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20:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

Sack him Boris! ‚Useless‘ Hancock told to go after claim he withheld positive vaccine news

(20.06.2021)

A study by Public Health England (PHE) was released on June 14 and concluded the vaccines offered “significant protection against hospitalisation from the delta variant”. The Health Secretary is alleged to have known about the findings on June 10 – three days before the Prime Minister ultimately decided to delay the June 21 “Freedom Day” by four weeks.

20:01 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Matt Hancock kept Boris Johnson in dark over Covid vaccines success

(19.06.2021)

Matt Hancock failed to tell Boris Johnson about a major Public Health England (PHE) study showing the effectiveness of vaccines against the Indian or delta variant during a key meeting to decide whether to extend Covid restrictions, The Telegraph can disclose.

The Telegraph understands that the Health Secretary had known about the PHE data three days before the „quad“ of four senior ministers, led by the Prime Minister, met last Sunday to decide whether to postpone the planned June 21 reopening until July 19.

16.06.2021 - 15:55 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

It doesn’t matter what you say, Prime Minister – June 21 will still be our Freedom Day

No wonder the Brothers Grim, Whitty and Vallance, looked ill at ease as they attempted to pass off hugely encouraging charts as looming calamity. Because the physical Covid numbers are now so low, they resorted to percentages instead. Hospital admissions had increased “by 50 per cent in a week”, warned the Chief Medical Officer.

A 50 per cent increase in Covid patients sounds really bad, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t. NHS England reported 137 Covid admissions on June 12

12.06.2021 - 05:46 [ BBC ]

Oxford vaccine: How did they make it so quickly?

(23 November 2020)

The virus from chimps is genetically modified so it cannot cause an infection in people. It can then be modified again to contain the genetic blueprints for whatever you want to train the immune system to attack. This target is known is an antigen.

ChAdOx1 is in essence a sophisticated, microscopic postman. All the scientists have to do is change the package.

„We drop it in and off we go,“ said Prof Gilbert.

12.06.2021 - 05:36 [ inews.co.uk ]

New Covid variant vaccine in trials to act as booster against ‘all new strains’

(10.06.2021)

Although the new vaccine variants shows considerable promise, Prof Gilbert said there was no guarantee it would be mass-produced since existing jabs are proving effective against new strains – so it may make more sense to carry on producing those rather than manufacturing different ones.

12.06.2021 - 05:31 [ inews.co.uk ]

Vaccine rollout slowed by not offering AstraZeneca to under-40s, minister confirms

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi insists 31 July target for offering doses to all adults will be hit despite ‘tight’ supplies of Pfizer

02.06.2021 - 18:20 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson says there is still ‘nothing in the data’ to delay June 21 unlocking – but we must be cautious

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show just 107 deaths had „novel coronavirus“ mentioned on the death certificate in the week to May 21, just 1.1 per cent of total deaths. A further 12 deaths were registered today, after dropping to zero yesterday.

02.06.2021 - 18:14 [ Telegraph,co.uk ]

Nearly 40 per cent of recent Covid victims died primarily of other conditions

Out of 107 Covid deaths registered in the week ending May 21, just 66 had the virus recorded as the underlying cause of death – 61.7 per cent.

For the rest of the cases, although coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate it was not a major cause.

30.05.2021 - 12:47 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

We can’t let them cancel Freedom Day because of another ’scariant‘

(18.05.2021)

How blissfully everyone slipped back into near-normality on Monday, and with such a huge sigh of relief. Lunch with friends in a restaurant, holding your mother’s hand without fear, tickets for a show. Small pleasures, but how sweet they taste. Just as our long hibernation felt almost at an end and we began to believe we could slough off that lockdown lassitude and banish the gnawing worm of anxiety, here comes the… Indian variant. Bwa-hah-hah-hah!

The pattern should be familiar by now

30.05.2021 - 12:43 [ Express.co.uk ]

Covid: Half of all adults set to be fully vaccinated by next week as ‘freedom day’ looms

(today)

A mere 870 people are currently being treated for the virus in UK hospitals – the lowest it’s been since mid-September.

27.05.2021 - 11:49 [ NBC News ]

CDC looking into possible link between heart problem and Covid vaccines in young people

(24.05.2021)

The CDC did not respond to questions about the exact number of reports. However, NBC News identified at least 55 suspected cases nationwide.

That number includes 14 cases under investigation by the Department of Defense among members of the military, but it may be an underestimate. And some, but not all, state departments of health are tracking such cases.

