Medicine


Almost 400,000 British Columbians to receive COVID-19 vaccine by next spring Almost 400,000 British Columbians to receive COVID-19 vaccine by next spring
- December 10, 2020

But it can often take time to determine if the vaccine caused the side effect or if the person just coincidentally received the shot before becoming ill. "Some vaccines will become easier over time, easier to handle, and to distribute over time, as we get more stability data". The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared Pfizer's vaccine safe and effective, and indicated they could approve the vaccine when it meets on Thursday. (more...)
COVID-19: The hurdles of vaccine distribution
- December 10, 2020

Medical experts expect yet another surge of infections and hospitalizations following year-end holiday gatherings, even as initial batches of vaccine are be administered to high-priority recipients, including healthcare workers and nursing home residents. (more...)
Edinburgh pubs bars and restaurants remain in tier three lockdown coronavirus scotland Edinburgh pubs bars and restaurants remain in tier three lockdown coronavirus scotland
- December 10, 2020

Covid restrictions will ease for the majority of Scots later this week, with cafes, restaurants, shops and hairdressers allowed to reopen from Friday and Saturday. All other council areas will remain in their current levels. She said the rise in cases in East Lothian, which has also been seen in Midlothian, had played a part in deciding not to move the City of Edinburgh out of Level 3 ahead of Christmas. (more...)
Island Health likely won't receive COVID-19 vaccines until early 2021 Island Health likely won't receive COVID-19 vaccines until early 2021
- December 10, 2020

Whether or not you'll be among the first to receive the vaccine will depend on your age, medical history and profession. Can everyone get the vaccine? The manufacturer Pfizer is the first that will come to Canada, and Henry said the second vaccine will likely be from Moderna . (more...)
US will likely issue allergy warning over Pfizer vaccine US will likely issue allergy warning over Pfizer vaccine
- December 10, 2020

The most common side effects were run of the mill for vaccines , such as injection site reactions- seen in around 80 percent of cases - fatigue - seen in about 60 percent - and headache - seen in about 55 percent. "We will respond to the circumstances at the time". Pfizer-BioNTech now has a contract to supply at least 20 million doses and up to 76 million doses through 2021. (more...)
United Kingdom investigates possible allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccine United Kingdom investigates possible allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccine
- December 10, 2020

Powis added that both people are recovering well. Authorities have not specified what their reactions were. Senior British doctor, Chris Whitty, Wednesday, in response to questions from a parliamentary committee, said that "three or four vaccines" should be available by mid-year 2021 in the United Kingdom. (more...)
Ontario reports 1,890 new COVID cases, 28 deaths Ontario reports 1,890 new COVID cases, 28 deaths
- December 10, 2020

It is expected that vaccine doses could arrive and begin distribution in Canada next week. Only vaccines that Health Canada determines to be safe and effective will be approved for use in the country. Health-care workers, including hospital workers, and other staff who work or study in hospitals will be vaccinated in the first few months of the program as well, the government said. (more...)
Health Canada approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine Health Canada approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine
- December 10, 2020

Margaret Keenan , who turns 91 next week, said it was "the best early birthday present" and added: "My advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it". All those vaccinated will need a second shot 21 days after the initial jab. An administration official noted that Pfizer's vaccine was still in clinical trials last summer and that the government secured advanced deals to acquire multiple other vaccine candidates. (more...)
Rich Countries Overstocking Vaccines, Poor Ones Lagging Far Behind Rich Countries Overstocking Vaccines, Poor Ones Lagging Far Behind
- December 10, 2020

Canada has procured more doses per head of population than any other, which is sufficient to vaccinate each Canadian five times, said the alliance. But while these wealthy nations are either beginning or about to begin their vaccination campaigns, the People's Vaccine Alliance warned that people in 67 low- and lower-middle-income countries, including Bhutan, Ethiopia and Haiti, are at risk of being left out. (more...)
Canada becomes the third country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine Canada becomes the third country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine
- December 10, 2020

