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Biden to unveil economic plan as United States recovery buckles Biden to unveil economic plan as United States recovery buckles
- January 15, 2021

Mr Biden has long held that economic recovery is inextricably linked with controlling the coronavirus. Dubbed the American Rescue Plan, the proposal includes a host of measures aimed at revitalizing the world's largest economy, senior officials in his incoming administration said on Thursday. (more...)
New COVID-19 test rules create logistical hurdles in the Caribbean New COVID-19 test rules create logistical hurdles in the Caribbean
- January 15, 2021

USA infectious disease specialist Dr. David Freedman warned of the risk of straining resources in poor countries that are struggling to test their own residents. Despite the decision to implement the testing requirement for worldwide travel, CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in a statement that it "does not eliminate all risk". (more...)
London's Chief of Police's message about the 'Stay-at-Home' order London's Chief of Police's message about the 'Stay-at-Home' order
- January 15, 2021

It also clarifies that being outside is not evidence of a failure to comply with the order and people do not have to explain why they are out of their homes. Ontarians have received emergency alerts on their cellphones, radios and televisions telling them to stay home. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Ontario has put a number of measures in place to protect homeowners or renters. (more...)
Foo Fighters' Foo Fighters' "Waiting On A War" l 'Medicine At Midnight' l
- January 14, 2021

Is there more to this than just waiting on a war? The nine-song Medicine at Midnight is due on February 5 and was co-produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters . "It's filled with anthemic, huge, sing-along rock songs", he said. "That's what we wanted to make, we wanted to make this really up, fun record". This latest single titled, "Waiting On A War", joins previously-released tracks " Shame Shame " and " No Son Of Mine ". (more...)
Immunity Is Likely After COVID-but Not Guaranteed Immunity Is Likely After COVID-but Not Guaranteed
- January 14, 2021

The new study included 1,733 Covid-19 patients discharged from Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan between January and May previous year. "We now know that most of those who have had the virus, and developed antibodies, are protected from reinfection, but this is not total and we do not yet know how long protection lasts", Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser at PHE and co-leader of the study, said according to Reuters. (more...)
COVID-19 presence in Brazil dates back to December 2019 COVID-19 presence in Brazil dates back to December 2019
- January 14, 2021

The announcement comes hours after United Kingdom ministers met to discuss plans to restrict any spread of an emerging variant of coronavirus identified in Brazil , which has caused concern among British scientists for its high infectiousness. (more...)
Bird Flu outbreak: How different states are tackling the virus? Bird Flu outbreak: How different states are tackling the virus?
- January 14, 2021

The state Animal Husbandry Department said that reports of earlier samples have confirmed H5N1 strain of bird flu in birds that died at Mumbai , Ghodbander (Thane), Dapoli, Murumba (Parbhani), however, samples from birds that died in Beed have confirmed H5N8 strain of bird flu. (more...)
Covid symptoms stay even after 6 months Covid symptoms stay even after 6 months
- January 14, 2021

In the new study featured in the British Medical Journal's publication Gut , a team of scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong suggest that the gastrointestinal tract may play a bigger role in our recovery from COVID-19 more so than we initially thought. (more...)
Oklahoma’s COVID-19 vaccine supply could double in coming weeks Oklahoma’s COVID-19 vaccine supply could double in coming weeks
- January 14, 2021

Gavin Newsom, who has his own pledge to vaccinate 1 million people by Friday. "Every vaccine dose that is sitting in a warehouse rather than going into an arm could mean one more life lost or one more hospital bed occupied". "I think that the rates transmission are going to be significantly more challenging to contain if we see more of this B.1.1.7 variant". In a statement, Newsom defended the move this way, "There is no higher priority than efficiently and equitably distributing these ... (more...)
COVID-19 not going away, likely to stay forever: Moderna CEO COVID-19 not going away, likely to stay forever: Moderna CEO
- January 14, 2021

To date, Quebec has vaccinated 99,510 health-care workers and residents of long-term care centres, representing more than 1.1 per cent of the population. Dulkys pointed out that the U.S. pharmaceutical company had increased the price of its vaccine by one-third and the terms of vaccine delivery would not be acceptable for Lithuania. (more...)
Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK
- January 14, 2021

