Medicine


Southern California region hits 0% ICU bed capacity Southern California region hits 0% ICU bed capacity
- December 18, 2020

Meanwhile, the remaining intensive care unit (ICU) capacity in the 11-county Southern California region, which includes Los Angeles County, has dropped to 0.5 percent as of Wednesday, while the San Joaquin Valley region, which includes 12 counties in central California, is at zero available ICU capacity. (more...)
Pfizer to apply for Japan COVID-19 vaccine approval on Friday Pfizer to apply for Japan COVID-19 vaccine approval on Friday
- December 18, 2020

The agency's initial allotment of about 22,000 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech arrived Monday at distribution centers on vast portions of the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico and in urban places like Phoenix, where hundreds of health care workers who care for Native Americans got vaccinated on Thursday. (more...)
Alex Azar details Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rollout ‘hiccups’ Alex Azar details Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rollout ‘hiccups’
- December 17, 2020

Gustave Perna, who oversees logistics for the Operation Warp Speed vaccine program, told reporters that two trays of the vaccine that arrived at two separate locations in Alabama and California had to be returned to Pfizer after the temperature somehow fell to minus 92 degrees Celsius. (more...)
Gov. Little names December Health Care Worker Appreciation Month in Idaho
- December 17, 2020

So far, 119 health care workers have been given their first dose of vaccine, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Phase 3 includes children and young adults (as of Tuesday residents under the age of 16 will not receive the vaccines) as well as residents working in lower-risk settings. (more...)
Lilly To Acquire Prevail Therapeutics In $1B Deal Lilly To Acquire Prevail Therapeutics In $1B Deal
- December 17, 2020

Under terms of the agreement, Eli Lilly will pay $22.50 per share in cash for an aggregate of $880 million. Watch Prevail Therapeutics trade live here. Shares of Lilly closed up 6% to $167.43 Tuesday. "The acquisition of Prevail will bring critical technology and highly skilled teams to complement our existing expertise at Lilly, as we build a new gene therapy program anchored by well-researched assets". (more...)
Alaskan has allergic reaction after getting Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine Alaskan has allergic reaction after getting Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine
- December 17, 2020

The US began its vaccine roll-out on Monday after the drug was given emergency-use authorisation last week. "We fear this is yet another instance in which the Trump administration's failure to develop a comprehensive national vaccines plan in a timely manner could jeopardize efforts to get people vaccinated and ultimately end this pandemic". (more...)
Twitter to purge Covid vaccine misinformation, label fake tweets
- December 17, 2020

With the United States floundering in its efforts to control the virus, Moderna's vaccine is seen as a potential boost in the fight against Covid-19, and approval from the experts' panel on Thursday could potentially pave the way for a rollout early next week. (more...)
Two Alaskan medical workers hospitalised with allergy after Pfizer vaccine shot
- December 17, 2020

British health authorities recommended December 9 that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine not be given to people who had suffered in the past from "severe allergies ", after two people showed a bad reaction after receiving the first dose. Officials said Twitter will use a combination of technology and people who will be consulting with health experts around the world to enforce the changes on such posts. (more...)
Ontario reports 1940 new cases of COVID-19 Ontario reports 1940 new cases of COVID-19
- December 17, 2020

We are now in the holiday season and if members of the public choose to ignore public health measures and gather outside their households, the consequences risk overwhelming Ontario's hospitals. That would include areas that are now in the Red - Control level including Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, Waterloo Region and London-Middlesex. Another woman, 89-year-old Gisele Levesque, was vaccinated minutes earlier at a retirement home in Quebec City, but her procedure was not shown on TV, Quebec ... (more...)
FDA issues emergency use authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine FDA issues emergency use authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
- December 17, 2020

With the emergency use authorization (EUA), COVID-19 vaccines will first go to patients falling in the category of "highly vulnerable individuals", which include senior citizens living in long-term care facilities and healthcare workers. (more...)
Indonesia pledges free COVID-19 vaccines, with president first in line Indonesia pledges free COVID-19 vaccines, with president first in line
- December 17, 2020