27.05.2021 - 11:48 [ CNN ]

Covid-19 vaccine isn’t linked to heart problems in young people — but doctors still worry parents will be scared to vaccinate their children

(25.05.2021)

Pediatricians worry parents will misinterpret a finding by advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and become scared — for no reason — to vaccinate their children against Covid-19.

22.05.2021 - 07:48 [ gazettelive.co.uk ]

Just 15 people out of 60,000 tested positive for covid after mass gathering trial

The pilot events included 21,000 people at the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, plus two other matches at the venue.

There was a rave with 3,000 clubbers at the Circus nightclub in Liverpool, which saw partygoers not having to wear a mask.

Others included the Brit Awards, which hosted 4,000 people at London’s 02 Arena, and the snooker world championships at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre

21.05.2021 - 15:31 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Travel news latest: Spain to allow British holidaymakers with no PCR test from Monday

Spain will allow British travellers to enter the country without a negative PCR test from May 24, it has been announced today.

This will mean restriction-free entry from Monday even for unvaccinated Britons; though with Spain on the UK’s amber list, travellers will have to self-isolate upon their return.

16.05.2021 - 18:00 [ Global Research ]

Video: Pfizer’s Criminal Record. Largest Medical “Fraudulent Marketing” Case in US History

Pfizer “Largest Health Care Fraud” 2009

Déjà Vu: Flash Forward to 2020-2021

10.05.2021 - 14:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

What are you waiting for, Boris? UK’s Covid alert level is downgraded to THREE and PM will confirm easing of restrictions in England from Monday at 5pm briefing – but Tories and scientists demand June 21 date for ending lockdown is brought FORWARD

Boris Johnson will today declare that friends and relatives can meet and hug again for the first time in a year

08.05.2021 - 21:55 [ Financial Times ]

Merkel opposes US move to waive vaccine IP, the drive behind the commodity supercycle

German chancellor says waiver would have serious implications for production worldwide

08.05.2021 - 07:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

England’s Covid outbreak shrinks… AGAIN: Cases HALVE in a month to 46,000, R rate falls slightly and is still below one, and fewer than 1,000 patients are now in hospital for the first time since September

Meanwhile, NHS figures show the number of infected patients in hospitals across England has dropped into three figures for the first time since the second wave spiralled out of control nine months ago. Daily admissions are now below 100.

The data follows on from promising statistics from Public Health England and a symptom-tracking app yesterday, which showed the easing of restrictions on April 12 has not triggered any spike in the disease.

07.05.2021 - 00:19 [ Yahoo.com ]

Pfizer, Moderna shares plummet after Biden administration backs a COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

The Biden administration „believes strongly in intellectual property protections,“ Tai said in a statement, but the White House will back the waiver given the „extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.“ The administration has faced pressure to support the measure, which is aimed at increasing vaccinations around the world — especially in countries experiencing a surge in infections, like India — without having to rely solely on exports.

02.05.2021 - 19:56 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Our epidemic is over, so why are we slower to unlock than countries with higher infection rates?

The BBC has worked out that 44 per cent of local authority areas in England, and more than half in Scotland, did not record a single Covid fatality in April. Hardly surprising given the low incidence of the virus. According to the ONS, around one person in a thousand was infected in the week up to 24 April – down from one in 50 in January.

Why, then, are we being so slow to open up?

02.05.2021 - 10:06 [ .theYeshivaWorld.com ]

BEHIND THE SCENES: What Really Convinced Pfizer To Use Israel As Its “Test Nation?”

(23.04.2021)

As Bourla said in an interview with Channel 12 News last month, Bourla was impressed with Netanyahu’s “obsessiveness” with purchasing the vaccines. The Yisrael HaYom report added that Bourla was also impressed by Netanyahu’s insistence on having the lawyers from both sides joining in on the conversations in order to prevent any legal deterrents to the deal.

02.05.2021 - 00:22 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

UK records seven Covid deaths – down 75% in a week – while cases drop seven per cent to 1,907 as UK shows no sign of post-lockdown surge

It comes after Office for National Statistics data suggested the total number of infections is lower than at any point since early September and infections have been falling constantly for five weeks.

Experts said the data ’should be celebrated‘ and were the first proof that, despite the reopening of outdoor hospitality and allowing the rule of six earlier this month, there was still ’no evidence of an increased transmission risk‘.

