Coronavirus live news: Pfizer cuts EU vaccine deliveries temporarily; non-EU travellers can’t enter France with rapid tests

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3.02pm GMT The consultant behind an informal recommendation at an NHS trust in the north-east of England to provide Covid patients with high doses of vitamin D has spoken to the BBC about the reason behind the unusual move. Endocrinologist Dr Richard Quinton, whose hospital in Newcastle began megadosing Covid patients with vitamin D in March, says its efficacy is almost certainly proven ‘on balance of probabilities’ – with data suggesting it could well have saved lives locally Related: Does vitamin D combat Covid? 2.58pm GMT German toddlers called Fritz or Adele could be invited for a Covid-19 vaccination while octogenarian Peters and Brigittes will not, as an overzealous interpretation of data privacy laws in one state has forced officials to guess people’s ages from their first names.Authorities in the northern German state of Lower Saxony claim legal hurdles blocked them from accessing official records when trying to send a written invitation for a vaccination appointment to all citizens aged over 80. Related: German Covid vaccine officials play name game to comply with data privacy laws Continue reading…

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Coronavirus live news: Pfizer cuts EU vaccine deliveries temporarily; non-EU travellers can’t enter France with rapid tests  
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