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    More On: COVID vaccine Anti-Defamation League CEO blasts SNL joke as ‘deeply offensive’ Dozens of New Yorkers asked to get revaccinated after shots stored at wrong temperature Cuomo orders release of teacher vaccination numbers Connecticut will start distributing COVID-19 vaccine based on age The Trump administration deserves credit for the “breathtaking” speed at which two COVID-19 vaccines were developed, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s boss said. Speaking to “Axios on HBO” in an interview released Monday evening, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins made the remarks after being asked what the previous administration got right in their pandemic response. “The Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a great deal of credit to [former Health and Human Services] Secretary [Alex] Azar, was an effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary,” Collins told the program. “It was thought about as a Manhattan Project,”...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The World Bank threatened Tuesday to suspend financing for coronavirus vaccines in Lebanon over what it said were violations by members of parliament who were inoculated without registering in advance. Such a move by the World Bank would have grave consequences as Lebanon struggles through severe financial and economic crises and is in desperate need of aid. The World Bank said last month it approved $34 million to help pay for vaccines for Lebanon that will inoculate over 2 million people. The vaccination campaign in the country began on Feb. 14 and Lebanon has so far received nearly 60,000 shots of Pfizer-BioNTech . “Everyone has to register and wait for their turn! #nowasta,” the World Bank’s regional director Saroj Kumar Jha tweeted, using a Lebanese term meaning that there should not be nepotism. Lebanon is notorious for corruption and nepotism, which has brought the Mediterranean nation to...
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The World Bank threatened to suspend financing for Lebanon's COVID-19 vaccination drive in its second week after it emerged that some lawmakers would get their shots in parliament on Tuesday. The comments from the World Bank came as frustration grew among some residents and doctors that vaccinations were moving slowly and could be riddled with violations. Lebanon received its first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine - about 28,000 doses - this month with aid from the World Bank, which said it would monitor to ensure the shots go to those most in need. In its first operation funding the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines, the World Bank reallocated $34 million to help Lebanon start vaccinations. The bank has warned against favoritism in a country where decades of state waste and corruption triggered a dire financial meltdown. After local media reported that some MPs would get their COVID-19 shots...
    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...
    (CNN)Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration will meet Friday to discuss whether to recommend Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use authorization. The vaccine is the third under consideration for the US market, and would be the first single-dose Covid-19 shot available here. Like the earlier Covid-19 vaccines, it was developed and tested at a remarkable pace, condensing into months what might have taken years before the pandemic.Vaccine rollout is a much-needed win for UK after bungling its pandemic responseBut there are few answers on what will happen if and when it is authorized. The White House said Monday it has not made any plans yet for distributing the vaccine if it wins authorization. There are vague totals of how many doses will be available immediately and no word on exactly where those doses will go.The Biden administration said last week that, if it is authorized,...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The World Bank threatened Tuesday to suspend financing for coronavirus vaccines in Lebanon over what it said were violations by members of parliament who were inoculated without registering in advance. Such a move by the World Bank would have grave consequences as Lebanon struggles through severe financial and economic crises and is in desperate need of aid. The World Bank said last month it approved $34 million to help pay for vaccines for Lebanon that will inoculate over 2 million people. The vaccination campaign in the country began on Feb. 14 and Lebanon has so far received nearly 60,000 shots of Pfizer-BioNTech . “Everyone has to register and wait for their turn! #nowasta,” the World Bank’s regional director Saroj Kumar Jha tweeted, using a Lebanese term meaning that there should not be nepotism. Lebanon is notorious for corruption and nepotism, which has brought the Mediterranean...
    (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...
    Best Life COVID Will Be “Mostly Gone” By This Date, Johns Hopkins Doctor Says As the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic approaches in the U.S., new cases of the disease are continuing to see a sustained drop. This development has made some experts cautiously optimistic that health restrictions will be able to be safely lifted in the near future, likely by the end of 2021. But one doctor says he has seen enough data to safely predict that COVID will be “mostly gone” much sooner than that, saying life could go back to normal as early as this coming April. Read on to see exactly when he thinks the pandemic will be behind us, and for more on how current numbers look where you live, check out This Is How Bad the COVID Outbreak Is in Your State. One doctor wrote that early spring could see...
    The WHO sent the consignment of 11,000 doses to stop the outbreak spreading A special plane carrying a consignment of Ebola vaccines has landed in Guinea, which will allow a vaccination campaign to begin later on Tuesday. A dust storm in the Sahara had forced the aircraft off course on Sunday when it was diverted to Senegal. Five people have recently died in Guinea from Ebola, the first cases in the region for five years. Between 2013 and 2016 more than 11,000 people died in the West Africa Ebola epidemic, which began in Guinea. In response to that epidemic, vaccines were developed, which have since been successfully used to fight outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Who is being vaccinated for Ebola? The focus is to vaccinate those who have come into contact with Ebola patients as well as frontline health workers. The World Health Organization (WHO)...
    By Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will let thousands of its healthcare workers, mostly nurses, take up jobs in Britain and Germany if the two countries agree to donate much-needed coronavirus vaccines, a senior official said on Tuesday. The Philippines, which has among Asia's highest number of coronavirus cases, has relaxed a ban on deploying its healthcare workers overseas, but still limits the number of medical professionals leaving the country to 5,000 a year. Alice Visperas, director of the labour ministry's international affairs bureau, said the Philippines was open to lifting the cap in exchange for vaccines from Britain and Germany, which it would use to inoculate outbound workers and hundreds of thousands of Filipino repatriates. Nurses are among the millions of Filipinos who work overseas, providing in excess of $30 billion a year in remittances vital to the country's economy. "We are considering the request to...
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will start vaccinating priority groups including health workers against COVID-19 by the end of this week, its prime minister said on Tuesday, a day ahead of the arrival of the country's first coronavirus vaccines. Thailand will receive the first 200,000 of two million doses of Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac on Wednesday. The Chinese vaccine was given emergency use authorisation on Monday. "We will start injecting the target groups within three days after the vaccines arrive," Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said in a Facebook post. The Sinovac vaccines will be given to priority groups in 13 provinces, the COVID-19 taskforce said. More than half of the 200,000 doses will be earmarked for Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of Thailand's latest outbreak, and the capital, Bangkok. Prayuth said 800,000 more doses will arrive in March and the remaining one million in April, some of which will be used for the...
    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...
