Medicine


COVID-19 deaths again top 3,000 as officials scurry to distribute vaccine
- December 17, 2020

The special assistant said that the best way to fight the pandemic, in the given situation, is to ensure that we follow the standard operation procedures (SOPs) issued by the government to stem the virus's spread. The vaccine efficacy will be determined 14 days after the second dose. "This is still not over". The Indian government has not provided any estimate of the cost of its vaccine programme, though it has said all resources will be provided to protect the population. (more...)
Possible exposure to COVID-19 at local pool hall Possible exposure to COVID-19 at local pool hall
- December 16, 2020

Six more cases are considered resolved as of yesterday, bringing the total number of resolved cases in the second wave to 286. No one is presently in hospital with the virus in the province. The numbers reflect where a person lives and not where their sample was collected. Canada's COVID-19 Alert app is available in Nova Scotia. Passengers of another recent Air Canada flight into Sydney are being warned of potential exposure to COVID-19. (more...)
First BC healthcare workers vaccinated against COVID-19 First BC healthcare workers vaccinated against COVID-19
- December 16, 2020

Jason Kindrachuk on Tuesday, the day before the first round of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations begins in Manitoba. There are fears that poorer nations will be left behind. They found that target population sizes for Covid-19 vaccination vary widely by geographical region, vaccine objectives, such as maintaining essential core services, reducing severe Covid-19, and stopping virus transmission, and the impact of vaccine hesitancy in reducing demand. (more...)
Moderna's vaccine found highly effective, clearing way for a second vaccine Moderna's vaccine found highly effective, clearing way for a second vaccine
- December 16, 2020

The first Pfizer vaccinations took place on Monday. Health Canada has been reviewing Moderna's vaccine since October, and Sharma said the final clinical data was provided from the company Friday. Health workers in Manitoba, Alberta and B.C. are set to follow Wednesday and most other provinces intend to start vaccinating priority groups by the weekend. (more...)
First COVID-19 vaccines administered in Calgary and Edmonton First COVID-19 vaccines administered in Calgary and Edmonton
- December 16, 2020

The guidelines for estimation of cold chain equipment have been issued to all states and they have received at least 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers and 300 solar refrigerators for COVID-19 vaccination , said Union Health Ministry here on Tuesday (December 15). (more...)
67-year-old nurse receives first COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania
- December 16, 2020

The world's No. 2 cigarette company raised eyebrows in April when it said it was developing a Covid-19 vaccine and would be able to produce one million to three million doses a week if it had the support of government agencies and the right manufacturers. (more...)
Canada to receive Moderna vaccine doses before year's end Canada to receive Moderna vaccine doses before year's end
- December 16, 2020

The vaccine will take months to reach the general population, with estimates varying between early summer and late fall. A Phase 1 trial of GX-19N is expected to begin early next year. The positive news comes as hospitals across the USA begin ramping up vaccinations with the shot developed by Pfizer and BioNTechs, which the FDA cleared last week. (more...)
First COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in New Brunswick First COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in New Brunswick
- December 16, 2020

Brazil's health regulator on Monday accused China of not being transparent in efforts to win emergency approval for its COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac, now in the final phase of trials in the hard-hit country. "Scientific considerations, clinical trial results will determine when vaccination can begin", he said. "As soon as we get home, we get rid of the scrubs, go in the shower", he said. (more...)
Canada's Northern and Indigenous communities could get vaccines in days
- December 16, 2020

The massive vaccine rollout has begun in the US, with hundreds of Americans - mostly high-risk health care workers - receiving their first doses of Pfizer's shot on Monday. An allergic reaction is possible, Health Canada warned, and advised people with allergies to the ingredients in the vaccine should not get it. He said hospitals across the province are under too much pressure because of the COVID-19 pandemic to allow non-essential businesses to stay open during the holidays. (more...)
London faces highest level of Covid restrictions amid rise in cases London faces highest level of Covid restrictions amid rise in cases
- December 16, 2020

