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A third Pfizer COVID-19 shot? Trial set to begin in Austin next month

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As of Saturday, nearly 63% of people in Travis County ages 12 and up have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

On Friday, Austin Public Health leaders said they’re biggest challenge now is getting that last percentage of the population vaccinated.

Meanwhile, vaccine makers are already preparing for the possibility of additional booster shots, with a trial for Pfizer’s third shot set to begin in Austin next month.

“My business took a major hit,” says Nico Saldivar, who has signed up with Benchmark Research for that trial.

After a close call with COVID-19 exposure during the pandemic, the massage therapist decided to go from 25 hours a week to zero.

“People weren’t calling for massages and if they were, I wasn’t necessarily quite ready, I guess, to risk it,” he says.

When the opportunity opened to participate in Benchmark’s initial Pfizer COVID-19 trial for adults, he took it, and not just to protect himself.

“It’s kind of helping the world get back to normal,” Saldivar says.

Benchmark’s Pfizer booster shot trial is only open to previous participants, with enrollment ending Aug. 8.

“These are subjects who participated in the original study that led to the approval — or the EUA approval,” says Cynthia Dukes, Benchmark Research’s chief business officer.

Right now, the CDC says the need and timing “for COVID-19 booster doses have not been established…” and aren’t recommended at this time.

But Pfizer hopes to enroll 10,000 globally for their study, with each site, including Benchmark in Austin, aiming for 250.

“I attend the WHO-CDC meetings and the discussion is this will probably be like flu, where we will run year-round surveillance and vaccinate every year and tweak the vaccine for strains as required, just like we do for influenza,” Dukes says.

She adds that because the Coronavirus tends to mutate more quickly, a booster may be needed even more frequently.

“There’s also been some discussion that may be looking at the variants once a year, like we do with flu, may not be enough; we may need to do it twice a year,” she says.

Benchmark aims to start their trial here in Austin on June 28, with participants ages 16 and up.

Saldivar sees it as a chance to help science stay ahead of the virus.

“It’s scary; I do– I have some backup plans cooking up where maybe I don’t necessarily have to take such a financial hit if massage kind of gets squashed out, again,” he says.

But he’s hoping he doesn’t have to use them.

“I’m just ready to be back to normal without the fear of it coming back, again,” he says.

Benchmark Research says they have more booster dose trials for other companies coming up but can’t disclose those, just yet.

Author: Tahera Rahman
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Post Office shares cheapest summer holiday destinations – green list Portugal comes third

The easing of lockdown restrictions comes on May 17 as the country heads into the third stage of the roadmap out of lockdown. With international travel having been banned for several months, holidaymakers could once again return to their favourite locations, and save a few pounds while they’re there too. 
A traffic light system has been drawn up categorising countries around the globe based on their COVID-19 risk levels.

It consists of a “green list”, an “amber list” and a “red list”.

Travellers returning from a “green list” country means that they will not have to quarantine on return and will only be required to take one coronavirus test post-arrival.

The list includes countries like Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

READ MORE: Martin Lewis shares the safest way to book summer holidays

Countries on the list include Brazil, India, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

With money being tight for many people this year, Post Office has revealed the cheapest summer holiday destinations.

The annual Post Office Travel Money Holiday Money Report brings news that Portugal not only emerges as the cheapest in the eurozone and third cheapest of 46 surveyed for the Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer but it also rates as the country that holidaymakers think offers the best value for money.

Madeira also makes it into the top 10 with Bulgaria, which is currently on the “amber” list, being the destination where holidaymakers will actually find the cheapest prices for a range of eight staples.

This includes a three-course evening meal for two with wine, beer, wine, large bottle of water and sun cream.

In the top 10 is also Spain, South Africa, Vietnam and Bali.

Nick Boden, Post Office Head of Travel Money, which accounts for one-in-four UK foreign exchange transactions, said: “People who are hoping to take an overseas holiday and have not decided on their destination should make sure they know the regulations that apply to countries they are considering at the time of booking.

“When budgeting for their holiday, they should include all the costs of travel abroad in their planning.  This does not just mean comparing package prices or flight costs but also doing their homework to check how resort prices have changed since their last trip.  Big falls in many European and long haul resorts spell good news – so choose carefully.”

Thailand was also named the best value long haul destination with a score of 81 percent, rising to 92 percent among past visitors.

Post Office Travel Money’s Nick Boden said: “Sterling’s strength against the majority of holiday currencies means it really ought to play an important part in decisions about where to travel abroad.  