    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan began its first COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday, administering doses initially to security force members, health workers and journalists, in a campaign that may face challenges from a sharp rise in violence. The war-damaged country received 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII), which is producing the vaccine for mid- and low-income countries, earlier this month. In a ceremony at the presidential palace, acting health minister Waheed Majroh said the vaccines would be provided to 250,000 people, mostly from the security, health, education and media sectors. "Today is a fortunate day for Afghanistan as we launch the first vaccination drive, but it would be a challenge to roll the plan to the whole country," Majroh said. Taliban insurgents fighting the foreign-backed Afghan government have announced their backing for the vaccination campaign. However, the inoculations will take place amid relentless violence despite the...
    Side effects such as pain and swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, fever, and chills are common for those receiving the injection. Vaccine of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNtech against COVID-19, CNBC said in a recent health report. People who experienced these side effects can take over-the-counter pain relievers after the injection to relieve symptoms, CNBC reported, referring to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Side effects are normal in the human body, as the immune system is set up to prepare for and protect itself against the virus through a process called « controlled inflammation, » which is the way messenger RNA vaccines work. To mitigate these side effects, which can be very serious in some cases, the US CDC reported that you can take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines, or acetaminophen after receiving the drug. Vaccine. However, the body...
    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...
    (CBS Detroit) – Wayne County is expanding vaccination efforts for senior citizens. The county announced free vaccination clinics this week for seniors in eight communities. READ MORE: Novi Schools Return In-Person Learning Five Days A Week The City of Wayne, Canton, Plymouth, Highland Park, Inkster, Melvindale, Romulus, and Hamtramck residents can make an appointment by calling their nearest vaccine site. READ MORE: Michigan Reports 1,484 New COVID-19 Cases, 3 Deaths Sunday & Monday For more information, visit WayneCounty.com. MORE NEWS: Third Stimulus Check: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400? © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    Around 10 countries announced that different vaccines have arrived and are placing them, for now, in their population at risk. The problem of the pandemic no longer appears to be vaccines or the antidote. Different laboratories around the world manufactured doses that proved to be effective. Now the problem that reigns is mass production. In addition, we must add several scandals of corruption and privilege, in various regions of Latin America. So, taking all aspects into account, around 10 Latin American countries announced that they started vaccination days. For now, the vast majority are focused on immunizing their population at risk and health personnel. However, the pace does not seem to be effective to overcome the health crisis. Therefore, we are going to detail the top 5 of the Latin American countries with the largest population vaccinated against the coronavirus. The data was collected in a review by El...
    EFE Latam Videos The Honduran health system “lacks a budget” to deal with the covid Tegucigalpa, Feb 22 (EFE) .- The Honduran health system does not have a budget to deal with the covid-19 pandemic, to the extent that in public hospitals it is said that everyone has to take charge of the purchase of their protective equipment personal, according to the president of the Honduran Medical College (CMH), Suyapa Figueroa. The lack of budget is due to the fact that “the government has seen in each of the transactions an opportunity to favor illegal or corrupt businesses,” Figueroa told Efe in Tegucigalpa. He added that corruption and the waste of millionaire resources has been seen in the “incomplete purchase” of a biosafety equipment such as “mechanical ventilators that were not adequate for the management of patients with covid-19.” Added to this, among other irregularities, according to the president of...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The belly of the Emirates plane that touched down in Dubai early Sunday from Brussels was stuffed with precious cargo: tens of thousands of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The arrival was part of an effort by the Middle East’s biggest airline to pivot from shuttling people to shipping cargo — and grabbing a central role in the global vaccine delivery race. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to clobber the aviation industry, the disaster has hit long-haul carriers like Emirates hardest. So the airline is ferrying around the very substance it hopes will get passengers back into its seats and revive the flagging travel sector. Over the weekend, workers scurried around the tarmac at the Dubai International Airport, unloading several aluminum containers crammed with vaccine vials and dry ice into a vast florescent-lit cargo terminal. The key transit hub, previously used for the global...
    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said political divisiveness contributed significantly to the "stunning" U.S. COVID-19 death toll, which on Monday surpassed 500,000 lives lost. The country had recorded more than 28 million COVID-19 cases and 500,054 fatalities as of Monday afternoon, according to a Reuters tally of public health data. In an interview with Reuters, Fauci on Monday said the pandemic arrived in the United States as the country was riven by political divisions in which wearing a mask became a political statement rather than a public health measure. "Even under the best of circumstances, this would have been a very serious problem," Fauci said, noting that despite strong adherence to public health measures, countries such as Germany and the UK struggled with the virus. "However, that does not explain how a rich and sophisticated country can have the most...
    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More vaccines are headed to California's vast Central Valley, an agricultural region whose workers and residents have been hard hit by coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. The multi-county region, which includes the cities of Fresno and Bakersfield, will get significantly more vaccines this week dedicated to farmworkers. The shifting allocation comes as California moves to a new centralized system for distributing vaccines aimed at ensuring the most vulnerable people have access. The state will also take 34,000 doses from a pharmacy that wasn't using them quickly enough and distributing them to care providers in the Central Valley, Newsom said. The governor has made equitable access to the coronavirus a priority and the change in allocation formula comes as the state moves to inoculate others beyond health care employees in other essential jobs, including food and farm workers and teachers. California...
    The Food and Drug Administration on Monday told vaccine makers that large clinical trials for authorized shots that are modified to address coronavirus variants are not necessary.[ SEE: The Latest News on the Coronavirus Outbreak ]Instead of lengthy trials where the vaccine would be compared to a placebo, new guidance from the FDA suggests smaller trials that "compare a recipient's immune response to virus variants induced by the modified vaccine against the immune response to the authorized vaccine." Several companies have announced they will work on shots to address the new coronavirus variants. The FDA's guidelines would shorten the process from getting a vaccine developed to getting it into people's arms. Cartoons on the CoronavirusView All 512 Images"We know the country is eager to return to a new normal and the emergence of the virus variants raises new concerns about the performance of these products," FDA acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock said in...
    The White House blamed former President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday for the 100,000 coronavirus deaths after President Joe Biden took office. Psaki blamed the Trump administration for failing to order more vaccines from manufacturers and failing to federally organize vaccinators to distribute the shots. “You can always look back and say, ‘We wish we would have done this better, we wish the storm wouldn’t have come,’” Psaki said. “But our focus is on building out of the hole that we inherited.” Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and other members of the administration have repeatedly and falsely claimed that Trump did not have a plan to distribute the vaccines. “My predecessor, as my mother would say, God love him, failed to order enough vaccines, failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots, failed to set up vaccine centers. That changed the moment we took office,” Biden claimed falsely during a...
