Medicine


Op-Ed Urging Jill Biden To Drop The 'Dr.' Sparks Outrage Online Op-Ed Urging Jill Biden To Drop The 'Dr.' Sparks Outrage Online
- December 14, 2020

A spokesperson for the first lady-elect called the op-ed a "disgusting and sexist attack", as many public figures, including Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, tweeted in support. Epstein has made the comments in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal . An op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday sparked backlash after it suggested that First Lady-elect Jill Biden should drop her "Dr." title because she is not a medical doctor. (more...)
Singapore approves Pfizer vaccine against corona Singapore approves Pfizer vaccine against corona
- December 14, 2020

The city-state of 5.7 million expects to have enough vaccines for everyone by the third quarter of 2021, Lee added, and will make it free for all Singaporeans and long-term residents. Lee said Singapore would further ease local pandemic-related curbs on December 28, allowing gatherings of up to eight people and up to 250 people to attend public worship or live arts and cultural performances. (more...)
India pledges $2B philanthropy for Covid care India pledges $2B philanthropy for Covid care
- December 14, 2020

An additional $14 billion (68 percent) is from official development assistance and grants given by Germany, Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the USA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation . Recent forecasts indicate that COVID-19 may push 71 million people back into extreme poverty in 2020, in what would be the first rise in global poverty in more than 20 years (since 1998). (more...)
Scott Morrison says Australia won’t rush Pfizer vaccine approval Scott Morrison says Australia won’t rush Pfizer vaccine approval
- December 14, 2020

Antibodies generated by the vaccine being developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) and biotech firm CSL, one of four candidates contracted by the Australian government, were found to lead to some false positive HIV test results, the makers said. (more...)
No new cases of Covid-19 in NZ No new cases of Covid-19 in NZ
- December 14, 2020

Sunday's case total is the fifth day in a row new infections topped 4,000 in the state as cases continue to surpass totals seen at the virus's first peak in late April. MA public health officials on Sunday reported another 4,677 people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the active statewide case total to 70,651. (more...)
Historic US vaccine campaign begins with first shipments 'delivering hope' to millions
- December 14, 2020

Gustave Perna, chief operating officer of the federal government's vaccine initiative Operation Warp Speed. While all countries across the globe are watching the progress of the vaccine roll-out in the United Kingdom and in the us, experts warn defeating the virus is a lengthy process . (more...)
Cayman Islands to start COVID-19 vaccinations in January Cayman Islands to start COVID-19 vaccinations in January
- December 14, 2020

Indonesia and Pakistan have already signed deals with Sinopharm's China National Biotec Group Co. Quick transport is key for the vaccine, especially since this one must be stored at extremely low temperatures - about 94 degrees below zero. (more...)
New Zealand agrees on two-way 'travel bubble' with Australia early 2021 New Zealand agrees on two-way 'travel bubble' with Australia early 2021
- December 14, 2020

Since October , travelers from New Zealand have been allowed quarantine-free travel to certain Australian destinations, but they still have to quarantine when they return home. Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that the cabinet has agreed in principle to allow travel with Australia without quarantine in the first quarter of 2021. (more...)
CPHO Issue Statement Series on COVID-19 Français CPHO Issue Statement Series on COVID-19 Français
- December 14, 2020

Filippo Anelli, head of the country's doctors' association. These are meant to be informative, evidence-based pieces that aim to provide Canadians with additional information on key issues and questions on COVID-19, such as those related to vaccination, and help to address the increasing amounts of mis- and dis-information connected to these issues. (more...)
First COVID-19 vaccine shipments arriving today, more en route
- December 14, 2020

The health ministry said the event is "under investigation to determine if it is related to the vaccine or if there is another explanation". Health-care workers at Maimonides will be vaccinated next, and then the remaining doses will go to health-care workers at other long-term care homes, Dupuis said. (more...)
No New COVID-19 Cases In Clare; 248 Nationally
- December 14, 2020