“The purchasing power of the pound means people changing £500 into US dollars or East Caribbean dollars, the currency for Antigua, St Lucia and Grenada, will get the equivalent of around £61 extra.  

The Post Office is the UK’s leading foreign currency provider, offering around 60 currencies for pre-order at around 7,000 Post Office branches or online at www.postoffice.co.uk/travel for next day branch or home delivery.  3,600 larger Post Office branches stock the leading currencies and around 7,000 offer euros over the counter without pre-order.  

These can also be ordered online for same day “click and collect” at selected branches, next day collection at any branch or home delivery.

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Severe Weather Expected in South for Third Straight Day

Forecasters expect severe weather, including flash flooding and the possibility of tornadoes, to continue threatening much of the southern United States on Tuesday, after two days of storms caused widespread damage and killed at least two people.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said there was an “enhanced risk” of severe thunderstorms for large stretches of the South, including southern Mississippi and west-central Alabama. There, damaging winds of up to 70 miles per hour and hail up to the size of golf balls were likely from late Tuesday morning into the early evening, with tornadoes possible, according to the forecast office in Jackson, Miss.

The area was placed under a flash flood watch, with as much as two to four inches of rain within three hours having the potential to flood roads and threaten structures.

Much of central Tennessee was under a severe thunderstorm watch Tuesday morning, with concerns of wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and quarter-sized hail. “An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out,” meteorologists said.

In Georgia, forecasters warned “several rounds of strong to severe storms” could be possible into Tuesday night.

The threat of more severe weather comes after two days of the region being battered by storms, which included tornadoes touching down in Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Texas.

One man died when power lines and a tree fell on his vehicle outside Atlanta, according to the authorities. And a woman in Bonaire, Ga., died when a tree fell onto her home, the Houston County Emergency Management Agency said.

Tens of thousands of people were without power Tuesday morning in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that tracks loss of service. Cities and towns across the South reported structural damage from tornadoes, high winds and punishing rains, with images and videos on social media showing uprooted trees and damaged buildings.

In Texas, local news outlets reported at least two tornadoes on Monday. Three people were injured, one seriously, when three 18-wheelers flipped and several other vehicles were involved in a crash on Interstate 35 near Dallas, according to WFAA, a Dallas news station.

April was a quiet month for severe weather in the United States, with half of the usual number of severe weather reports, the fewest tornado reports since 2000 and the fourth-fewest tornado watches on record, according to the National Weather Service.

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SIXTY MILLION more Pfizer Covid vaccines secured for UK in autumn booster drive to prevent third wave

Author: Terri-Ann Williams
This post originally appeared on Health News – The Sun

SIXTY million extra Pfizer vaccines have been secured for the UK – as the government stockpiles Autumn booster jabs to prevent a third wave.

Boris Johnson has already warned of a fresh wave of infections and experts said extra Covid doses for the vulnerable could be available by September.

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Health secretary Matt Hancock this evening addressed the nation at a Downing Street press conference

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Health secretary Matt Hancock this evening addressed the nation at a Downing Street press conference
Millions more doses are coming the UK's way to continue the rollout efforts

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Millions more doses are coming the UK’s way to continue the rollout effortsCredit: LNP

It comes ahead of the rollout extension to under-40s, expected in the next few weeks, and takes the total UK order to 100 million doses.

All over-50s will be given a third booster jab against new variants this autumn to prevent a killer winter wave, under plans leaked to The Sun.

The extra 60 million Pfizer doses will add to the UK’s growing armoury of vaccines – with deals now in place for 517 million shots of eight different types.  

Addressing the nation at a Downing Street press conference this evening, Matt Hancock said: “The vaccine is helping us to bring back our freedom and we must protect that programme.

“So we are working on our plans for booster shots too. To keep us safe and free here, while we get this disease under control across the whole world, we have been working on a programme of booster shots for over a year now.

“I’m delighted to tell you we’ve been able to secure an extra 60 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.”

It comes as:

Mr Hancock added that the “evidence is stacking up” that the vaccine protects you and your loved ones.

He added: “These further 60 million doses will be used, alongside others, as part of our booster programme from later this year, so we can protect the progress that we’ve all made.”

Mr Hancock added that these jabs have not yet been manufactured and that further 60million doses is a forward order.

He added: “We are going to have to live with coronavirus much like we do with flu. It’s something we do things about, like infection controls in hospitals, like vaccinations… but it isn’t something that dominates our lives like it does today.”