The vaccine is 94% effective in preventing disease, including in the elderly. As of 1403 GMT, shares of Moderna were up by 2.76% at $119.5 in the USA premarket. It said side effects "were usually mild or moderate and got better within a few days after vaccination". The U.S. gave it the green light for emergency use in people over 18 years on December 18, followed by Canada five days later with an interim authorization also for people over 18. (more...)
UK Registers Daily Record Of 1,564 COVID-19 Deaths UK Registers Daily Record Of 1,564 COVID-19 Deaths
- January 14, 2021

Britain on Wednesday announced another 1,564 virus fatalities, a daily record and the first time the death count has passed 1,500 in a 24-hour period during the coronavirus pandemic . British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Wednesday that there was a "very substantial" risk of intensive care capacity in hospitals being "overtopped". (more...)
Negative COVID-19 test mandatory for United States travel from January 26 Negative COVID-19 test mandatory for United States travel from January 26
- January 14, 2021

If a passenger tests positive, the CDC will not require further testing for three months if the traveler shows no symptoms; they must provide documentation and a letter from a health care provider or public health official clearing them for travel. (more...)
Swiss drugs regulator approves Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine Swiss drugs regulator approves Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine
- January 14, 2021

Pfizer, however, does not believe there is a connection between the vaccine and the death based on its clinical trials of the shot and its "post-marketing experience thus far", Pitts said. "And when you know you're going to get the vaccine the next day, try to get a good night's sleep". The World Health Organization, Van Hoof said, points out that the ideal profile of a pandemic vaccine is different from one during normal times. (more...)
HHS Expands Vaccine Program, Will Tap All Doses
- January 13, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce sweeping changes Tuesday in vaccine rollout guidelines in an effort to boost the lagging number of vaccinations in the first month. He predicted that in a week to 10 days, 1 million people would receive vaccinations daily. "We typically look for at least 70% or upwards of 90% of the population having received a vaccine before we can really say heard immunity takes full effect", said Robert Hawkes, the director of the ... (more...)
Alberta Alberta "avoided" major COVID-19 spread over the holidays: Hinshaw
- January 13, 2021

The news was welcomed by the Alberta Paramedics Association during the update, and the association thanked the province for listening to their concerns and acting on them. Currently, there are 200 active cases of the virus in the city. Thirty-eight more Albertans have died from the disease. Hinshaw reported 38 deaths linked to COVID-19 on Tuesday. (more...)
COVID-19 modelling shows daily deaths could double by mid-February COVID-19 modelling shows daily deaths could double by mid-February
- January 13, 2021

More than 70 per cent of the Canadians who have died from COVID-19 to date were residents in long-term care homes. Stay home. Stay safe. "The impact on our health system is already greater today than we have ever seen in Ontario's history". (more...)
Number Of COVID-19 Patients In Irish Intensive Care Hits Pandemic High Number Of COVID-19 Patients In Irish Intensive Care Hits Pandemic High
- January 13, 2021

Sadly, a further 22 deaths have also been reported up north (though four of these deaths occurred outside the 24 hour period). Attributing the rise in deaths to "unsustainably" high levels of infection, Dr Holohan called on people to stay home "out of respect for those who have lost their lives" or were in hospital. (more...)
EU Secures Deal to Double Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Supply EU Secures Deal to Double Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Supply
- January 13, 2021

France is seeking to vaccinate a million people before the end of January, to speed up a process which got off to a slow start. The Moderna vaccine is the second to be approved by the European Medicines Agency, and von der Leyen's European Commission has organised a joint purchasing programme to provide doses for member states. (more...)
BC health officials report 446 new COVID-19 cases BC health officials report 446 new COVID-19 cases
- January 13, 2021

The discussion over additional restrictions is to take place as the province reported more than 5,000 deaths from the virus. Another 603 people have also recovered from COVID-19, which helped push B.C.'s number of active cases down to 5,045 - the lowest it's been since November 9. (more...)

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