Medicine


Rich countries, including Canada, have bought too many COVID-19 vaccines: Amnesty
- December 09, 2020

The government has announced that it plans to use vaccines from several different producers in its effort to vaccinate the world's fourth most populated country. It found that all doses of the Moderna vaccine have been bought by rich countries, as have 96% of Pfizer's doses. While that boost profits for the companies, the system "could cost many lives", he warned. (more...)
Covid-19: United Kingdom approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for rollout from next week Covid-19: United Kingdom approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for rollout from next week
- December 09, 2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News the United Kingdom was the first country in the world to have a "clinically authorised vaccine" and it would be deployed as "quickly as it is manufactured". Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer said, "As we anticipate further authorisations and approvals, we are focused on moving with the same level of urgency to safely supply a high-quality vaccine around the world". (more...)
Covid-19 vaccine: Allergy warning over new jab Covid-19 vaccine: Allergy warning over new jab
- December 09, 2020

Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine starts working within about two weeks of the first dose , with indications effectiveness begins at 10 days. The FDA found more testing will be needed to confirm that the vaccine effectively prevents death. The vaccine was found to be 100% effective in Black people, with seven Black subjects becoming sick, all of whom were in the placebo group. He said the data showing it was as effective in older people as in younger people was reassuring. (more...)
FDA: Pfizer COVID Vaccine Effective After One Dose FDA: Pfizer COVID Vaccine Effective After One Dose
- December 09, 2020

The Defence Production Act allows a president to force private manufacturers to ramp up production and give the federal government priority on any orders it places. The trial found the treatment was 62 percent effective among volunteers given two full doses of the vaccine. Oxford-AstraZeneca's vaccine will cost under four dollars. (more...)
Regina Public Schools announce move to temporary remote learning Regina Public Schools announce move to temporary remote learning
- December 09, 2020

Special education students in all grades who have particularly complex needs will be welcomed back starting Thursday. "This is a good day for New York City, even against a tough backdrop", Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday at a virtual news conference from City Hall. (more...)
Opening Car Windows Can Cut COVID Transmission Opening Car Windows Can Cut COVID Transmission
- December 09, 2020

When some - but not all - windows were down, the study yielded counterintuitive results. "One might imagine that people instinctively open windows right beside them while riding with a co-passenger during the pandemic ". "To our surprise, the simulations showed an air current that acts like a barrier between the driver and the passenger", says Mathai, who likened this phenomenon to the air curtain created by a draft blown down vertically at some supermarket entrances, which prevents ... (more...)
Stephen Donnelly confirms COVID-19 vaccine strategy for Ireland Stephen Donnelly confirms COVID-19 vaccine strategy for Ireland
- December 09, 2020

Reddy's Laboratories and NVX-CoV2373 which is another vaccine by SII are in various stages of Clinical Trial. According to the NEGVAC's recommendation and government's initial estimates, union health ministry in the presentation said, "Technology driven Smooth implementation of vaccination drive can be completed in 1 year or more". (more...)
Bahrain becomes second country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Bahrain becomes second country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
- December 09, 2020

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says the state could get its first allotment of the Pfizer vaccine as soon as December 15, with additional shipments to come over the following two weeks. However the Pfizer vaccine has to be kept frozen below -70 C, which means the logistics of sending them to remote communities make doing so almost impossible. (more...)
The latest on the pandemic as vaccine rolls out in the UK
- December 09, 2020

The first recipient was Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week. But with most people not expected to get vaccinated until early 2021, he said the public still needed to be careful to stop the spread of the virus. On Monday, the latest figures showed that more than 283,000 Americans have been killed by the virus and there have been average of almost 200,000 new cases reported each day in the past week. (more...)
Britain starts its COVID-19 vaccinations Britain starts its COVID-19 vaccinations
- December 09, 2020

The freezers needed for storing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have arrived, but because of the storage requirements for the Pfizer vaccine, Morrison said, distributing it is a little more hard. The U.K. has reported more than 61,500 COVID-related deaths and 1.7 million confirmed COVID cases, the fifth-highest and seventh-highest tallies in the world, respectively. (more...)
New COVID-19 recommendations being brought forward to help bend the curve New COVID-19 recommendations being brought forward to help bend the curve
- December 08, 2020

