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    Edna Dibble enjoyed a lobster tail for lunch on her 104th birthday. Cari Nogas Edna Dibble got her first COVID-19 vaccine just before her 104th birthday. She had some body aches and fatigue after the first Pfizer shot, but felt fine after the second. Her family has been looking out for her health from near and far during the pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Just before her 104th birthday, Edna Dibble got one of the best gifts anyone could ask for these days: her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Dibble, a resident of a Maplewood senior living community in Connecticut, spoke with Insider about her experience getting vaccinated. Although the first shot slowed her down for a week, she didn't have any side effects from her second dose and is now fully vaccinated. She got her first shot of the Pfizer vaccine in January,...
    (CNN)Covid-19 has disproportionately devastated the Black community. Black Americans are dying from the coronavirus at nearly twice the rate of White Americans -- and have been hospitalized nearly three times as often, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Black Americans, who make up a disproportionate share of essential workers, are also shouldering greater socioeconomic burdens during the pandemic. You would think that one way to bring back a measure of racial justice would be to work vigorously to eliminate this disparity when it comes to who can get the vaccine. Bhaskar Chakravorti Think again. In a nation where the rollout is only highlighting long-standing racial inequities, President Joe Biden has promised Black and brown people equal access to the vaccine. But even in Biden's home state of Delaware, where Black Americans make up 24% of Covid-19 cases, as of Friday, they accounted for...
    By Michael Erman and Manojna Maddipatla | Reuters NEW YORK – COVID-19 vaccine makers told Congress on Tuesday that U.S. supplies should surge in the coming weeks due to manufacturing expansions and new vaccine authorizations. Executives from Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson – speaking at a hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives – said they would be able to supply enough vaccine to fully inoculate 130 million people in the United States by the end of March. The drugmakers also reaffirmed their commitments to supply more than enough doses necessary to vaccinate all Americans by the end of July. Pfizer Chief Business Officer John Young said it was plausible that there could be a surplus of vaccine in the United States sometime in the second quarter of this year. “We certainly hope that we’re going to be in a position where every eligible adult will be...
    Monday marked a grim milestone for our nation as we hit over 500,000 deaths in our country due to COVID-19. The virus has now killed the same number of Americans as were killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. The 500,000 number is the highest reported COVID death rate in the world followed by Brazil, Mexico and India. It is a death rate coming up close to the top cause of death in our country which is heart disease (it kills over 600,000 Americans each year).  On Feb 29, 2020, the U.S. recorded its first COVID death. No one would have imagined then that over 500,000 more deaths would occur within just 12 months. These staggering numbers are devastating and heartbreaking. US CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL EXCEEDS 500,000 I pray for all the families who have lost a loved one -- their mom, uncle, grandparent, neighbor, colleague or teacher. Being on...
    EFE videos Prisoners, helpless children Buenos Aires, Feb 23 (EFE) .- The increase in the female population serving in prison for drug-related crimes in Argentina highlights the tensions of a system that does not contemplate the helplessness in which the children of the detainees remain, who most of them are the sole breadwinner in the home. In a tiny house in San Fernando, a few kilometers from the city of Buenos Aires, María Fernanda Blanco is under house arrest pending a final sentence for the crime of possession of drugs for sale. Until June 2020, Fernanda, 51 years old and a mother of eight children, was housed in one of the many prisons she passed through. All those times he had to leave his children alone or distributed among relatives. Fernanda met jail for the first time at the age of 24. At that time, he already had three children...
    Pfizer and Moderna will deliver at least another 135 million doses of coronavirus vaccines over the next five weeks, the firms will lawmakers on Tuesday.  The two companies have considerably ramped up their production of vaccine doses and found solutions to previous manufacturing issues that caused bottlenecks in production.   And Johnson & Johnson said it is ready to ship four million doses of its vaccine upon emergency FDA authorization - which could come as soon as Friday - and could deliver 20 million doses by the end of next month.  AstraZeneca said it expects to get authorization in April and will have 30 million doses ready to ship.   To date, Pfizer has delivered about 40 million doses to the US, and Moderna has delivered 45 million, executives for each firm said in prepared testimony for the House Committee on Energy & Commerce.  CDC's vaccine tracker says it has received a...
    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County officials said Tuesday that they number of coronavirus vaccines they have received from the state has been decreasing — most recently, they learned the county would only received 1,700 doses a week for the next month. County Executive Calvin Ball said although initially the county received 4,500 doses of the vaccine, the supply has decreased. “We’ve made great progress, and the Health Department continues to be one of the most efficient jurisdictions when it comes to getting shots in arms,” said Ball. “However, we still have many challenges, including a vaccine supply that has decreased over the past three weeks. We know that many in our community are eagerly looking forward to getting vaccinated.” Watch the press conference below:
    If you’ve tried to get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you know how frustrating the process can be. People are spending hours obsessively refreshing websites, hoping an appointment will open up somewhere. They scan Facebook groups for tips and insider information. One writer compared it to Soviet-style queues for cabbage. The competition for slots will only worsen when the COVID-19 vaccination priority list opens to the broader public. It doesn’t have to be this way. Much of this misery comes from poorly designed vaccine sign-up websites, but the problem is more fundamental. As an expert in health care operations and vaccine supply chains, I have closely followed the difficulties in connecting COVID-19 vaccine doses with people. I believe the best solution to vaccine appointment scheduling lies in building a trustworthy one-stop preregistration system. The U.S. has now surpassed half a million deaths from COVID-19, and new fast-spreading variants of the coronavirus...
    Let's be blunt: America's had an absolutely terrible pandemic. The world's No1 superpower yesterday passed the devastating coronavirus-related death toll of 500,000 people. That's 20 percent of all global deaths, in a country that has 4.25 percent of the world's population. It also means the US has now suffered more COVID victims than the total number of Americans who died on the battlefields of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined. These are all horrific mind-numbing statistics, and I'm in no doubt where much of the blame of this should go: Donald Trump. The recently ousted president handled this crisis catastrophically badly – refusing to take it seriously from the start when it erupted last February, ignoring the science, publicly shaming his top medical experts, and spray-gunning dangerous unproven 'cure' theories. Scroll down for video  As Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US...
    A New Jersey nursing home resident who tested positive for COVID-19 on her 105th birthday has now beaten the virus, crediting her resilience to her ritual of consuming nine gin-soaked raisins a day and 'no junk food'. Lucia DeClerck, who lives at the Mystic Meadows nursing home in Little Egg Harbor, has survived three husbands, two world wars, and now two pandemics. The great-great grandmother, who was two-year-old when the Spanish flu outbreak hit, has now recovered from the coronavirus more than a century later, having tested positive for the disease on January 25.  DeClerck's diagnosis came the day after she received her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, Mystic Meadows administrator Michael Neiman told the New York Times.  Despite being considered a high-risk patient on account of her age, Neiman said DeClerck didn't exhibit any serious symptoms of the virus and was back in her room within two weeks,...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana residents age 60 to 64 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials announced Tuesday in the latest expansion of the state's vaccine rollout. The Indiana Department of Health said the expansion makes the free shots available to another 432,000 Hoosiers. Indiana's vaccine eligibility pool had previously included Hoosiers age 65 and older, health care workers, long-term care residents and first responders. Additional groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available, officials said. The health department said people age 60 and older represent more than 22 percent of Indiana's population but account for 64 percent of the state's COVID-19 hospitalizations and 93.3 percent of its COVID-19 deaths. Vaccine appointments for the age 60 to 64 group will be available over the next four to six weeks to align with the state receiving its expected weekly vaccine allocation, the state health department said....
