Health


Ontario administers first COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto
- December 14, 2020

Premier Doug Ford's office says a health-care worker will receive the first dose at a hospital in Toronto. Applause broke out after Quidangen received her shot, as more health care workers lined up for their vaccinations. Quebec is reporting 1,620 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 more deaths, as it prepares to administer its first vaccines later today. About 2,000 people in long-term care homes in Montreal and Quebec City are first in line to get the shot in that province. (more...)
London to impose highest-tier Covid-19 restrictions as infections rapidly rise London to impose highest-tier Covid-19 restrictions as infections rapidly rise
- December 14, 2020

London will move into the strictest tier of England's regional lockdown system on Wednesday after coronavirus rates in the capital soared to among the highest in the nation. "I must stress at this point that there is now nothing to suggest that this variant is more likely to cause serious disease", Hancock said. Currently London is in "Tier 2", which means non-essential shops and services can open, but it currently has one of the highest infection rates in the country. (more...)
Jill Biden Defended After Columnist Disrespects Title, Calls Her ‘Kiddo’ Jill Biden Defended After Columnist Disrespects Title, Calls Her ‘Kiddo’
- December 14, 2020

Joseph Epstein , an author who was previously a lecturer at Northwestern, argued in an essay for the Wall Street Journal that Jill Biden should not receive the honorary title because her doctorate is neither in medicine nor science, but in education. (more...)
Covid: London to move into tier 3 as infections rise
- December 14, 2020

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. "In addition, I can tell the House that this weekend as part of our expansion of community testing, we're extending it to 67 local authorities across England and further today we'll be publishing a guide for colleagues to promote, support and champion local community testing and contact tracing". (more...)
Coronavirus cases: India crosses 98 lakh-mark with 30,005 new COVID cases Coronavirus cases: India crosses 98 lakh-mark with 30,005 new COVID cases
- December 14, 2020

In Longford there are less than 5 new cases recorded today giving it a 134.6 incidence rate and a total of 55 cases in the last fortnight. A construction site outbreak that accounted for two cases has been declared over. Ten States/UTs account for 79.46 per cent of the336case fatalities reported in the past 24 hours. One of the latest fatalities was a Marion County resident and the other one lived in Lake County. (more...)
USA begins mass vaccinations against coronavirus with healthcare workers USA begins mass vaccinations against coronavirus with healthcare workers
- December 14, 2020

Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at New York's Long Island Jewish Medical Center, was inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester on Monday. "Our ability to quickly vaccinate prioritized populations and report those doses as administered to the Colorado Immunization Information System is paramount to Colorado's ability to receive future allocations of COVID vaccine and end this public health crisis". (more...)
First doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be administered in Ontario today
- December 14, 2020

Another 75,000 doses of the vaccine were scheduled to be delivered Tuesday to 19 sites in Texas, state officials said, in the largest vaccination campaign in USA history. According to the Canadian Press, 30,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are bound for 14 distribution sites across the country. The 3,000 doses of COVID-19 arriving in Ottawa will be enough to vaccinate 1,500 Ottawa residents starting this week. (more...)
NY nurse receives first Covid vaccine in US NY nurse receives first Covid vaccine in US
- December 14, 2020

I feel like healing is coming. "First vaccine administered. Congratulations USA!" The landmark moment comes at one of the darkest phases of the pandemic, with infections in the United States and many other countries soaring, and health experts still struggling against vaccine skepticism, lockdown fatigue and uneven adherence to safety rules. (more...)
London's Surge In Covid-19 Cases Deeply Concerning - Mayor Sadiq Khan London's Surge In Covid-19 Cases Deeply Concerning - Mayor Sadiq Khan
- December 14, 2020

Despite coronavirus cases continuing to rise, No 10 said the government "has no plans to review the Christmas guidelines" which effectively suspend the tier system of restrictions and allow more households to mix. In his statement, Khan also urged for the mandatory wearing of face masks in outdoor places, "given the numbers on our high streets in the run-up to Christmas". (more...)
Bahrain approves Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for use Bahrain approves Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for use
- December 14, 2020