Vaccines have a direct link to antibodies and protecting people from infection and data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today showed that seven in 10 Brits now have antibodies.

“We’re looking at whether the second dose gives an even bigger effect.

“We know that indoor settings have the highest risk of transmission so these results are really encouraging in terms of the impact of the vaccine on reducing transmission”, Mr Hancock added.

Earlier today Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England (PHE) said: “Vaccines are vital in helping us return to a normal way of life.

“Not only do vaccines reduce the severity of illness and prevent hundreds of deaths every day, we now see they also have an additional impact on reducing the chance of passing Covid-19 on to others.”

Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and chief investigator of the Oxford vaccine trial earlier this week said “updated” vaccines to protect against the South African and potentially other new variants would be ready by September or October.

He said: “They can certainly be available for the last quarter of this year.

“We are talking to the other developers and everyone is working towards that timeline to have updated vaccines available.

“The main thing is to change the sequence of the spike protein so it matches some of the new variants.”

NHS England’s Dr Nikki Kanani was also present at the Downing Street press conference along with Professor Jonathan Vam Tam.

Prof Van Tam this evening said that the government is confident that jabs will protect against variants

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Prof Van Tam this evening said that the government is confident that jabs will protect against variantsCredit: PA

The pair emphasised how important the vaccine rollout is and thanked Brits for taking part in coronavirus trials with Dr Kanani stating that around 20,000 lives had been saved by drugs such as dexamethasone.

Prof Van Tam added that the vaccine programme had always been rolled out with scientific uncertainty and said the idea had always been there to give booster jabs to Brits as other variants continue to circulate.

Surge testing is in place in some parts of the country to detect these cases and Prof Van Tam added: “We are extremely confident that our current vaccines are working extremely well against the dominant variant in the UK.”

Earlier this week the NHS booking system opened up to anyone over-42.

The UK’s drugs regulator is set to make a decision tomorrow on the safety of giving the AZ vaccine to under-40s.

Currently anyone between 18-29 is offered an alternative jab, after the small risk of blood clots were found in younger people.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is set to hold a crunch meeting to discuss whether the benefits of the jab in preventing Covid disease outweigh the tiny risk of blood clots tomorrow.

But if health chiefs decide to restrict use of the AstraZeneca jab further, it could slow the programme down.

At the current rate, it is expected people in England in their 30s could be offered their jab within a couple of weeks.

It has already been decided that those under 30 years old will be offered an alternative jab from Pfizer or Moderna.

Deputy chair of the JCVI Professor Anthony Harnden told MPs at the Science and Technology Committee: “We are meeting twice a week at the moment, and almost all the discussions have been about whether to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to under-40s. 

“We will be meeting tomorrow and will be making a decision.”

HOW MANY DOSES DOES THE UK HAVE?

Here we break down the 517 doses the UK has on order

  • Pfizer/BioNTech for 100 million doses – including the additional 60 million doses
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca for 100 million doses
  • Moderna for 17 million doses
  • Janssen for 30 million doses
  • Novavax for 60 million doses
  • Valneva for 100 million doses
  • GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur for 60 million doses
  • CureVac for 50 million doses 

Last week the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published their latest findings, noting there is a 19 per cent fatality rate in those who develop blood clots with low platelet counts, after the AstraZenca jab.

It comes after a review recommended under-30s be offered different shots as a “course correction” after the MHRA found a “reasonably plausible link”.

SIDE EFFECTS

Side effects can occur with all medications and vaccines and this is no different for coronavirus vaccines.

Most people will not have any side effects after their jab, but those who do have reported pain at the site of injection, flu-like symptoms and fatigue.

Up to April 14, the MHRA said it had 168 reports of major thromboembolic events (blood clots) following the AstraZeneca jab.

The latest report detailed that these events occurred in 93 women and 75 men aged between 18-93 years old.

There were 32 deaths caused by the clots – with a fatality rate of 19 per cent and one case was reported after a second dose.

Why vaccines bring us closer together

Pfizer’s head of vaccines, Darius Hughes said the pandemic has also once again demonstrated the power of immunisation as a public health intervention.

He said: “This week is World Immunisation Week, with the theme of ‘vaccines bring us closer’.

“The World Health Organization is calling for greater engagement globally on the wider health and well-being benefits that immunisation can bring, with the aim of increasing uptake of vaccines and encouraging investment to help remove barriers to access.”