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    BRITS will be able to nip into friends' homes and even the pub to go to the loo when outdoor lockdown rules are lifted. No 10 confirmed today that short toilet breaks will be allowed once restrictions are relaxed in England. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 3Brits will be able to nip into the pub to spend a penny when lockdown easesCredit: Getty Images - Getty That will start with other people's homes on March 29, when outdoor mixing with friends is permitted once again. It will then be extended to professional premises like pubs once they reopen, which is set to be on April 12. People will be expected to wear a mask and to maintain social distancing at all times when heading indoors to spend a penny. The revelation comes after Boris Johnson had to fight off calls to go faster with the...
    US drugmaker Johnson & Johnson said Monday that it will be able to supply 20 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to the United States by the end of March, assuming it receives clearance from federal regulators. Miami World / diariolasamericas J&J disclosed the figure in written testimony ahead of its congressional hearing scheduled for Tuesday, which will review the nation’s vaccine supply. Last week, White House officials warned that the first supplies of J & J’s vaccine, which only needs one dose, would be limited. The company reiterated that it will have the capacity to provide 100 million doses to the United States by the end of June. That supply will help the US government reach its goal of having enough vaccines to inoculate the majority of American adults this year. Internationally, the company aims to produce 1 billion doses during 2021. Health regulators in the United States continue...
    INGLEWOOD (CBSLA) — Despite the steady stream of cars Monday at The Forum, one of five Los Angeles County COVID-19 vaccination super sites, for many it was just another day of searching for an appointment. Vehicles line up at The Forum in Inglewood on Jan. 19 to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The Forum is one of five mass-vaccination sites operated by Los Angeles County. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) “Well I was passing by and saw that it was a crowd, so I said let me stop to see if I can get the vaccination,” Betty Knight, a Hawthorne resident, said. READ MORE: Only On KCAL 9: Organizer Of Good Samaritan Effort To Protect Asian American Family Is Threatened With Possible Defamation Lawsuit Knight, who was trying to get her first dose of the vaccine, was turned away because she didn’t have an appointment. “They say my age...
    (CNN)There's more good news on vaccines. Real-life data from the United Kingdom has shown that the vaccination rollout is having a positive impact -- even after just one dose. A study carried out by Public Health England on healthcare workers aged under 65 showed that a single dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine provides high levels of protection against infection and symptomatic disease.One dose of the vaccine reduced the risk of infection by 72% after three weeks, while two doses reduced the risk of infection by 85%, according to the data released yesterday. And this high level of protection extended to the new, and more contagious, B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant first identified in the UK in December.The data follows on from a similar study published in Israel earlier this month, which showed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduced symptomatic coronavirus infections by more than 90% in the real world. Separate data from...
    It was nearly a year ago when Gov. Gavin Newsom, not long into a statewide lockdown, referenced the elephant in the COVID-19 room: herd immunity. The concept was frightening to many; with no vaccine in sight, they feared the only way it could be attained was for the virus to have infected enough people to have run out of hosts. Estimates of the looming toll at the time were chilling: as many as 840,000 Californians dead and 1.4 million seriously ill. National, state and local officials, meanwhile, worked to fend off infection with face masks, social distancing and scaled-back public engagement. That would change life as we knew it — “at least until we have herd immunity,” the governor said. A Riverside County vaccination clinic gave the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors at The Diamond stadium in Lake Elsinore on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (File photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley...
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan has begun administering a COVID-19 vaccine with a ceremony at the presidential palace. Afghanistan received 500,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the government of India earlier this month. After the vaccine’s approval by the World Health Organization, it has begun immunizing front-line personnel including health workers, reporters and security forces. Afghanistan has recorded 55,646 coronavirus cases, including 2,435 deaths. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Researchers in Scotland say its COVID-19 vaccination program has caused hospitalizations to plummet — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to lay out plan to ease coronavirus restrictions but pubs, gyms and hairdressers to stay closed for weeks — Russia’s vaccine rollout picks up speed but experts say the campaign is still moving slowly — Elementary schools and kindergartens reopen in over half of Germany’s 16 states — Every Democratic vote is needed on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, but minimum wage...
    By The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan has begun administering a COVID-19 vaccine with a ceremony at the presidential palace. Afghanistan received 500,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the government of India earlier this month. After the vaccine’s approval by the World Health Organization, it has begun immunizing front-line personnel including health workers, reporters and security forces. Afghanistan has recorded 55,646 coronavirus cases, including 2,435 deaths. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Researchers in Scotland say its COVID-19 vaccination program has caused hospitalizations to plummet — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to lay out plan to ease coronavirus restrictions but pubs, gyms and hairdressers to stay closed for weeks — Russia’s vaccine rollout picks up speed but experts say the campaign is still moving slowly — Elementary schools and kindergartens reopen in over half of Germany's 16 states — Every Democratic vote is needed on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief...
    (Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: U.S. reaches 500,000 COVID-19 deaths The United States on Monday crossed the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths just over a year since the coronavirus pandemic claimed its first known victim in Santa Clara County, California. About 19% of total global coronavirus deaths have occurred in the United States, an outsized figure given that the nation accounts for just 4% of the world's population. The country has the highest overall death figure, reflecting the lack of a unified, national response. COVID-19 from UK variant lasting longer The reason the coronavirus variant first identified in the UK is more transmissible than earlier versions of the virus may be that it spends more time inside infected people, giving them more time to spread the virus, according to a small study. Among individuals infected with the variant designated B.1.1.7, the...
    US drugmaker Johnson & Johnson said Monday that it will be able to supply 20 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to the United States by the end of March, assuming it receives clearance from federal regulators. J&J disclosed the figure in written testimony ahead of its congressional hearing scheduled for Tuesday, which will review the nation’s vaccine supply. Last week, White House officials warned that the first supplies of J & J’s vaccine, which only needs one dose, would be limited. The company reiterated that it will have the capacity to provide 100 million doses to the United States by the end of June. That supply will help the US government reach its goal of having enough vaccines to inoculate the majority of American adults this year. Internationally, the company aims to produce 1 billion doses during 2021. Health regulators in the United States continue to review...
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    VIDEO3:0903:09Dr. Vin Gupta remains 'cautiously optimistic' as daily Covid-19 cases dropThe News with Shepard Smith Intensive-care unit and lung doctor Dr. Vin Gupta told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" that patients should stop weighing the pros and cons of which Covid vaccine is better and get the first shot available into their arms as soon as possible, despite a new Israeli study that shows the Pfizer vaccine actually stops the spread of Covid.  "People are saying, maybe I want the Pfizer vaccine instead of Johnson & Johnson or a different one," said Gupta, a professor at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, during a Monday evening interview. "That's the wrong way to think about it. Brand here doesn't matter. Get the first vaccine available." Gupta tweeted a photo of the lungs of a Covid patient who died on life support. The lungs developed holes where...
