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No new local virus cases in NSW No new local virus cases in NSW
- December 05, 2020

The Australian city of Sydney reported its first locally acquired case of COVID-19 in almost a month on Thursday, with a hotel quarantine worker testing positive for the virus. The woman's infection sparked widespread alarm on Thursday, with fears Western Australia could withdraw its promise to open its border up to NSW and Victoria from next Tuesday. (more...)
Municipal Affairs Deputy Minister to lead Alberta's COVID-19 Vaccine task force Municipal Affairs Deputy Minister to lead Alberta's COVID-19 Vaccine task force
- December 05, 2020

It'll be up to Winnick and his team, Kenney said , to determine which Albertans the vaccine will be offered to during that period, but the premier said that the goal is to have up to 30 per cent of Albertans vaccinated by June. The total number of confirmed cases in Alberta sits at 59,484. As of Wednesday afternoon's update, there were 17,144 active cases in the province, with 504 people in hospital, 97 in the ICU. (more...)
Ohio Hits Key Travel Advisory Threshold Ohio Hits Key Travel Advisory Threshold
- December 04, 2020

The state's distribution plan is expected to put a priority on first responders such as health care workers, nursing home residents, people considered at high-risk for the coronavirus because of medical problems, teachers and school staff members, and others, according to a draft distribution plan. (more...)
Pfizer Declines on Report of Smaller Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Pfizer Declines on Report of Smaller Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout
- December 04, 2020

The UK has secured 40 million doses of BNT162b2 in supply deals through 2021. The U.K. "kind of ran around the corner of the marathon and joined it in the last mile", Fauci told CBS. "We are well aware of our national situation and therefore we have mounted teams, built our capability and worked in parallel", MHRA chief executive June Raine said in a statement. (more...)
Fauci slams United Kingdom regulator for rushing Pfizer’s vaccine review Fauci slams United Kingdom regulator for rushing Pfizer’s vaccine review
- December 04, 2020

On Tuesday, vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted to recommend that both health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities be first in line for any Covid-19 vaccine. Premier Jason Kenney announced a team is planning a three-phase rollout of the vaccine, with first shipments expected to arrive on January 4 from 30 depots in the province. (more...)
Hackers targeting COVID-19 vaccine supply chain, IBM warns Hackers targeting COVID-19 vaccine supply chain, IBM warns
- December 04, 2020

It has secured 20 million doses via the COVAX facility, an global COVID-19 vaccine allocation platform co-led by the WHO. Senator Imee R. Marcos, chairwoman of the Senate economic affairs committee, disclosed that the Swedish pharmaceutical firm and Oxford University already made a decision to sell their vaccine at cost and for as long as needed by less developed countries. (more...)
Royal Free to be Covid-19 'vaccine hub' | Hampstead Highgate Express
- December 04, 2020

Meanwhile, the USA state of OH could see its first batch of vaccines from pharmaceutical company Pfizer by December 15, with rival Moderna not far behind. The race towards a vaccine is taking place against a backdrop of rising infections and deaths in many parts of the country. France was also mourning the latest high-profile figure to succumb to Covid-19, former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who died at the age of 94. (more...)
California Issues Stay-At-Home Order as COVID cases rise
- December 04, 2020

Newsom urged people to comply with the regional order and to exercise patience. In a move that could plunge the state's 40 million residents back into lockdown, Gavin Newsom announced new limits that will come into effect once 85 per cent of intensive care unit beds have been filled - a development expected in four of California's five regions "as early as the next day or two". (more...)
UK Licenses Pfizer Vaccine for Emergency Use l KBS WORLD Radio UK Licenses Pfizer Vaccine for Emergency Use l KBS WORLD Radio
- December 04, 2020

Slaoui says he's confident the USA will be able to carry out tens of millions of vaccinations between now and early 2021. By then, "we will have potentially immunized 100 million people, which is really more or less the size of the significant at-risk population: the elderly, the healthcare workers, the first-line workers, people with comorbidities", Slaoui said. (more...)
CDC to shorten COVID-19 quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test CDC to shorten COVID-19 quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test
- December 04, 2020

