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ALOK SHARMA: How you can volunteer for a vaccine trial and help defeat coronavirus once and for all 

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Every one of us has a small but critical part to play in the battle against coronavirus. From washing our hands to wearing a face covering on public transport and in shops, every time we take one of these actions, we push the virus further into retreat.

But the best way to defeat this virus once and for all is finding a safe and effective vaccine, and, while scientists are leading the charge, the public can help by volunteering for trials.

We are asking people to register to participate in important clinical studies, helping to speed up the search for a vaccine and to end the pandemic sooner.

I am incredibly proud that, here in the UK, remarkable vaccine research is taking place right this second at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.

'The best way to defeat this virus once and for all is finding a safe and effective vaccine, and, while scientists are leading the charge, the public can help by volunteering for trials,' says Business Secretary Alok Sharma

'The best way to defeat this virus once and for all is finding a safe and effective vaccine, and, while scientists are leading the charge, the public can help by volunteering for trials,' says Business Secretary Alok Sharma

‘The best way to defeat this virus once and for all is finding a safe and effective vaccine, and, while scientists are leading the charge, the public can help by volunteering for trials,’ says Business Secretary Alok Sharma

Backed with more than £130million of Government funding, this vital work is being led by some of the world’s best minds in science and research.

As a Government, we are backing every horse in the race to ensure the British public can be vaccinated against this disease as soon as possible. On Monday, we announced new partnerships with some of the world’s foremost pharmaceutical and vaccine companies, including the BioNTech/Pfizer alliance and Valneva – with many more in the pipeline.

Thanks to these agreements, we have secured early access to 90million doses of promising vaccine candidates, ensuring that people in the UK can be protected from the moment a safe and effective vaccine becomes available.

This is on top of a pivotal deal between AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford for 100million doses if the Oxford vaccine is successful. While incredible research is ongoing, it is only right we develop a new manufacturing base to produce millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine rapidly.

So we will invest in a new state-of-the-art Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Braintree, Essex. This facility will complement the Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC), which is currently under construction in Oxfordshire and will have the capacity to produce enough vaccine doses to serve the entire UK population in as little as six months.

Alok Sharma says: 'While incredible research is ongoing, it is only right we develop a new manufacturing base to produce millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine rapidly'

Alok Sharma says: 'While incredible research is ongoing, it is only right we develop a new manufacturing base to produce millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine rapidly'

Alok Sharma says: ‘While incredible research is ongoing, it is only right we develop a new manufacturing base to produce millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine rapidly’

Over the past few months, we have been cautiously and gradually reopening our economy, and it is fantastic to see so many shops, pubs, hairdressers, and other businesses taking necessary steps to keep customers and workers safe.

But we all know that the best way to defeat this disease once and for all, and really get our economy firing on all cylinders again so we can protect and create jobs, is by finding a safe and effective vaccine.

Finding a vaccine takes time and there are no guarantees. We must remember that coronavirus is a new disease, which presents new challenges.

But I know our researchers will rise to this challenge, buoyed by the knowledge that the nation is standing behind them, willing them on to success. Volunteers can play their part by signing up at nhs.uk/researchcontact.

Every member of the public has a supporting role to play as we await that momentous breakthrough.

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Ruthless people smugglers are offering ‘kids go free’ deals to lure migrants across Channel

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People smugglers are offering migrants ‘kids go free deals’ while dropping their prices for small-boat Channel crossings. 

Desperate parents are being told they don’t have to pay to carry babies and toddlers as the ruthless smugglers lure them into completing the perilous crossings. 

In some cases, the gangs have even dropped their prices from £5,000 to £500 in an attempt to encourage more families to cross to Britain from Calais. 

It comes as another 19 people made the journey from France to England yesterday, taking the total number of migrants to make the crossing to around 4,000.

Home Office figures suggest some 677 people, including at least one toddler, were caught making the perilous trip between Thursday and Sunday.

Migrants arrive in Dover this morning, the latest group to make the perilous crossing from Calais to the UK

Migrants arrive in Dover this morning, the latest group to make the perilous crossing from Calais to the UK

It is unclear how many arrived in Dover this morning, following days of UK government anger at the numbers crossings

It is unclear how many arrived in Dover this morning, following days of UK government anger at the numbers crossings

A group of migrants crossing the Channel in a small boat headed in the direction of Dover yesterday

A group of migrants crossing the Channel in a small boat headed in the direction of Dover yesterday

A tiny baby was spotted arriving in Dover with its family last week after crossing the Channel in a dinghy - carried in what appears to be a gym bag

A tiny baby was spotted arriving in Dover with its family last week after crossing the Channel in a dinghy – carried in what appears to be a gym bag

A Border Force official brings a child to land after vessels crossed from Calais to the UK yesterday

A Border Force official brings a child to land after vessels crossed from Calais to the UK yesterday

News of the cut price deals is sure to raise alarms as the British government pledges to tackle the crossings. 