    Bay Area health officials scrambled Monday to roll out expanded vaccination plans after losing some steam from distribution delays caused by last week’s fierce winter storms in wide swaths of the nation. San Francisco announced Monday it would resume appointments at two of its mass vaccination sites this week, while other counties forged ahead by opening new clinics for teachers and emergency responders. California — and the United States as a whole — had significantly picked up the pace in administering vaccines since its sluggish start a couple of months ago, but the winter storms hampered some of that momentum, forcing six million doses to stack up at distribution centers. The disruption came as California health officials were making plans to broaden vaccine access to more residents, including educators and people with severe health conditions and disabilities. At a news conference Monday morning in Long Beach, Gov. Gavin Newsom said...
    WHOOPI Goldberg on The View slammed Meghan McCain for saying the Biden Administration should remove Dr. Anthony Fauci for the slow vaccine roll-out, and instead replace him with someone who "understands science." On Monday's episode of The View, McCain unleashed a tirade against the nation's leading infectious disease expert, saying he was to blame as the country neared a milestone of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus. 4Meghan McCain said Biden should fire Fauci and get someone who "understands science"Credit: Twitter/The View 4McCain blamed Fauci for the slow vaccine rollout in the USCredit: Reuters "And the fact that Dr. Fauci is going on CNN and he can’t tell me that if I get the vaccine, if I’ll be able to have dinner with my family," McCain said. "It continues to be inconsistent messaging." She was responding to The View co-host Joy Behar, who pinned the nation's vaccine rollout problem on former...
    The vaccine against covid-19 is already being applied to some sectors of the population in our country, such as the elderly, all as part of the efforts to combat this pandemic that has claimed the lives of thousands of people in our territory. To support the fight, the private sector raises its hand, and this is the case of Uber, which this week announced that it will offer free rides and discounts to its users who have confirmed their appointment to receive the vaccine. “At Uber we remain committed to moving what matters most today, and we believe our technology can help make the largest global immunization campaign in history a success. In coordination with the authorities, Uber will facilitate the access of Mexicans to the benefits of vaccines against Covid-19 in a fast, effective way and in accordance with official guidelines, ”said Gretta González, general director of...
    WASHINGTON -- The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, all but matching the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.The lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, are about equal to the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and greater than that of Miami; Raleigh, North Carolina; or Omaha, Nebraska.And despite the rollout of vaccines since mid-December, a closely watched model from the University of Washington projects more than 589,000 dead by June 1.EMBED More News Videos The Biden administration is working to get vaccine distribution back on track as Democrats ready their COVID-19 relief package for committee consideration Monday. The U.S. toll is by far the highest reported in the world, and the true numbers are thought to be significantly greater, in part because of the many cases that were overlooked, especially early in the outbreak.Average daily deaths and cases have...
    THEN It was already the second year of masking and distancing and schools, restaurants, and businesses closing, and hospitals kept overflowing as the economy slowed to a crawl. Many people were slackers and refused to comply. Here in New York, my Uncle Leonard had a bilateral ear infection requiring emergency surgery but the hospitals were full, and he died at home at age 9 months. That was seven years before my mother was born. Lockdowns didn’t work very well to stem the tide, except in cities like St. Louis or San Francisco where there were still few infections at the time everything was closed. There was a big debate over streetcars and whether to keep them running or not. Some cities had them running with the windows open with mandatory social distancing.   There was little understanding of what a virus was and many still thought the pandemic was caused...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from February 22, 2021: 479,591 cases; 6,433 deaths Hy-Vee added to Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine pharmacy network Vaccine shipping slowed by extreme weather in U.S. Fans in the stands for the Twins? Article continues after advertisement 479,591 cases; 6,433 deaths One more Minnesotan has died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday, for a total of 6,433. Deaths and case numbers are typically lower on Mondays owing to a lag in reporting over the...
    Doctors are using the Clubhouse app to encourage people to take the COVID-19 vaccine. But numerous doctors told Insider they were harassed and bullied after discussing the vaccine. Black doctors in particular have faced substantial pushback, adding to the biases they already face. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the midst of a turbulent COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the United States, the internet has seen a flurry of misinformation about the shots. Now, doctors and healthcare professionals are speaking out publicly about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. One platform they've zeroed in on is Clubhouse, the invite-only voice-app that has attracted prominent users like Kevin Hart, Oprah Winfrey, and Tiffany Haddish. The app allows people to create rooms around specific topics where anyone can join as an audience member. If someone wants to be a part of the conversation, they can virtually raise their hand...
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    Two things D.C. residents depend on — unemployment checks and a COVID-19 vaccine shipment — didn’t get delivered last week, but District officials said Monday they’re making good on it. Unique Morris-Hughes, director of D.C.’s Department of Employment Services, said the city’s unemployment insurance benefits system “experienced a technical issue” that resulted in 39,000 residents being unable to receive their checks. But it has been fixed and people should get their money Tuesday or Wednesday. Morris-Hughes said the agency found and fixed the issue, which means “all of the impacted claimants that did not receive a payment should expect to receive a payment within two to three business days.” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said officials “terribly regret that this happened,” and that “we expect this week’s payment to be unaffected.” A second critical shipment to D.C. was also missed last week: COVID-19 vaccine doses. D.C. Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Julius “Dr. J” Erving is the latest NBA legend to reveal that he’s gotten vaccinated against the coronavirus, doing so Monday. Much like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gregg Popovich and Bill Russell before him, Erving made the announcement in the form of a video distributed through the league. “We were never afraid to take the big shot,” Erving said in the video. Erving turned 71 on Monday, meaning he is well within the current age guidelines for vaccine eligibility as established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The video he appears in also includes short clips of Jerry West, Dave Bing and Wayne Embry receiving their vaccinations. The league has released these videos in an effort to help encourage the public to receive the vaccine when they are eligible and it is available in their...
    Striking inequities are emerging in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with residents of wealthy areas receiving far more vaccinations than those in poorer neighborhoods, data show. Los Angeles County’s wealthiest and more predominantly white cities have a far greater percentage of residents vaccinated for COVID-19 than its poorest regions, home to large Black and Latino populations, according to data released Friday. “The findings clearly indicate very significant inequities in the distribution of vaccine to date,” said Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “These inequities are unjust and unacceptable and demand renewed efforts to address them.” Simon said one of the biggest barriers to vaccinations had been the appointment registration process. RELATED: Mapping the inequities in vaccine distribution. “The websites have been flooded with folks trying to get an appointment. And so those people who have the luxury of time can...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the first time since late August, Minnesota health officials reported Monday a daily COVID-19 death count of one. Meanwhile, 561 more cases of the virus were added to the state’s tally. The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows the state’s cumulative coronavirus case count is at 479,591 while the death toll stands at 6,433. Monday’s single victim was a Ramsey County resident in their early 80s who lived at a long-term care facility. About 63% of Minnesota’s COVID-19 deaths have been residents in long-term care, such as nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Since Saturday, 1,118,532 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the state, mostly of the Pfizer vaccine. So far, 759,747 people have received their first shot — about 14% of the state’s population — while 356,911 people have received the full series. Those currently able to...
