‘clumsy and careless’

Another commenter said: ‘This made me laugh so much. She even did a split after falling! So cute.’

Weasel’s adorable moment comes as a pack of stray dogs has been caught on camera patiently waiting for the green light before crossing a busy road in China. 

The group of well-behaved animals is seen standing next to the pavement as they waited for the stream of traffic to pass by.

After the motorists stopped for the red light, the canines began walking towards the other side of the street as onlookers watched in amazement.

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How to make a Swiss roll with just four ingredients in under half an hour

Looking for an easy dessert to bake for a weekend treat?

This Swiss roll takes just 15 minutes to put together, another 10 minutes to bake and then a few minutes to roll it all up.

Of course, the Swiss roll is a classic and it’s easier than it looks, if you’ve never tried it before.

The key is getting the right size of tin and following the instructions so you can get the roll right.

To keep it simple, we’ve just used jam, but you can add buttercream, fresh cream, fruit or anything you fancy.

Ingredients

  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g plain flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 jar of jam of your choice

Method

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NHS ready to roll out covid vaccine from next month with tens of thousands of people to get jabs daily by Christmas

THE NHS is gearing up for a major roll out of a Covid jab from next month – with five mass vaccination centres ready before Christmas.

The giant sites – manned by trainee nurses, physios and paramedics – will be able to treat tens of thousands of people daily.

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Leaked documents reveal officials are hopeful that two coronavirus vaccine jabs will prove successful before the end of the year.

Plans are already well under way to ensure they can be delivered to those who need them most.

The first mass vaccination centres are planned for sites in major cities including Leeds, Hull and London.

They will be supported by hundreds of mobile vaccination units dotted nationwide, while roving teams will visit care homes and vulnerable Brits.

GPs and pharmacists will also be asked to dole out the jab to millions of people – with roll out set to take between three to six months.

One of the vaccine frontrunners includes the treatment developed by Oxford University, with millions of doses already stockpiled.

But with patients needing two jabs, 28 days apart, inoculating vast numbers of Brits is set to be a logistical nightmare.

A health source said: “The earliest we are likely to get the first trial results is in a month’s time – which means the best case scenario for a potential roll out is just before Christmas.

“But planning is well under way, so there will be no delay in vaccination once we have a working jab.”

It comes as World Health Organisation boss Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirmed a coronavirus jab is on the horizon.

There is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine.

He said: "There is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope."

Leaked provisional plans asked NHS teams to be ready from late October for mass vaccination. But with no treatment yet ready, the timings have been pushed back.

Officials also aim to change the rules to allow a much wider group of health workers to give Covid jabs – including dietitians, chiropodists and vets.

The army will also be called in to help out with any national roll out.

UK vaccine taskforce boss Kate Bingham this week suggested only half of the UK would get any successful jab.

But ministers have distanced themselves from her comments. Matt Hancock said any decision on how many Brits were vaccinated would only be made once a working jab is found.

The Health Secretary said the Government plans to follow the advice of the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation (JCVI).

Its interim guidance said care home residents and those working in the sector would be among the first to be treated.

Then over 80s and NHS staff would be next, followed by younger OAPs and high-risk Brits.

The JCVI said the "prioritisation could change substantially if the first available vaccines were not considered suitable for, or effective in, older adults".

This morning ex-Health Sec Jeremy Hunt said: "If I was a betting man, I'd say we'll find a vaccine before Christmas and get it to the bulk of the population by Easter."

There are four "very strong" vaccine candidates and he was confident "one of them will come through.

A Government spokesperson said: “The Government will do everything needed to roll out a successful vaccine quickly and safely.

“An enormous amount of planning and preparation has already taken place including ensuring we have adequate provision, transport, PPE and logistical expertise.

“We are working closely with the NHS and we will use the military in the planning of logistics as necessary, as they have already gone to great lengths to successfully support our operational efforts.”

 

 

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