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The Thai island of Phuket is racing to vaccinate as many people as possible in the hope that, if 70% of the population receives a dose before 1 July, the island will become the first Thai destination to reopen to foreign tourists.

If the island can build its immunity, it could soon come back to life again, said infectious disease nurse Bang-orn Rungruang, who is helping to coordinate vaccines at the Angsana Convention and Exhibition Space. The pandemic, she said, had devastated the island’s businesses.

“It was like a domino effect. With no tourists coming into Phuket, the economy just collapsed: no buyers, no sellers.”

The island, famed for its idyllic beaches, drew 10 million visitors a year before the pandemic, and the economic impact of the virus has been felt by almost all residents.

Drivers who once ferried around an endless stream of tourists can now barely afford to lease their vehicles. Street sellers have packed up

It is hoped that Phuket, which is set to ease restrictions from 1 July, could provide a model for the rest of the country, and potentially other tourism destinations in Asia.

“We will be the first country east of Maldives to open up,” said Ravi Chandran, managing director of Laguna Phuket, a resort in the island’s north-west, who described the programme as a stepping stone towards restarting tourism.

Tourists on Phuket in 2016. The Covid pandemic has wrecked the regional economy.Photograph: Adrian Baker/Alamy

Tourists on Phuket in 2016. The Covid pandemic has wrecked the regional economy. Photograph: Adrian Baker/Alamy

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The drive to vaccinate all adults over the age of 18 in the UK could lead to the concentration of Covid-19 cases in schoolchildren, a leading British virologist has warned.

Under-18s would then become reservoirs in which new variants of the virus could arise, said Julian Tang, of Leicester University.

Tang was speaking as Public Health England revealed a 79% rise in one week in cases of the Delta variant of Covid, first identified in India. A race is now on between the vaccination programme and the emergence of a third wave of the virus, say scientists.

Many believe there are grounds for cautious optimism that the vaccine will hold back hospitalisations and deaths in the wake of rising case numbers triggered by last month’s partial release of lockdown measures, as well as the arrival of the Delta variant.

People queueing at a mass vaccination centre for over-18s in London this weekend. Photograph: Maciek Musialek/Rex

People queueing at a mass vaccination centre for over-18s in London this weekend. Photograph: Maciek Musialek/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

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Bookings surge at London stadium vaccination centres

Londoners received tens of thousands of Covid jabs in just a few hours on Saturday as football grounds in the capital were transformed into mass vaccination centres.

Huge jab clinics have been set up at West Ham’s London Stadium, Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Valley, home of Charlton Athletic, and Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park.

Smaller events are taking place in community venues in a drive to vaccinate as many Londoners as possible on what has been dubbed a “super Saturday”.

Young people in the capital had been urged to book vaccination slots as Covid-19 cases are soaring among children and young adults. The number of people infected with the virus is increasing rapidly in England, doubling every 11 days.

People queue outside an NHS Vaccination Clinic at West Ham’s London Stadium in Stratford, east London.

People queue outside an NHS Vaccination Clinic at West Ham’s London Stadium in Stratford, east London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

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