A law enforcement official commented on the ‘special offers’, adding that the smugglers will do anything to ‘make their profit from misery’.

British officials have also been briefed on intelligence showing how the gangs are cutting their prices.

A charity worker in northern France told The Sun: ‘We’ve spoken to people intercepted en route to the UK who have told us how babies and infants are getting into dinghies for free. Younger children and teenagers are being allowed on for just a few hundred pounds a time.’

A source added: ‘The prices these gangmasters charge has dropped a hell of a lot recently.

‘They are also tempting people by saying if you get stopped you can try again and again until you do cross.’

The latest revelations also highlight the horrifying lengths migrants are going to in an attempt to avoid deportation. 

A source said that some are arriving with burnt or shaved off fingerprints, while carrying no ID, which make it impossible to determine who they are or where they come from.   

It comes amid a crackdown on the migrant crossings from the British government. 

Almost 4,000 migrants have crossed the Channel to the UK so far this year. Pictured: Children are picked up by the Border Force vessel Hunter after being brought into Dover, Kent on small boats crossing the English Channel

Almost 4,000 migrants have crossed the Channel to the UK so far this year. Pictured: Children are picked up by the Border Force vessel Hunter after being brought into Dover, Kent on small boats crossing the English Channel

Priti Patel will today demand French co-operation in a massive new ‘blockade’ of the Channel to crack down on the migrant crisis.

The Home Secretary will refuse to hand over any more taxpayers’ money to fund operations on French soil unless Emmanuel Macron‘s government steps up action on illegal crossings.

The French will also be expected to accept deportations of larger numbers of migrants who cross illegally, as well as failed asylum seekers, as part of a potential £30million deal.

Boris Johnson branded the Channel crossings a ‘very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do’ as he hinted at changing laws to tackle the deepening crisis.

The PM said the UK needed to ‘look at the legal framework’ for migrants who have arrived in the UK illegally, adding it was ‘very, very difficult to then send them away again.’

In proposals being outlined at a summit in Paris with Home Office minister Chris Philp this morning, it is understood the UK will set out how it hopes migrant boats can be barred from crossing the strait.

Home Secretary Priti Patel headed to Dover yesterday, and was seen disembarking from a police boat that had been out in the Channel earlier that morning

Home Secretary Priti Patel headed to Dover yesterday, and was seen disembarking from a police boat that had been out in the Channel earlier that morning

Royal Navy vessels and Border Force patrol boats will be used to block their path, even deploying nets to entangle propellers and floating ‘booms’, it is understood.

French patrol boats, which currently ‘escort’ migrant boats across the Channel, will be expected to take part in the operation to return the small ships to French beaches, officials said. 

In a further demand, more migrants who reach British shores should be sent straight back to France.

However, it is understood the proposed deal will not set a target for the number of deportations.

The UK will also urge the French to fingerprint migrants in the Calais camps. 

Migrants’ ‘biometrics’ will then be uploaded to an existing EU database, known as EURODAC, so that anyone who later claims asylum in the UK can be returned under EU rules.

In the last five years the UK has given France £114million to fund operations against illegal migrants and people traffickers. But numbers are spiralling, with more than 4,300 arriving so far this year compared to 1,850 in all of 2019.

Yesterday British military assets were deployed for the first time to tackle the flow of small boats, with an RAF aircraft carrying out a surveillance flight. Miss Patel also boarded a police launch from Dover to witness operations.

‘The number of illegal small boat crossings we have seen recently is totally unacceptable,’ she said.

‘Our operational partners are dealing with complex challenges associated with them and collectively with the French we need to make this route unviable.

‘Across Government we are absolutely committed to shutting down this route and we will bring down the criminal gangs that facilitate these illegal crossings.’ 

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Boyfriend’s reaction is hilarious as woman attempts the ‘influencer challenge’

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One woman secretly recorded her boyfriend’s reaction as she joined the ‘influencer challenge’ by making wild claims about her diet, which left him more than a little perplexed.

