Emergency vaccination drive begins in Wuhan

Beijing, December 29

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where Covid emerged a year ago, has started the emergency vaccination on some key groups, a senior health official said on Tuesday. China is yet to officially certify its multiple vaccines. The vaccination, available in 15 districts, has started targeting certain groups of people aged between 18 and 59 years, He Zhenyu, deputy director of the centre for disease control and prevention in Wuhan, said.

In the UK, Andrew Hayward, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at University College London, warned, “The nation needs to bring in tighter curbs to avert a fresh wave of deaths from a new variant of the disease.”

Britain reported 41,385 new Covid cases on Monday, the highest number since testing became widely available in the middle of 2020, and hospitals have more Covid patients than during the first wave of the pandemic in April. As many as 20,426 patients were being treated in hospitals on Monday, compared to 18,974 recorded on April 12 during the first Covid peak.

Pakistan has registered its first case of the new UK Covid variant. Three passengers, who returned from UK, were found infected. — Agencies

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