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Coronavirus live news: AstraZeneca jab is safe, says UK health secretary; Trump urges people to get vaccinated


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10.24am GMT

Iceland will open its borders this week to all visitors who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 without mandatory testing or quarantine in a bit to revive its coronavirus-hit economy.

Reuters reports:

“The Icelandic government has announced that all those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to travel to Iceland without being subject to border measures, such as testing and quarantine,” the government said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The North Atlantic country, which will become one of the first countries to open its borders since the beginning of the pandemic, had until now allowed vaccinated visitors from EU countries to enter without restrictions.

10.16am GMT

A majority of Germans believe the government was right to suspend AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shots pending an investigation of cases where recipients developed unusual blood disorders.

Reuters reports:

Germany, along with more than a dozen European Union member states, halted AstraZeneca after its vaccine oversight body found seven people had suffered rare cerebral vein thromboses, three of whom died.

According to the Forsa snap poll for broadcasters RTL and ntv, 54% of respondents said the decision by Health Minister Jens Spahn had been right. Nearly four in 10 said the reaction was excessive. Some 39% thought the suspension was wrong.

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