    Dr. Oz asks Dr. Yasmin why people who have been vaccinated still need to wear masks.     Watch THE DR. OZ SHOW, weekdays at 3 p.m. on CBS 62. Related
    [The stream is slated to start at 10:00 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] U.S. health officials are joining the World Health Organization for the first time since the pandemic started at a press conference Monday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak which has infected more than 111.5 million people across the world. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House's chief medical advisor and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is scheduled to join the briefing along with Dr. Nancy Messonier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, will also join the briefing. The focus of the briefing will be the research, development and rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, the WHO said. The U.S. has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech and...
    “The health situation is particularly worrying in the Alpes-Maritimes. (…) With the incidence rate, I recalled that in Nice there are 500 people who fall ill per day. So strong measures were needed. , I was committed to it “, commented in Villefranche-sur-Saône the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, who was in Nice on Saturday. Dreaded since this visit by the inhabitants, but called for by some elected officials, the partial reconfinement was confirmed Monday by the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes Bernard Gonzalez: the inhabitants of the municipalities of the coast of the Alpes-Maritimes extending from Théoule- sur-Mer in Menton, an area which brings together about 90% of the population of the department, will be confined the last two weekends of the school holidays (February 27-28 and March 6-7). As during the first confinement a year ago, one-hour outings will be authorized, but within a radius of 5 km,...
    For older Bay Area residents, the chances of snagging a coronavirus vaccine appear to depend a great deal on where you live. An analysis by the Bay Area News Group found there is a significant variation by county when it comes to who is getting the shot. In Contra Costa County, more than 70% of the population who are 75 and older had already gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, as of Feb. 19. But in Alameda County, it was around 45%. In Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, roughly 54% of residents 75 and up had gotten a shot. Those percentages dropped for residents who are 65-74 years old: More than 40% in that age bracket in Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties had received at least one dose, while only 36% had been vaccinated in Alameda. There could be many reasons for the disparity,...
    New York : The result of the pandemic for Coronavirus it has caused many countries to restrict daily activities, such as going to work, schools, cinemas, bars, theaters and parks, among others. This has changed the lifestyle of everyone. The good news is that there are already possibilities to generate immunity thanks to the vaccines that have been created and that are already available. Yet another battle is being fought, and is that of the disinformation. Anti-vaccines take advantage of, among other things, the deaths of older people that occurred due to old age or underlying health problems after receiving the vaccine, as Healthline reports. That is why you have to pay attention to what the scientific evidence says about the results of the vaccine and be very careful with the distortion of the information. Mass vaccination will make it possible to achieve immunity for the world population. Source:...
    Novavax Completes Enrollment of PREVENT-19, COVID-19 Vaccine Pivotal Phase 3 Trial in the United States and Mexico PREVENT-19 enrolls 30,000 volunteers across 118 sites in the US and Mexico GAITHERSBURG, Md., Feb. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), a biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, today announced the complete enrollment of PREVENT-19, its pivotal Phase 3 study in the United States and Mexico to evaluate the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine. Novavax has previously reported positive interim efficacy results of NVX-CoV2373, its recombinant protein-based vaccine candidate, in an ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial taking place in the United Kingdom. “The full enrollment of PREVENT-19 is another important step in building a body of evidence to demonstrate that NVX-CoV2373 will be safe and effective across diverse, representative populations,” said Gregory M. Glenn, President of Research and Development, Novavax. “We thank the...
    Fans booed vaccine news after the final. Getty/Andy Cheung Fans at the Australian Open booed as an official praised COVID vaccine rollout efforts. Australia's Deputy Prime Minister called the booing "disgusting" and "un-Australian." "This vaccine is going to get our country back to some sort of pre-COVID normality," he said.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Australian Open fans who booed the mention of a coronavirus vaccine rollout following Sunday's final have been branded "disgusting" by the country's deputy prime minister. The booing occurred as Tennis Australia chair Jayne Hrdlicka spoke following Novak Djokovic's straight sets win over Daniil Medvedev Sunday. As Hrdlicka praised global efforts to roll out multiple COVID-19 vaccines and said that this is a cause for optimism around the world, fans at the Rod Laver could be heard booing. "With vaccinations on the way, rolling out in many countries around the world, it's...
    By The Associated Press BERLIN — Elementary schools and kindergartens in more than half of Germany’s 16 states reopened Monday after two months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes despite growing signs that the decline in case numbers in Germany is flattening out again and even rising in some areas. Germany’s education minister, Anja Karliczek, has defended the decision to reopen schools, saying younger children in particular benefit from learning together in groups. Karliczek told German news agency dpa that schools should use “all available means to prevent virus transmission” and expressed confidence that state education officials — who are in charge of school matters in Germany — would consider infection numbers when deciding where to reopen. Germany’s disease control agency say there were 4,369 newly confirmed cases and 62 deaths in the past day, though Monday’s numbers are often low due to reporting delays over...
    The coronavirus vaccination campaign is bearing fruit in Israel with more than 45% of the population vaccinated. The country is reopening its economy. Almost half vaccinated Health and state authorities in Israel started the vaccination against the coronavirus, December 19, 2020. Two months after the start of the campaign, 46% of the population has been vaccinated.The large-scale deployment of doses of vaccine Pfizer has thus borne fruit. Thus, after several months of general closure, the country reopens its economy, reports the channel. RTL. Economic recovery A reopening of shopping centers, markets, museums and libraries was noted on Sunday February 21. Based on information from France Inter, cafes and restaurants, will however remain closed at least until March. The Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the situation on Twitter.“We are the first country in the world to get back on our feet thanks to the millions of vaccines...
    BERLIN — Elementary schools and kindergartens in more than half of Germany’s 16 states reopened Monday after two months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes despite growing signs that the decline in case numbers in Germany is flattening out again and even rising in some areas. Germany’s education minister, Anja Karliczek, has defended the decision to reopen schools, saying younger children in particular benefit from learning together in groups. Karliczek told German news agency dpa that schools should use “all available means to prevent virus transmission” and expressed confidence that state education officials — who are in charge of school matters in Germany — would consider infection numbers when deciding where to reopen. Germany’s disease control agency say there were 4,369 newly confirmed cases and 62 deaths in the past day, though Monday’s numbers are often low due to reporting delays over the weekend. Education unions...
    (CNN)As the US prepares to hit a devastating new milestone -- half a million Covid-19 deaths -- officials say the country is also edging closer to the end of its brutal battle against the virus. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Sunday Covid-19 hospitalizations dropped below 1,000 for the first time since November 16 and are now down by more than half from their January peak. "With each day we are moving one step closer to eliminating and eradicating this pandemic," Hogan said in a statement. "But we need to remain vigilant, and keep doing the things that keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe." The US is about to top 500,000 Covid-19 deaths. Thats why its critical to keep up safety measures, Fauci saysKentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday the state saw its sixth straight week of declining Covid-19 cases, saying in a Twitter video message there is a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed Sunday that COVID-19 cases are also going down statewide. Newsom pointed to a month ago when there were 20,000 new coronavirus cases being reported. On Sunday, there were just 6,760.California's 7-day positivity rate, or the percentage of performed coronavirus tests that are positive, was at 9.3% one month ago. Sunday, the number was at 3.1%.RELATED: Map shows everywhere you can get a COVID-19 test in the Bay AreaHospitalizations are also down 41% across the state, and down 38% in California ICU wings.Doctor Christopher Colwell, Chief of the Emergency Department at Zuckerberg's San Francisco General Hospital, feels hopeful as he notices a decline in COVID-19 cases.RELATED: You received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Now what?Luz Pena: "When would you say was that moment when you realized cases were going down?"RELATED: Interactive map shows what's closed and what's reopening in the San...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Donations to help repair the Homewood ArtHouse are nearing $100,000. READ MORE: Penn States Virtual THON Raises More Than $10 Million To Fight Childhood Cancer The space has been part of the Homewood community since 2013. Last weekend, it was badly damaged in a fire. READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccine In Pittsburgh: Local Doctor Forced To Postpone Clinic, Expresses Frustration With State Rollout Of Vaccine Owner Vanessa German says the full effect of the fire and the community’s support hasn’t set in yet. (Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Bryce Lutz) “I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to feel all of those different things, but i feel this, the strangest mix of grief and gratitude at the same time,” German said. Vanessa doesn’t live at the house but artist in residence does. MORE NEWS: Man In Critical Condition After Being Shot On...