30.04.2021 - 07:15 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Curfew was necessary but did not cut hospital admissions, IC chief says

Three months of curfew have not had any effect on the number of coronavirus-related hospital admissions in the Netherlands but the measure was needed to slow the spread of the virus, the head of the Dutch intensive care association has said. Ernst Kuipers told television talk show Beau on Wednesday evening that the curfew was an essential but ‘uncontrolled experiment’ which ‘had to be done’.

30.04.2021 - 06:47 [ NLtimes.nl ]

Curfew had no significant effect on hospital admissions, says acute care leader

He also said that implementing the curfew was necessary, even if measuring the effects are statistically challenging because it was enforced along with many other measures.

„When the curfew was introduced, the calculation was that it would reduce new infections by 10 percent. If you look at the course of hospital admissions over time, we saw no effect whatsoever with the introduction of the curfew,“ Kuipers explained on Wednesday evening on the talk show Beau.

28.04.2021 - 06:11 [ New York Times ]

Can Vaccinated People Spread the Virus? We Don’t Know, Scientists Say.

(01.04.2021)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday walked back controversial comments made by its director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, suggesting that people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus never become infected or transmit the virus to others.

28.04.2021 - 06:09 [ 10tv.com ]

CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can go outside without a mask

Some experts portrayed the relaxed guidance as a reward and a motivator for more people to get vaccinated — a message President Joe Biden sounded, too.

“The bottom line is clear: If you’re vaccinated, you can do more things, more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors,” Biden said.

26.04.2021 - 06:46 [ New York Times ]

Can Vaccinated People Spread the Virus? We Don’t Know, Scientists Say.

(01.04.2021)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday walked back controversial comments made by its director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, suggesting that people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus never become infected or transmit the virus to others.

26.04.2021 - 06:25 [ CNN ]

Fully vaccinated Americans will be able to vacation in the EU this summer, European Commission president tells New York Times

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates about 28% of Americans are now fully vaccinated — meaning it has been two weeks since their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or a week since their Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine.

25.04.2021 - 20:08 [ Google News UK ]

„Which vaccines have been administered in each country?“

No results found.

25.04.2021 - 20:04 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Brits in their 30s set to be offered Covid vaccines ‘within DAYS after 40m Pfizer jabs deal’

And government sources have told the paper they hope to roughly double the UK’s original order of 40 million jabs.

If negotiations are successful, the extra stock could be used for those in their twenties, who are to be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab amid blood clot fears.

25.04.2021 - 04:51 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

More than one third of England’s NHS trusts now have no Covid patients in intensive care

Only 6.6 per cent of critical care beds were occupied by Covid patients on April 20, the latest NHS England data shows

21.04.2021 - 07:15 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Just 32 Britons have been hospitalised with coronavirus after being vaccinated, ‚extraordinary‘ findings show

— Comes as figures showed there are now just 1,973 patients with Covid-19 in UK
– Boris Johnson said he would not deviate from ‚cautious but irreversible‘ roadmap

18.04.2021 - 18:02 [ wigantoday.net ]

Fans return to live action at Wembley today in lockdown easing test case

Thousands of fans are returning to Wembley Stadium today (Sunday) as part of a Government programme to ensure the safe return of live entertainment.

18.04.2021 - 17:08 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The REALLY Great Outdoors! Britain is set for week of spring sunshine with balmy 62F highs as millions head out to enjoy new freedoms after lockdown

It comes after people in England enjoyed their first weekend nights out since restrictions were eased on beer gardens and outdoor dining.

Restaurants and pubs across the country were booked with some seeing their busiest day of trading in years on Friday.

17.04.2021 - 08:35 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Vaccines not lockdown are to thank for rapid drop in cases and herd immunity is now starting to take effect, top scientist says as data shows Covid cases in England fell by 34% last week

(15.04.2021)

‚With up to 60 per cent of the population vaccinated and around 5 to 10 per cent with natural immunity due to infection, we’re starting to see herd immunity take effect. This should prevent future large-scale outbreaks.‘

Professor Spector warned it was inevitable cases would pick up again as restrictions are eased over the coming months. But he said any outbreaks would be ’smaller‘ and ‚manageable‘ and among groups yet to be vaccinated.

It comes after the Prime Minister claimed the reduction in Covid infections, hospitalisations and deaths was down to lockdowns and was not achieved by the roll-out of vaccines.

17.04.2021 - 08:30 [ Sky News ]

COVID-19: Lockdown is main reason for drop in coronavirus cases and deaths – not vaccinations, says Boris Johnson

(14.04.2021)

The PM suggests the millions of jabs given over the past few months was not key to the reduction in COVID levels.