Bahrain said Sunday it approved the use of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine, following its earlier approval of a vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. Lee said Singapore would lift some anti-virus curbs from December 28, including allowing groups of eight to congregate in public, up from a limit of five and increase capacity limits for large gatherings. (more...)
Australia stops its Covid-19 vaccine development over false HIV result Australia stops its Covid-19 vaccine development over false HIV result
- December 14, 2020

The government expects the Australian regulator to approve the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech by late January. A recent development took place concerning the clinical trials vaccines against COVID-19 as it got stopped after false-positive HIV results in production among the testing subjects involved. (more...)
Turkey reports 1836728 total COVID-19 cases as Iran's tally hits 1108269_china Turkey reports 1836728 total COVID-19 cases as Iran's tally hits 1108269_china
- December 14, 2020

Three Air New Zealand crew members are in isolation and will be tested for Covid-19 after a colleague tested positive. The source investigation continues into the origins of the positive Covid-19 case of an Air New Zealand aircrew member who flew from the United States, as reported on Saturday. (more...)
Historic US vaccine campaign begins with first shipments 'delivering hope' to millions
- December 14, 2020

With the winter holidays still ahead, experts warn that the pandemic could continue to get worse before the larger public receives the vaccination. Under Operation Warp Speed, a total of 40.5 million doses could be available by the end of 2020, which is enough to vaccinate just over 20 million people. (more...)
Google has a new trick to deal with Covid-19 malinformation Google has a new trick to deal with Covid-19 malinformation
- December 14, 2020

Medical distributor McKesson and pharmacy chains, including CVS and Rite-Aid, also are involved in the initial rollout and vaccinations at nursing homes and assisted living centers. The Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the vaccine Friday, saying it is highly protective and presents no major safety issues. (more...)
New Zealand aims to open travel bubble with Australia by April New Zealand aims to open travel bubble with Australia by April
- December 14, 2020

The first stage of the trans-Tasman bubble was introduced in October , with Kiwis permitted to travel to several Australian states without first undergoing 14 days of quarantine. Australia has reported 28,000 coronavirus cases, including 908 deaths, while New Zealand has reported 1,740 cases and 25 deaths. Ms Ardern said the bubble was discussed during the last national cabinet today, with travel to open in the first quarter of 2021. (more...)
Canada's COVID-19 cases surpass 450,000 Canada's COVID-19 cases surpass 450,000
- December 14, 2020

Earlier this week, United Kingdom regulators temporarily paused delivery of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine to people with a history of anaphylaxis after two adverse events occurred among health-care workers with such a history. In contrast, the federal government said that the chances of someone experiencing a truly serious adverse reaction are "extremely rare - less than one in a million". (more...)
States will start getting COVID-19 vaccine Monday, US says
- December 14, 2020

Officials have said that Pfizer and the USA government will begin distributing the shots within 24 hours of receiving a regulatory green light and hospitals are planning to give healthcare workers the first shots early next week. At a meeting where an expert panel advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccines unanimously endorsed the Pfizer shot, some said local health officials were struggling to ensure the vaccine is distributed fairly and to those most in need and to ... (more...)
Kuwait authorizes emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine Kuwait authorizes emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine
- December 13, 2020

United States regulators late on Friday authorised the vaccine from Pfizer and partner BioNTech for use. "Minutes ago, trucks filled with coronavirus vaccines departed the Pfizer facility in Portage, Mich., headed for distribution centers and airports". (more...)
December 13 update: 6 new COVID-19 cases reported in Nova Scotia December 13 update: 6 new COVID-19 cases reported in Nova Scotia
- December 13, 2020

Another 47 people needed admission to hospital, and 19 more patients ended up on ventilators.With more than half the new reported cases occurring in Toronto and neighbouring Peel and York, the stresses on front-line health workers and hospitals were showing.In a social media post, Dr. (more...)
Italy reports 649 new deaths linked to coronavirus on Saturday Italy reports 649 new deaths linked to coronavirus on Saturday
- December 13, 2020

Italy was the first country in the West to be slammed by COVID-19 and, after suffering a huge wave of death in spring, brought infections under control. The sample collected in Milan, on December 5, 2019 - almost three months before Italy's first reported case - was from a boy who was first thought to have contracted measles, according to the researchers from the University of Milan. (more...)

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