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Coronavirus: Spike in new cases across country but just 7 in Galway Coronavirus: Spike in new cases across country but just 7 in Galway
- December 19, 2020

The new cases yesterday included 150 in Dublin, 45 in Wexford, 40 in Cork, 32 in Donegal and 29 in Limerick, with the remaining 188 cases spread across 20 other counties. NPHET has recommended doing so from the 28th of this month, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin saying they're minded to accept the advice. From today, people can travel outside their county and three different households can meet indoors. (more...)
Pfizer Says Millions of COVID Vaccine Doses Are Sitting in a Warehouse Pfizer Says Millions of COVID Vaccine Doses Are Sitting in a Warehouse
- December 19, 2020

If authorized, Moderna's vaccine will join a vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE that received authorization on December 11. The first shots were expected to be given on Monday, a big part of the broader push to have a vaccine available to all Americans who want it by spring or summer. (more...)
Moderna Shot Expected to Bolster US Vaccine Efforts
- December 19, 2020

Moderna will continue to gather additional data and plans to file a Biologics License Application (BLA) with the FDA requesting full licensure in 2021, it said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will deliver 159,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, as well as 460,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine to Texas. (more...)
Many COVID-19 patients later develop mental illness, study finds Many COVID-19 patients later develop mental illness, study finds
- December 19, 2020

In people without any previous psychiatric condition, COVID-19 appears to heighten risk for developing one - particularly anxiety disorders, insomnia, and dementia . According to the study, the most common psychiatric diagnosis in Covid patients was anxiety , including "adjustment disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, and, to a lesser extent, post-traumatic stress disorder and panic disorder". (more...)
Fairbanks clinician is third Alaskan with adverse reaction to COVID-19 vaccine Fairbanks clinician is third Alaskan with adverse reaction to COVID-19 vaccine
- December 19, 2020

By the end of the year, MA had been expecting roughly 180,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. A Fairbanks clinician suffered anaphylactic symptoms after being given the Pfizer Inc coronavirus vaccine, a hospital said on Friday, becoming the third Alaska health care worker to suffer an adverse reaction to the new drug. (more...)
Northern Health dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases Northern Health dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases
- December 19, 2020

Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces; masks are required for everyone in all indoor public settings, workplaces and retail stores. Across B.C., health officials reported 11 new deaths Friday and 624 new cases. Five patients remain in Island Health hospitals with one in critical care. A total of 33,589 people are considered fully recovered from the virus, or 74 per cent of all recorded cases. (more...)
Moderna ends frozen requirements for COVID-19 vaccine, easing logistics of shipping Moderna ends frozen requirements for COVID-19 vaccine, easing logistics of shipping
- December 19, 2020

Under the state's vaccine distribution plan, hospital workers who are vital to the COVID-19 response or at high risk of exposure to the virus are the first to get inoculated, followed by workers in long-term health care settings, such as nursing homes. (more...)
Northern Ireland to enter six-week lockdown on December 26
- December 18, 2020

Describing the situation was "quite dire", Ms O'Neill said the number of positive cases each day made it clear "urgent intervention was required". Northern Ireland will enter a new six-week lockdown starting from December 26, with all non-essential retail closing once again. (more...)
US FDA panel recommends Moderna vaccine
- December 18, 2020

So far, the Serum Institute of India, which is the local manufacturer of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Pfizer/BioNTech and Bharat Biotech have applied for emergency use approval. The company signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson in August to make a drug substance used in the US company's potential COVID-19 vaccine candidate. (more...)
Socialist Lawmaker: Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer Must Go Socialist Lawmaker: Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer Must Go
- December 18, 2020

Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway and New York's Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agree on one thing: Democratic congressional leadership has had a bad year. Other Democratic leaders Ocasio-Cortez could be referring to in pleading for new faces include Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn, who has been highly critical of the "defund police" slogan, which AOC has embraced along with other progressive lawmakers. (more...)
Moderna vaccine set for USA approval and could be shipped within hours Moderna vaccine set for USA approval and could be shipped within hours
- December 18, 2020

