New Oxford vaccine ‘ready by the autumn’ to tackle mutations and other stories

The team behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine says that a vaccine to tackle the coronavirus mutations could be ready to roll-out by the autumn.

Prof Andy Pollard, from Oxford University, said that slightly adjusting the vaccine was a relatively quick process and would not need large trials before being deployed.

There is still powerful evidence proving that existing vaccines work well against the emerged coronavirus variants.

Even though their overall effectiveness may be a little weaker than before.

The data, which has not been published or reviewed, showed that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine could reduce transmission of the virus by up to 67%.

This means the vaccine could greatly control the spread of the pandemic, thus quickening the process of lifting restrictions.

Syringe and Vaccine
Source: “Syringe and Vaccine” by NIAID is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Labour’s ‘patriotic’ rebrand not new strategy 

The Labour Party have stated that plans to introduce patriotic themes into the Labour parties messaging was based on an external review and is not their new policy. 

The leaked report said that Keir Starmer should pose with the Union Jack flag and military veterans to reconnect with traditional voters. 

The rebranding presentation revealed that a focus group of voters said they could not describe what or who Labour stands for.  

Concerns were also raised that Labour leader, Keir Starmer was “sitting on the fence” on too many issues.  

Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey at the 2020 Labour Party leadership election hustings Source: Rwendland

Influencers shouldn’t apply ‘misleading’ filters 

The Advertising Standards Agency has ruled that filters shouldn’t be applied to social media adverts if they exaggerate the effect of the product.  

If beauty content is filtered it can be misleading, according to the ASA. 

The definition of a filter has been agreed as “lighting, special effects and make-up before promoting a product”. 

This change arose from the campaign #filterdrop started by Sasha Pallari who is hoping to see “more real skin” on Instagram.

Source: “Pink As You See” by ♥ Unlimited is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 


BBC fined £28,000 for contempt of court

A High Court ruling was made today and the BBC has been fined £28,000.

Two senior judges stated the BBC could have avoided the problem if they took more steps to assure journalists knew the rules.

The BBC apologised for the mistakes.

The BBC broadcasted a six-second clip on the 17 November of Mr Justice Holgate hearing an appeal for a judicial review of Surrey County Council’s decision to grant planning permission for “fracking” operations at a site at Horse Hill.

Not only in England, but also in Wales, recording and broadcasting proceedings from courts is prohibited.

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