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U.S., Pfizer, BioNTech reach deal to distribute COVID-19 vaccine U.S., Pfizer, BioNTech reach deal to distribute COVID-19 vaccine
- July 23, 2020

US President Donald Trump called the federal government's $1.95 billion deal with Pfizer and biotech firm BioNTech "a historic agreement" that will help the country distribute a coronavirus vaccine in record-breaking time. Just last week, the FDA fast tracked 2 of the companies' COVID-19 vaccines. That means a supply of 100 million doses would likely vaccinate 50 million Americans. (more...)
California surpasses NY in COVID-19 cases California surpasses NY in COVID-19 cases
- July 23, 2020

And New York's rate of confirmed infections of about 2,100 per 100,000 people is twice that of California's rate. California paid almost $500 million up front for the N95s, but did not receive any for months because BYD did not secure federal certification for them until June . (more...)
COVID-19: Situation worsens in B.C. with 102 new cases COVID-19: Situation worsens in B.C. with 102 new cases
- July 23, 2020

This afternoon, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 102 new cases since Friday's briefing, bringing B.C's total to 3,300. Henry says the recent trend is driven by young people in their 20s and 30s. In total, one long-term care facility and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks. There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths as of Tuesday. (more...)
Ontario reporting 165 new COVID cases, half under age 40 Ontario reporting 165 new COVID cases, half under age 40
- July 22, 2020

In addition, there have been no new COVID-19 deaths in Ottawa since June 25. While one day of data, today's increase is concerning. The disheartening rise in new cases comes as seven more regions are set to join much of the province in Stage 3 of the Ontario government's reopening plan. (more...)
Feds agree to buy 100 M doses of potential Pfizer vaccine Feds agree to buy 100 M doses of potential Pfizer vaccine
- July 22, 2020

Wednesday's agreement comes two days after Pfizer and BioNTech reported positive testing results for their BNT162 candidates. In the Pfizer deal, the US agreed to secure 100 million doses of its vaccine candidate. Pricing a Covid-19 vaccine is far different than other products because of the potential demand and value, Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said in June at a conference. (more...)
$200 Million Decision To Make Untested COVID-19 Vaccine Took 30 Minutes $200 Million Decision To Make Untested COVID-19 Vaccine Took 30 Minutes
- July 22, 2020

The vaccine development efforts are encouraging but there is no telling what the next phases will bring. A separate trial in Wuhan, China, where the disease first emerged late previous year and involving more than 500 people, showed most had developed widespread antibody immune response. (more...)
Shares in Southampton firm surge 450% on ‘breakthrough’ coronavirus treatment
- July 22, 2020

While half were given SNG001, the other half were given a placebo - neither the patients nor the doctors were aware at the time who was in which group. "Furthermore, viruses, including coronaviruses , have evolved mechanisms which suppress endogenous IFN-beta production, thereby helping the virus evade the innate immune system". (more...)
COVID cases confirmed in South Zone this weekend, 12 for Lethbridge COVID cases confirmed in South Zone this weekend, 12 for Lethbridge
- July 22, 2020

Parents would also be notified if there was a confirmed case in their school. The majority of active cases across Alberta are happening among those between the ages of 20 and 39. The two new deaths recorded bring the province's total number of COVID-19 deaths to 172. "[Mr.] Kenney and [Ms.] LaGrange have not capped class sizes or provided new resources for additional staffing or physical separation", Ms. (more...)
New Covid-19 death in Hamilton County, record hospitalizations again New Covid-19 death in Hamilton County, record hospitalizations again
- July 22, 2020

Today's increase is the result of localized increases, 43 of the new cases are in Ottawa, 57 in Peel and 24 more in Windsor-Essex. Mills County has reported an additional COVID-19 case. There have been 289 deaths in that county. Currently, 18 people are hospitalized in Clark County for COVID-19, with another 11 people in a hospital under investigation. (more...)
USA accuses Chinese hackers in targeting of COVID-19 research USA accuses Chinese hackers in targeting of COVID-19 research
- July 22, 2020

