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United Kingdom approves BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, ready to use next week United Kingdom approves BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, ready to use next week
- December 02, 2020

The US company and Germany's BioNTech added that they expected further regulatory decisions from other countries "in the coming days and weeks". He said Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized and shipped within days after a meeting of FDA outside advisers scheduled for December 10, who would review trial data and recommend whether to warrant approval. (more...)
Photo of Texas doctor comforting elderly virus patient goes viral Photo of Texas doctor comforting elderly virus patient goes viral
- December 02, 2020

You are inside a room where people come in in 'spacesuits" and you have no communication with anybody else, only by phone if you're lucky. The photo was taken Thursday, November 26, the family Thanksgiving Day in the United States , at the United Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas, by a photographer from the Getty agency. (more...)
Georgia elections official urges Trump to rein in supporters Georgia elections official urges Trump to rein in supporters
- December 02, 2020

Sterling came out swinging as he kicked off his fiery press conference Tuesday afternoon by saying he would do his "best to keep it together, because it has all gone too far". Sterling also said that both he and Raffensperger - which include Raffensperger's wife getting "sexualized threats through her cell phone" - have received death threats. (more...)
England's coronavirus cases decrease by 30% during lockdown, reveals survey England's coronavirus cases decrease by 30% during lockdown, reveals survey
- December 02, 2020

The study found the percentage of the population infected has more than halved in both the north-west - down from 2.53% to 1.08% - and in the north-east, down from 1.88% to 0.72%. The researchers also drew attention to the fact "the virus is having an uneven impact" on people, with health workers, people living in large households and minority ethnic individuals all having a higher risk of infection. (more...)
Photo shows Texas doc hugging elderly COVID-19 patient on Thanksgiving Photo shows Texas doc hugging elderly COVID-19 patient on Thanksgiving
- December 02, 2020

The emotional now-viral snapshot shows dedicated Dr. Joseph Varon hugging his patient in the ICU at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston over the holiday. "What people need to know is that - I don't want to have to be hugging them". Current COVID-19 hospitalizations have gone up almost every day since October 25. (more...)
Province reports 1,707 new COVID cases today Province reports 1,707 new COVID cases today
- December 02, 2020

Of today's new cases, most are confined to the Greater Toronto Area. In the City, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) now has 162 schools reporting at least one case of the virus. "In total, 35 per cent of cases reporting close contact indicated that their close contact with known cases were only non-household contacts". St. Fidelis Catholic School is dealing with an outbreak of 14 infections (10 students and four staff), as St. (more...)
COVID-19 vaccine sprint as Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna seek emergency European Union approval COVID-19 vaccine sprint as Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna seek emergency European Union approval
- December 02, 2020

Moderna said it plans to apply on Monday for an emergency-use authorization for the vaccine in the US and for conditional marketing authorization in Europe. Speaking to reporters in Berlin, Karliczek stressed that the vaccine will be voluntary and that authorities will work hard to inform the public about possible side effects that a small percentage of recipients might experience after immunization, such as headaches, exhaustion and fever. (more...)
Study sheds light on how early coronavirus started circulating in U.S. Study sheds light on how early coronavirus started circulating in U.S.
- December 01, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 antibodies were found in 39 samples from California, Oregon and Washington state collected between December 13 and December 16, and also in 67 samples in Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin or Iowa, and CT or Rhode Island collected between December 30 and January 17. (more...)
Apple Expands Partnership With (RED) to Combat HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 Apple Expands Partnership With (RED) to Combat HIV/AIDS and COVID-19
- December 01, 2020

This was said by President Mnangagwa last night while addressing the nation on the eve of the World Aids Day commemoration. The United States, through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), joined with the government of Ghana to commemorate global World AIDS Day 2020. (more...)
World Health Organization asks for more data needed on AstraZeneca dose World Health Organization asks for more data needed on AstraZeneca dose
- December 01, 2020