Mr Hughes stated that prevention can help government better manage public health.

He said everyone needs to work together collectively to support people in making their own choices and managing their own health.

he added: “Milestones like World Immunisation Week are important in helping to raise public awareness of the value of vaccinations throughout our lives.

“With a renewed focus on keeping people well – not just making them better – we believe that we can support more people to live as they want, contribute to a more sustainable NHS and build a healthier and more resilient future for Britain.”

Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was also reported in 77 cases, with the average age of patients presenting with this condition being 47.

A further 91 patients had other major thromboembolic events with concurrent thrombocytopenia.

The rollout of the jab had been paused in Europe but had continued in the UK and one in four UK adults are now fully vaccinated after a record number of second doses were dished out in a week.

It means a quarter have had both jabs – a total of 13,201,811 people.

Women are not at increased risk of blood clots after AstraZeneca vaccine, evidence suggests

Third time unlucky: Bremen's Friedl takes unfortunate hat-trick of rapid-fire hits in Bundesliga clash (VIDEO)

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A Werder Bremen player “took one” – or rather three – for the team in a Bundesliga clash this afternoon.

During an away clash with Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon, Marco Friedl got in the way of a ferocious shot from Robert Andrich with the score til tied at 1-1.

The ball hitting him in the nether regions, Friedl naturally went to ground where he was then struck once more in the mid-section by Andrich as he attempted to get a cross in.

As the ball went out to the wing and the referee had already whistled to stop play, Andrich made it third time unlucky by blasting it straight at Friedl’s feet.

“Spare your thoughts for Werder Bremen’s Marco Friedl who had quite an unfortunate day…,” ran a caption to an official Bundesliga clip of the incident.

ESPN went with: “Talk about taking one for the team…”

And this caused one user to reply, “He put his kids on the line too”.

Many others were reminded of the fictional sports character Scott Sterling, therefore taking the opportunity to post a lauded sketch in which, as a goalkeeper, he saves an incoming ball with his head.

Becoming an internet sensation, the clip went viral with over 20 million views on YouTube in a matter of months.

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Vaccine latest: Third jab needed SIX months after second and then annually – Pfizer

It has long been mooted that coronavirus will become an annual event, much like the flu. Such speculation has been lent further weight after Pfizer Inc’s CEO said he believes people will ‘likely’ need a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. CEO Albert Bourla said a potential booster shot would be administered six to 12 months of being fully vaccinated.
Bourla made the announcement during a panel discussion hosted by CNBC in conjunction with CVS Health taped on April 1.

During the panel discussion, the Pfizer CEO went one step further, suggesting that people get vaccinated annually following their third jab.

“There are vaccines that are like polio that one dose is enough…and there are vaccines like flu than you need every year,” he said.

“The Covid virus looks more like the influenza virus than the polio virus.”

READ MORE: AstraZeneca blood clots: Three areas of the body where the blood clots appear – symptoms

Administering the jab annually should corner the virus, achieving what is commonly referred to as “herd immunity.”

‘It is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus,’ Bourla said during panel discussion.

The long-term immunity offered by the current crop of coronavirus vaccines is unknown but research suggests the Pfizer vaccine is highly effective in the short-term.

A study led by University of Birmingham researchers and supported by the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium, compared antibody and cellular immune responses between the AstraZeneca and the Pfizer jab in over 80s.

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For the study, researchers collected blood samples from 165 people who were 80 to 99-years of age and living independently.

Seventy-six people received one dose of the Pfizer vaccine and 89 received one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Samples were collected five to six weeks after the first vaccine dose.

Spike-specific antibodies were present in the majority of people in both groups; 93 percent after the Pfizer vaccine and 87 percent after the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Am I eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine?

Everyone aged 45 and over can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

People at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable), can also get the COVID-19 vaccine.

You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS if you’re eligible.

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Third man pleads guilty in son's murder-for-hire plot to kill his father

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A third man has plead guilty to the 2018 murder of Austin jeweler Ted Shaughnessy.

Johnny Leon was originally charged with capital murder, but received a 35-year prison sentence Wednesday for the lesser charge of murder.

Last week, Arieon Smith and Ted’s son, Nicolas Shaughnessy also pleaded guilty to murder for a 35 year sentence. Both of them had also originally been charged with capital murder.

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Nicolas hired Leon and Smith as hitmen to kill his father. Investigators say Nicolas and his wife, Jaclyn Edison, plotted to have both Ted and Nicolas’ mother, Corey Shaughnessy murdered so that they would get an inheritance.

