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Swimming group cancel river dip on Boxing Day after water company releases sewage

A swimming group were forced to cancel their Boxing Day river dip after a water company announced a “sewage release” on Christmas Day. Residents in Wolvercote, Oxford, were informed about the release into the River Windrush in an email from Thames Water. Swimmer Dr Fiona Palumbo Tolan said the group found it “deeply distressing”. Thames […]

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65-year-old man identifies himself for helping fugitive parents of alleged Michigan school shooter

A 65-year-old man publicly identified himself as the person law enforcement says helped the fugitive parents of the alleged Michigan school shooter into the building where they were later arrested. James and Jennifer Crumbley are each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the alleged actions of their 15-year-old son, Ethan Crumbley, […]

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Michigan School Shooting: 3 students shot dead, 8 wounded; suspect arrested

Three students have been killed and eight others injured, including a teacher, in a high school shooting in the US state of Michigan. The dead include a 16-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl, officials say. Police say the 15-year-old suspect fired 15 to 20 shots with a semi-automatic handgun and acted alone. […]

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Covid-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy by largest amount since World War II, Oxford Study finds

The Covid-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years. Life expectancy fell by more than six months compared with 2019 in 22 of the 29 countries analysed […]

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Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective against strain found in India

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines have been found to be highly effective against the coronavirus variant that was first identified in India. The Pfizer vaccine was 88% effective and the AstraZeneca jab was 60% effective against the so-called ‘Indian strain’ – B1617.2 – after the second dose. Both the vaccines were more effective against the […]

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The world’s oldest balloon stays fully-inflated for nearly 30 years

A man from the United Kingdom has claimed to be the owner of the world’s oldest fully-inflated balloon given to him by his grandmother about 30 years ago. Ryan Harrison, 28, was given the foil ‘It’s a Boy’ balloon from his grandmother Josephine, now 82, when he was born in Oxford in 1992. The inflatable […]

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‘Blood clots should be listed as very rare side effect of AstraZeneca vaccine’: European and British regulators

European and British regulators said on Wednesday the unusual blood clots should be listed as a very rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) received reports of 169 cases of the rare brain blood clot by early April, after 34 million doses had been administered in the European […]

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Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine on children stopped amid blood clot concerns

A trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine on children has stopped giving out jabs while the UK’s medicines regulator investigates a possible link with rare blood clots in adults. The trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on children, which started in February, is assessing whether the jab produces a strong immune response in those aged between […]

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Netherlands stops administering Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine amid blood clot scare

The Netherlands has stopped administering Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations until April 7. On Friday, the Dutch health ministry said it would temporarily stop inoculations for people below the age of 60. But after talks on Saturday, health departments decided to suspend all AstraZeneca jabs to avoid waste. Some 700 people above the age of 60 were […]

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UK Blood Clot Deaths: 7 people have died after taking Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Seven people have died from the unusual blood clots after getting the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the United Kingdom, the nation’s medical regulator said. In total, 30 people out of 18 million vaccinated by 24 March had these clots. It is still not clear if they are just a coincidence or a genuine side effect of the […]

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Germany limits use of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for below 60s over clot fears

Germany suspended the routine use of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people aged below 60 because of a risk of rare blood clots. The German medicines regulator found 31 cases of a type of rare blood clot among the nearly 2.7 million people who had received the vaccine in Germany. Almost all the cases are reportedly […]

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Canada pauses use of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for those below 55

Canada pauses use of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for adults below age 55, a top public health officer said on Monday, after an advisory panel cited “substantial uncertainty” around the potential risk of developing rare blood clots. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization earlier recommended recommended a pause in the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for Canadians […]