Just as Cyprus began to raise its hopes of an influx of British tourists from the end of May, and with preparations underway to take bookings from April1, according to the tourism ministry, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Brits on Wednesday it was still too early for them to book a foreign summer holiday.

According to the BBC, Shapps said there were “lots of questions” to answer about “how safe it will be in June to travel” even though the plan was that Britons could travel for leisure purposes from May 17.

Greece, Cyprus and Portugal were among the countries keen to welcome UK visitors. “Under the current rules, foreign travel from the UK is banned apart from for exceptional reasons,” the BBC said. Britain is Cyprus’s biggest source of tourism.

“While 17 May has been marked as the date that rule could change – the decision is subject

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Pharmaceutical giant Merck will help manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

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Pharmaceutical giant Merck will help manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

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Pharmaceutical giant Merck will help manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Tuesday, calling it “an unprecedented historic step,” considering that the two companies are normally competitors.

Merck will produce the drug substance at the heart of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine as well as work on filling vaccine vials and getting them ready for distribution.

“The U.S. government will facilitate this partnership in several key ways, including invoking the Defense Production Act to equip two Merck facilities to the standards necessary to safety manufacture the vaccine and asking the Department of Defense to provide daily logistical support to strengthen Johnson

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