The incidence rate of Covid-19 in Longford is the fifth highest in the country and well above the national average after eleven new confirmed cases of the disease were reported this Sunday evening. There were 5,668 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. 2,659 swab tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of swabs to 464,429. (more...)
Kuwait authorizes emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine Kuwait authorizes emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine
- December 13, 2020

The aircraft will shuttle vaccine packages to United Parcel Service or FedEx air cargo hubs in Louisville, Kentucky, and Memphis, Tennessee, respectively. "The FDA's authorization for emergency use of the first Covid-19 vaccine is a significant milestone in battling this devastating pandemic that has affected so many families in the United States and around the world", said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. (more...)
6 employees at Eden Valley Poultry have tested positive for COVID-19 6 employees at Eden Valley Poultry have tested positive for COVID-19
- December 13, 2020

Nova Scotia Health is awaiting the results of the tests, Strang said, and will conduct repeat testing "in about a week's time". The release said the testing method will be a standard PCR test and people will not need to self-isolate if they are tested. (more...)
Coronavirus: One death and 429 new cases confirmed in Ireland
- December 13, 2020

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population has risen to 84.3. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has reported that one more person with Covid-19 has died in Ireland. NPHET is reporting that there have been 59 new cases of Covid-19 in Longford in the past two weeks. Three new deaths were also recorded on Sunday, with the first death being a 68-year-old man who was confirmed positive on 1 December. (more...)
Historic U.S. COVID vaccine campaign launches with convoy of trucks Historic U.S. COVID vaccine campaign launches with convoy of trucks
- December 13, 2020

Workers clapped and whistled as the first boxes headed to the trucks. The 40-hospital Oschner Health System in Louisiana and MS expects to receive more than 9,000 doses in the coming days, said Dr. "You have two fierce rivals here, and competitors, in FedEx and UPS, who literally are teaming up to get this delivered", said Richard Smith, a FedEx executive, to the Senate's Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety on Thursday. (more...)
US Covid-19 vaccinations to begin Monday
- December 13, 2020

Authorities have said general availability of the vaccine is expected by April. However, the initial shipment of roughly 3 million doses will only go to roughly 145 sites across the U.S. The Public Health Agency of Canada said Saturday that there are now 73,297 active cases in Canada, with an average of 6,543 daily new cases reported between December 4 and December 10. (more...)
Ontario unveils more details of its COVID-19 vaccination program Ontario unveils more details of its COVID-19 vaccination program
- December 13, 2020

Lockdown restrictions include only allowing retail stores to offer curbside pick-up or delivery. The government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to consult regularly with local medical officers of health on local context and conditions to help inform the classification of their public health unit region. (more...)
Egypt to receive Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine in first quarter of 2021 Egypt to receive Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine in first quarter of 2021
- December 13, 2020

Some states are opting to use Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate their nursing home residents rather than the Pfizer shot, he added, saying that earliest date that CVS can administer Moderna's shots to nursing home residents is December 28. (more...)
Governor Northam adds additional restrictions citing COVID increases Governor Northam adds additional restrictions citing COVID increases
- December 13, 2020

The limit on gatherings will be lowered from 25 to 10 people and masks will now be required outdoors when social distancing isn't possible. The modified order will remain in effect until at least January 31, 2021, Northam announced. Mask wearing is also being expanded, requiring all people over the age of 5 to wear a mask when outside of their home, even if outdoors. However, the governor is not imposing additional restrictions on houses of worship as part of the new slate of restrictions, ... (more...)
U.S. issues emergency approval to Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine
- December 13, 2020

Canada, Bahrain and Mexico have also approved it for emergency use. A mass inoculation drive using doses of the same vaccine is already under way in the UK. Hahn again emphasized his agency's independence to reporters Saturday. It worth mentioning that none of the vaccines being shipped to the Bay Area this week are going to be available to the public; a community rollout of the vaccine is likely still months away until high-risk individuals and frontline workers are vaccinated. (more...)

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