Edison is is also charged in connection to Ted’s murder. She’s accused of solicitation to commit capital murder. She bonded out of jail shortly after her arrest in 2018. Her next court hearing is set for June.

Ted owned Gallerie Jewelers in Austin at the time. Nicolas was the sole beneficiary of $ 2 million in the event of his parents’ death, according to a search warrant.

Search warrants at the time of the murder said Nicolas, then 19 and living in College Station, was having financial troubles and owed his mother $ 30,000.

Johnny Leon
Johnny Leon (APD photo)

While Corey dodged bullets shot in their home, investigators say Ted was found with multiple gunshot wounds.

At the time, Corey stood by her soon and daughter-in-law. However, after Leon’s sentencing, an allocution statement written by the mother and widow was read by a victim witness counselor, explaining that she supports her son’s sentencing.

“Two of these people were strangers to me. But the other two, my son and my daughter-in-law, I loved. Not me, my husband, or anyone in our family or any of our friends could have ever imagined that Nicolas and Jackie would want to have us murdered. It was truly inconceivable. And because of that, I held on to the tiniest string of hope that maybe it wasn’t true.”

She went on to describe how close the pair was to her, even after the murder-for-hire plot, “Nicolas and Jackie were with me when I went back to the house late in the afternoon on the day of Ted’s murder. They saw the pool of Ted’s blood where he had laid as he died– the broken glass, splintered wood, and bullet holes. They went with me to pick up his ashes. They lived with me in our home, mine and Ted’s. They ate the food that I bought and cooked for them. They wore the clothes and the shoes that I bought for them. They planned their future of profiting from the business that Ted and I had built for over 20 years. They took everything I had to give after failing to take my life.”

Corey’s statement went on to say that many facts of the case were withheld from her for the past couple of years, and that the string of hope she had was finally broken, as she now feels all four involved in the case deserve punishment.

However, she noted that she asked District Attorney José Garza for some leniency in their sentencing.

“Something went terribly, terribly wrong in the minds of these four young adults. And I thank the District Attorney for considering punishments that while severe will allow the possibility for them to have a future. Only God can forgive them, but Ted is dead, and he deserves justice.”

Garza says like Nicolas and Smith, Leon won’t be eligible for parole for almost 20 years.

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‘I’m f***ing coming for everything’: American starlet Tracy Cortez prepares to face Russian-born Justine Kish in third UFC fight

Backed by ex-UFC flyweight champ Henry Cejudo and fighting for the first time since a win on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, Tracy Cortez is determined to extend her eight-match winning streak as she returns to Las Vegas this weekend.

Born in a household of Mexican immigrants, Cortez began training in MMA after seeing her older brother, Jose, compete in 2008.

Jose was diagnosed with stem cell cancer shortly after that formative experience for his sister, and his struggle has inspired Cortez through periods of doubt, as well as the support of Cejudo, who was one of her sibling’s close friends.

Since losing on her debut for Invicta FC in 2017, the Arizona-based flyweight has been on an impressive run. After beating current UFC fighter Erin Blanchfield with Invicta in 2019, she defeated Kazakh star Mariya Agapova to win UFC president Dana White’s Contender Series later that year, earning her a spot with the top promotion.

“Straight hunger, ambition and hustle,” the 27-year-old has said of her ethic, highlighted by her frequent training clips showing her hard at work in the gym for the benefit of her following of more than 285,000 on Instagram.

“No rich parents. No favors. Definitely no excuses. This year everyone will know who [I am].

“A rising star. A champ in the making. I’m f***ing coming for everything I’ve worked so hard for.”

Cortez is hugely excited ahead of her return on the card headlined by Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday, and coach Santino Defranco – who she has effusively praised and is a former professional with appearances on Ultimate Fighter – shares that enthusiasm.

“Of all the fights we’ve gone through together, I’ve never seen her work harder than she did during this camp,” he said.

“More focus. More training. More dedication. More self discipline. The whole coaching squad has been working with her and she’s on point and dialed in.”

The pair traveled to the UFC’s makeshift pandemic fight headquarters in the Middle East for Cortez’s win over Stephanie Egger in October.

“I’m happy I did it,” she told MMA Fighting about the experience, adding that she was grateful to the UFC but finds it far more logistically easy to compete at the UFC Apex, where she will be again for her next fight.

