COVID-19 not going away, likely to stay forever: Moderna CEO

Don't buy vaccines online: Swiss officials warn

The federal government announced today that it has secured an additional 20-million doses of Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19.

Each vaccination session will cater to a maximum of 100 beneficiaries and the Union Health Ministry has advised states not to organise "unreasonable numbers of vaccination per site per day".

"This will make sure that they have the vaccines and the information they need to keep rolling out doses as quickly, as smoothly, and as efficiently as possible", said Trudeau.

To date, Quebec has vaccinated 99,510 health-care workers and residents of long-term care centres, representing more than 1.1 per cent of the population.

"Moderna is increasing the price [of its vaccine] and does not want to distribute the vaccine on the same conditions ... therefore, our task group has come up with a proposal ... not to purchase these extra doses", the minister said.

Clinical trials on the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both showed the first dose provided some protection against serious illness from COVID-19, but the majority of patients in both trials received a second dose on schedule, leaving very limited data on how long the protection from the first dose lasts.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said on Wednesday that short supplies of the vaccine could hamper efforts to reach the city's inoculation goals.

It's not that we can't get shots in arms, it's that there aren't enough shots to give because the federal government doesn't have them. Dulkys pointed out that the U.S. pharmaceutical company had increased the price of its vaccine by one-third and the terms of vaccine delivery would not be acceptable for Lithuania.

NY has recorded almost 40,000 coronavirus fatalities since the pandemic broke out there in March, more than any other USA state.

An Asda supermarket is to host a Covid-19 vaccination centre. A total of 22.7 million have been infected during that time.

The number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization may have leveled off at least temporarily, according to a Reuters tally, although public health officials warned that further spread may still be seen from holiday gatherings.

States have been asked to making arrangements to deal with any COVID-19 vaccine related side effects as one of the measures towards safe vaccine delivery. The so-called United Kingdom variant has so far been confirmed in at least 10 USA states.

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