The first shot was given in NY on Monday, just days after the Food and Drug Administration's emergency authorization on Friday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed Moderna Inc that it will rapidly work towards the finalization and issuance of emergency use authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, commissioner Stephen Hahn said late Thursday. (more...)
Justices order review of Colorado, New Jersey worship limits Justices order review of Colorado, New Jersey worship limits
- December 18, 2020

As a result of the Supreme Court's order, the case will be returned to the District Court and reconsidered in view of the High Court's ruling at the end of November regarding the Brooklyn diocese's lawsuit against Gov. The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a Colorado church challenging COVID-19 restrictions on capacity limits for services. The court had rejected challenges to similar measures in California and Nevada earlier this year - before the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader ... (more...)
Global team seeking COVID-19 origin to go to China in January Global team seeking COVID-19 origin to go to China in January
- December 18, 2020

Cases were first discovered in the city of Wuhan in late December 2019, linked to a seafood market. More than 72.92 million people have reportedly been infected by the coronavirus globally and 1,641,733 have died. 'When we are doing animal surveillance, it's hard, it's rather like looking for a needle in a haystack, ' he said. Although the virus was first reported in a seafood market of China's Wuhan City, there is a growing scientific consensus that the virus did not originate there. (more...)
European Union agency moves forward meeting on Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
- December 18, 2020

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) has supported the grant of an Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) to Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273. Most participants in Moderna's testing had side effects like arm pain, fatigue and muscle aches, especially after the second of the two recommended doses. (more...)
Northern Ireland to enter six-week COVID-19 lockdown on December 26
- December 18, 2020

It now has relaxed restrictions even as public health experts warn of catastrophe. Northern Ireland will enter a six-week lockdown starting December 26 in a bid to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases, Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill announced on Thursday. (more...)
Former Taoiseach predicts Brexit deal by end of weekend Former Taoiseach predicts Brexit deal by end of weekend
- December 18, 2020

Both sides have said they would try to mitigate the impact of no-deal, but most experts think that whatever short-term measures are put in place, the disruptions to trade will be huge. However, Commons Leader Jacob Rees Mogg warned that there will be a recall should there be a Brexit deal to be voted on. For its part, the House of Commons will go into recess at the end of Thursday but will return if required to vote on an EU-UK trade deal, the government has confirmed. (more...)
Vaccine slowly rolling out, logistical challenges will be helped by Moderna vaccine Vaccine slowly rolling out, logistical challenges will be helped by Moderna vaccine
- December 18, 2020

According to Nevada County administrative analyst Taylor Wolfe, as of Wednesday, the county is preparing an update to frequently asked questions concerning expected timelines for vaccine distribution in the county. Arcturus expects to start distributing its vaccine in the first quarter of next year after early stage trials showed promising results. The death toll since the start of the pandemic in the USA recently passed 300,000 Americans. (more...)
Province reports 1,940 new cases of novel coronavirus, 23 more deaths
- December 18, 2020

York Region is also moving into lockdown. Residents who live in these regions will no longer be able to have any indoor gatherings. Lockdown restrictions include only allowing retail stores to offer curbside pick-up or delivery. "We have got to get that down". "That is critical because what you're seeing is a spread from one region to another", she said. At least 40 hospitals in the Province did not report their numbers from the weekend, so the number of people in the hospital with ... (more...)
Second Alaska health care worker has severe reaction to COVID-19 vaccine Second Alaska health care worker has severe reaction to COVID-19 vaccine
- December 18, 2020

Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau says the two workers showed adverse reactions about 10 minutes after receiving the vaccine and were treated. Tureci and Sahin also credited the new approach used for the vaccine, which is based on mRNA technology they had been working on for decades, and the close collaboration with Pfizer. (more...)
Kent to remain in Tier 3 over Christmas Kent to remain in Tier 3 over Christmas
- December 18, 2020

The extension of the restrictions means a total of 38 million people - or 68% of England's population - will be living under the highest level of restrictions, Tier 3 , from midnight Saturday. How will I know what tier my local area falls under? Mass testing has been credited with helping to reduce Covid-19 infection rates in Liverpool. (more...)

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