    Ventura County is now vaccinating farmworkers as part of a pilot program geared toward the region’s large agricultural sector. The move precedes the vaccination of additional essential workers, who will be eligible for inoculations next week. At that time, county officials said they will extend access to occupational groups who are part of California’s Phase 1B vaccination tier, which in addition to farm and agricultural workers, includes teachers, child-care providers and first responders. More than 100 farmworkers at Good Farms in Oxnard received a shot Friday as part of the pilot program aided by Ventura County’s Farmworker Resource Program, which launched in 2019, Supervisor Carmen Ramirez said during a public briefing. Services are provided in English and Spanish, in addition to Indigenous languages such as Mixteco, Zapoteco and Purepecha to ensure accessibility. Mike Powers, Ventura County’s chief executive officer, said the in-person nature of farmworkers’ jobs has kept them...
    Bloomberg FDA designs fast-track approval for updated vaccines (Bloomberg) – Drug makers will not have to conduct massive trials for the development of new vaccines or booster to combat new variants of the coronavirus, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA, for its acronym in English). On Monday, in a published document, the agency said immunizations that protect against the variants could be licensed under so-called immunogenicity studies, where researchers vaccinate people and then run laboratory tests to measure the strength of their immune response. These tests, similar to those performed for annual flu vaccines, are much simpler than the initial standard efficacy studies used for vaccine approval, which involve thousands of volunteers and take months of work. Covid-19 cases have declined across the United States in recent weeks, health officials are concerned that the rapidly spreading variants could trigger higher infection rates even amid the mass vaccination campaign....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The trend of deaths from COVID-19 is down 40% over the past month and the number of vaccinations continues to grow. This weekend there was a record number of doses administered in Philadelphia. COVID infections and deaths are slowing but there’s still a sad parade of funerals happening. READ MORE: COVID In New Jersey: State To Allow Limited Fans At Top Sport, Entertainment Venues Among the victims taken by COVID-19 was Philadelphia Firefighter John Evans, a 37-year veteran. His funeral is Tuesday. Evans worked at Ladder 18 in Nicetown-Tioga for almost three decades. He’s among the 23,000-plus killed by COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, New Jersey has more than 20,000 victims and in Delaware, there are roughly 1,300 COVID deaths. “For all those families that have lost someone, my condolences,” said Dr. Ala Stanford, founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium. Nationally, COVID-19 has now claimed half a million...
    (CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration has issued updated guidance for companies that plan to adapt their Covid-19 medical products -- including vaccines, tests and therapeutics -- to address the emergence of coronavirus variants. Development of new coronavirus vaccines may be hitting critical mass. Heres how they workThe agency said in an announcement on Monday that it expects that "manufacturing information will remain generally the same" for authorized Covid-19 vaccines that may be updated to target variants. The agency recommended that data from clinical immunogenicity studies be used to support any changes or updates to vaccines. Such studies would be smaller and could take less time than large-scale clinical trials."It's going to be on the order of a few hundred individuals in terms of size and we'd expect that that might take a few months," Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said...
    Bloomberg FDA designs fast-track approval for updated vaccines (Bloomberg) – Drug makers will not have to conduct massive trials for the development of new vaccines or booster to combat new variants of the coronavirus, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA, for its acronym in English). On Monday, in a published document, the agency said immunizations that protect against the variants could be licensed under so-called immunogenicity studies, where researchers vaccinate people and then run laboratory tests to measure the strength of their immune response. These tests, similar to those performed for annual flu vaccines, are much simpler than the initial standard efficacy studies used for vaccine approval, which involve thousands of volunteers and take months of work. Covid-19 cases have declined across the United States in recent weeks, health officials are concerned that the rapidly spreading variants could trigger higher infection rates even amid the mass vaccination campaign....
    The Frenchman said he was confident about the ability of the American giant to produce 100 million doses per month there by the end of June. “I am very proud of the 3,000 employees who give themselves day and night to make the mass production of the vaccine possible, in this plant, which is the largest in Europe,” commented Mr. Breton. The commissioner spoke at length with the managers of the Puurs site. In particular, they mentioned the complexity of the vaccine production process for Pfizer and BioNTech. “The vaccine requires 400 to 500 components from all over the world. We have to make sure that all links in the chain are working, so that there is no delay,” he said. On leaving the company, Thierry Breton said he was confident about the plant’s ability to deliver 100 million doses per month by the end of June, i.e. double...
    Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, praised the Trump administration for its effort in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine through Operation Warp Speed. Collins, the boss of White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci, said the public-private partnership championed by health officials within the Trump administration was able to develop a vaccine with "breathtaking" speed. "The Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a great deal of credit to [former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar], was an effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary. And it was thought about as a Manhattan Project," Collins said. BIDEN TOUTS VACCINE SUCCESS AS WINTRY WEATHER CAUSES 6M DOSE BACKLOG Collins singled out Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser of Operation Warp Speed, for acclaim. "That effort and the recruitment of Dr. Moncef Slaoui was an incredibly important step forward that the administration...
    Some COVID-19 vaccines that were administered at the Jones Beach State Park vaccination site on Long Island on one day last week have been deemed ineffective due to improper storage. The New York State Department of Health announced that the vaccine administered at Jones Beach on Monday, Feb. 15 is ineffective after it exceeded the permitted temperature to maintain its viability. Anyone who received the improperly stored vaccine has been notified and a new shot has been rescheduled. Officials noted there is no health risk from receiving an ineffective vaccine. Officials said the vaccine was being transported in insulated coolers to waiting cars on a particularly cold day when a worker noticed the temperature in one cooler dropping to a lower threshold. The worker then attempted to increase the temperature, which instead made it exceed the upper threshold unexpectedly and unknowingly. Approximately 10 percent of the people vaccinated...
    More On: israel Biden is set to repeat Obama’s Mideast failures — and wipe out US influence  ‘SNL’ under fire for ‘anti-Semitic’ joke about Israel Israel reopens economy with nearly half the country vaccinated Israel issues warning against US push to rejoin nuclear deal with Iran Israel paid more than $1 million to get COVID-19 vaccines for archenemy Syria as part of a secret prisoner-swap deal, according to reports. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted last week that his warm ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin helped clinch the return of a 23-year-old Israeli woman who was being held captive in Damascus. But rather than a straight prisoner-swap for two Syrian shepherds, as first disclosed, Israel actually paid Russia to send its Sputnik V vaccines to Syria to facilitate the swap, according to The Times of Israel and other Israeli media. Netanyahu remained coy when questioned Saturday about the reports,...
