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A regular podcast from ITV News, with our team of specialist correspondents plus guests providing information, advice and analysis you can trust about the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK and around the world.

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A regular podcast from ITV News, with our team of specialist correspondents plus guests providing information, advice and analysis you can trust about the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK and around the world.

    Your questions answered as under-40s to be given AstraZeneca Covid jab alternative

    Your questions answered as under-40s to be given AstraZeneca Covid jab alternative

    Following the announcement that people under the age of 40 will be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, ITV News Science Editor Tom Clarke answers your questions on the matter.

    • 16 min
    Could all care home staff be forced to have the vaccine?

    Could all care home staff be forced to have the vaccine?

    Could all staff at care homes be forced to have the vaccine? Should families get more access rights to visit their loved ones? And is enough being done to care for the nation's carers?

    Lucrezia Millarini puts those burning questions and more to ITV News UK Editor Paul Brand, who has won awards for his work uncovering the Covid crisis in care homes since the start of the pandemic.

    Paul examines the debate on vaccination from both sides, shares why some staff remain hesitant to get jabbed despite seeing the impact of the virus on the most vulnerable, plus looks at other big challenges ahead for the industry.

    • 17 min
    What's plunged India into crisis and what's the UK doing to help?

    What's plunged India into crisis and what's the UK doing to help?

    With soaring infection rates and deaths in the hundreds of thousands, India has swiftly become the centre of the world's focus on the pandemic at its worst.

    For this special episode, Ria Chatterjee is joined by fellow ITV News Reporter Sangita Lal and ITV News's Rundown presenter Rishi Davda to discuss how things have got so bad for the country in such a short space of time - and what the UK is doing to help.

    Sangita shares what she's learned from talking to doctors across the country, while Rishi shares the range of experiences - and opinions - he's canvassed across Mumbai.

    Plus, Ria outlines why a lack of leadership and decision making is being blamed for plunging one of the world's largest nations into mass desperation.

    • 21 min
    The extraordinary and very personal testimony of a grieving daughter

    The extraordinary and very personal testimony of a grieving daughter

    After interviewing those stricken by grief in a pandemic which is ravaging her nation, Indian journalist Barkha Dutt has now experienced the pain herself with the death of her father.

    This powerful interview with Julie Etchingham for ITV's News At Ten was recorded just hours later.

    Barkha wanted to speak out about the situation in her country and send a clear warning that the desperate scenes in India could have global ramifications.

    Listen to her extraordinary and very personal testimony.

    • 9 min
    Understanding the real reasons for vaccine hesitancy within ethnic minorities

    Understanding the real reasons for vaccine hesitancy within ethnic minorities

    Compassion. Empathy. Understanding. When the issue of vaccine hesitancy is discussed they're often in short supply.

    ITV News Northern Reporter Sangita Lal attempts to challenge that in the latest edition of Coronavirus: What You Need To Know as she explores the reasons why some ethnic minorities are still, despite some recent improvements, reluctant to get the jab.

    She's joined by Dr Shehla Imtiaz-Umer, a GP who is part of the British Islamic Medical Association, and Sham Lal, who is an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (and her cousin!).

    Both attempt to shine a light on the most misunderstood reasons for hesitancy - while Dr Imtiaz-Umer answers the tricky question: how do you persuade someone who refuses to take paracetamol on the grounds that it's artificial that they should take the vaccine?

    • 16 min
    Can our vaccines handle the Indian variant? Plus the 'best news' that's emerged

    Can our vaccines handle the Indian variant? Plus the 'best news' that's emerged

    Can our vaccines handle the various variants that have emerged at this stage of the pandemic?

    Science Editor Tom Clarke tells Lucrezia Millarini what you need to know on the new threat of the Indian variant and how all the major vaccines are adapting to protect us.

    He explains why the tweaked vaccines can be fast-tracked without safety fears before the pair share in the "best news" that's emerged for a long time as more evidence shows the vaccines' ability to stave off infections.

    • 17 min

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