Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has announced that his government will offer free Covid-19 vaccines to all citizens, reversing a very mocked policy forcing Indian states to buy their own jabs at higher prices. India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, has been battling a severe vaccine shortage for weeks.
Thousands of British tourists return early from holiday in Portugal after UK government deleted popular destination from the “green list” of trips without quarantine to England. Passengers returning after 4 a.m. on Tuesday will need to self-quarantine for 10 days and take an additional Covid-19 test.
Wales to offer coronavirus vaccine to over 18s by early next week, as principality hits vaccination target ahead of schedule. “We plan to achieve 75 percent turnout across all priority and age groups one month ahead of the target,” Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said on Monday.
UK house prices accelerated last month to post the biggest annual increase in seven years. The Halifax monthly house price index showed a 9.5% rise in prices in May compared to the same month a year earlier, the fastest rate since June 2014, causing the average UK property to be valued at a record £ 261,743.
UK travel agents are lose their homes and facing “absolute hardship and desperation” as the government keeps international travel to a minimum, the industry trade body Abta has warned. Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, said he was concerned that a generation of travel agents might be lost due to the crisis.
Norwegian and Carnival have announced plans to take over departures from American ports this summer, marking the first return of cruises to the largest market since the start of the pandemic. Norwegian plans to depart from New York, Los Angeles, Port Canaveral and Miami, while Carnival would resume travel from Galveston.
Moderna has asked European Union regulators to approve its Covid-19 vaccine for use in adolescents, as the vaccine rolls out extends to younger populations. The American pharmaceutical company announced Monday that it had filed an application with the European Medicines Agency for the authorization of its vaccine in 12 to 18 year olds.
Serviced office provider IWG has warned of delaying its recovery, saying profits for this year will be “well below” 2020 levels. “The overall improvement in occupancy has been weaker than expected. the company said on Monday. IWG stated that it expects a “strong recovery” in 2022.