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World Health Organization sees limited rollout of Pfizer vaccine by end-Jan World Health Organization sees limited rollout of Pfizer vaccine by end-Jan
- December 23, 2020

Health care workers and other high-risk populations already have started receiving the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine in Britain and the United States, prompting pressure from European governments for EU regulators to act more quickly than they originally planned. (more...)
Bharat Biotech recruiting 13000 volunteers for Covaxin Phase III trials Bharat Biotech recruiting 13000 volunteers for Covaxin Phase III trials
- December 23, 2020

Bharat Biotech's is the first and only Phase 3 efficacy study for a vaccine developed in the country. The vaccine candidate, Covaxin, showed it was safe and triggered immune responses in an ongoing early-stage trial on Wednesday and is now part of a late-stage trial in India. (more...)
13 further Covid-19 deaths confirmed, 938 new cases 13 further Covid-19 deaths confirmed, 938 new cases
- December 23, 2020

An additional 13 deaths were also reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team. Dr Henry said that the country's curve in COVID-19 cases has gone from "gradual to nearly a vertical direction" while the five-day moving average is up nearly 100% from last week. (more...)
NYC COVID-19 vaccine recipient has serious allergic reaction
- December 23, 2020

IDHW says an investigation on ongoing in both reactions, but one person has fully recovered and the other is hospitalized in stable condition but is expected to be discharged today. The state health department reported a pandemic-high average of 48 additional COVID-19 deaths a day for the seven days ending Monday, with the previous record of 45 set last week for the seven days ending Wednesday. (more...)
NationNews Barbados: Children 'more susceptible' to new virus variant NationNews Barbados: Children 'more susceptible' to new virus variant
- December 23, 2020

This statement came after the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the mutant coronavirus strain is "out of control" leading to global panic and concern. 'We won't have it until a very large number of people have been vaccinated'. Researchers are also investigating the possible impact of the new strain on Covid-19 testing and treatments, though there is little so far to suggest either will be significantly compromised. (more...)
California Governor Gavin Newsom in Quarantine After COVID Exposure California Governor Gavin Newsom in Quarantine After COVID Exposure
- December 23, 2020

Padilla, a former Los Angeles City Council member and state senator for Southern California's 20th District, will be the state's first Latino senator and the first from Southern California since John Seymour was chosen to fill in for Pete Wilson back in 1991. (more...)
Dr. Fauci, Azar, NIH healthcare workers receive COVID-19 vaccine Dr. Fauci, Azar, NIH healthcare workers receive COVID-19 vaccine
- December 23, 2020

Fauci said in a TV appearance on Friday morning that he was "ready to go" and eager to get the vaccine as soon as possible. He gave everyone 2 big thumbs up. Both of VIDO's potential vaccines are what are known as protein subunit vaccines, meaning they are created out of specific parts of a dead germ, rather than a live virus or an entire dead germ. (more...)
Pandemic Reaches Last Untouched Continent Antarctica, 58 People Test Positive Pandemic Reaches Last Untouched Continent Antarctica, 58 People Test Positive
- December 23, 2020

How did COVID get to Antarctica? "A highly infectious novel virus with significant mortality and morbidity in the extreme and austere environment of Antarctica with limited sophistication of medical care and public health responses is high risk with potentially catastrophic consequences", read a document by the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs obtained by the news agency. (more...)
COVID-19: Two more deaths, 108 new cases COVID-19: Two more deaths, 108 new cases
- December 23, 2020

The state's total number of coronavirus cases is now estimated at 260,838. "Our hospitals and our health systems continue to be significantly challenged by COVID-19", she said. Counties meet this indicator when ICU occupancy at hospitals in their region reach at least 80 percent for at least three days out of the week, and when at least 20 percent of that capacity is taken by COVID-19 patients. (more...)
Passengers From UK Test Positive For COVID-19 At Kolkata Airport Passengers From UK Test Positive For COVID-19 At Kolkata Airport
- December 23, 2020

Countries around the world have begun banning flights and travellers from Britain as London said on Sunday the spread of a more-infectious new coronavirus strain was now "out of control". Now operating 400 total testing sites across 16 states, Rite Aid says it has adequate capacity to test symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals 13 years and older who want to be tested. (more...)
WHO Says No Evidence Coronavirus Variant is Deadlier, More Severe WHO Says No Evidence Coronavirus Variant is Deadlier, More Severe
- December 23, 2020