    Vaccine developers may need to modify their vaccines to provide protection against any potential new variants of the coronavirus in the United States should they fail to elicit immune response in their current form, the U.S. health regulator said on Monday. "At this time, available information suggests that the FDA-authorized vaccines remain effective in protecting the American public against currently circulating strains of SARS-CoV-2," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement. The agency made the comments as part of a newly updated guidance for companies making vaccines, tests and therapeutics for COVID-19.  The emergence of new variants that are considered more infectious has prompted the U.S. government to step up efforts to track coronavirus mutations and keep vaccines and treatments effective against any new variants. As part of its updated guidance, the FDA recommended that vaccine makers test any modified vaccines in both previously unvaccinated people and...
    Indian Pharmaceuticals Say They Can Adapt Quickly To Produce Vaccines Against New COVID Strains
    Erick Vazquez receives the Pfizer vaccine during an event to inoculate about 500 health care workers and adults over the age of 65 against COVID-19 put on by the Labor Community Services, the Los Angeles Federation of Labor and St. Johns Well Child and Family Center coined Labor of Love, in Pico Union, Feb. 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA.Dania Maxwell | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that modified Covid-19 vaccines against new, emerging variants may be authorized without the need for lengthy clinical trials. The new guidance, released in a 24-page document on the FDA's website, would clear the new vaccines as an amendment to a company's originally approved emergency use application, according to the FDA. "Preliminary reports from clinical trials evaluating COVID-19 vaccine candidates in multiple countries including South Africa have added to concerns that vaccine efficacy against the B.1.351...
    By GEIR MOULSON and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization pleaded with rich countries on Monday to check before ordering additional COVID-19 vaccine shots for themselves whether that undermines efforts to get vaccine shots to poorer nations. Wealthy nations have snapped up several billion vaccine doses while some countries in the developing world have little or none. European nations have given financial support to the U.N.-backed COVAX effort to get vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people and are considering sharing some of their own doses — though they haven't specified when or exactly how many. On Friday, leaders of the Group of Seven industrial powers said they would accelerate global vaccine development and deployment and support “affordable and equitable access to vaccines” and treatments for COVID-19. They cited a collective $7.5 billion from the G-7 to U.N.-backed efforts. WHO Director-General Tedros...
    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has agreed a no-fault compensation plan for claims of serious side effects in people in 92 poorer countries due to get COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX sharing scheme, resolving a big concern among recipient governments. The programme, which the WHO said was the first and only vaccine injury compensation mechanism operating on an international scale, will offer eligible people "a fast, fair, robust and transparent process", the WHO said in a statement. "By providing a no-fault lump-sum compensation in full and final settlement of any claims, the COVAX programme aims to significantly reduce the need for recourse to the law courts, a potentially lengthy and costly process," the statement said. Questions of how compensation claims would be handled in the event of any serious COVID-19 vaccine side effects, which are likely to be very rare, had been a worry for...
    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...
    The World Health Organisation has blasted wealthy countries for hogging Covid vaccines days after the World Trade Organisation chief called on the UK to send jabs abroad. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said some rich countries' direct deals with manufacturers has caused a reduction in doses for poorer countries. The chief said the money was there to procure doses for some of the poorest countries, following fresh contributions from the US, the European Union and Germany - but it was worthless if there was nothing to buy. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured) has blasted wealthy countries for hogging Covid vaccines Tedros urged wealthy nations to start checking first as to whether their own deals with pharmaceutical companies were undermining Covax, the global vaccine scheme which poorer countries are relying on as they await their first doses. 'Even if you have the money, if you cannot use the money to...
    LONG BEACH -- Gov. Gavin Newsom is visiting Long Beach on Monday to highlight the city's leadership in administering COVID-19 vaccines to residents and to provide an update on the state's efforts to ramp up inoculations.The governor, who visited two mobile vaccination sites in Los Angeles on Sunday, continues his Southern California tour as the state looks to increase efforts to reach hard-to-reach and disproportionately impacted communities in California.Progress is being made, as Newsom announced 7.3 million doses have been administered statewide. However, the governor acknowledged thatmany communities have struggled to keep up with the demand for vaccinations.Newsom said federal and state officials are doing all they can to inoculate as many people as possible."At the end of the day, there just aren't enough Pfizer vaccines, there aren't enough Moderna vaccines,'' Newsom said.RELATED: CA officials reach deal on COVID relief for low-income families, undocumented immigrants, small businessesEMBED More News Videos...
    London (CNN Business)Companies are now being forced to answer a question that was until recently mostly hypothetical. Should they require their employees to get a coronavirus vaccine, or incentivize them to get the shot? British business is at the forefront of the debate. While vaccination programs are accelerating in many countries, Britain is among the most advanced. One in three adults have received their first vaccine shot, and the UK government confirmed on Monday that it hopes to offer every adult a first dose of the vaccine by July 31. The vaccine question is vexing executives, who want to protect their workers and customers but avoid legal battles and accusations of discrimination against people who are not vaccinated. The UK government has said it will not issue "vaccine passports" that would clear people for work or travel, leaving companies to establish their own policies. Publix joins a growing list of...
    LONG BEACH -- Gov. Gavin Newsom is visiting Long Beach on Monday to highlight the city's leadership in administering COVID-19 vaccines to residents and to provide an update on the state's efforts to ramp up inoculations.The governor, who visited two mobile vaccination sites in Los Angeles on Sunday, continues his Southern California tour as the state looks to increase efforts to reach hard-to-reach and disproportionately impacted communities in California.Progress is being made, as Newsom announced 7.3 million doses have been administered statewide. However, the governor acknowledged thatmany communities have struggled to keep up with the demand for vaccinations.Newsom said federal and state officials are doing all they can to inoculate as many people as possible."At the end of the day, there just aren't enough Pfizer vaccines, there aren't enough Moderna vaccines,'' Newsom said.RELATED: CA officials reach deal on COVID relief for low-income families, undocumented immigrants, small businessesEMBED More News Videos...