14.04.2021 - 14:06 [ Haaretz ]

On Memorial Day, Dozens Protest in Solidarity With Israeli Army Vet Who Set Himself on Fire

Dozens of people, including disabled Israeli military veterans and those with post-traumatic stress disorder, demonstrated on Wednesday in front of Defense Ministry’s rehabilitation clinic in central Israel, where a disabled veteran set himself on fire on Monday, protesting a lack of support from the ministry in vets‘ rehabilitation.

05.04.2021 - 19:56 [ Al Jazeera ]

Palestinian President Abbas flies to Germany for medical check-up

“When these events occurred, we saw the whole world, without exception, standing by Jordan and by His Majesty, and this is evidence of the great respect and great interest in this peaceful and secure country,” Abbas said in televised remarks, referring to the placing of the king’s half-brother under house arrest.

04.04.2021 - 12:19 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

State of fear: how ministers ‘used covert tactics’ to keep scared public at home

The same document presented a grid of 14 options for increasing compliance which included “use media to increase sense of personal threat”, a tactic which was seen as having a “high” effectiveness though spill-over effects “could be negative”.

Some Sage participants now admit to feeling “embarrassed” by such advice.

One regular Sage attendee said: “The British people have been subjected to an unevaluated psychological experiment without being told that is what’s happening.

03.04.2021 - 19:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The ‚covert tactics‘ used to scare Britons into staying at home: How SAGE document called for increase in ‚perceived threat‘ of Covid using ‚hard hitting emotional messages‘

Psychologists have accused Downing Street of using ‚covert psychological strategies‘ to emphasise the threat from Covid-19 without contextualising the risks, the Telegraph reported.

It was said this created ‚a state of heightened anxiety‘, adding many people became ‚too frightened to attend hospital‘.

Experts fear Britons have been the subject of an experiment in the use of tactics which operate ‚below their level of awareness,‘ it was said.

03.04.2021 - 19:44 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Patients face TWO YEAR wait for vital operations due to ‘frightening’ backlog caused by Covid crisis

The pandemic has led to a widespread suspension of normal NHS diagnostic tests and surgery as hospitals prioritised saving Covid victims.

This has left the service in England with a record 4.59 million people waiting for hospital treatment.

Sir David told the Guardian: „The backlog is truly frightening. We can very easily get to the next election with people waiting over two years.

01.04.2021 - 23:48 [ DailyMail.xo.uk ]

Now EUROPE goes to India in an attempt to buy 10m extra doses of AstraZeneca vaccine while Delhi blocks shipment of 5m jabs to Britain

The European Union has approached India in a bid to buy 10million doses of the AstraZeneca jab from its Serum Institute, as the bloc desperately scrambles to procure more vaccine supplies.

Britain has already blamed India’s export ban for delaying the shipment of five million doses to the UK and restricting the country’s vaccine drive to mainly administering second doses to the over-50s in April.

30.03.2021 - 23:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Germany BANS AstraZeneca jab for under-60s over unproven blood clot fears despite British scientists insisting there’s NO evidence it increases risks

– German health officials banned use of AstraZeneca vaccine in under-60s
– Earlier Berlin’s Charite hospital banned AZ jabs for women under the age of 55
– It comes despite authoritative rulings by experts that the jab is safe and effective
– Canada yesterday banned AZ jab for under-55s over the blood clot concerns

30.03.2021 - 16:29 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

More than HALF of people in England now have Covid antibodies thanks to huge vaccination drive and natural immunity – with PM facing more calls to lift restrictions NOW as lockdown-weary Brits head to beaches and parks to sizzle on hottest day of the year

One Tory MP told MailOnline the PM must bring forward the arbitrary dates in order to ‚maintain public confidence that we are getting our freedom as soon as possible‘. Steve Baker, of the Covid Recovery Group, called on No10 to ask SAGE to see whether the relaxation of restrictions could be safely brought forward.

27.03.2021 - 14:00 [ Express.co.uk ]

What’s the point of a BRILLIANT vaccine if we remain prisoners in our homes? JUDY FINNIGAN

I’m getting very tired of various scientific oddbods turning up on the news and telling us our future. This is invariably gloomy, speculating about how new variants will not allow us to have holidays abroad this summer.

The latest – unbelievably – is Professor Neil Ferguson, who was so publicly caught flouting his own lockdown advice last year by inviting his mistress over for a spot of nooky.

