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Coronavirus Surge Puts British Hospitals Under Tremendous Stress

Coronavirus Surge Puts British Hospitals Under Tremendous Stress

Coronavirus Surge Puts British Hospitals Under Tremendous Stress Britain's National Health Service is said to be at breaking point, with twice as many COVID-19 patients in hospitals than there were during the worst weeks of the pandemic last April.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsBritain's National Health Service is said to be at breaking point, with twice as many COVID-19 patients in hospitals than there were during the worst weeks of the pandemic last April.NPR thanks our sponsors

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Frank Langfitt
Jan 13
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U.K. And EU Agree To Last-Minute Brexit Trade Deal

U.K. And EU Agree To Last-Minute Brexit Trade Deal

Brexit Deal Hammered Out By U.K., E.U. In Final Days Before Deadline The agreement comes a week before the Brexit transition period ends. The pact averts a worst-case divorce that would have hurt the EU economy but damaged the British economy even more.With the clock ticking down, the United Kingdom and the European Union have finally agreed to a free trade deal a week before the Brexit transition period ends and 4 1/2 years since Britons voted in a landmark referendum to leave the EU. The two sides were able to reach agreement by resolving a difficult dispute over fishing. The issue: how...

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Frank Langfitt
Dec 24
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U.K. Tightens Rules As A Variant Of The COVID-19 Virus Spreads

U.K. Tightens Rules As A Variant Of The COVID-19 Virus Spreads

U.K. Tightens Rules As A Variant Of The COVID-19 Virus Spreads A mutation of the coronavirus was discovered spreading rapidly through London and other parts of England. Most of the country is now under a strict lockdown, and U.K. travelers face travel bans.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsA mutation of the coronavirus was discovered spreading rapidly through London and other parts of England. Most of the country is now under a strict lockdown, and U.K. travelers face travel bans.NOEL KING, HOST:Britain's prime minister, Boris Johnson, called an emergency meeting this morning. A...

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Frank Langfitt
Dec 21
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U.K., Russia Make Strides Toward Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution

U.K., Russia Make Strides Toward Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution

U.K., Russia Make Strides Toward Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution The United Kingdom and Russia both made big announcements on the coronavirus vaccine front this week.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThe United Kingdom and Russia both made big announcements on the coronavirus vaccine front this week.NPR thanks our sponsors

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Frank Langfitt
Dec 4
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U.K. Authorizes Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine For Emergency Use

U.K. Authorizes Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine For Emergency Use

U.K. Authorizes Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine For Emergency Use The U.K. has formally approved Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine, becoming the first Western country to approve its use for the general public.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThe U.K. has formally approved Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine, becoming the first Western country to approve its use for the general public.NPR thanks our sponsors

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Steve Inskeep
Dec 2
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Researchers Say 90% Of Recent Coronavirus Sequences In U.K. Came From Spain

Researchers Say 90% Of Recent Coronavirus Sequences In U.K. Came From Spain

Researchers Say 90% Of Recent Coronavirus Sequences In U.K. Came From Spain The U.K is on its second lockdown, and scientists say most sequences of new cases are from a coronavirus strain that originated in Spain — which British tourists brought home from summer vacations.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThe U.K is on its second lockdown, and scientists say most sequences of new cases are from a coronavirus strain that originated in Spain — which British tourists brought home from summer vacations.AILSA CHANG, HOST:One key to controlling the coronavirus is preventing its spread...

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Frank Langfitt
Nov 24
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What A Joe Biden Presidency Might Mean For The U.K.

What A Joe Biden Presidency Might Mean For The U.K.

What A Joe Biden Presidency Might Mean For The U.K. If President Trump is defeated in Tuesday's election, one loser could be British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Here's why.With Joe Biden ahead in the polls, many in Europe are wondering what U.S. foreign policy might look like if the former vice president wins the White House. If President Trump is defeated in Tuesday's election, one loser in the region could be British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Trump's closest ally in Europe. While Trump has often denigrated other European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French...

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Frank Langfitt
Nov 3
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2nd U.K. Coronavirus Lockdown Will Last At Least 4 Weeks

2nd U.K. Coronavirus Lockdown Will Last At Least 4 Weeks

2nd U.K. Coronavirus Lockdown Will Last At Least 4 Weeks British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the new lockdown will begin on Thursday and last until at least Dec. 2. Bars and restaurants can only offer take-out and non-essential shops most close.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the new lockdown will begin on Thursday and last until at least Dec. 2. Bars and restaurants can only offer take-out and non-essential shops most close.RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was desperate to avoid this. But after surging...

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Frank Langfitt
Nov 2
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U.K. Musicians Protest Government's COVID-19 Response With Music

U.K. Musicians Protest Government's COVID-19 Response With Music

U.K. Musicians Protest Government's COVID-19 Response With Music Hundreds of musicians turned out to play an orchestral number across from Britain's parliament in a protest of the pandemic-related drop in government financial aid to freelancers like themselves.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsHundreds of musicians turned out to play an orchestral number across from Britain's parliament in a protest of the pandemic-related drop in government financial aid to freelancers like themselves.STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:It's a hard time to be a musician because of the pandemic. Now the U.K....

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Frank Langfitt
Oct 9
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A Comparison Between German And U.K. Pandemic Responses

A Comparison Between German And U.K. Pandemic Responses

A Comparison Between German And U.K. Pandemic Responses The United Kingdom and Germany are both European liberal democracies. Their political cultures, however, are very different, and that has been emphasized by each country's response to the coronavirus.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThe United Kingdom and Germany are both European liberal democracies. Their political cultures, however, are very different, and that has been emphasized by each country's response to the coronavirus.NPR thanks our sponsors

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Frank Langfitt
Oct 7
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Trump Joins List Of World Leaders Who've Tested Positive For The Coronavirus

Trump Joins List Of World Leaders Who've Tested Positive For The Coronavirus

Trump Joins List Of World Leaders Who've Tested Positive For The Coronavirus : Live Updates: Trump Tests Positive For Coronavirus Most notably, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had previously tested positive.Updated at 1:29 p.m. ET President Trump's adds him to a growing list of world leaders who've contracted the virus that causes COVID-19. Most notably, Trump, who's 74, joins British Prime Minister , 56, and Brazilian President , 65. All three leaders have been criticized in their home countries for at times downplaying the severity of the...

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Benjamin Swasey
Oct 2
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