Health


England opens mass vaccination sites as virus spike fears spread England opens mass vaccination sites as virus spike fears spread
- January 13, 2021

However, he cautioned there was concern about the spread of the virus in supermarkets and there was a need to ensure people wore masks while in them. The drastic expansion of the vaccination programme means all adults will be offered a vaccine by the autumn, the DHSC say . (more...)
AstraZeneca/Oxford apply for European Union approval of COVID vaccine AstraZeneca/Oxford apply for European Union approval of COVID vaccine
- January 13, 2021

The Amsterdam-based regulator said that its assessment of the vaccine would "proceed under an accelerated timeline". The EMA already authorized the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on December 21 and the Moderna vaccine on January 6, for which the European Commission immediately gave the green light. (more...)
Ford: ‘Bad actors’ flouting emergency orders will be fined Ford: ‘Bad actors’ flouting emergency orders will be fined
- January 13, 2021

Across the province, health officials reported 2,903 new cases of COVID-19 after eight straight days of case counts above 3,000 per day. According to a report by Critical Care Services Ontario, there are more than 400 people in the province's intensive care units with COVID-19. (more...)
Microbiome may influence severity of COVID-19, researchers say Microbiome may influence severity of COVID-19, researchers say
- January 13, 2021

The study also found that patients who had more serious cases of COVID-19 were more likely to have impaired lung function over the long term. There are also important aspects that the study doesn't delve into, such as the patients' cognitive or neurological functions; neither does it report whether any patients suffered from anxiety or depression before the onset of COVID-19. (more...)
Province Announces Grim COVID-19 Projections Province Announces Grim COVID-19 Projections
- January 13, 2021

Local reaction to the new state of emergency and stay at home order is mixed among residents. "By doing the right thing and staying home, you can stay safe and save lives". "Walk around the block". Additionally, if employees are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care, they can access Canada's Recovery Caregiver Benefit of up to $500 per week for up to 26 weeks. (more...)
Schumer to McConnell: Allow Trump impeachment vote Schumer to McConnell: Allow Trump impeachment vote
- January 13, 2021

Global stock markets and USA futures rose Tuesday as investors waited for details of President-elect Joe Biden's promised economic stimulus plan. But things changed quickly after Schumer's speech. He even approached Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the majority leader, about a censure vote, saying he could deliver a large number of Republican votes for a formal rebuke if Democrats backed off impeachment. (more...)
Canada to purchase additional 20 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Canada to purchase additional 20 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
- January 13, 2021

The change in releasing more of the previously reserved doses of vaccine preempts a policy change the Biden team announced last week . The outgoing HHS secretary blamed states for the slow pace of the rollout, saying some are hewing so closely to prioritization schedules that they are not using the doses they have been allotted. (more...)
Covid-19 vaccine: Boris Johnson visits mass immunisation centre Covid-19 vaccine: Boris Johnson visits mass immunisation centre
- January 13, 2021

And for those outside of this catchment, in highly rural areas, the vaccine will be brought to them via mobile teams. There will also be capacity to deliver at least 2 million vaccinations in England per week by the end of January and all residents and staff in over 10,000 care homes across the country will be offered a vaccine by the end of the month. (more...)
USA won't hold back second Covid vaccine doses: health secretary USA won't hold back second Covid vaccine doses: health secretary
- January 12, 2021

In a press conference this morning, Trudeau said that with the federal government's agreements with Moderna and Pfizer alone, Canada will now have 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines arriving in 2021. Bonnie Henry said the province would run out by the end of yesterday ahead of an expected Thursday delivery. "We're continuing to work with various vaccine companies to accelerate, to move forward, to get more doses for Canadians as quickly as possible", Trudeau said. (more...)
Thousands more positive Covid cases in Ireland Thousands more positive Covid cases in Ireland
- January 12, 2021

