UK data shows good safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy

COVID-19 vaccination is safe for pregnant women and is not associated with higher rates of complications, data released by the UK Health Protection Agency showed on Thursday, as officials urged pregnant women to seek shots did. The UKHSA said real-world data from the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the UK support other studies around the … Read more

Chanel death fuels UK-French tensions over migrant boats

The death of at least 27 people in the English Channel is fueling tensions between Britain and France over how to prevent migrants from crossing the world’s busiest waterway in small boats. Politicians on both sides of the Channel have already failed to avert Wednesday’s tragedy, despite pledges by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and … Read more

Britain’s royal family receives rare rebuke to BBC over documentary on Prince William and Harry

Britain’s royal family on Tuesday issued a rare joint statement against the use of anonymous sources in response to a new BBC documentary on Prince William and Harry’s relationship with the media. Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace, the Clarence House of her son and successor Prince Charles and the Kensington Palace offices of Prince William … Read more

UK calls for action on racial bias in medical devices

Britain on Sunday called for international action on the issue of medical devices such as oximeters that work better on people with lighter skin, saying inequalities could kill ethnic minority patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he has reviewed the issue after learning that oximeters, which measure blood oxygen levels and … Read more

EU urges UK ‘big step’ to break post-Brexit impasse

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefkovic on Sunday urged Britain to take a “big step” to break the months-long impasse over the post-Brexit arrangement in Northern Ireland, which has threatened a trade war. Sefkovic is set to meet in London on Friday for further talks with Britain’s Brexit minister, David Frost, after talks with Britain … Read more

Shell to move tax base to UK, lose dual share structure

Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday it would do away with its dual-share structure and move its head office from the Netherlands to Britain, doing away with Dutch taxes and facing climate pressure in court as oil and gas Energy giant change. The company, which has long faced investor questions about its dual structure and … Read more

Glasgow climate talks are down on money, ambition and fossil fuels

International climate talks went into overtime on Friday, as negotiators wrestled over several sticking points in a deal that could determine whether nations can keep the planet from warming dangerously by mid-century. A draft agreement released Friday morning called for a doubling of funding to help developing countries tackle climate impacts and called for nations … Read more

‘No Drama Sharma’: Meet India-born COP26 Chief Alok Sharma

Alok Sharma was hardly a household name in Britain when appointed to lead the UN climate talks, which have now peaked in Glasgow. But with the future of the planet at stake, the president of COP26 has had to emerge from the shadows over the past fortnight to stand in the bright spotlight from darkness, … Read more

Britain’s economic recovery slows sharply as supplies hit

Britain’s economy grew 1.3 per cent in the third quarter, a much slower pace than in the previous three months, as global supply constraints hit businesses hard, official data showed on Thursday. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement that GDP growth for the July-September period is at 5.5 per cent compared … Read more