    National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins praised the Trump administration on Sunday for the "breathtaking" success of Operation Warp Speed in getting multiple effective coronavirus vaccines developed and tested within one year of the virus outbreak. "The Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a great deal of credit to [former HHS Secretary Alex Azar], was a effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary. And it was thought about as a Manhattan Project," Collins told Axios. "Those words were used sometimes to describe what needed to happen in order to get all parts of the government together in an unprecedented way to test up to six vaccines in rigorous trials, and to do this at-risk manufacturing, so that if any of those trials happened to work, you would already have doses ready to go into arms." PFIZER, MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINES SHOW...
    French drug maker Sanofi, battling development delays with its own vaccine candidates against COVID-19, is turning over more of its vaccine production facilities to industrial competitors, teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to produce millions of doses of its rival coronavirus vaccine. Johnson & Johnson is the second rival to have struck a deal with Sanofi to use its facilities, an unusual collaboration for the competitive industry now facing intense pressure from governments to speed up the production of vaccines against the devastating global pandemic. Sanofi's CEO, Paul Hudson, said the agreement announced by the company on Monday demonstrates its "commitment to the collective effort to ending this crisis as quickly as possible." Sanofi is still prioritizing the development of its own two coronavirus vaccine programs, Hudson said in a company statement. SOUTH AFRICAN CORONAVIRUS VARIANT DETECTED IN NEW YORK RESIDENT But "where we have the right manufacturing capabilities, we...
    [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...
    PARIS (AP) — French drug maker Sanofi, battling development delays with its own vaccine candidates against COVID-19, is turning over more of its vaccine production facilities to industrial competitors, teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to produce millions of doses of its rival coronavirus vaccine. Johnson & Johnson is the second rival to have struck a deal with Sanofi to use its facilities, an unusual collaboration for the competitive industry now facing intense pressure from governments to speed up the production of vaccines against the devastating global pandemic. Sanofi's CEO, Paul Hudson, said the agreement announced by the company on Monday demonstrates its “commitment to the collective effort to ending this crisis as quickly as possible.” Sanofi is still prioritizing the development of its own two coronavirus vaccine programs, Hudson said in a company statement. But “where we have the right manufacturing capabilities, we are stepping forward to show solidarity...
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia's foreign minister called on EU partners on Monday to send an advance vaccine shipment to the central European country which he said was in a "tragic" coronavirus situation with record numbers of cases. The country of 5.5 million has suffered about 100 deaths per day recently, the highest in the world relative to population on a one-week basis and ahead of neighbouring Czech Republic, according to data tracker ourworldindata.org. Slovakia had 3,672 patients in hospital with confirmed coronavirus as of Sunday. "I will inform my foreign minister colleagues about the very serious and what can be called tragic situation we have with COVID," Ivan Korcok told reporters ahead of a foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels. "I will turn to them to ask them, if they have a vaccine they cannot use at the moment, to provide it to us. "I believe it would be a very...
    PARIS (AP) — French drug maker Sanofi, battling development delays with its own vaccine candidates against COVID-19, is turning over more of its vaccine production facilities to industrial competitors, teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to produce millions of doses of its rival coronavirus vaccine. Johnson & Johnson is the second rival to have struck a deal with Sanofi to use its facilities, an unusual collaboration for the competitive industry now facing intense pressure from governments to speed up the production of vaccines against the devastating global pandemic. Sanofi’s CEO, Paul Hudson, said the agreement announced by the company on Monday demonstrates its “commitment to the collective effort to ending this crisis as quickly as possible.” Sanofi is still prioritizing the development of its own two coronavirus vaccine programs, Hudson said in a company statement. But “where we have the right manufacturing capabilities, we are stepping forward to show...
    LONG BEACH -- Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to visit Long Beach on Monday to highlight the city's leadership in administering COVID-19 vaccines to residents and to provide an update on the state's efforts to ramp up inoculations.The governor, who visited two mobile vaccination sites in Los Angeles on Sunday, continues his Southern California tour as the state looks to increase efforts to reach hard-to-reach and disproportionately impacted communities in California.Progress is being made, as Newsom announced 7.3 million doses have been administered statewide. However, the governor acknowledged thatmany communities have struggled to keep up with the demand for vaccinations.Newsom said federal and state officials are doing all they can to inoculate as many people as possible."At the end of the day, there just aren't enough Pfizer vaccines, there aren't enough Moderna vaccines,'' Newsom said.RELATED: CA officials reach deal on COVID relief for low-income families, undocumented immigrants, small businessesEMBED More...
    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:...
    BERLIN (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization pleaded with rich countries on Monday to check before ordering additional COVID-19 vaccine shots for themselves whether that undermines efforts to get vaccine shots to poorer nations. Wealthy nations have snapped up several billion vaccine doses while some countries in the developing world have little or none. European nations have given financial support to the U.N.-backed COVAX effort to get vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people and are considering sharing some of their own doses — though they haven’t specified when. On Friday, leaders of the Group of Seven industrial powers said they would accelerate global vaccine development and deployment and support “affordable and equitable access to vaccines” and treatments for COVID-19. They cited a collective $7.5 billion from the G-7 to U.N.-backed efforts. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked the G-7 countries for their “significant” pledges. But...
    By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip began its coronavirus vaccination drive on Monday following the arrival of the first vaccines to the blockaded coastal area. Former health ministers and several medical workers were inoculated with Russia’s Sputnik V jabs in front of dozens of cameras. More medical workers and patients with chronic diseases are to start receiving injections on Tuesday. The inoculation drive “will result in more immunity among the people and further curb the spread of the pandemic,” said Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra. The area has received just 22,000 doses of vaccines, a tiny fraction of what is needed to immunize the strip's 2 million people, including some 1.4 million people over age 18. The shortage of vaccines in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank stands in stark contrast to Israel, which is on pace to immunize...
    At first, the plan to administer 100 million vaccines in 100 days sounded a bit ambitious. Currently, one month after taking office, Joe Biden is about to achieve the goal and goes much further on the most ambitious and overwhelming mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus before the end of the summer. Miami World / AP The limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has affected the pace of vaccinations, even before winter weather delayed the delivery of approximately 6 million doses last week. But the United States is on the verge of making a supply breakthrough by increasing manufacturing, with the expectation of a third vaccine available in the coming weeks. That means that the act of giving the shots will soon be the most important thing, and that prompts the Biden administration to push to dramatically expand the number of people giving the shots...