Footage on al-Ekhbariya TV showed a man and a woman at a medical centre in the capital, Riyadh, getting vaccinated on Thursday. We will assess with 60 volunteers the vaccine's safety in humans, Nguyen Ngo Quang, deputy director of Science and Technology Administration at the Ministry of Health, said. (more...)
Lord of the Rings star McKellen receives Covid-19 vaccine Lord of the Rings star McKellen receives Covid-19 vaccine
- December 17, 2020

Moncef Slaoui and the operation's chief operating officer Gen. Gus F. Perna, said Wednesday that the first shipments of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine were delivered largely without issue. Saudi Arabia's health minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah received a shot of Pfizer and BioNTech SE's coronavirus vaccine, a day after the kingdom got the first batch of the vaccine. (more...)
Indonesia's president to receive country's 1st COVID-19 vaccine shot Indonesia's president to receive country's 1st COVID-19 vaccine shot
- December 17, 2020

He said that the best way to fight the pandemic , in the given situation, is to ensure that we follow the SOPs, issued by the government to stem the virus's spread. "I was completely overwhelmed with both grief and hope", he says. More than 150,000 people there have already received the vaccination, even though it is still undergoing advanced studies, according to Euronews . (more...)
COVID Vaccine Delivery Proceeding Smoothly, Officials Say
- December 17, 2020

As of 15 November, high-income nations had pre-ordered almost 7.5 billion doses of vaccines from 13 manufacturers, the paper said. Pfizer was unable to specify when more vaccine doses would be delivered in the USA; speculation has centered on June. (more...)
US health worker has serious allergic reaction to Pfizer vaccine US health worker has serious allergic reaction to Pfizer vaccine
- December 17, 2020

She is not expected to receive a second dose. Doses will go to staff in high-risk areas and veterans in long-term care first. CT "can see the end zone" for the first time in nine months as the first COVID-19 vaccines were shipped to the state, Gov. (more...)
Buhari’s Minister, Ehanire reveals when Nigerians will start getting COVID-19 vaccine Buhari’s Minister, Ehanire reveals when Nigerians will start getting COVID-19 vaccine
- December 17, 2020

Briones-Pryor, who has worked in the Covid-19 wings of hospitals in Louisville since March, shared in an interview Tuesday with CNN's Dana Bash her experience receiving the vaccine, demonstrating the contrast between the hope the vaccine provides with the stark reality of the pandemic's continued spread. (more...)
FDA Approves Genetically Modified Pig Safe To Eat & Use In Medications FDA Approves Genetically Modified Pig Safe To Eat & Use In Medications
- December 17, 2020

It's not the first genetically engineered food animal, though - that honor belongs to AquaBounty's salmon with a growth hormone gene and certain regulatory elements added from other species. Tissues and organs from GalSafe pigs could potentially address the issue of immune rejection in patients receiving xenotransplants , as alpha-gal sugar is believed to be a cause of rejection in patients. (more...)
Missoula hospitals awaiting COVID-19 vaccine delivery
- December 17, 2020

He said telemedicine will also be a hot topic during the session. Earlier this week Abbott was at the White House for a briefing on Operation Warp Speed, the federal government's plan for producing and delivering the vaccine. That group includes more first responders, teachers, school staff, child care workers and those who may face adverse health effects if they were to contract COVID-19. (more...)
Saudi begins registrations for free Covid-19 vaccination for citizens, residents
- December 17, 2020

US health authorities warned doctors to watch for rare allergic reactions when they rolled out the first vaccine, made by Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech. Fifty-four Oregonians with COVID-19 were reported dead Tuesday, the highest daily death toll of the pandemic and the latest in a string of devastating milestones. (more...)
Oliver Stone receives Russian COVID-19 vaccine Oliver Stone receives Russian COVID-19 vaccine
- December 17, 2020

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist David Panning reviews the unpacking instructions for the COVID-19 Vaccine. The BMC received 1,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and plans to inoculate staffers on Wednesday, with front-line health care workers who are directly treating COVID-19 patients to be the first to get the shot. (more...)

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