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A warning from the World Health Organization that Britain may face a new rise in the number of cases of Covid 19 despite the widespread vaccination campaign, and the discovery of a painting valued at tens of millions of dollars by the famous Renaissance painter Caravaggio, among the issues covered in British newspapers.
We start with the Guardian newspaper and a report by Aubrey Allegreti entitled “An official from the World Health Organization says that the number of cases of Covid 19 may rise again despite the rapid progress in the vaccination campaign.”
The report says that a prominent expert in the World Health Organization believes that the success of the British vaccine program is not sufficient to protect it from another wave of Corona virus that is not related to the increasing cases in Europe.
Dr Catherine Smallwood, chief emergency officer at the World Health Organization in Europe, said that confidence in vaccines may have declined after the changes in the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccination, with alternative options being offered to those under 30 amid concerns about the vaccine’s association with blood clots in cases of blood clotting. Rare.
In an interview, Smallwood said that there is still a “large number” of Covid 19 cases reported daily in Britain, and that “very severe restrictions” are holding them back.
Smallwood warned that Britain “is still vulnerable to the emergence and development of its own strain and the reappearance of cases without any interference from the rest of Europe.” She said the draconian measures taken nearly two months ago were “the reason the cases are still low at the moment – it’s not the vaccination.”
“The populations that are actually driving the transmission have not been fully vaccinated yet,” Smallwood said.
The newspaper says that the transmission of infection is more common among the younger groups, while priority has been given to vaccination for the elderly, who are more likely to become seriously ill or die from Covid 19.
The need to continue the vaccination process
And we move on to The Independent, whose editorial was titled “Fear of blood clots should not limit the momentum of vaccinations.”
The paper says the European Medicines Agency has concluded that blood clots are a “very rare side effect” of taking the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The British authorities were somewhat more cautious, classifying these side effects as a “strong possibility”.
The newspaper says that the possibility of clots forming due to the vaccine may affect a handful of people out of the many millions who have received it.
She adds that the vaccine is still safe, but among young people, under the age of 30, the balance of benefits is less ambiguous compared to their older counterparts.
The newspaper says that the other option other than getting the vaccine is for younger age groups to say that they refuse the vaccine, as they already know that the risk of death or serious disease that afflicts them from the Corona virus is very small.
In the opinion of the newspaper, the rejection of the vaccine by young people represents an underestimation of the harm that even a “mild” case of disease can inflict on a healthy young man or those around the patient.
We turn to the art and culture page in the Guardian newspaper and a report on a painting that proved to be by the famous Renaissance painter Caravaggio.
The paper says the painting, which was sold for roughly 1,500 euros before it was discovered to be by Caravaggio, could now be worth 50 million euros.
Before it was withdrawn from sale, the paper says, the auction house’s valuation of the painting, previously thought to be by a 17th-century Spanish artist named José de Ribera, was no more than 1,500 euros.
But an examination of the painting, depicting Christ, raised suspicions that the painting, dubbed “The Crown of Thorns”, may have belonged to the Italian master Michelangelo Merci da Caravaggio, prompting the Spanish government to impose a ban on the export of the painting.
Experts are now examining the painting, which measures 111 cm by 86 cm. The paper says that the confusion in the proportions of the painting can be understood. Ribera, the son of a shoemaker, studied in Rome and was a famous follower of Caravaggio and admired his style, and the use of strong contrasts between light and dark.