Recent restrictions to fight COVID-19 have failed to bring case numbers down, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw at a Monday press conference, and harsher additional measures are being developed. There were 1,735 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours after over 20,300 tests were performed. Dr. Hinshaw said her team has prepared a package of recommendations to be considered by the provincial cabinet committee. (more...)
Studies suggest AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safe, effective Studies suggest AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safe, effective
- December 08, 2020

At the end of November, Oxford and AstraZeneca announced they had efficacy rates of 90 per cent when people were given a half dose, followed by a full dose several weeks later. Soon after, the Pune-based Serum Institute of India sought the nod for the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield, on December 6, while Bharat Biotech became the third such pharma last evening. (more...)
"This is a monumental day" - Vaccine rollout underway in Northern Ireland
- December 08, 2020

Irish Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, on his way to Government Buildings for a Cabinet meeting. The three priority groups making up nearly 300 million people, recommended by the national expert group on vaccine administration include healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above either 50 years of age or with comorbidities. (more...)
90-year old woman first to take vaccine in the UK 90-year old woman first to take vaccine in the UK
- December 08, 2020

It comes as the roll-out of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine got under way in Northern Ireland and mainland United Kingdom this morning. Just three out of 23,745 participants over a median of 3.4 months experienced serious adverse events that were possibly related to a vaccine. (more...)
Day as UK becomes first country to roll out Pfizer coronavirus vaccine Day as UK becomes first country to roll out Pfizer coronavirus vaccine
- December 08, 2020

He said that for vaccines which much lower temperatures India's capacity for storage is negligible.SII is now producing 50-60 million (five to six crore) doses a month which by January-February will be scaled up to 100 million (10 crore) doses a month. (more...)
Trump administration turned down additional doses of Pfizer vaccine Trump administration turned down additional doses of Pfizer vaccine
- December 08, 2020

The first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered to a selected group of British hospitals on Sunday. "I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19", she said. The government is targeting more than 25 million people in the first phase of its vaccination program, giving priority to those who are most at risk from the disease. (more...)
Fermanagh woman is first in the world to receive COVID-19 vaccine Fermanagh woman is first in the world to receive COVID-19 vaccine
- December 08, 2020

Among the first people to receive it will be the over-80s, care home staff and health workers, with the eventual aim of vaccinating millions of people against coronavirus. "I'm so pleased we are hopefully coming towards the end of this pandemic and I am delighted to be doing my bit by having the vaccine, I feel it is my duty to do so and do whatever I can to help", said Shukla, who was born in Kenya and whose father was from Mumbai. (more...)
Corona vaccine to be ready in next few weeks: PM Modi Corona vaccine to be ready in next few weeks: PM Modi
- December 08, 2020

Sinovac - one of China's leading vaccine producers - said the funding will be used for the "further development, capacity expansion and manufacturing" of CoronaVac. PM Modi has reportedly asked the representatives of various parties to send their suggestions in writing too. Opposition leaders will reportedly question the Modi government about the expected availability of the coronavirus vaccine and plans for its distribution. (more...)
United Kingdom begins mass coronavirus vaccination rollout as 90-year-old gets jab
- December 08, 2020

The vaccine has been shown to be 95% effective against Covid-19 and works across all age groups, including the elderly. Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 in a week, was the first to receive the shot, at a hospital in Coventry, central England. (more...)
Indonesian minister says COVID-19 vaccines from China in good condition Indonesian minister says COVID-19 vaccines from China in good condition
- December 08, 2020

Sinovac had said earlier that 97 per cent of healthy adults receiving lower dosage participating in its Phase 1-2 trial showed antibody-related immune response after taking its Covid-19 vaccine CoronaVac. President Joko Widodo said in an online briefing that the country received 1.2 million doses of a vaccine that it has been testing since August from China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (more...)

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