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Biden to introduce key members of climate team Saturday Biden to introduce key members of climate team Saturday
- December 19, 2020

NPPC is the global voice for the USA pork industry, protecting the livelihoods of America's 60,000 pork producers, who abide by ethical principles in caring for their animals, in protecting the environment and public health and in providing safe, wholesome, nutritious pork products to consumers worldwide. (more...)
United States authorises Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, elderly next in line for shots United States authorises Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, elderly next in line for shots
- December 19, 2020

Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, told reporters Friday night that "out of caution" the agency recommends that people who have severe allergic reactions to any components of the two vaccines should not be vaccinated with either of these products. (more...)
Ocasio-Cortez says ‘We need new leadership in Democratic party’ Ocasio-Cortez says ‘We need new leadership in Democratic party’
- December 19, 2020

During a private meeting of the Steering and Policy Committee - where members secretly voted 46 to 13 in favor of Rice - Democrats called out Ocasio-Cortez for supporting progressive primary challengers over House incumbents, Politico reported . (more...)
VP Pence taking questions as he and second lady get COVID vaccine VP Pence taking questions as he and second lady get COVID vaccine
- December 19, 2020

The first shots were expected to be given on Monday, a big part of the broader push to have a vaccine available to all Americans who want it by spring or summer. A Moderna spokesman said the company has worked to improve the storage and shipping requirements for its vaccine, and stability testing this year has shown that it can be kept at higher temperatures. (more...)
Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in the United States
- December 19, 2020

President Donald Trump tweeted soon after. Pfizer's vaccine was 95% effective at preventing disease in a study of 44,000 people, while Moderna's was 94.1% effective in a 30,000-person study. Approximately 20 million doses will be delivered to the USA government by the end of December 2020. That vaccine, unlike Pfizer's and Moderna's, wouldn't require patients to take a second dose, and the company may seek US authorization in February, if results are positive. (more...)
COVID Survivors May Develop Mental Illness Later COVID Survivors May Develop Mental Illness Later
- December 19, 2020

Researchers from the University of Oxford examined anonymised electronic health records of over 69 million US patients, 62,354 of which were diagnosed with coronavirus from late January to August 1. They should be given appropriate care, the Oxford team said. "This is likely due to a combination of the psychological stressors associated with this particular pandemic and the physical effects of the illness", Michael Bloomfield, a psychiatrist at University College London, told ... (more...)
Biden won, but Republicans scored astonishing victories Biden won, but Republicans scored astonishing victories
- December 19, 2020

Facebook posts shared thousands of times claim Democrat Joe Biden did not legally win the 2020 presidential election. In a separate development, new scrutiny is falling on the legal structures created to spend funds raised for Mr Trump's campaigning before the election. (more...)
US approves Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use US approves Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
- December 19, 2020

In a press conference on Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker said that he was "certainly frustrated" the state won't receive the amount of vaccine doses it expected. On Friday, the FDA said the Moderna vaccine should not be given to individuals with a known history of a severe allergic reactions to any components of the shot. (more...)
Northern Health dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases Northern Health dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases
- December 19, 2020

These numbers will begin to increase rapidly next week when B.C. health authorities outside Metro Vancouver receive their first vaccine deliveries and begin to administer shots. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. It says all of them have been tested and those who are infected or were in close contact have been instructed to self-isolate. (more...)
Oklahoma’s next Pfizer vaccine shipment will be smaller than anticipated Oklahoma’s next Pfizer vaccine shipment will be smaller than anticipated
- December 19, 2020

Pence received his COVID-19 vaccine live on television on Friday, seeking to shore up public support for vaccinations as USA regulators were on the cusp of approving a second vaccine for emergency use. The Japanese government and Pfizer have already reached a basic agreement that the firm will supply 120 million doses of the vaccine, enough to inoculate half of Japan's population, by the end of June next year. (more...)
Northern Ireland to enter six-week lockdown beginning December 26
- December 18, 2020