John Brooks, the CDC's chief medical officer for COVID-19 response. "The recommendation made today is from extensive modeling not just by the CDC but by other scientific institutes", Brooks said. Officials stressed on the call that the agency still advises against unnecessary travel, especially during the winter holiday season when people are together inside more often and virus transmission increases. (more...)
UN Removes Cannabis From Narcotic Drug List UN Removes Cannabis From Narcotic Drug List
- December 04, 2020

Cannabis and cannabis resin were listed among them prior to yesterday's decision. Around 50 countries have already started different medical cannabis programmes, including Argentina who decided in November to legalise the cultivation of marijuana for the sale of oils, creams and other derivatives of the plant for therapeutic purposes. (more...)
Case of COVID-19 reported at Forest Glade Public School Case of COVID-19 reported at Forest Glade Public School
- December 04, 2020

On Thursday, the province reported 122 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 94 among students. "Students and staff in the affected cohorts have already been told to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 by Toronto Public Health", the letter reads. (more...)
US Virus Deaths 'Obliterate' Single-Day Record
- December 04, 2020

According to a database kept by Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded 4.3 million new cases of COVID-19 throughout the month of November. The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living sent a letter Tuesday to the National Governors Association urging states to include nursing homes and similar institutions in the first round, noting that more than 100,000 residents have died from COVID-19. (more...)
U.S. shortens coronavirus quarantine period to 7 to 10 days
- December 04, 2020

But if people do travel, the guidelines are that individuals should get a coronavirus test 1 to 3 days before travel and then 3 to 5 days after travel, combined with quarantine for seven days after arriving. "For people who have been monitoring themselves for symptoms daily and have not shown any signs of symptoms or illness, that quarantine can end after 10 days", Smith said. (more...)
Mexico signs deal for 34.4 million Pfizer vaccines Mexico signs deal for 34.4 million Pfizer vaccines
- December 03, 2020

Meanwhile, the US state of OH could see its first batch of vaccines from pharmaceutical company Pfizer by December 15, with rival Moderna not far behind. Having purchased 12.8 million doses of the same vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, the country will look to inoculate 20 percent of the population against the virus. (more...)
US coronavirus deaths set record at over 3,100 in a single day US coronavirus deaths set record at over 3,100 in a single day
- December 03, 2020

The US, worst-hit country in the world, has recorded more than 273,000 deaths and over 13.9 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus this year, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Health officials are imploring Americans to stay home for the holidays. This month through February will be "the most hard in the public health history of the nation", he said. (more...)
Quebec adds 1,117 new coronavirus cases, 28 more deaths as hospitalizations jump Quebec adds 1,117 new coronavirus cases, 28 more deaths as hospitalizations jump
- December 03, 2020

The ministers say restrictions for visitors crossing the border from the USA are now in place until December 21, but may be extended. But the ministers also say they're looking to make it possible for "high-performance, amateur sporting organizations" to hold major global events on Canadian soil. (more...)
US Has Deadliest Day Ever From COVID
- December 03, 2020

The U.S. hit a record high coronavirus hospitalization rate Wednesday, putting further strain on the nation's already stressed hospitals. The last time the daily death toll was higher than yesterday's total of 2,562 was in late April, at the height of the pandemic's first wave. (more...)
CDC outlines ways to shorten COVID-19 quarantine times CDC outlines ways to shorten COVID-19 quarantine times
- December 03, 2020

At least 2658 people died from Covid-19 in the United States on Wednesday, making it the deadliest date for America since the pandemic started. The United States, the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and in the throes of a surge in cases, yesterday registered more than 2,500 deaths in a 24-hour period, the highest total since late April, Johns Hopkins University said . (more...)
United Kingdom first country to roll out Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine United Kingdom first country to roll out Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
- December 03, 2020

Following Wednesday's announcement by Britain's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency that the vaccine is safe to use. It is also part of a global vaccines facility known as COVAX , a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative allowing all countries to share not only the costs of vaccine development - but also the benefits. (more...)

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