During the briefing, the World Health Organization talked about the newly emerged strain of the virus, especially in Britain and South Africa, that has prompted the country to close its border and implement stricter restrictions. Hans Kluge, WHO's regional director for Europe said in a post to Twitter that the organisation was closely monitoring the spread of the new variant and would in response "convene member states to discuss strategies for testing, reducing transmission & communicating ... (more...)
Famous people who've received the COVID-19 vaccine Famous people who've received the COVID-19 vaccine
- December 23, 2020

Those vaccines will go to Presbyterian, UNM Hospital, and the State Health Department's warehouse. The United States is in the middle of a second wave of cases and the vaccine was just approved for use in healthcare workers. Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband are expected to receive their first shots next week. Scientists have said there is no evidence that vaccines now being deployed in the United Kingdom - made by Pfizer and BioNTech - or other Covid-19 shots in ... (more...)
US President-elect Biden takes his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine publicly US President-elect Biden takes his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine publicly
- December 23, 2020

The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating around five allergic reactions that happened after people were administered Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine in the United States last week. He tweeted earlier this month that he was "not scheduled" to take it, but said he looked "forward to doing so at the appropriate time". According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who have received a monoclonal antibody cocktail treatment for COVID-19, as the president did in ... (more...)
EU Greenlights Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EU Greenlights Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- December 23, 2020

And that is actually one scenario where we tell people maybe you should hold off on getting the vaccine , talk to your health provider to find out the right time", Adams said. Biden's vaccination followed that of his wife Jill Biden earlier on the same day. He also recommended that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence receive the vaccination. (more...)
UK's new mutant Covid-19 strain detected in Australia and Italy
- December 23, 2020

A growing number of countries are halting air travel from the United Kingdom , including Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Italy, and others are considering restrictions, like Sweden, South Africa and Hong Kong. "So far, there have only been minor mutations seen in the virus which is not of much outcome, and nobody has identified anything of this particular United Kingdom strain", Dr Samiran Panda added. (more...)
COVID-19 Numbers as of 3 pm December 21 COVID-19 Numbers as of 3 pm December 21
- December 23, 2020

DOH revises previous case and death counts daily. Washington's population is estimated at about 7.6 million , according to U.S. Census figures from July 2019. More than 3.5 million tests have been conducted in Washington. The county now has 276,414 confirmed cases and 4,097 deaths, making Miami-Dade the fourth-highest county in the country in COVID-19 cases , after Los Angeles, Cook (Chicago) and Maricopa (Phoenix) counties, according to Johns Hopkins national COVID-19 database. (more...)
Can prepare vaccine against mutated virus in 6 weeks: BioNTech Can prepare vaccine against mutated virus in 6 weeks: BioNTech
- December 23, 2020

Khal said that "starting this month and continuing throughout 2021 we will undertake the biggest vaccine program ever delivered in Qatar". "Even if someone from the United Kingdom came with that virus, and there have only been four so far, it would be controlled in the Australian context", he said. (more...)
Explainer: All you need to know about UKs new coronavirus variant Explainer: All you need to know about UKs new coronavirus variant
- December 21, 2020

Multiple countries have now imposed restrictions on travelers from the UK. Morocco was among the countries that suspended flights with the UK. Netherlands and Belgium were among the first countries to announce the ban, with Germany still mulling the decision. (more...)
Province records 206 new COVID-19 cases, four more deaths Province records 206 new COVID-19 cases, four more deaths
- December 21, 2020

One hundred and twenty-three people are in hospital. The other 107 people in hospital are in the Saskatoon (41), Regina (23), north-central (20), northwest (seven), southeast (six), far northwest (two), central-east (three), northeast (three) and central-west (one) zones. (more...)
US administers first Moderna vaccines to nurse in Connecticut
- December 21, 2020

The Amsterdam-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) said experts had recommended conditional authorisation of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in an emergency meeting on Monday. The vaccine has already been given some form of regulatory OK in more than a dozen countries. Colombia will provide COVID-19 vaccines for free under its national vaccination plan, but is also preparing rules to allow people to purchase the vaccine privately, the ministry said in a statement . (more...)

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