The British capital's move into "Tier 3" means theatres, pubs, restaurants will have to close, although takeaway food outlets can still operate. People should avoid traveling outside their area and reduce the number of journeys they make wherever possible. (more...)
COVID-19 vaccine would be free for all, announces Saudi Arabia COVID-19 vaccine would be free for all, announces Saudi Arabia
- December 16, 2020

After receiving the shot, Pykosh gave a thumbs up to the cameras. The first group of five late Monday morning included a critical care nurse, a housekeeper for a COVID-19 unit and a respiratory therapist. "I feel like healing is coming". The state has reported more than 190,000 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases since the pandemic reached Kansas in early March, or nearly one for every 15 of its 2.9 million residents. (more...)
Alberta's front-line health workers eager for COVID-19 vaccination Alberta's front-line health workers eager for COVID-19 vaccination
- December 16, 2020

The vaccine comes at a time when cases in MS and around the nation are skyrocketing to the point that hospitals are full or filling up. Registered nurse Curtis Wingert describes the past few weeks as being unlike anything he's ever faced before - wave after wave of very sick COVID-19 patients at the Foothills hospital ICU. (more...)
First COVID-19 vaccine brings new hopes to front line health workers First COVID-19 vaccine brings new hopes to front line health workers
- December 16, 2020

However, Kindrachuk noted, even though there's no vaccine for kids yet, they also seem to be the focus of less severe disease and may be more naturally protected. The shots, which arrived in B.C. on Sunday night, are being administered at two vaccination locations in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions. (more...)
First six healthcare workers receive Covid-19 vaccine in Bozeman First six healthcare workers receive Covid-19 vaccine in Bozeman
- December 16, 2020

The federal minister for public services and procurement, Anita Anand, said Monday that Canada is on track to receive up to 249,000 doses by the end of the year, toward vaccinating a population of 37 million people. "However, the agency's medical professionals will continuously monitor the initial distribution of the novel vaccine and documented clinical results and will adjust these recommendations as needed". (more...)
Saint Alphonsus receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine Saint Alphonsus receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine
- December 16, 2020

University of Utah Health said it anticipated shipments of its doses to arrive by Tuesday. Canada will also begin a roll-out of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, just days after becoming one of the first countries to approve the treatment. (more...)
EU Medicines Agency Will Approve First Vaccine on 23 December
- December 16, 2020

The hospital group expects to begin inoculating front-line medical workers on Wednesday. "The operational challenges of the global Covid-19 vaccination programme will be at least as hard as the scientific challenges associated with rapidly developing safe and effective vaccines", he said. (more...)
Another record breaking day in Ontario for new COVID cases
- December 16, 2020

Twenty more people have died from COVID-19 in Ontario bringing the provincial death toll to 3,992. She says the arrival of the vaccine is momentous news and is a first step in protecting people against COVID-19. Hospitalizations rose by 10 over the past 24 hours for a total of 890, and 122 people were in intensive care, a decrease of one from the previous day. (more...)
DHR Health gets Valley's first vials of COVID-19 vaccine DHR Health gets Valley's first vials of COVID-19 vaccine
- December 16, 2020

Food and Drug Administration. Alberta reported a record 1,887 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and another 15 deaths, bringing the death toll to 733 since the pandemic began in March. "Continued school closings impact all of our children, especially those in underserved communities and vulnerable to abuse", said Clarence C. Crawford, president of the Maryland State Board of Education. (more...)
UW Medicine administers Washington’s first COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday
- December 16, 2020

University of Washington Medical Center Montlake Campus Pharmacy Manager Christine Meyer transports a box containing Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines down a hospital hallway toward a waiting vehicle on Monday, Dec. "The light is shining, now we can actually see it", she said. While the expectation remains that Ontario will receive enough doses to vaccinate 1.2 million people by the end of the first quarter of 2021 Hillier said that won't be enough to even vaccinate everyone that falls in ... (more...)
Canada to receive 168,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines this month Canada to receive 168,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines this month
- December 15, 2020

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the leaders of the provincial COVID-19 vaccine distribution task force will speak about the rollout at Queen's Park, one day after the first long-term care workers received injections. pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. "We're starting our drumbeat of continuous execution of vaccine as it is available", said Army Gen. (more...)

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