Coronavirus live news: masks could return in England if cases surge in winter; Russia reports 796 Covid deaths

Posted by on September 11, 2021 6:33 am
Categories: Global Stories

Boris Johnson’s winter plan could involve reintroducing restrictions including masks and social distances; Canberra said it may order snap lockdown

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South Africa’s health regulator has approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for use by children aged 12 and older, paving the way for the government to offer vaccinations to teenagers, Reuters reports.

The South African Health Products Authority said the decision came after a review of updated safety and efficacy information submitted in March.

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Dr Stephanie Coen, assistant professor in health geography at Nottingham University, is eager to get back to teaching in person. But she fears that with students not required to wear masks when classes start in a few weeks, squeezing them like “sardines” into her tiny room for seminars will be unsafe.

“Some of our Covid safety material talks about respecting people’s choices. But this isn’t about personal choice, it is about public health. It is about caring for each other.”

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