    The whole country was again confined in early January to fight the Covid-19 epidemic which has killed more than 120,000 in the United Kingdom and brought hospitals to the brink of crisis. The effects of confinement and vaccinations being felt, with a drop in the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, Boris Johnson can outline measures of deconfinement. He will present them to parliament in the afternoon before a televised press conference in the evening. The vaccination campaign launched in December is in full swing, with one in three adults having already received a first dose of the vaccine. The government has promised that all adults will receive a first injection of the anti-Covid vaccine by the end of July, advancing this deadline initially set for September. Despite the progress, the deconfinement will be “careful” and “progressive”, however warned Boris Johnson. “Our priority has always been to get children...
    The former commissioner of the FDA has said he believes the downward trend in coronavirus infection rates will continue until the summer. Dr. Scott Gottlieb said that despite new variants of the virus springing up which still creates a risk of infection, he believes that rates will continue to fall. Daily average deaths and hospitalizations have fallen to their lowest levels since before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  There were 1,286 daily deaths recorded in the last 24 hours with figures now at their lowest since October 23, at the start of this winter's wave of infections. Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said that the US will likely 'continue to see infection rates decline into the spring and the summer.' The number of daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all now falling So far, less than 15 per cent of the US population has received at...
    An AstraZeneca vaccine production line.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images The world's largest vaccine maker by volume, Serum Institute of India, has been told to meet domestic demand for Covid-19 shots first — before distributing them overseas. The move implies that foreign governments could face order delays from the company as it places India's needs ahead of others. "Dear countries & governments, as you await #COVISHIELD supplies, I humbly request you to please be patient," CEO Adar Poonawalla tweeted. He said the Serum Institute of India (SII) "has been directed to prioritise the huge needs of India and along with that balance the needs of the rest of the world. We are trying our best." Poonawalla did not elaborate on who gave the directive. SII declined to comment further about Poonawalla's tweet when contacted by CNBC.CovishieldSerum Institute is manufacturing the vaccine developed by British-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON __ President Joe Biden will mark the U.S. crossing 500,000 lives lost from COVID-19 with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House. The nation is expected to pass the grim milestone on Monday, just over a year after the first confirmed U.S. fatality due to the novel coronavirus. The White House said Biden will deliver remarks at sunset to honor those who lost their lives. He will be joined by first lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff. They will participate in the moment of silence and lighting ceremony. Biden has made a point of recognizing the lives lost from the virus. His first event upon arriving in Washington for his inauguration a month ago was to deliver remarks at a COVID-19 memorial ceremony. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Britain speeds up vaccination plan;...
    By The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will remove remaining coronavirus restrictions from Auckland on Monday after an outbreak discovered in the largest city fades away. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said more than 72,000 tests had found no evidence the virus was spreading in the community. Auckland was placed into a three-day lockdown this month after a mother, father and daughter tested positive. Another five contacts later tested positive. After the lockdown ended, Auckland continued to have restrictions including on gatherings. The source of the outbreak remains unclear, although authorities continue to investigate whether there is a connection between infected airline passengers and the mother, who works at a company which cleans laundry for airlines. New Zealand has an elimination strategy with the coronavirus and has managed to stamp out its spread. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Britain speeds up vaccination plan; all adults to get 1st...
    The Ministry of Health reported this Sunday, until a cut made at 4:00 p.m., an advance with respect to Saturday of 16 thousand 738 doses applied against the coronavirus, so that in total there are X inoculations. Last Monday began the second phase of the vaccination plan against the coronavirus in Mexico, focused on older adults. The first phase was aimed at front-line medical personnel, that is, health personnel who directly care for COVID-19. At a press conference, José Luis Alomía, general director of Epidemiology, reported that the distribution of the doses is as follows: -Health personnel: 650 thousand 814 first doses; 453 thousand 55 (70 percent) second doses. -Older adults: 567 thousand 826 first doses. -Educational staff (from Campeche): 17 thousand 463 first doses. Vaccination against the coronavirus began on December 24. Mexico was the first country in...
    By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California’s death toll during the coronavirus pandemic has topped 49,000, even as the rates of new infections and hospitalizations continue to plummet across the state. California reported another 408 deaths Sunday, bringing the total since the outbreak began to 49,105 — the highest in the nation. Health officials said Sunday that the number of patients in California hospitals with COVID-19 has slipped below 7,000, a drop of more than a third over two weeks. The 6,760 new confirmed cases reported Sunday are more than 85% below the mid-December peak of about 54,000 in one day. Total cases are approaching 3.45 million. The positivity rate for people being tested has been falling for weeks, which means fewer people will end up in hospitals. ___ CODOGNO, Italy — Italians are marking one year since their country was shocked to discover it had the first known...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Once you receive the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, does this mean you are free to go about your life as you did before the coronavirus pandemic? ABC7 checked in with Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Umber Chohan from Kaiser Permanente to find out.Do I still need to wear a mask?Dr. Chohan said that the CDC recommends that vaccinated folks still wear a mask."The reason behind that is that no vaccine is 100% effective," Dr. Chohan said. "There's still a small chance that you could get infected."When can I see my friends and family again?"Before we advise people to do that, we want to be sure that it's safe for people to do so," Dr. Chohan said. "We really need to advise people to get vaccinated."Dr. Chohan said that a vaccine does not yet exist for children, so gathering with kids could be risky.If you're planning to...
    A few days ago the Biden administration said that delivery of 6 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been delayed because of the winter storms around the country. Dr. Anthony Fauci assured on Meet the Press Sunday that it is just a “temporary setback.” Chuck Todd asked, “How much of a setback did we take this week with the winter weather and vaccine distribution? And how long will it take for us to catch up?” EARLIER: Dr. Fauci tells @chucktodd that weather-related vaccine delays should be resolved "by the middle of the week." Fauci: "We can play pretty good catchup. … Its a temporary setback." pic.twitter.com/RAbORlOIVp — Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) February 21, 2021 Fauci said they should be able to “play pretty good catch-up.” Both Fauci and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on separate Sunday shows that they’ve already gotten two million of...