Europe's worst COVID-19 outbreak in Britain has confirmed more than 57,000 virus - related deaths. On Friday, the British government said it has officially asked its regulator to assess the vaccine. It should be stored in extremely cold temperatures of around minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit). Four other vaccine makers are now in the large-scale Phase 3 clinical trials, though no others have yet applied for the emergency authorization. (more...)
World Health Organization warns malaria fight flat-lining World Health Organization warns malaria fight flat-lining
- December 01, 2020

Malaria deaths in India declined from about 29,500 in 2000 to about 7700 a year ago, the report said. According to the report, 1.5 billion malaria cases and 7.6 million deaths have been averted since 2000. Rather than a uniform approach, countries have recently begun to adopt tailored responses based on local data and intelligence, in order to try to keep up the pressure on malaria. (more...)
United Kingdom bird flu outbreak leads to mass turkey cull United Kingdom bird flu outbreak leads to mass turkey cull
- December 01, 2020

Norway remains the latest in a line of European Union nations to take action after finding cases of the virus, which is not harmful to humans but is potentially devastating to the farming sector. The discovery was made at a turkey fattening site near Northallerton on Saturday, with Defra confirming it to be the H5N8 strain of the avian flu. (more...)
Metro Vancouver church fined $2300 for violating BC's COVID-19 orders Metro Vancouver church fined $2300 for violating BC's COVID-19 orders
- December 01, 2020

There are now 8,855 active COVID-19 cases across the province and 316 patients in hospital, including 75 in critical care or intensive care. Of those who lost their lives over the weekend as a result of the virus, 80 per cent were in long term care homes. (more...)
Francophonie calls for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines Francophonie calls for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines
- November 30, 2020

The aim of the World Health Organization, to which India is a signatory, was to ensure that 90% of PLHIV know their status, 90% of them are on life-saving anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and 90% of those on ART are virally suppressed, before the end of 2020. (more...)
California counties enact tighter COVID-19 restrictions California counties enact tighter COVID-19 restrictions
- November 30, 2020

As of November 27, the county has reported 387,793 positive COVID-19 cases and a total of 7,604 deaths. However, any social gathering of people from more than one household is prohibited, whether in public or private, or indoors or outdoors. (more...)
U.S. likely to administer two Covid vaccines before Christmas: Health Secretary U.S. likely to administer two Covid vaccines before Christmas: Health Secretary
- November 30, 2020

Independent advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are scheduled to meet on December 17 to review Moderna's trial data and make a recommendation to the FDA. The company expects to be able to ship 20 million doses in the U.S.by the end of the year. Moderna's announcement follows news from Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE that their vaccine, which also uses a new technology called synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA), was 95% effective. (more...)
Victoria records 30 days with no new COVID-19 cases or deaths Victoria records 30 days with no new COVID-19 cases or deaths
- November 30, 2020

But her death was classed as COVID-related as she never physically recovered from how the disease battered her body. While there have been no new cases recorded, the woman's death takes the state's toll from the virus to 820 and the national figure to 908. (more...)
Fauci warns of post-Thanksgiving surge in US Covid-19 cases Fauci warns of post-Thanksgiving surge in US Covid-19 cases
- November 30, 2020

And New York City again took a small step back toward normality, as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that elementary schools would reopen for in-person instruction on December 7. Fauci said the arrival of vaccines offers a "light at the end of the tunnel". Despite calls from officials and health experts to stay home, there was still an uptick in travel during the week of Thanksgiving. (more...)
Singapore mom reportedly gives birth to baby with COVID-19 antibodies
- November 30, 2020

Celine Ng-Chan, the mother of the child, was quoted to have said her doctor suspected that she transferred the antibodies to her child during pregnancy. The active virus has not been found in samples of fluid around the baby in the womb or in breast milk till date. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in April 2020 has said that the virus transmission from a pregnant mother to the newborn is possible, but the proportion of pregnancies affected and the significance to the newborn ... (more...)
Ireland set to order another 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine Ireland set to order another 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine
- November 29, 2020

Ireland, with roughly 1.1% of the EU's population, stands to receive around three million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and roughly 1.6 million doses of the Moderna vaccine after the European Union came close to finalizing a deal with Moderna that could potentially secure 160 million doses. (more...)

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