The light-hearted video was filmed at the couple’s home in St Petersburg, Florida.

The woman pretended to launch into a spiel about her ‘new diet and exercise regime’ which both she, and her confused other half, knew was a pack of lies.

In the clip, the woman’s boyfriend can be seen sat at the kitchen table in a checkered shirt and with his laptop on his knee as she begins her fake broadcast.

He scoops his phone off the table as she begins: ‘Hey ladies, I wanted to go live and talk to you about my weight loss routine and what’s going on.

‘It’s been about a month now, I’ve changed my eating habits, I’ve cut out carbs completely, I don’t eat any sugar at all…’

The light-hearted video was filmed at the couple's home in St Petersburg, Florida, as one woman secretly recorded her boyfriend's reaction as she joined the 'influencer challenge'

He looked up at her and started to silently giggle at her wild diet claims as he tried not to ruin her live broadcast

The light-hearted video was filmed at the couple’s home in St Petersburg, Florida, as one woman secretly recorded her boyfriend’s reaction as she joined the ‘influencer challenge’

The woman’s boyfriend, who has been unfazed until now, raises his head slightly and looks into the distance as if trying to work out what had just been said.

But he remains quiet as she continues: ‘I had to watch Kendall eat a waffle today and it pained me because I couldn’t have any of it. And yes that includes alcohol, I have not had alcohol in a month.’

At this point, the unnamed man looks up from his laptop and pulls a face as he gestures toward the glass of white wine sitting on the table in front of her.

He smiles wryly and scrunches his eyes shut in disbelief as he tries not to ruin her live broadcast.

The woman continues: ‘It is tough but its worth it.’

The man picks up an iced juice bottle just as his mischievous girlfriend claims to walk between 8,000 and 10,000 steps every day

The man picks up an iced juice bottle just as his mischievous girlfriend claims to walk between 8,000 and 10,000 steps every day

The man spits his drink across the room as he bursts into laughter. He dribbles the rest out of his mouth as the woman momentarily stops her apparent broadcast before he apologies and she can continue

The man spits his drink across the room as he bursts into laughter. He dribbles the rest out of his mouth as the woman momentarily stops her apparent broadcast before he apologies and she can continue

Her boyfriend then throws his head into his hands as he silently giggles knowing that what she is supposedly telling her followers are blatant lies. 

But the mischievous woman is not done yet as she launches into another tirade of embellishments which prompt varying reactions from her boyfriend.

She says: ‘I walk as much as possible so I look at my phone everyday and I try to get between 8,000 and 10,000 steps.’

This particular statement causes the man, who had just picked up an iced juice bottle, to spit his drink across the room as he bursts into laughter.

He dribbles the rest out of his mouth as the woman momentarily stops her apparent broadcast before he apologies and she can continue.  

Speaking after recording, the woman behind the prank said: ‘My boyfriend thought I was Live in my Facebook group talking about my new diet and exercise routine. 

‘However, everything I was saying was lies. I made sure to eat sugar and carbs in front of him all day so he knew I wasn’t dieting.’ 

The clip, which was filmed on August 4, was part of a viral influencer challenge popular on TikTok.

Those filming have to pretend to be an influencer and record a message on their phone in front of a partner, friend or family member while secretly recording their reaction with their camera flipped.     

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Can YOU correctly pass a kid’s quiz on Capital cities?

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This multiple choice geography quiz is designed for children – but it promises to put even the brightest adult minds to the test. 

The 25-question challenge, created by Terry Stein for US-based trivia website Playbuzz, is said to have been made with young minds in mind but is so difficult that just 3 per cent of adults are able to score full marks.  

Featuring predominately questions about places in Europe, the creator said most people are unable to answer at least 22 questions correctly. 

So, how many do you know? Scroll down to take the test and check your answers at the bottom.  

The internet has been stumped by a Playbuzz quiz on the world's capital cities (file image)

The internet has been stumped by a Playbuzz quiz on the world’s capital cities (file image) 

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ANSWERS

 1 Vienna

2 Moscow

3 Prague

4 Warsaw

5 Stockholm

6 Amsterdam

7 Brussels

8 Reykjavik

9 Kiev

10 Athens

11 Rome

12 London

13 Paris

 14 Berlin

15 Bucharest

16 Sofia

17 Belgrade

18 Oslo

19 Nicosia

20 Copenhagen

21 Budapest

22 Madrid

23 Helsinki

24 Dublin

25 Ankara

 

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