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Jackson County, Henry Ford Allegiance increasing COVID-19 vaccine distribution Jackson County, Henry Ford Allegiance increasing COVID-19 vaccine distribution
- January 17, 2021

Los Angeles has become the first USA county to report more than 1 million coronavirus cases, according to state officials. The new strain does not make people sicker, but it is transmitted much more easily, meaning it can rapidly spread through the population. (more...)
More Deaths Following COVID Vaccinations From Pfizer More Deaths Following COVID Vaccinations From Pfizer
- January 17, 2021

NMA's medical director, Steinar Madsen, said that along with 13 deaths, nine cases of serious side-effects and seven cases of less serious side effects were found. It promised that there would be "a significant increase" in shipments in March, and the European Commission said all vaccines ordered by the bloc for the first quarter would be delivered on time. (more...)
B.C. reports 536 new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths Thursday B.C. reports 536 new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths Thursday
- January 17, 2021

There are now 7,132 people under active public health monitoring because of exposures to known cases of the coronavirus, and 75,914 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier in the day, Dix had warned that expected delays in Pfizer deliveries would impact how soon some British Columbians received their shots in the weeks ahead. (more...)
Health unit confirms two more cases of COVID-19 Health unit confirms two more cases of COVID-19
- January 17, 2021

Hsiu-Li Wang is clarifying how hospitalization data is reported on Public Health's information dashboard. Included in the 51 deaths were 27 individuals living in long-term care homes. The vaccines approved for use requires two doses a few weeks apart. The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 162.2 cases per 100,000 people from January 5 to January 11, which is an increase of 9.2 per cent compared to December 30 to January 5 when the average weekly incidence rate was 148.5 cases per 100,000 ... (more...)
Previous Coronavirus Infection May Confer Immunity for at Least 5 Months Previous Coronavirus Infection May Confer Immunity for at Least 5 Months
- January 17, 2021

Over the next year or two we'll probably get a better sense of how long protection lasts. Their recommendation comes, in part, due to a lack of conclusive data around how long immunity lasts after being infected . So what does this mean? "Even if you believe you already had the disease and are protected, you can be reassured it is highly unlikely you will develop severe infections. (more...)
CMO highlights danger the Brazilian Covid-19 variant poses CMO highlights danger the Brazilian Covid-19 variant poses
- January 16, 2021

Leitrim recorded 5 new cases to midnight on Thursday, January 14, bringing its 14 day total to 228. Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) has led to one death and seven cases that were previously confirmed being identified, which is reflected in the current running totals of cases and deaths. (more...)
Study Suggests Past COVID Infection Provides Immunity For Five Months Study Suggests Past COVID Infection Provides Immunity For Five Months
- January 16, 2021

Public Health England, which analyzed the results of coronavirus and antibody tests taken by almost 21,000 healthcare workers from June to November, found past infection resulted in a 83% lower risk of contracting COVID-19 compared with those who had no coronavirus antibodies, suggesting they were never infected. (more...)
Alberta COVID restrictions eased, but not gone Alberta COVID restrictions eased, but not gone
- January 16, 2021

If we continue to see case rates and hospitalizations and our ICU admissions continue to slow down and go down, we will continue to open things up. Starting Monday, outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people but indoor gatherings are still banned. (more...)
HHS Secretary Alex Azar complains of tarnished legacy to Trump HHS Secretary Alex Azar complains of tarnished legacy to Trump
- January 16, 2021

According to the CDC, New York state has administered only about 757,000 doses of the 1.9 million it has received. Gustave F. Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, spoke directly to officials in at least two of the jurisdictions receiving vaccine supply, explaining that allocations would not increase and that they did not have to broaden eligibility as they had previously been told, according to a health official who was not authorized to discuss the matter. (more...)
Israel To Start Vaccinating Palestinian Prisoners Next Week Israel To Start Vaccinating Palestinian Prisoners Next Week
- January 16, 2021

To date, coronavirus has caused around 1,800 deaths in the Palestinian territories. While Israel has already become a world leader in per capita vaccination, Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip are yet to secure their first supplies. (more...)
Surviving Covid provides as good immunity as vaccine, new report finds Surviving Covid provides as good immunity as vaccine, new report finds
- January 16, 2021

