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COVID-19 Oxford vaccine found safe and effective in Phase III trial COVID-19 Oxford vaccine found safe and effective in Phase III trial
- December 10, 2020

An interim analysis reveals the AZD1222 vaccine candidate against COVID-19 is safe and effectively prevents immunised individuals from contracting symptomatic COVID-19 or severe disease requiring hospitalisation. "In future analyses, with more data included as it becomes available, we will investigate differences in key subgroups such as older adults, various ethnicities, doses, timing of booster vaccines, and we will determine which immune responses equate to protection from infection or ... (more...)
Get to know Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Biden's CDC director pick Get to know Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Biden's CDC director pick
- December 10, 2020

A colleague of Walensky's at Massachusetts General Hospital told NPR member station WBUR in Boston on Monday he was experiencing "sheer excitement" from the Biden pick. Walensky hails from Maryland, receiving her bachelor's degree of arts from Washington University in St. Louis. Biden is expected to announce Walensky, along with his other top health officials , formally later this week. (more...)
Island Health likely won't receive COVID-19 vaccines until early 2021 Island Health likely won't receive COVID-19 vaccines until early 2021
- December 10, 2020

Before starting work in her new position last October in Amsterdam, Cooke was director of the Department of Regulation and Prequalification of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, and has nearly three decades of experience in matters of global health regulation which is now being implemented by the EMA . (more...)
Canada approves use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
- December 10, 2020

While hospital trusts have been informed, the U.K.'s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has not yet announced the precautionary advice publicly. Stephen Evans, professor of pharmacoepidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said it "was not unexpected". Golemi-Kotra said: "The concern over the possibility that the anti-spike protein antibodies could attack the syncytin-1 protein of the placenta because the spike protein of the novel coronavirus ... (more...)
MHRA issues allergy warning for Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 jab MHRA issues allergy warning for Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 jab
- December 10, 2020

Moncef Slaoui , who is spearheading the USA government's vaccine development efforts, said on Wednesday he expected the British allergic reactions would be considered in the United States authorisation process and that people with known severe allergic reactions probably should not take the vaccine until more was understood. (more...)
NYC schools prep to welcome students back under new coronavirus safety plan NYC schools prep to welcome students back under new coronavirus safety plan
- December 10, 2020

While under quarantine, those students will be learning remotely through at least Friday, Dec. 18. Several schools in Saskatoon are now operating under Level 3 of the provincial safe schools plan, in which students attend in-person classes on alternating days. (more...)
United Kingdom says people with ‘significant’ allergies shouldn’t get BioNTech/Pfizer coronavirus jab United Kingdom says people with ‘significant’ allergies shouldn’t get BioNTech/Pfizer coronavirus jab
- December 10, 2020

Pfizer had excluded people with a history of significant adverse reaction to vaccines or its vaccine's ingredients from late-stage trials. "Health Canada has determined that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine meets the Department's stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements for use in Canada", the government agency said in a statement Wednesday, one day after the United Kingdom began the world's first vaccination program for COVID-19. (more...)
Ontario schools have active COVID-19 cases, with 207 new infections reported Ontario schools have active COVID-19 cases, with 207 new infections reported
- December 10, 2020

Britain's National Health Service has prepared such a document for the first people to receive the vaccine. The province plans to roll out the vaccine in three phases, beginning with long-term care, retirement home residents, and the staff who provide care to those groups. (more...)
Britain begins rollout of PfizerBioNTech Covid vaccine Britain begins rollout of PfizerBioNTech Covid vaccine
- December 10, 2020

Margaret Keenan , from Enniskillen, said she felt "so privileged" to receive the jab at University Hospital, Coventry. Since the United Kingdom licensed the vaccine last week, the Medicines and Health Care Product Regulatory Agency's ( MHRA ) regulatory approval process has drawn some criticism, suggesting it is speeding up public confidence. (more...)
Pfizer vaccine gets Health Canada approval; first shots next week Pfizer vaccine gets Health Canada approval; first shots next week
- December 10, 2020