    (CNN)The United States is on the brink of recording 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 -- meaning that one in 660 Americans have now died from the disease. President Joe Biden will commemorate the victims with a candle lighting ceremony and a moment of silence later today.The once unfathomable milestone arrives just over a year after the first US death. But it also comes at a rare moment of hope. Covid-19 hospitalizations in the US have dropped to the lowest level since early November, when the fall surge in cases and deaths began. The vaccination drive continues according to the plan. Over the weekend, federal officials said states would receive more doses of Covid-19 vaccines than they "have ever received before" in the coming days. The bad weather in parts of the country has caused a backlog of about 6 million vaccine doses, which the White House hopes to clear by midweek....
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip began its coronavirus vaccination drive on Monday following the arrival of the first vaccines to the blockaded coastal area. Former health ministers and several medical workers were inoculated with Russia’s Sputnik V jabs in front of dozens of cameras. More medical workers and patients with chronic diseases are to start receiving injections on Tuesday. The inoculation drive “will result in more immunity among the people and further curb the spread of the pandemic,” said Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra. The area has received just 22,000 doses of vaccines, a tiny fraction of what is needed to immunize the strip’s 2 million people, including some 1.4 million people over age 18. The shortage of vaccines in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank stands in stark contrast to Israel, which is on pace to immunize almost all of its adult...
    The universal AMLO thanks Russia, China and India for facilitating access to vaccines Pedro Villa y Caña, envoy TIJUANA, BC., February 20 (EL UNIVERSAL) .- President Andrés Manuel López Obrador thanked the governments of Russia, China and India for having supported the Mexican government in the efforts to receive vaccines that are being producing in those countries against the Covid-19 pandemic. When inaugurating the headquarters of the National Guard in this border city, the head of the Executive assured that this response that …
    New York : East next Thursday 25 February middle schools will reopen in New York City, and just as a few 62,000 students start classes in person, parents like Pedro Martinez, who has their adolescent child in an educational institution of Washington Heights, do not hide their concern about the threat of contagion from COVID-19, which is still present. And although the COVID-19 vaccine for your 15-year-old child has not yet been authorized, as the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) has not approved any dosage for people under 16 years of age, the taxi driver confesses that he does not see this drug favorably. With great fervor, the Latino assures that even if the green light is given to the vaccine among children, or if his son wants to get it in the summer, when he reaches the required age, as a father he opposes tooth and nail,...
    By MALAK HARB, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The belly of the Emirates plane that touched down in Dubai early Sunday from Brussels was stuffed with precious cargo: tens of thousands of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The arrival was part of an effort by the Middle East's biggest airline to pivot from shuttling people to shipping cargo — and grabbing a central role in the global vaccine delivery race. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to clobber the aviation industry, the disaster has hit long-haul carriers like Emirates hardest. So the airline is ferrying around the very substance it hopes will get passengers back into its seats and revive the flagging travel sector. Over the weekend, workers scurried around the tarmac at the Dubai International Airport, unloading several aluminum containers crammed with vaccine vials and dry ice into a vast florescent-lit cargo terminal. The key transit hub,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia school teachers will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday. Staff at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are partnering to give the shots. It’s part of a larger effort to get children back in the classroom for in-person learning. Nine thousand Pre-K through second graders were scheduled to return on Monday but that date has been pushed back to next Monday, March 1. The union representing the teachers continues to question the safety of the district’s plan to return.
    COVID vaccines are slashing severe cases of the disease by up to 94 per cent, findings suggest. It’s the first set of data to come out of the jab programme in the UK, in which more than 17 million people have had a first dose of either the Oxford or Pfizer vaccine. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 5Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be assessing the effectiveness of vaccines to map the route out of lockdown. He is pictured holding a vial of an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, February 17Credit: AFP or licensors Researchers examined coronavirus hospital admissions in Scotland among people who have had their first jab and compared them with those who had not yet received a dose of the vaccine. Scientists from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde and Public Health Scotland examined data on people who had received either the Oxford jab,...
    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...
    London (CNN)Boris Johnson is set to announce his long-awaited roadmap for taking England out of lockdown, British government officials confirmed to CNN on Monday morning. The country has been in full national lockdown since January 4 after new variants of coronavirus were found inside parts of England that expedited the spread of the virus and was thought to be more dangerous. Johnson will tell the House of Commons on Monday afternoon that as of March 8, schools will finally reopen across England, as well as some very limited return of outdoor social interaction, including sitting on a park bench and having a coffee, which is currently not allowed.The Prime Minister will also announce that as of March 29, as schools go on their Easter holiday, further restrictions on social interactions will be lifted, allowing groups of six to meet outdoors and entire households to socialise. Downing Street placed particular emphasis...
    Iran has begun its vaccine rollout with Russia’s Sputnik V, but a labyrinth of government crackdowns, cover-ups, and conspiracy theories have cast a shadow over the nation’s pandemic response. In the past year, the Iranian government has denied the pandemic’s spread within its borders; falsified official data on pandemic deaths; introduced a dud “coronavirus detector,” and banned the importation of American and British vaccines. According to government officials, Iran’s vaccine rollout will occur in four phases, starting with a projected vaccination goal of 18 million in medical staff and vulnerable populations by next winter, when general public vaccination begins. But, as one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic, much of the damage has already been done: the Islamic Republic’s reported COVID-19 death toll is nearing 60,000, the highest in the Middle East; its economy, which had already been mired by low global oil prices, mismanagement, corruption, and U.S....
    MIAMI—About three weeks ago, Jane McPherson put her name on a standby list of older folks seeking the COVID-19 vaccine from the health department in Manatee, a county of roughly 400,000 people on the gulf coast of Florida. That list swelled to nearly 158,000 senior citizens, and the 65-year-old resident of Bradenton, the county seat, is still waiting for her shot. “I’m stuck in the queue,” she told The Daily Beast, referring to the local vaccine lottery system. “No one has called me. I guess I need to pursue it harder.” Last week, McPherson tried signing up for a vaccine shot at her local Publix, the Lakeland, Florida-based grocery store chain that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration picked for an exclusive pilot program to inoculate seniors at hundreds of pharmacy locations statewide.“ The whole thing was a scheme to give it to wealthy residents.”— Cindy DunbarStill no luck. Due to vaccine...