While the Justice Department said at least four American companies working on coronavirus treatment and testing were targeted by Xiaoyu and Jiazhi, the indictment from the USA attorneys office in Spokane, Washington , does not allege the two hackers successfully accessed any firms' networks or data and stole COVID-related research. (more...)
DuPage County reports 103 cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, including one death
- July 22, 2020

Pennsylvania went about two months without reaching 1,000 new cases in a single day (from May 10-July 9). Kay County, Oklahoma, has now totaled 147 cases so far and deaths have risen to nine. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott calls today's number of COVID-19 cases in the province concerning. So far, 2,299 people have been tested in the county since a national emergency proclamation was issued by the White House on March 13 . (more...)
Live News! Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Proves Promising! Live News! Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Proves Promising!
- July 21, 2020

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has permitted two vaccines - one developed by the Bharat Biotech International Limited in collaboration with the ICMR and another one by Zydas Cadila Healthcare Ltd - to go in for phase 1 and 2 human clinical trials. (more...)
Wave Of Promising Study Results Raise Hopes For Coronavirus Vaccines Wave Of Promising Study Results Raise Hopes For Coronavirus Vaccines
- July 21, 2020

Vaccines do this by presenting the immune system with a readily identifiable part of a pathogen, which the immune system remembers so that it can quickly respond should it encounter that same pathogen in the future. This response is in a similar range to that in individuals who have recovered from Covid-19, providing encouragement that the vaccine will be able to protect the majority of people against infection. (more...)
COVID-19 report for Monday, July 20 COVID-19 report for Monday, July 20
- July 21, 2020

But Rodriguez stressed Sunday that although the oldest of the cases goes back to mid-March, a lot of them - 60 infants - tested positive from July 1 to July 16. Annette Rodriguez, the director of public health for Corpus Christi Nueces County, revealed last week that 85 infections in the county have been in infants. (more...)
Laois Doctor Concerned Stigma Is Setting In Over Suspected Covid-19 Cases
- July 21, 2020

As a public service, Shaw Media will provide open access to information related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency. Three days in a row would mean Kern County is officially on the monitoring list. Eighteen people have died from the virus. The three new community outbreaks were reported in a restaurant/bar, in a manufacturing facility, and in a preschool, the county said. (more...)
B.C. COVID-19 cases spike; 102 new ones province-wide
- July 21, 2020

She said anyone who has flown recently in or out of B.C. should check the BC Centre for Disease Control for bulletins. "We have not yet seen that sort of change that we've seen in other parts of the country of younger people being more affected", Henry said. (more...)
What Ontario will do if COVID-19 cases spike during Stage 3 What Ontario will do if COVID-19 cases spike during Stage 3
- July 21, 2020

Meanwhile, Health Minister Christine Elliott said that "28 of Ontario's 34 public-health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 18 of them reporting no new cases at all" on Monday. "I believe ensuring these are requirements, rather than recommendations, will help ensure compliance and, ultimately, protect the health of our residents", the mayor wrote. (more...)
Oxford COVID vaccine safe, induces immune response: Scientists Oxford COVID vaccine safe, induces immune response: Scientists
- July 21, 2020

Medical experts in India have hailed the results of Oxford University's early-stage human trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, with some saying it's the "most scientifically done" among all such exercises, while others expressing hope that the final trials will "bear fruit". (more...)
Coronavirus vaccine: United Kingdom government signs deals for 90 million doses Coronavirus vaccine: United Kingdom government signs deals for 90 million doses
- July 21, 2020

Vaccines. Just saying", Richard Horton tweeted on Sunday. David Carpenter, chairman of the Berkshire Research Ethics Committee, previously stated that the vaccine was "absolutely on track"- and could even be widely available by as early as September. (more...)
COVID-19 vaccine: Oxford university`s phase one human trials shows encouraging trends COVID-19 vaccine: Oxford university`s phase one human trials shows encouraging trends
- July 21, 2020

Scientists working on the project told the Daily Telegraph that their vaccine had provoked both antibody and T-cell responses to the coronavirus in human test subjects. After the successful phase-III trials, it takes months to reach the general public as it requires a few rounds of regulatory and administrative approvals. (more...)

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