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NEWS ROUNDUP: Lockdown restrictions ease & pregnant women to receive vaccine in first trial

 

Lockdown has eased further and a trial to determine the effects of the coronavirus vaccine on pregnant women has begun in Newcastle.

Lockdown restrictions have eased further, seeing the return of indoor dining and many entertainment venues opening back up. It's a mixed picture in the region as coronavirus cases are increasing in some areas, but serious illness and hospitalisation from the virus does remain low.

Scrapping heroin treatment
Cleveland's new Police & Crime Commissioner has been criticised after announcing that funding for a heroin treatment scheme will be cut when the current funding runs out in September. Commissioner Steve Turner has said he hasn't seen any evidence that the treatment reduces crime. Councillor Chris Jones, who stood against Turner, says he thinks he's making a mistake.
Vaccine pregnancy trial 

The UKs first study to determine if the Covid vaccine is safe for pregnant women has begun in Newcastle. The research will see if the Pfizer-BioNtech jab can be administered during pregnancy without any adverse side effects. A similar study in the US raised no safety concerns.


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