What's in the report? . "They're not skimping on the quantity of data", Saphire said. Frontline health care professionals who will administer the vaccines will also need to be trained on ensuring the ultra cold chain requirements for the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine are met, Yadav said. (more...)
European Medicines Agency Says Suffered Cyberattack, Probe Ongoing European Medicines Agency Says Suffered Cyberattack, Probe Ongoing
- December 10, 2020

German company BioNTech and U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer say data on their coronavirus vaccine were "unlawfully accessed" during a cyberattack on the servers of the European Medicines Agency. It is reviewing the applications for Pfizer and BioNTech, and Moderna's vaccines. The headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), is seen in London , Britain, April 25, 2017. (more...)
Canada to get first covid vaccine doses from Pfizer this month Canada to get first covid vaccine doses from Pfizer this month
- December 09, 2020

These doses are part of the up to 76 million doses Canada has secured through its existing agreement with Pfizer. Over the weekend, a top Indian government health adviser said in a TV interview that Pfizer has applied for an emergency use authorisation, making it the first to do so in the country. (more...)
Anaphylaxis Found to Be Rare Side Effect of Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine
- December 09, 2020

On Wednesday morning, Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use under an interim order that allowed the approval process to be expedited. The medical regulatory agency also said vaccinations should not be carried out in facilities that did not have resuscitation equipment. They are now both said to be recovering well. (more...)
France will 'adapt' relaxation of COVID-19 curbs if needed: government spokesman France will 'adapt' relaxation of COVID-19 curbs if needed: government spokesman
- December 09, 2020

However, the downward trend in infections has flattened, with the number of confirmed new cases rising to above 13,000 yesterday. President Emmanuel Macron has promised to end the lockdown on December 15 if the second wave of coronavirus infections is brought within the 5,000 cases mark. (more...)
Ontario reports almost 1,900 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations top 800
- December 09, 2020

Ford said the provincial budget, released last month, shows that 80 per cent of the reserve funds have been allocated. The government has been criticized by opposition politicians for sitting on billions in reserve funds, which they say it has been slow to spend during the pandemic. (more...)
BMW Expands Partnership With Amazon, Will Use AI To Predict Consumer Demand BMW Expands Partnership With Amazon, Will Use AI To Predict Consumer Demand
- December 09, 2020

Amazon said BMW is also expanding a cloud data hub for its employees to access AWS's services, while third parties, such as auto dealerships, suppliers and technology companies, will be able to contribute vehicle operating and maintenance data. (more...)
Govt Clarifies On Importation Of Chinese Vaccine For Covid 19 Govt Clarifies On Importation Of Chinese Vaccine For Covid 19
- December 09, 2020

In order to augment the cold-chain requirement for the storage of Covid-19 vaccine, the Union Health Ministry in consultation with states/Union Territories has assessed the additional requirement for cold-chain storage facilities like walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers, deep freezers and ice-lined refrigerators. (more...)
Hays County reports 82 COVID-19 recoveries, 43 new cases Tuesday Hays County reports 82 COVID-19 recoveries, 43 new cases Tuesday
- December 09, 2020

Addison has had 3,194 confirmed cases, Naperville 4,195, Carol Stream 2,677 and West Chicago 2,821. The county reported that there have been 934 probable cases spanning from April through December 8. In addition, the number includes about 1,800 duplicate cases that have not been removed from the tally, according to the DOH. The next greatest increase was in adults age 30-39 with 53 new cases, followed by a near-equal number of new positives in pre-teens and teenagers and adults in their 40s. (more...)
Covid-19 vaccine: First person receives Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in UK Covid-19 vaccine: First person receives Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in UK
- December 09, 2020

Britain hopes to inoculate as many as 2 million people by the end of the year. The Food and Drug Administration posted online a positive review of the Pfizer vaccine which was co-developed by BioNTech. "There is no legal barrier to Iran procuring vaccines through the COVAX Facility", the person said in an email to WaPo. Representatives from Pfizer and Moderna , which has another viable vaccine, turned down invitations to the event. (more...)
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...)

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