    The vaccinations authorized for the start of the immunization campaign against the coronavirus are watched by heavily armed soldiers, as shown by the Minister of Health, Julio Mazzoleni. Dr. Belén Ramírez Bourdages, a resident of California, questioned the « warlike » communication. « Why this photo? With so much material to educate about vaccines, what is the need to show weapons « , questioned Doctor Belén Ramírez Bourdages in relation to the images shared by the Minister of Health, Julio Mazzoleni on his Instagram account @juliomazzolenims where he shows the security device military deployed in front of the vaccination center of the Trinidad Hospital. Two heavily armed military personnel are vigilant in front of the door of the vaccination center of the healthcare center where « everything is ready, » according to Mazzoleni for the vaccination against the coronavirus that starts tomorrow. Ramírez said that if they ensure that there will be...
    LOCKDOWN will begin to ease on March 8 when children return to school and people are allowed to meet up outdoors again, the Government confirmed today. Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said the UK's vaccinations programme is "beginning to really bear fruit" meaning restrictions can be loosened. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3Vaccines minister Nadhim ZahawiCredit: refer to caption. 3The PM will detail his roadmap out of lockdown this afternoonCredit: Darren Fletcher Photography - Commisioned by The Sun This afternoon the PM will detail his roadmap for rolling back the curbs on every day life during a speech to Parliament. He will lay out a "steady as she goes" approach with four tests that must be met before every new phase of the unlocking can...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other government officials received a COVID-19 vaccine Monday as the city begins its inoculation program. Lam and the city’s health minister Sophia Chan were among the first people to receive their vaccines in Hong Kong, after about a million doses of the vaccine by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech arrived in the city last week. Hong Kong is set to begin its inoculation program on Friday after several delays in vaccine shipments to the city. Those who will get priority for the vaccinations include the elderly, as well as medical workers, caretakers at elderly homes and employees such as airline cabin crew and cross-border drivers. Hong Kong’s government has also ordered the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines. So far, only the Sinovac and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have been approved for use in the city. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved....
    The improvement in indicators and the almost general decline in infections has led some communities to relax their restrictions. After what Madrid, Extremadura or Cantabria decide to relax some of the prohibitions set, Castilla la Mancha announced this Saturday that capacity will be expanded in hospitality establishments and supermarkets and that cinemas, theaters and auditoriums will open. Galicia and Andalusia They also foresee relief if the data continues to decline. Catalonia instead, it extended the restrictions until the end of this month. However, the cumulative incidence cases is still a long way from allowing the pandemic to be considered controlled in the country –294.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the latest Health balance – hence the health authorities or the WHO itself have requested caution and urge to continue maintaining measures to avoid ravages of a rapid de-escalation. Placeholder mam module Latest covid news in Spain: restrictions, capacity,...
    MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has approved Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, but will not give it to healthcare workers at risk of exposure due to its varying levels of efficacy, its Food and Drugs Agency (FDA) said on Monday. Late-stage trial data of Sinovac's vaccine showed it had a lower efficacy when used for healthcare workers exposed to COVID-19 compared with healthy individuals age 18-59, said FDA chief Rolando Enrique Domingo. The Philippines has about 1.4 million health workers. "According to our experts, (Sinovac's) vaccine is not the best vaccine for them," Domingo said in a briefing, referring to health workers. He cited results of clinical trials of Sinovac's CoronaVac in Brazil, Turkey and Indonesia. CoronaVac is the third candidate to get emergency approval for use in the Southeast Asian nation of over 108 million. That clears the way for the delivery of 600,000 doses of the...
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Monday began its mass COVID-19 vaccine programme with frontline healthcare staff and senior citizens getting the first doses as the country looked set to report no local cases for the third straight day. A group of 20 that included Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday received the first shots of the vaccine while the broader rollout started Monday morning with authorities expected to administer more than 60,000 doses by the end of the week. "Today is a real milestone in our collective response to tackle COVID-19 and bring things as rapidly under control as we can," Acting Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd told the Australian Broadcasting Corp television. The vaccine, jointly developed by Pfizer Inc and Germany's BioNTech, will be rolled out in the initial weeks while AstraZeneca's first batch is expected to reach the country in the next two weeks. The exercise, called a...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Providers across Maryland are administering an average of 27,000 coronavirus vaccine shots a day. But senior citizens are struggling to sign up. READ MORE: Baltimore Man Recounts Moments After Engine Failure On United Airlines Flight 328 To Denver As major metrics including the state’s positivity rate and hospitalizations are on the decline, the challenge now is getting the vaccine to everyone who wants one. Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday hospitalizations dropped below 1,000 for the first time since mid-November. While the seven-day statewide positivity rate is getting closer to 4%, Hogan highlighted that the daily positivity rate is now at 2.5%- the lowest since mid-October. “Things are getting better day by day,” said Dr. Jonathan Thierman, with LifeBridge Hospital. Dr. Thierman said the key is to build up enough immunity in the population. “We’re at about a 1.6 million a day getting vaccinated, but if we all...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) – California’s new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply. Newsom announced last month that his administration had tapped insurer Blue Shield to design and manage a centralized system to get doses out quickly and equitably. He said the state also needs robust data to ensure vaccines are distributed equitably and reach low-income communities, largely Latino and Black, disproportionately affected by the pandemic. An initial list provided by the state showed 10 counties in the inland sections of central and Southern California chosen to be the first to make the transition to the Blue Shield system this week, although one county said Friday it would shift later. While the counties understand the goals, there’s confusion...
    Miami : February 21, 2021February 21, 2021 0 President Joe Biden arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday for what would be his first trip outside of Washington since taking office, and where he sought to advance his pandemic relief plan. At an open council meeting organized by CNN, Biden answered questions from the audience and promised that any American who wants a vaccine will have access to one by the middle of the year. “By the end of July this year,” the president promised, adding that when he took office on January 20, “there were only 50 million and now we will have 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate all Americans, throughout the world. country”. Biden made the statement during his exchange with the audience selected for the meeting, which was held under the rules of social distancing. The first questions to the Democratic president focused...