Four million doses are expected to arrive in Canada by March. "The availability of vaccines will increase throughout the year (2021), providing every Canadian with the opportunity to be immunized", she added, saying three other vaccine candidates - including one developed by US-based Moderna, which could be delivered later this month - were now being evaluated. (more...)
Hackers steal Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data in Europe Hackers steal Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data in Europe
- December 10, 2020

Both countries have signalled no intention of requesting the approval and the European regulator's chief said on Wednesday that the agency has no intention of speeding up the authorisation process. The agency has said it will give a decision on conditional approval for Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine at a meeting that will be held by December 29 at the latest, while a ruling on Moderna's version should follow by January 12. (more...)
Trudeau: Canada to Get Pfizer Vaccine by End of This Year Trudeau: Canada to Get Pfizer Vaccine by End of This Year
- December 09, 2020

Four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine is enough to inoculate two million people with two doses each. Pfizer submitted an application for regulatory review of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate under Health Canada's interim order on October 9, 2020. (more...)
Four lions test positive for COVID-19 in Spanish zoo Four lions test positive for COVID-19 in Spanish zoo
- December 09, 2020

It is not the first time big cats have contracted the virus, as three lions and four tigers tested positive at the Bronx Zoo in NY in April. Meanwhile, Bronx Zoo had cases of four tigers and three African lions that were tested positive for COVID-19. (more...)
Britons Have Severe Reaction to Vaccine
- December 09, 2020

Canada's health regulator on Wednesday approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, days ahead of possible approval in the United States. Authorities have not said how many people have received the shot in Britain so far, but they plan to give 800,000 doses in the first phase, which will target people over 80, nursing home staff and some NHS workers. (more...)
AWS and BMW Group Team Up to Accelerate Data-Driven Innovation AWS and BMW Group Team Up to Accelerate Data-Driven Innovation
- December 09, 2020

Amazon said BMW is also expanding a cloud data hub for its employees to access AWS's services, while third parties, such as auto dealerships, suppliers and technology companies, will be able to contribute vehicle operating and maintenance data. (more...)
'Very encouraged': Local mayors respond to Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination plan
- December 09, 2020

Ontario logged a record-high 1,925 new infections on Monday, 1,924 cases on Sunday and 1,859 infections on Saturday. The seven-day rolling average now stands at 1,839, compared to 1,719 a week ago. Last month, the Ontario government said that it becomes almost impossible to treat non-COVID-19-related patients once there are more than 300 patients in the ICU. (more...)
Two people suffer 'anaphylactic reaction' after taking Covid-19 vaccine in UK Two people suffer 'anaphylactic reaction' after taking Covid-19 vaccine in UK
- December 09, 2020

The two companies filed a 92-page request to the FDA, which included data from a Phase 3 study that showed the vaccine was 95% effective in protecting people from COVID-19 disease, with most of the vaccinated people showing only mild side effects. (more...)
TAMING OF THE COVID: Brit grandma, Shakespeare get poked with vaccine TAMING OF THE COVID: Brit grandma, Shakespeare get poked with vaccine
- December 09, 2020

The civic body aims to make the facility at Kanjurmarg ready before this year-end and is initiating the process of procurement of coolers and freezers for the storage of COVID-19 vaccines at low temperatures, he said. The Government has clarified on the COVID-19 vaccine that the Chinese intend to import and give to their nationals, warning Ugandans against using it. (more...)
Hays County reports 82 COVID-19 recoveries, 43 new cases Tuesday Hays County reports 82 COVID-19 recoveries, 43 new cases Tuesday
- December 09, 2020

There were 12 more deaths from the virus in the county reported on Tuesday. On Friday when there were 382 cases - 334 confirmed and 48 probable. Sullivan County has had 88 cases (70 confirmed and 18 probable) 4 new today. "You'd expect the effect of the Thanksgiving surge would probably be another week or a week and a half from now", Fauci said, noting that after an uptick in cases, it can take over two weeks for hospitalizations to increase. (more...)
Amnesty: Rich countries have bought too many Covid-19 vaccines
- December 09, 2020

The deals done by richer countries' governments will leave the poor ones at the mercy of the rampaging virus, The Guardian quoted the People's Vaccine Alliance as saying . "But unless something changes dramatically, billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 for years to come". (more...)

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