UK Black and South Asian groups lag in COVID-19 vaccinations

Ross Houston
February 20, 2021

At least six people were arrested in northern Mexico on Wednesday for allegedly trafficking fake coronavirus vaccines.

The special assistant said that the vaccine that is being used to inoculate the frontline healthcare workers is Sinopharm, and "we recommended that it should not be used for people above 60 years".

The listing by the United Nations health agency comes days after a WHO panel provided interim recommendations on the vaccine, saying two doses with an interval of around 8 to 12 weeks should be given to all adults, and can be used in countries with the South African variant of the coronavirus as well.

This he stated while talking on a private news channel.

A World Health Organization statement said it had approved the vaccine as produced by AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) and the Serum Institute of India.

She further urged people to only visit government vaccination centers and report any business, hospital, or internet site offering vaccines to authorities.

He added that no private entity had been authorized to purchase COVID-19 vaccines from overseas for commercial purposes and that the shots were only administered by the government free of charge.

Analysts have long anxious that criminal gangs in Mexico could seek to steal, hijack or counterfeit much-desired vaccines or medications during the pandemic.

While oxygen tanks and medicines have been stolen in the past, this was the first reported instance of criminal activity related the vaccines. He said Pakistan was among those 65 countries where vaccination has begun while the process could not be started in 110 countries. The country said it will launch the vaccination programme for citizens aged over 65 in the first week of next month.

Top scientific advisers said vaccines were having an impact on the pandemic, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to publish his road map out of lockdown on Monday.

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