    LOS ANGELES -- Gov. Gavin Newsom visited two mobile vaccination sites in Los Angeles on Sunday to discuss the state's efforts to vaccinate hard-to-reach and disproportionately impacted communities in California.The governor has recently visited vaccination sites in Los Angeles, San Diego, Coachella Valley, San Francisco, Hayward, Fresno and Santa Clara to highlight the state's efforts to ramp up vaccinations, which have now topped 7.1 million doses administered.Check back here at 2:15 p.m. to watch the governor's press conference.Meanwhile, California's new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step in Newsom's plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply.Newsom announced last month that his administration had tapped insurer Blue Shield to design and manage a centralized system to get doses out quickly and equitably. He said the state also needs robust data...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The daily update on COVID-19 numbers posted Sunday by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services listed no deaths for the first time since late September. Health officials confirmed 403 new cases in the last day, the lowest count since 324 positive tests were registered in late June. The new case average continued its decline with a mark of 610, the lowest number since 595 in early July. READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: As U.S. Nears 500K Deaths, MDH Reports 9 More, Plus 891 New Cases The COVID Tracking Project reports that the rolling average number of daily new cases over the last two weeks in Wisconsin has decreased by 43%. There were about 203 new cases per 100,000 people in that time, which ranks 42nd in the country for new cases per capita. A total of 559,575 cases and 6,284 deaths have been recorded in Wisconsin since...
    Loading the player... It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of the summer. Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations — and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week. But the United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks. That means the act of delivering injections will soon be the dominant constraint, and it’s prompting the Biden administration to push to dramatically expand the...
    New York : NEW YORK.– As of 11 a.m. this Sunday, New York health care distribution sites had administered 92% of the first doses of the COVID vaccine received by the federal government, revealed Governor Andrew Cuomo, while was optimistic that the positivity rate now at 2.99% fell below 3% for the first time since November 23. In his daily assessment of the management of the coronavirus crisis throughout the state, the governor indicated that the allocation of week 10 by the federal government has been delayed due to winter storms that affect much of the country. Cuomo said New York continues to monitor the situation and work with suppliers and federal partners to address these shipping issues. New York healthcare distribution sites have delivered 89% of the total doses delivered so far. “From establishing new mass vaccination sites in partnership with the federal government to working with community...
    At first, the plan to administer 100 million vaccines in 100 days sounded a bit ambitious. Today, one month into the presidency, Joe Biden is about to achieve his goal and is launching much further on the most ambitious and overwhelming mission to vaccinate all eligible adults against the coronavirus before the end of the summer. The limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has affected the pace of vaccinations, even before winter weather delayed the delivery of approximately 6 million doses last week. But the United States is poised to make a supply breakthrough by increasing manufacturing, with the expectation of a third vaccine available in the coming weeks. That means that the act of giving the injections will soon be the most important thing and that prompts the Biden administration to push to dramatically expand the number of people giving the injections and vaccination...
    GAZA CITY (AP) – A shipment of coronavirus vaccines arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, brought by a rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan arranged for the shipment of 20,000 Russian Sputnik V vaccines, donated by the United Arab Emirates. The stash came via the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. A huge container with words of thanks and portraits of Emirati leaders passed through the Rafah crossing station in the southern Gaza Strip. The shipment comes a few days after the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority led by Abbas managed to send 2,000 vaccines to Gaza via Israel after a delay of several days. Sunday’s shipment appeared to be an attempt to make the Abbas government look bad. Dahlan, a formerly prominent member of Abbas’s Fata party, has been living in Abu Dhabi since he distanced himself from the Palestinian leader in 2011. ...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom will visit two mobile vaccination sites in Los Angeles on Sunday to discuss the state's efforts to vaccinate hard-to-reach and disproportionately impacted communities in California.The governor has recently visited vaccination sites in Los Angeles, Coachella, Hayward, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego and Santa Clara to highlight the state's efforts to ramp up vaccinations, which have now topped 7.1 million doses administered.Check back here at 2:15 p.m. to watch the governor's press conference.Meanwhile, California's new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step in Newsom's plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply.Newsom announced last month that his administration had tapped insurer Blue Shield to design and manage a centralized system to get doses out quickly and equitably. He said the state also needs robust data to ensure vaccines...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom will visit two mobile vaccination sites in Los Angeles on Sunday to discuss the state's efforts to vaccinate hard-to-reach and disproportionately impacted communities in California.The governor has recently visited vaccination sites in Los Angeles, Coachella, Hayward, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego and Santa Clara to highlight the state's efforts to ramp up vaccinations, which have now topped 7.1 million doses administered.Check back here at 2:15 p.m. to watch the governor's press conference.Meanwhile, California's new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step in Newsom's plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply.Newsom announced last month that his administration had tapped insurer Blue Shield to design and manage a centralized system to get doses out quickly and equitably. He said the state also needs robust data to ensure vaccines...
    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...
    The United States surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, almost a year after the first was reported. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S.s top infectious disease doctor, called the number "almost unbelievable." "Its something that is stunning when you look at the numbers, almost unbelievable," Fauci said. "People will be talking about this decades and decades and decades from now." While 88 days passed from the first death, Feb. 29, 2020, to 100,000, it will take just over a month for the toll to rise from 400,000 to half a million. But fatalities have slowed dramatically: The U.S. reported 1,904 deaths Saturday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. The weeks daily average is almost a 40% decrease from that of the previous week. The issue now – which will determine how soon the next 100,000 Americans die – is often cast as a race between vaccines, now being...
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    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Primary school teachers and nursery workers in Germany could get a COVID-19 vaccine sooner than originally planned, the country's Health Minister Jens Spahn said. In its vaccination strategy, Germany has defined three groups of the population to make sure those in need, including people aged 80 or more, get their shots first. So far, teachers and childcare workers are part of the last group. "We want to add that group swiftly to the second cluster now and offer vaccines earlier," Spahn said at a public panel. His comments come as ten of Germany's 16 federal states are set to reopen nurseries and elementary schools from Feb. 22. The German government has faced criticism for its relatively slow pace of vaccinations, and businesses have been increasingly impatient for an easing of the lockdown, now in its fourth month, especially with case numbers drifting downwards. (Reporting by Christoph Steitz;...
    By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of the summer. Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations — and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week. But the United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks. That means the act of delivering injections will soon be the dominant constraint, and it's prompting the Biden administration to push...
    (Reuters) - The United States has administered 63,090,634 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Sunday morning and delivered 75,204,965 doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The tally of vaccine doses are for both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, the agency said. According to the tally posted on Feb. 20, the agency had administered 61,289,500 doses of the vaccines and distributed 79,128,495 doses. The agency said 43,628,092 people had received one or more doses while 18,865,319 people have received a second dose as of Sunday. A total of 6,519,848 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities, the agency said. (Reporting by Juby Babu in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, vaccines, United States, coronavirus