    JO Whiley says it has been the “worst week of our lives” as her sister, who has a learning disability and diabetes, battles Covid in hospital. The Radio 2 DJ, 55, said her younger sister Frances Whiley, 53, had been offered a vaccine on Saturday but it was “too late” and she is now “fighting for her life” - while she struggles to understand what is going on. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   4Jo Whiley's sister, left with the Radio 2 DJ, is battling Covid in hospitalCredit: BBC She revealed: “It has been the worst week of our lives without a shadow of a doubt. “24 hours ago we were talking palliative care… we are seeing her oxygen levels rise so at the moment, we’ve got hope. “When she was at the hospital, she was so terrified that she actually rampaged through...
    By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California’s death toll during the coronavirus pandemic has topped 49,000, even as the rates of new infections and hospitalizations continue to plummet across the state. California reported another 408 deaths Sunday, bringing the total since the outbreak began to 49,105 — the highest in the nation. Health officials said Sunday that the number of patients in California hospitals with COVID-19 has slipped below 7,000, a drop of more than a third over two weeks. The 6,760 new confirmed cases reported Sunday are more than 85% below the mid-December peak of about 54,000 in one day. Total cases are approaching 3.45 million. The positivity rate for people being tested has been falling for weeks, which means fewer people will end up in hospitals. ___ CODOGNO, Italy — Italians are marking one year since their country was shocked to discover it had the first known...
    ISRAEL has begun reopening its economy thanks to its pioneering vaccine rollout that has seen half of the population receive doses. Israelis enjoyed a sense of normality on Sunday as retail malls and shops with street access opened their doors. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   8Israelis enjoyed a sense of normality as shopping malls and other cultural facilities openedCredit: EPA 8But for some locations the so-called 'Green Pass' is required to gain access, proving peoples assumed immunity and proof of vaccinationCredit: AFP or licensors Gyms, synagogues, libraries and other cultural locations are also following suit - but only to those with a so-called 'Green Pass'. Those who have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine for over a week or have recovered from coronavirus and are assumed to have immunity will be granted the virtual vaccine passport. The 'Green Pass' will...
    More details have emerged as to why rowdy Australian Open fans interrupted the official post-match presentation by booing tennis chiefs.  Tennis Australia executive Jayne Hrdlicka faced a tough crowd when she took to the podium following the men's final at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night to commend the hundreds of players who battled it out in the Melbourne grand slam over the last fortnight. She was forced to pause her speech several times after being drowned out by the vocal crowd who have faced challenging times in the last 12 months during the coronavirus pandemic. Ms Hrdlicka sparked controversy early on in her address by mentioning the coronavirus vaccine rollout, which began in Australia on Monday. Her comments were met with a few boos from a small section of the crowd which were eventually drowned out by cheers. But the boos became even louder a minute later as Ms Hrdlicka thanked...
    New York : Vaccines typically take several years, even decades, to reach people; the previous record was four years for the mumps vaccine. What allowed the first two COVID-19 vaccines licensed in the United States, developed by Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna, based on the messenger RNA (mRNA) technique, to be produced so quickly were two things: First, that based on the investigations that had already been carried out during the outbreak of the SARS virus in 2003 and the MERS virus in 2012 (which allowed them to understand how coronaviruses worked), and the mRNA technique, and second, that they obtained the genetic code of COVID -19 from Chinese researchers. The mRNA vaccine technique is not like the traditional technique in which viruses or pieces of viruses are required to grow in certain cells (as in the case of influenza vaccines that grow in chicken eggs) and then purified...
    By The Associated Press CODOGNO, Italy — Italians are marking one year since their country was shocked to discover it had the first known locally transmitted COVID-19 case in the West. With church services Sunday and wreath-laying ceremonies, including in small northern towns which were the first to be hard-hit by the pandemic, citizens paid tribute to the dead. Italy has a confirmed death toll from the virus of 95,500. While the first wave of infections largely engulfed Lombardy and other northern regions, a second wave, starting in fall 2020, has raced throughout Italy, which so far has registered some 2.8 million cases. The first locally transmitted case was discovered in a 38-year-old patient in a hospital in Codogno, Lombardy. That patient survived. But in the northeastern town of Vo, which registered the nation’s first known death on Feb. 21, 2020, officials unveiled a memorial plaque at a tree-planting ceremony....
    Fernández appointed Carla Vizzotti, a specialist in internal medicine who served as secretary of Access to Health, in place of García and on Saturday assumed ownership of the portfolio. The world reinforces vaccination in the uncertainty due to new strains The new minister assured this Sunday that “in no way did a VIP vaccination work.” “This was a specific situation and it was a very small group of people (…) It is by no means a common situation, nor is there a parallel vaccination, nor are vaccines reserved for a privileged situation,” he said in statements to Radio 10 collected by various media. Vizzotti added that the situation should not “cloud” González’s management and assured that from now on, “a vaccine administration monitoring plan will be drawn up.” The case has already reached the Justice after the presentation of at least three complaints to...
    How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?Scientists look for safety issues during the testing phase and continue their monitoring as shots roll out around the world. So far, the only serious warning to emerge is a rare risk of severe allergic reactions.Different types of COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized and it's possible side effects will differ for each - although there's more public data on the vaccines being rolled out in Western countries than elsewhere. Countries also vary in their vaccine standards, with some allowing the use of shots before final-stage testing involving large numbers of volunteers.But in the U.S., Britain and European Union, regulators required any vaccine to be tested in tens of thousands of people before distribution. So far, the U.S. is using shots from Pfizer and Moderna, while Britain and Europe have cleared those plus the AstraZeneca vaccine.EMBED More News Videos The Biden administration is...
    Israel started rolling back COVID-19 restrictions as it began to reopen the economy Sunday — with almost half of the country now vaccinated. Shops, museums, libraries and markets are now allowed to open to all Israelis following a two-month lockdown that began in late December. But only those who have been vaccinated will be able to go to gyms, pools, movie theaters and restaurants. They will have to show their “Green Pass,” which certifies they’ve received both doses of the vaccine at least a week prior. Israelis will be able to show their status with a vaccination certificate or by downloading a Health Ministry app linked to their medical files. The country has administered at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine to more than 46 percent of its 9 million population, officials said. In addition to reopening swaths of the economy, most grade and high schools have also been...
    More On: Coronavirus Easy A: Teachers union head praises city’s troubled reopening of schools MLB All-Star opts out again People who had COVID-19 may only need one vaccine dose, Fauci says Skateboarding star charged with hosting superspreader party in LA Israel started rolling back COVID-19 restrictions as it began to reopen the economy Sunday — with almost half of the country now vaccinated. Shops, museums, libraries and markets are now allowed to open to all Israelis following a two-month lockdown that began in late December. But only those who have been vaccinated will be able to go to gyms, pools, movie theaters and restaurants. They will have to show their “Green Pass,” which certifies they’ve received both doses of the vaccine at least a week prior. Israelis will be able to show their status with a vaccination certificate or by downloading a Health Ministry app linked to their...
