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British Defence Contractors Stand to Benefit From AUKUS Pact
The AUKUS announcement on 15 September preceded the news that BAE Systems PLc, the UK’s largest defence contractor and third biggest globally, along with Rolls Royce Holdings PLc, had been awarded a Ministry of Defence...
British Golf Club Workers Unearth Bronze Age Coffin
Workers at the Tetney Golf Club were tending to the landscape of the area when they unearthed an extraordinary find - a 4,000-year-old coffin that is believed to come from the Bronze Age. While Britain...
Theatre goers queue to scan their contact tracing app on July 21, 2021 in London, England. The NHS App vaccine passport uses iProov, a private company, to collect biometric facial recognition data for account verification. The NHS provides iProov with government identification data to complete the match. This information can also be queried by law enforcement.
UK Vaccine Passport App Sends Biometric Facial Recognition Data to Private Company, Shares With Law Enforcement
The vaccine passport app used by the United Kingdom’s public health system is using a private company to collect and process biometric facial recognition data, and the National Health Service (NHS) admits the data collected...
School staff check vaccine passport status for students and parents inside a school on September 13, 2021 in Turin, Italy. Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s administration intends to expand its vaccine status segregation requirement from the public sector to private sector employees.
No Jab? No Job. Italy to Extend Vaccine Passport to Private Sector Workers
The Italian government plans to use its authority to extend its Green Pass vaccine passport requirement from public sector workers to the private sector, according to comments given by a Minister on public radio.  In...
Pearls of Wisdom From British Centenarians
The  American journalist Alexander Chase once said, "memory is the thing we forget with," and yet memories may also be interwoven with the processes of recalling, reminiscing, reflecting, and memorializing. Most people would agree that...
An illustration picture shows a smartphone screen displaying a Covid-19 vaccine record on the National Health Service (NHS) app in London on May 18, 2021.
UK Government Scraps COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Plan
Sajid Javid, the UK’s Health Secretary, has announced that the government will not be mandating Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine passports for cinemas, nightclubs, and other large venues. The decision followed the intense public debate...
UK government is looking at whether to mandate vaccinations for NHS staff members.
UK Government Launches Consultation on Making Vaccination Compulsory for NHS Workforce
The UK government is considering making full COVID-19 vaccination a requirement for employment at the National Health Service (NHS). Last week, the government launched a consultation on the issue, exploring mandatory vaccination for all frontline...
Health workers of the Maccabi Health Services vaccination centre administer doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 injection inside the parking lot of the Givatayim Mall in Tel Aviv on January 26, 2021. An Aug. 25 preprint study by researchers from Maccabi Healthcare Services and two other hospitals found the vaccinated were 27 times more likely to develop symptomatic COVID breakthrough infection than the previously infected were for symptomatic reinfection.
Pfizer Vaccine Recipients at 27 Times Greater Risk of Symptomatic COVID Breakthrough than Natural Immunity: Large Israeli Study
A preprint study from Israel examining an extensive amount of the country’s medical data has found that natural exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), provides significantly greater immunity to the...
At least 10 vaccination centers in Greece have come under investigation after issuing fake certificates.
Health Centers in Greece Suspected of Issuing Bogus Certificates, Unvaccinated Medical Workers Protest in Athens
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has continued to appear on headlines from media outlets around the world. Vaccine passports and mandates are increasingly being implemented for travel and work. However, millions of people have...