“Would I do it again? Probably not. It was long.

“I’m not satisfied. That win for me is just like, ‘yeah, I passed this – on to the next one.’

“Even though I should enjoy the victory and I worked hard on it, I want to move up in the rankings.”

That bid starts against Justine Kish, a boxer and kickboxer born in St. Petersburg as Svetlana Nasibulina.

Kish has a record of three wins and three defeat in the UFC, having won all four of her previous professional MMA bouts.

The former Muay Thai world champion starts as an underdog against Kush and headed to Vegas for the fight on the day she turned 33, sounding as confident as her opponent.

“Feeling prepared as f**k for this fight thanks to my kick ass coaches,” she said.
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PS5 UK stock shortages to continue for a THIRD week? GAME, Argos, Amazon and Smyths latest

The @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter account has been tweeting about the lack of PS5 stock that suddenly has hit the UK.

And the PS5 stock tracker account has delivered updates on two of the main retailers gamers had been keeping an eye on – Argos and GAME.

Unfortunately though, it’s not good news – with the PS5 Stock UK Twitter saying Argos may not get any PS5 stock at all in April – while GAME might not receive PS5 shipments till the end of the month.

Speaking about the GAME PS5 stock situation the @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter posted: “GAME not to receive PS5 shipments till the end of April. They currently have no stock at all. The current release date shown on the bundles page is a placeholder, which they’ve done before for other products. They will either do backorders next week, or no sales at all.

“Most of this is due to Sony’s semiconductor shortage. GAME currently does not know how much stock Sony will ship to them. Also, as contacted by Sony, GAME will not be selling the PS5 in-store once retail opens up in the UK. This is due to high demand of the product & COVID-19.”

READ MORE: Argos PS5 restock: When is next PlayStation 5 console April restock?

While talking about Argos the stock tracker account added: “Argos to not get PS5 shipments anytime soon. I’ve been informed that no stock is available, and no stock will be available for a while. Argos do not know when to expect their next shipment from Sony.

“The internal warehouse systems at Argos usually show up to 2 months ahead of shipments planned by Sony however, now the systems show nothing at all, absolute empty list. So, we don’t know if Argos will get any stock at all during April.”

While the @PS5Instant Twitter has also tweeted about the PS5 stock shortages that currently have hit.

The PS5 stock tracker account wrote: “Sony forced to reduce #PS5 production as they pre-ordered less microchips from April onwards, predicting sales reduction just like PS4 release. Despite record number of microchips being produced, chip demand due to COVID is causing a shortage #PS5uk #ps5restock #Ps5stock”.

Amazon previously had been rumoured to releasing their next PS5 restock the week beginning Monday April 12, and allegedly were set to open orders for the PS5 twice in April.

While Smyths Toys – at the time of writing – still has April 2021 listed as the date the retailer is expected to get more stock of the PS5 in.

Dustin Poirier inks deal to meet UFC knockout victim

A third fight between top-ranked UFC lightweights Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier appeared to move a step closer on Friday amid reports that Poirier has signed his bout agreement for what promises to be a telling rubber match.

According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Poirier has signed his contract for the second sequel in their seven-year long rivalry for a bout expected to take place at UFC 264 on July 10.

That will come just months after their second meeting in January, when Louisiana’s Poirier became the first man to defeat McGregor by strikes in either mixed martial arts or the Irishman’s sole professional boxing match, which came against Floyd Mayweather in August 2017.

McGregor has yet to sign his contract but sources close to the matter state that he has all but agreed to do so, after he almost immediately indicated his interest in a third fight following his defeat at UFC 257.

The Dubliner was victorious in their first fight in 2014, besting Poirier by first-round TKO in a featherweight contest.

There is little indication yet as to where the fight might take place, though it appears likely that it will be housed in a venue which will allow fans to attend.

The UFC has recently announced the reintroduction of fan attendance at upcoming events in Jacksonville, Florida and Houston, Texas.

The fight is expected to be among the most lucrative in UFC history, with Poirier chasing McGregor instead of an opportunity to win the vacant UFC lightweight world title – with his spot in that fight going to Michael Chandler, who will face the surging Charles Oliveira later this year.

The winner of McGregor vs. Poirier III will almost certainly be thrust into contention to face the winner of the Chandler-Oliveira bout.

The UFC has yet to officially announce the bout but further word is expected once McGregor and the UFC agree on terms. Promotion president Dana White had confirmed at a recent press conference that talks were underway.

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