People who receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to gain 89% immunity after three weeks with that level of protection rising to 94% once they receive the second dose. "The SIREN study has major implications for how we can get out of the current crisis". PHE said it will begin providing more "high-quality" data in the coming weeks, which will include information on under-vaccinated groups, the impact of vaccination on cases, hospitalisations and deaths, the effectiveness ... (more...)
BC becomes 2nd province to identify South African COVID-19 variant BC becomes 2nd province to identify South African COVID-19 variant
- January 16, 2021

In a briefing with reporters today, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry disclosed that there have been four confirmed cases of the highly contagious United Kingdom variant. "It's not focused in one area", she said. "What we're seeing is more local, where people had come together in small groups and decided they could stretch those rules. (more...)
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine - 'Met Success Criteria' | IE Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine - 'Met Success Criteria' | IE
- January 16, 2021

The order is in line with Trump's "America First" commitment, according to a senior administrational official. Fox News first reported Trump would be signing the executive order prioritizing Americans in vaccine distribution Monday. "We're very confident that Pfizer and other vaccine manufacturers that are contractually obligated to deliver vaccines to Canada will be able to meet those obligations", said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc in an Ottawa news conference. (more...)
President-elect Joe Biden chooses David Kessler to lead Operation Warp Speed President-elect Joe Biden chooses David Kessler to lead Operation Warp Speed
- January 16, 2021

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)". Gen. Gustave Perna, who is now the chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed , will stay on in the Biden administration, the official said , but under its "new structure". Kessler's responsibilities will cover manufacturing, distribution and the safety and efficacy of vaccines and therapeutics. Shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, whose vaccines were approved by the USA last month, come in the form of two doses. (more...)
United States inflation stays muted as chaotic 2020 ends United States inflation stays muted as chaotic 2020 ends
- January 15, 2021

The Primary Articles index for this major group declined by (-3.11%) to 146.5 (provisional) in December, 2020 from 151.2 (provisional) for the month of November, 2020. With the exception of the Upper West Region (-0.4% food inflation and 4.6% non-food inflation), all regions recorded higher food inflation than non-food inflation. (more...)
MN Vaccination Providers Given More Flexibility to Offer COVID-19 Shots MN Vaccination Providers Given More Flexibility to Offer COVID-19 Shots
- January 15, 2021

As of midday Tuesday, the state with a population of 5.6 million reported that 144,503 residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine. The federal government this week urged states to immediately start vaccinating groups that had been lower down the priority scale than before, including people age 65 and older and younger people with certain health problems. (more...)
Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home confirm Covid-19 outbreak Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home confirm Covid-19 outbreak
- January 15, 2021

The large COVID-19 outbreak occurred at Droimnin Nursing Home in Stradbally, Co Laois. So, literally 19 days before we were due to be vaccinated, Covid hit. The Brookhaven Healthcare Group runs for other nursing homes. 12 cases have reportedly been detect among residents, with a number of staff also testing positive. (more...)
AstraZeneca vaccine could speed up inoculation process, expert says AstraZeneca vaccine could speed up inoculation process, expert says
- January 15, 2021

The watchdog also said that during its rolling review of the vaccine, it had assessed data from ongoing trials in Britain, Brazil and South Africa. Australian Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said on Wednesday that he was "concerned" that the debate around the efficacy of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines could erode public confidence. (more...)
B.C. records first case of South African COVID-19 variant B.C. records first case of South African COVID-19 variant
- January 15, 2021

To date, Alberta has detected five cases of the United Kingdom variant. "We are still investigating where this person might have contracted this virus and that will continue". Seven additional deaths have been linked to the virus. Testing confirmed a positive diagnosis on December 19. "We do know that the vaccines that we have, the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines, are very effective at preventing symptoms, especially severe symptoms, and preventing people from hospitalization and dying ... (more...)
Scientists in Australia question the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine Scientists in Australia question the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine
- January 15, 2021

We would need public support to encourage people to participate in the vaccine programme about the safety of the vaccine because of the many myths about vaccines being ineffective. "Some people have been taking particular parts of that (AstraZeneca research) article and not reading the whole article", Prof Kelly said. "It's which one is available to give the maximum roll-out of vaccine to save lives and to protect lives this year", he said. (more...)

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