Health & Care


Britain is immunising ‘140 people per minute’ against Covid-19, but vaccine production is ‘lumpy,’ minister says

Some 140 people are getting a coronavirus jab in the UK per minute, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said, revealing that police officers, teachers and shopkeepers will be prioritised next. Britain’s quest to vaccinate its population against coronavirus is going at a great pace, Zahawi told Sky News on Monday. “It is going well, we're vaccinating on average 140 people, that’s first jab, literally a minute. That’s the average, so some areas are doing better,” he stated. “You'll see that improve as we open more of the large vaccination centres, 17 in total by this week and 50 by the end of the month.” The UK is set to accelerate its vaccination process even further. Twenty-four hour vaccination sites, offering coronavirus jabs n...

After months of bashing Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, Western journalists in Moscow line up to be inoculated against Covid-19

Since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration of Sputnik V, the world's first vaccine against Covid-19, sections of the Western media have taken aim at a formula they’ve dubbed both dangerous and ineffective. However, in recent weeks, Moscow-based representatives of the very same outlets have lined up to receive the much-maligned Sputnik V. Living in Russia, it is no surprise that the correspondents have a much more realistic view of the country than their New York and London-based superiors. On Friday, the New York Times’ Andrew Kramer revealed he had received his first dose of Sputnik V, praising the “bona fide accomplishment for Russian scientists continuing a long and storied practice of vaccine development,” even n...

Forty new Covid-19 positive cases were revealed this Thursday, January 7

So the Principality's health checkup is 1018 people affected by coronavirus since the health crisis began. Tonight, twenty-six people are being taken care of at CHPG: eighteen patients including nine residents are being hospitalized. In addition, tonight, eight people including four residents are treated in resuscitation. There are 20 more healings today. So the total of people healed is 793. This Thursday night, 149 people are being attended by the Home Tracking Center, medically supporting patients, showing little symptoms, invited to lockdown at home. In order to comply with the World Health Organisation and neighbouring countries practices, this daily check-up refers only to residents affected by coronavirus. Source: Gouvernment Monaco...

Investigation launched as 2 people die in Norway nursing home days after receiving Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

The Norwegian Medicines Agency has announced that two nursing home residents passed away days after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, and that an investigation has been launched into the deaths. “We have to assess whether the vaccine is the cause of death, or if it is a coincidence that it happened soon after vaccination,” Medical Director Steiner Madsen said in a statement about the deaths. He also noted that, because people of advanced age are receiving the vaccine first, it is entirely possible the deaths could be coincidental. Around 400 people die every week in Norwegian nursing homes. The agency, along with the National Institute of Public Health, are looking into the deaths. Reported side effects from the vaccine have...

Boris Johnson confirms new national lockdown for England as UK registers record Covid-19 cases

England will enter a new national lockdown until at least mid-February, when vulnerable groups should be vaccinated against Covid-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday. Describing the move as part of "a great national effort to fight Covid," Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown until at least mid-February. By that time, Johnson said that “if things go well and with a fair wind," all of the UK's frontline health and social care workers, elderly, and clinically vulnerable will be vaccinated. The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet. But we are entering the final phase. The end is in sight The news came as the UK recorded 58,784 new cases of the virus – the country’s highest daily increase to date, and the sev...

The Principality will limit access to its restaurants from January 2 at 7 p.m.

In view of the unfavorable evolution of the health situation in the Alpes-Maritimes, the Principality's border department, it appears necessary to adapt the measures currently in force in Monegasque territory. Although the incidence rate in Monaco is two times lower than in this Department, even though the Principality carries out twice as many tests, it has indeed been observed an increase in the number of positive cases over the past few days. Consequently, in the continuity of the balance maintained until now between the protection of the health of the population and the preservation of the economic activity, the Prince's Government will limit the access to its restaurants to only people justifying a residence or work in Monaco. This ...

COVID-19: Russia will jointly produce Sputnik V vaccine with India, says Russian envoy

Russian envoy to India Nikolay Kudashev on Monday said Moscow will jointly produce the Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 along with New Delhi and it will be manufactured by Indian pharma major Dr Reddy's Laboratories. "We are working very hard to fight COVID-19 together with India, and are now advancing to jointly produce Sputnik V vaccine at the capacities of Dr Reddy's Laboratories to be used in India, Russia and other countries," Kudashev said, addressing a press conference. "We have supported each other in a big way earlier this year when we managed to repatriate thousands of Russian and Indian nationals to their respective home countries," he added. On August 11, Russia became the world's first country to register a...

US purchases additional 100m doses of Pfizer vaccine

The US has purchased an additional 100 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19, with the shots set to be delivered by July, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. That brings the current US supply of Covid-19 vaccine to 400 million doses -- half from Pfizer and half from Moderna -- allowing it to immunize 200 million people under the two-shot regimens. "Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will deliver at least 70 million doses by June 30, 2021, with the balance of the 100 million doses to be delivered no later than July 31, 2021," the defense department said in a statement. The agreement, which comes after reports the Trump administration had passed on the opportunity to secure more supply of the shot, &qu...

First Covid-19 vaccinations in EU likely before end of year, bloc’s chief says

European Union countries could begin coronavirus inoculations as soon as this year, the head of the European Commission said on Tuesday. This followed the EU drug regulator's decision to bring forward its possible approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to Dec. 21. "Likely that the first Europeans will be vaccinated before end 2020," Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter after a decision by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to hold an extraordinary meeting on the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 21, before a previously planned meeting on Dec. 29. After possible approval by the EU regulator, the European Commission is expected to formally approve the Pfizer vaccine within three days, after consultations with the 27 EU governm...

Expect potential 'hitches' in the rollout of Pfizer's vaccine, a key Biden COVID-19 advisor has warned

The US could face "hitches" in rolling out Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, a member of President-elect Joe Biden's Covid advisory board said Thursday. Dr. Atul Gawande told CNBC that distributing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine "is a Herculean operation and there can be hitches along the way with production at this kind of scale." "The biggest challenge is going to be both production and then getting it into people's arms," he said. "The whole chain of getting it out on those trucks, but then, the whole chain of getting them into hospitals." His comments come after an expert panel of 22 leading scientists and doctors on Thursday voted to endorse emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine duri...

Rich countries hoarding Covid vaccines, says People's Vaccine Alliance

Rich countries are hoarding doses of Covid vaccines and people living in poor countries are set to miss out, a coalition of campaigning bodies warns. The People's Vaccine Alliance says nearly 70 lower-income countries will only be able to vaccinate one in 10 people. This is despite Oxford-AstraZeneca pledging to provide 64% of its doses to people in developing nations. Steps are being taken to ensure access to vaccines is fair around the globe. This vaccine commitment, known as Covax, has managed to secure 700 million doses of vaccines to be distributed between the 92 lower-income countries that have signed up. But even with this plan in place, the People's Vaccine Alliance - a network of organisations including Amnesty International, ...