Northern Ireland's health system has come under severe pressure since Christmas, with hospitals nearly at full capacity. The HSE's Clinical Lead for Intensive Care has said the number of patients in ICU is nearing the springtime peak of 155. (more...)
France to send first 50,000 doses of Moderna vaccine to hard-hit regions France to send first 50,000 doses of Moderna vaccine to hard-hit regions
- January 12, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the new funding as only 30% of the more than 22 million doses of vaccine distributed in the USA has been injected into Americans' arms. "We have product that is going through QC right now - quality control - for sterility, identity check that we have tens and tens of millions of product". (more...)
Lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol riot Lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol riot
- January 12, 2021

She is now in isolation at the advice of Congress's doctor. 'I share the outrage and anger of those across America who have watched Trump fail to combat this raging pandemic and refuse to take care of Americans who are suffering, dying, and devastated. (more...)
COVID-19 Patients may not Recover Months after Diagnosis, Chinese Study Reveals COVID-19 Patients may not Recover Months after Diagnosis, Chinese Study Reveals
- January 12, 2021

Follow-up blood antibody tests from 94 patients after six months revealed that levels of neutralising antibodies were 52.5 per cent lower than at the height of infection. In all, 1,733 of 2,469 discharged patients with Covid-19 were enrolled after 736 were excluded. Those who had experience severe disease performed worse on this six-minute test. (more...)
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden receives second COVID-19 vaccine shot U.S. President-elect Joe Biden receives second COVID-19 vaccine shot
- January 12, 2021

Biden will receive the injection in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, where his campaign transition headquarters is stationed. Health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities are the first in line for the coronavirus vaccines , as recommended by vaccine advisers to the CDC. (more...)
Thurston County adds 23 new COVID-19 cases Monday Thurston County adds 23 new COVID-19 cases Monday
- January 12, 2021

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 23 on Monday, according to the county Department of Public Health and Social Services. The new outbreak is located at Hart House in Victoria, which is owned and operated by Trillium Communities. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee's Summit, is encouraging those who live or work in Jackson County to consider filling out a COVID-19 vaccine survey with the Jackson County Health Department in order to help determine their eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine. (more...)
NL Marks Third Day with No New Cases of COVID-19
- January 12, 2021

The province's top doctor says now is not the time to ease up on efforts to curb the spread. "Seeing a low number of cases recently and now none today reflects the good work of Nova Scotians in following the public health protocols", said Premier Stephen McNeil. (more...)
Rapid tests for asymptomatic people to be rolled out Rapid tests for asymptomatic people to be rolled out
- January 12, 2021

Expansion of asymptomatic testing will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and ensure those infected isolate, protecting those who can not work from home and our vital services. This means they are accurate, reliable and successfully identify those with COVID-19 who don't show symptoms and could pass on the virus without realising. (more...)
59 cases of COVID-19 found in Island Health over weekend 59 cases of COVID-19 found in Island Health over weekend
- January 12, 2021

Several COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care homes were declared on the weekend, including one on Vancouver Island. Four other outbreaks ended, leaving 60 ongoing throughout the health-care system. The updated tally from the Minnesota Department of Health means the state's providers have given first doses of the two-dose vaccine to almost a third of the initial priority group of 500,000 health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. (more...)
Two San Diego Zoo Safari Park gorillas test positive for coronavirus Two San Diego Zoo Safari Park gorillas test positive for coronavirus
- January 12, 2021

After two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's gorilla troop began coughing Wednesday, the zoo tested fecal samples from the troop for the virus, the zoo said in a release Monday. The confirmation that gorillas are susceptible to the coronavirus contributes to information about how the pandemic may affect these species in their native habitats where they come into contact with humans and human materials, the park officials said. (more...)
Medical journal study looks at COVID-19's long-term effects Medical journal study looks at COVID-19's long-term effects
- January 12, 2021

They said longer term multidisciplinary research being conducted in the United States and Britain would help improve understanding and help develop therapies to "mitigate the long-term consequences of Covid-19 on multiple organs and tissues". (more...)

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