    At the national level, “the trend is not good,” admitted government spokesman Gabriel Attal. Posted on 02/21/2021 at 6:17 p.m. By Writing with . Lis France heading towards tougher measures? At the national level, “the trend is not good,” admitted the government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, to the Grand Jury RTL – LCI – Le Figaro, using the words of Olivier Véran on Saturday in Nice. More than 22,300 new cases of contamination were recorded on Saturday, after 24,100 the day before and 21,200 the previous Saturday, and hospital pressure remains at a high level. And, in this sunny weekend which raised fears of a relaxation of barrier gestures, “the tendency is unfortunately not to loosen the constraint”, added Mr. Attal, reiterating that the objective of the government is, as much as possible, to avoid a third confinement. On Friday, the Elysee...
    EFE Agency Italy adds 14,931 new cases of coronavirus and 251 deaths Rome, Feb 20 (EFE) .- Italy has added 14,931 new cases of coronavirus and 251 deaths in the last 24 hours, and the positivity rate (percentage of positives among all the tests performed) stands at 4.8%, that is, 0.4 percentage points less than on Friday, the Ministry of Health reported today.
    The government’s decision will be announced on Sunday evening or Monday, but one hypothesis is already holding the line, that of localized containment on weekends, which would be a first in metropolitan France. The incidence rate is particularly high in the Nice metropolis, with more than 700 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants, more than three times the national average (190), while around 10% of screening tests are positive (against 6% for the whole of France), in a context of the spread of the British variant, which is more contagious. “The epidemic is out of control” in the department, “it means that the measures taken for a few weeks are not enough (…) if we want to avoid the overflow of hospitals”, explained Saturday evening on BFMTV Rémi Salomon , president of the medical commission of the AP-HP. During a meeting Saturday evening with the prefect, the elected officials proposed...
    By The Associated Press LONDON — The British government says it aims to give every adult in the country a first dose of coronavirus vaccine by July 31, a month earlier than its previous target. The goal is for everyone over 50 or with an underlying health condition to get a shot by April 15, rather than the previous target of May 1. The makers of the two vaccines Britain is using, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, have both experienced supply problems in Europe. But U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that “we now think that we have the supplies” to speed up the vaccination campaign. More than 17.2 million people have been given the first of two doses of vaccine since the U.K. inoculation campaign began on Dec. 8. The news comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with senior ministers Sunday to finalize a “road map” out of that...
    LONDON — The British government says it aims to give every adult in the country a first dose of coronavirus vaccine by July 31, a month earlier than its previous target. The goal is for everyone over 50 or with an underlying health condition to get a shot by April 15, rather than the previous target of May 1. The makers of the two vaccines Britain is using, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, have both experienced supply problems in Europe. But U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that “we now think that we have the supplies” to speed up the vaccination campaign. More than 17.2 million people have been given the first of two doses of vaccine since the U.K. inoculation campaign began on Dec. 8. The news comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with senior ministers Sunday to finalize a “road map” out of that national lockdown that is...
    Covid-19 vaccination centre in Liverpool, UK on February 8, 2021. Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images Liam Thorp, 30, was told that he qualified because the measurements gave him a BMI of 28,000. The NHS considers those with a BMI of between 30 and 39.9 obese and in priority group six. He was told that his doctor's surgery incorrectly entered his details when he registered. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A British man was offered priority for a COVID-19 vaccine after the NHS listed him as being 6.2cm (2.4 inches) rather than 6 foot 2 inches tall. Liam Thorp, 30, was told that he qualified for the vaccine because the measurements would have given him a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28,000, around 1,000 times higher than the UK average of 27.6. The NHS considers those with a BMI of between 30 and 39.9 obese and in priority group six of...
    The mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus that is being carried out in Israel provides new data on the efficiency of vaccines, especially that of Pfizer-BioNTech, the first to be approved and used in the country since last December 19. As reported by the Israeli Ministry of Health, Pfizer’s vaccine is capable of protect 98.9% of death from Covid-19 two weeks after receiving the second dose. Although the Israeli health authorities did not specify in the statement how many people were considered in the calculation of the figures released, they have explained that the comparison was made between people who had received the second dose of the vaccine at least 14 days ago and who have not yet received any. In addition to the notable decrease in mortality, the vaccine is also effective in preventing the most serious cases and hospitalizations. In this sense, Israel has identified a 99.2%...
    The billionaire businessman Bill gates, who has been predicting everything that will happen with the pandemic of coronavirus, this time he warned that a third dose of the vaccine against the Covid-19 due to the emergence of different mutations that could affect the efficacy of existing and applied antidotes so far. During an interview with the CBS Evening News network, the Windows co-founder said: “It’s a third dose of the vaccine may be needed against the coronavirus to prevent serious cases of new variants of the disease. The discussion now is whether we just need to get very high coverage of the current vaccine, or do we need a third dose that is the same, or do we need a modified vaccine”.     In that sense, he pointed out that the five companies that already have vaccines in U.S« They are...
    . London / 20.02.2021 23:00:04 Close to meeting the target of vaccinating 15 million Britons by mid-February, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, set out a roadmap to facilitate England’s third national lockdown this Monday, with a view to applying a first anticovid dose to adults by the end of June. Before that, Great Britain plans to apply a first dose to everyone over 50 years before April 15, according to the government, having previously indicated that it wanted them to receive the injection in May. If all adults get a dose by the end of July, the British government will be way ahead of its previous forecast that this group would receive a vaccine in the fall. After suffering the fifth-worst official death toll from coronavirus and a series of setbacks in its response to the pandemic, the Boris Johnson government acted faster...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s the question we are all asking: When will things get back to normal? Now that we are a year into the pandemic, WCCO gets some perspective on timing, from one of the leading experts, University of Minnesota professor Dr. Michael Osterholm. READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 884 New Cases, 11 Deaths Reported Saturday For the past year, the front porch is about as far as the Macks have traveled. “We are still locked down, we still order a majority of our groceries, we connect with friends on Zoom and on the phone,” Ayolanda Mack of north Minneapolis said. They’ve gotten lots of quality time, homeschool time and family mealtime but they’re yearning for the old days. “When can we hug people who don’t live in our home safely without fear of the COVID germ that’s gonna get us,” Mack said. Like many she’s wondering when travel,...
    In 1981, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on a rare lung infection in five 'previously healthy young men in Los Angeles'.  It suggested a 'cellular-immune dysfunction related to a common exposure' and a 'disease acquired through sexual contact'. The patients were described as 'homosexuals'. Two had died. It was the first mention of what a little over a year later became known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Although the link hadn't yet been made, at the same time, worried doctors in San Francisco and New York were seeing gay men who developed Kaposi's sarcoma, cancerous lesions affecting the skin and mucous membranes.  Experts had been baffled. The disease was normally only seen in the elderly or in transplant patients. Reliving the era: Channel 4’s drama It’s A Sin tells how AIDS hit the gay community in the 1980s Meanwhile, in London, at St...
    The Brazilian town of Río Bananal, in southeastern Brazil, has lost 133 doses of the coronavirus vaccine after a nine-year-old boy will turn off the refrigeration system, according to the investigation opened after the incident. The disconnection has spoiled CoronaVac vaccines intended for second doses for toilets, but it has also affected other medicines, blood samples and vaccines, according to the Brazilian chain Globo. The Prefecture of Río Bananal has announced that it has connected the refrigeration system to the hospital generator and that a security guard will watch over the place at night. When the incident was discovered, last Thursday, it was investigated at first a possible act of vandalism, But the recordings of the security cameras soon clarified what happened and pointed out the minor as responsible.
