• The Vaccine, a book written by Joe Miller, reports that Pfizer’s Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer for Viral Vaccines, Dr Phil Dormitzer, initially rejected an offer to work with BioNTech on an mRNA-based coronavirus vaccine, because he thought the virus would be contained quickly – and that the technology was too experimental. Source

• In Israel, where 2.8 million people have received a third coronavirus booster, preparations for a fourth round of vaccines are being made in case it becomes necessary. Source

• After 19 coronavirus infections were reported in Putian, southern China, bus and train services were suspended; cinemas, card rooms, gyms, tourist sites and other facilities were ordered closed and restaurants and supermarkets were told to limit the number of customers and to check them for fever. Source

• After facing political pressure, England’s Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, announces that the country has abandoned plans to implement vaccine passports for admission to clubs and large events, saying, “We just shouldn’t be doing things for the sake of it or because others are doing, and we should look at every possible intervention properly.” Source

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