While it is understood that schools will remain open during this lockdown, Deputy First Minister O'Neill admitted it was 'quite clear. that urgent intervention was required. Later, O'Neill shared a video on Twitter in which she said: "It's probably in a worse position than we've been in the whole of the pandemic". "And I think the health service would be completely crushed in January if we didn't intervene now and the message is back to stay at home, work from home". (more...)
Hospital to receive COVID-19 vaccine in next two weeks
- December 18, 2020

India, which has the second highest number of COVID-19 infections in the world with nearly 10 million cases, is looking to deploy its vast election machinery to deliver 600 million doses of vaccines to the most vulnerable people in the next six to eight months through conventional cold chain systems. (more...)
Brexit: 'Narrow path' in view for trade deal - European Union chief Brexit: 'Narrow path' in view for trade deal - European Union chief
- December 18, 2020

These include fishing, state subsidies, the level playing field - common rules and standards that prevent companies from gaining an unfair competitive advantage - and the legal enforcement of any deal. "Progress seems blocked and time is running out". "We welcomed substantial progress on many issues". Fishing increasingly appears to be the biggest remaining obstacle, with Boris Johnson insisting that the United Kingdom must regain control of its waters. (more...)
Supreme Court sides with Colorado church in COVID-19 challenge Supreme Court sides with Colorado church in COVID-19 challenge
- December 18, 2020

Cuomo ", the unsigned order said , referencing a November Supreme Court decision in which the high court prohibited New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from enforcing a restriction limiting houses of worship in Covid hotspots to 10 and 25 persons during the pandemic, no matter the size of the building. (more...)
World Health Organization officials to visit Chinas Wuhan next month to probe coronavirus origins World Health Organization officials to visit Chinas Wuhan next month to probe coronavirus origins
- December 18, 2020

In an interview with The Associated Press, Leendertz said the team has already begun discussions with scientists in China and expects to travel to the country next month. Beijing has been reluctant to agree to an independent inquiry and it has taken many months of negotiations for the World Health Organization to be allowed access to the city. (more...)
Covid-19 latest as NI heads towards another lockdown
- December 18, 2020

This comes following a meeting among Stormont executive ministers to consider the public health recommendations of Health Minister Robin Swann. Despite the North's most recent two-week circuit breaker lockdown, cases have continued to sky-rocket, with hospitals operating above capacity with the risk of overcrowding . (more...)
US FDA panel recommends Moderna vaccine
- December 18, 2020

These carts known as cool dollies, recently acquired by logistics firm dnata, are part of a government-led plan to leverage the city-state's position as an air cargo hub and to ensure COVID-19 vaccines can be distributed around the region. But there were very few serious health events among vaccine recipients, and all might have happened by chance, according to the company and the FDA. Moderna Inc.'s vaccine comes at a desperate time. (more...)
PM to speak to European Union chief tonight as Brexit trade talks continue PM to speak to European Union chief tonight as Brexit trade talks continue
- December 18, 2020

Following a meeting with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday (17 December), the leaders of the Parliament's political groups stated that the institution "stands ready to organise an extraordinary plenary session towards the end of December, in case an agreement is reached by midnight on Sunday 20th December, for the European Parliament to debate the outcome of negotiations and consider granting its consent". (more...)
Vaccine slowly rolling out, logistical challenges will be helped by Moderna vaccine Vaccine slowly rolling out, logistical challenges will be helped by Moderna vaccine
- December 18, 2020

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, December 8, 2020. US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. will request formal approval by Japan of its COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, making it the first supplier in the country to do so, according to informed sources. (more...)
Ontario unveils more details of its COVID-19 vaccination program
- December 18, 2020

The modelling also suggests that new restrictions are not working as well as they did at the beginning of the pandemic. York is now under the province's 'Red-Control' zone restrictions. Currently, 115 long-term care homes are in outbreak, with 1,194 confirmed cases in these homes. Doris Grinspun said the province should ban people from travelling from hot spots to other communities. (more...)

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