    By The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — The number of deaths in Texas due to the illness caused by the coronavirus increased by more than 200 on Saturday while the number of people hospitalized with the virus declined, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. There were an additional 227 COVID-19 deaths, more than 4,900 new cases and 7,535 hospitalizations, a decline of 222 people hospitalized, the department reported. Texas has had more than 2.5 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, and more than 42,000 deaths due to COVID-19, the third highest death count in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Pope Francis and Italy’s president mark new annual day to honor doctors, nurses and other health care workers — Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California are embroiled in political woes from the pandemic —...
    By The Associated Press JERUSALEM — Israel unveiled a plan on Saturday to allow people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to attend cultural events, fly abroad and go to health clubs and restaurants. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the plan at a news conference on Saturday night, saying those who have been vaccinated will be able to download the “green badge” in the coming days. “The green badge is gradually opening up the country,” Netanyahu said. Israel has conducted the world’s speediest vaccine campaign over the past month and a half, inoculating nearly half of its 9.3 million people. But with the coronavirus still spreading rapidly among the unvaccinated, the country only recently began emerging from a two-month lockdown. On Sunday, retail stores, shopping malls, gyms, some middle school grades and other public services for limited crowd sizes are set to start back up. Netanyahu said the government...
    Cozy Craftsman homes for sale across America This Double-Decker RV Takes #VanLife to the Next Level—Literally Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Says Don't Do This With the Second Dose of Your COVID Vaccine Since the COVID vaccine started to be administered at the end of December, we've all been told that following the recommended timeline between first and second doses is key to getting the full 95-percent protection against the virus. But with the vaccine rollout happening amid winter storms that have caused delays in vaccine shipments and temporary shutdowns of vaccination sites, that's not always possible. If you're worried about not being able to get the second shot of your COVID vaccine exactly 21 days after your first Pfizer...
    CONNECTICUT (WABC) -- One of Connecticut's largest casinos is betting the success of the state's vaccination efforts.Not far from slot machines and table games at Mohegan Sun is a mass vaccination site.It's located at the resort's large expo center.Yale-New Haven Health is running the clinic which comes with its own pharmacy where the vaccine is prepared in a back room."We're really excited," President and CEO of Mohegan Sun Jeff Hamilton said. "When you think about Mohegan Sun, you think about the infrastructure, we have the parking, we have the ability to scale out."Vaccine recipients only need to sign up at a registration desk before receiving a shot in the arm.Mohegan Sun has also hosted PPE distribution and continues to hold drive-thru COVID testing at its Garage.MORE NEWS: Artist's polar bear snow sculptures represent climate changeEMBED More News Videos Heide Hatry is the German American artist who created polar bear displays...
    By The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — The official leading Mexico’s response to the pandemic says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell tweeted Saturday that he had light COVID-19 symptoms on Friday night and an antigen test came out positive. He was awaiting the results of a PCR test, which takes longer to process and is generally more accurate.. “I’ll be working from home,’ López-Gatell said, adding that he was involved in Mexico’s vaccination program. Some 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine arrived in Mexico from Hong Kong on Saturday, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter. A total of 10 million Sinovac vaccines are expected. Mexico has approved several other coronavirus vaccines and has administered 1.5 million shots so far. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Pope Francis and Italy’s president mark new annual day to honor doctors, nurses and other health care workers...
    The virus was detected in seven infected people at a poultry factory in southern Russia, where an outbreak of bird flu hit the animals in December 2020. LRussia announced on Saturday that it had detected the first case of transmission to humans of the H5N8 strain of bird flu, adding that it had informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of this “important discovery”. “The laboratory has confirmed the first case of a person’s infection with the group A virus, avian influenza AH5N8,” Anna Popova, head of the Russian health agency Rospotrebnadzor, told television. This virus was detected in seven infected people in a poultry factory in southern Russia, where an avian flu epidemic affected the animals in December 2020, Ms. Popova said, adding that the sick “are feeling good” and are not ‘have no complications. “Measures were quickly taken to control the situation” in this focus of infection,...
    By The Associated Press LONDON – The British government has announced a small step out of lockdown — allowing nursing home residents to have a single friend or family member visit them indoors. Residents and their visitors will be able to hold hands, but not hug. The change takes effect March 8. For months, nursing home residents have only been able to see loved ones outdoors or through screens. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will announce a “road map” out of lockdown on Monday. The government has stressed that reopening will be slow and cautious, with store reopenings or outdoor socializing unlikely before April, though children will go back to school from March 8. Johnson’s Conservative government has been accused of reopening the country too quickly after the first lockdown in the spring. Britain has had about 120,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest toll in Europe. The new measures apply...
    As the pandemic drags on, experts are exploring ways to stretch still-limited vaccine supplies to get as many people protected as possible. One idea that’s resurfaced this week involves allowing more time in between the first and second doses of the two-dose vaccines. This time, though, there’s some additional data that suggests it might work. Here’s the idea: two leading vaccines, made by Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna require two doses. But their early data showed pretty significant protection after the first dose. That got people thinking — is it worth giving more people partial protection with just one dose? Or should they stick to the schedule and fully vaccinate fewer people? Back in December, some experts encouraged researchers to set up trials to find out if a single dose of a two-dose vaccine would be effective. Around the same time, health authorities in the UK decided to plow...
    New York : He was vaccinated before assuming the presidency Photo: Alex Wong / . Joe Biden admitted yesterday that life may not return to normal in 2021 due to COVID-19 mutations and potential disruptions in US vaccine production. In a separate statement, also yesterday Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the new variations of the virus mean that the government and companies “will have to be agile to adapt easily to make versions of the vaccine specifically targeting any prevalent mutation. ” Fauci is considered the most important infectious disease doctor in the country and has been an advisor to the governments of Donald Trump and Biden, on the pandemic. Biden stated when visiting a Pfizer vaccine factory in Portage, Michigan that virus mutations and unforeseen failures in vaccine production could extend the social and economic consequences of the pandemic. “I believe that we will...
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    By The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — Britain has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council demanding that all warring parties immediately institute a “sustained humanitarian pause” to enable people in conflict areas to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The proposed resolution reiterates the council’s demand last July 1 for “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities” in major conflicts from Syria and Yemen to Central African Republic, Mali and Sudan and Somalia, an appeal first made by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 23, 2020, to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The draft, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, “emphasizes the need for solidarity, equity, and efficacy and invites donation of vaccine doses from developed economies to low- and middle-income countries and other countries in need, including through the COVAX Facility,” an ambitious World Health Organization project to buy and deliver coronavirus vaccines for the world’s poorest people. The...
    UNITED NATIONS — Britain has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council demanding that all warring parties immediately institute a “sustained humanitarian pause” to enable people in conflict areas to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The proposed resolution reiterates the council’s demand last July 1 for “a general and immediate cessation of hostilities” in major conflicts from Syria and Yemen to Central African Republic, Mali and Sudan and Somalia, an appeal first made by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 23, 2020, to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The draft, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, “emphasizes the need for solidarity, equity, and efficacy and invites donation of vaccine doses from developed economies to low- and middle-income countries and other countries in need, including through the COVAX Facility,” an ambitious World Health Organization project to buy and deliver coronavirus vaccines for the world’s poorest people. The British draft stresses that...