Shamed for a bit, he’s now back on his high horse, saying summer holidays are not for the rest of us.

27.03.2021 - 13:16 [ Standard.co.uk ]

UK ‘to speed up Covid vaccine rollout’ as EU stops short of export ban

Britain is set to speed up its “world-leading” vaccine roll-out in coming months after the EU stopped short of imposing a ban on exports of jabs across the Channel, a Cabinet minister said today.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick stressed that more vaccination supplies were due to arrive in the UK during the spring and summer.

27.03.2021 - 12:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

France claims UK will struggle to source second Covid jabs

“The UK is proud to have vaccinated many people with the first dose, but they will have a problem with the second dose,” Le Drian said. “And we are fully vaccinated with two doses, not one. Today we have the same number of fully vaccinated people in France and the United Kingdom.

25.03.2021 - 18:33 [ BBC ]

‚Greed‘ and ‚capitalism‘ helped UK’s vaccines success, says PM

(26.03.2021)

The prime minister’s full remarks, which first appeared in the Sun newspaper, were reported to be: „The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends.“

Wales Office Minister David TC Davies, who attended the meeting, said Mr Johnson „made it absolutely clear it was a joke – a reference to the film Wall Street“.

25.03.2021 - 18:09 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

EU contract with AstraZeneca is inferior to UK’s, says Matt Hancock

Britain negotiated a better contract to secure vaccine supplies with AstraZeneca that trumps the EU’s agreement with the company, the health secretary has said.

EU leaders will today discuss European Commission proposals for export bans if there are new supply shortages this spring amid a dispute over who gets a stock of four million doses made by AstraZeneca’s Dutch factory.

21.03.2021 - 13:44 [ IndiaToday.in ]

UK to slow Covid vaccine rollout, PM Johnson says delay due to shipment from India’s Serum Institute

(19.03.2021)

The United Kingdom (UK) will have to slow its Covid-19 vaccine rollout in April due to a supply crunch caused by a delay in a shipment of millions of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Serum Institute of India.

21.03.2021 - 13:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: The EU elite’s seething resentment at Britain’s success hurts them more than us and does no one any good

The grotesque behaviour of EU governments and leaders over the Oxford vaccine has gone beyond all limits of reason and civilised action.

First, they attacked its usefulness. Then they cast doubts on its safety. Now they seek to grab hold of supplies, and so slow down its distribution in one of the few countries that has welcomed and used it widely and effectively.

21.03.2021 - 13:30 [ Al Jazeera ]

EU threatens to ban AstraZeneca exports if vaccines not delivered

Von der Leyen said Anglo-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca had delivered only 30 percent of the 90 million vaccine doses it had promised for the first quarter of the year.

The company has blamed production delays at its EU plants, but European officials are furious that AstraZeneca has been able to deliver its United Kingdom contract while falling short on the continent.

21.03.2021 - 13:26 [ Politico.eu ]

AstraZeneca cuts EU vaccine delivery targets again

(12.03.2021)

But the 180 million doses expected in the second quarter are now also in jeopardy, since half of these doses were planned to be sourced from the global supply chain.

21.03.2021 - 13:14 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Morocco ‚told of delay in Covid jabs from India‘

The Serum Institute of India (SII) has told Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Morocco that further supplies of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be delayed because of surging demand at home and work on capacity expansion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

19.03.2021 - 06:32 [ The Sun / Youtube ]

Boris Johnson vows ‘roadmap to freedom’ will NOT be delayed despite AstraZeneca jab supply fears

BORIS Johnson has reassured Brits that the AstraZeneca jab is safe and effective – as he calmed nerves about the country’s vaccine rollout.

19.03.2021 - 06:14 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚We over-promised again‘: Matt Hancock faces Tory backlash as he FINALLY admits that India IS behind jabs delay with four million AstraZeneca doses held back by Delhi in ‚act of vaccine nationalism‘ – dealing serious blow to UK’s rollout

– Matt Hancock under fire for raising hopes of huge ramp up in vaccines only for supplies setback to emerge
– Serum Institute of India has been told it must hand jabs to its own citizens before exporting vaccine stocks
– One batch of five million doses of the AstraZeneca jab bound for the UK has been delayed by a month
. Confusingly Boris Johnson insisted Indian government has not blocked any exports, as he prepares to visit

18.03.2021 - 12:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘Is VDL being pressured by Germany?!’ Macron aide speechless at C4 Covid vaccine probe

Channel 4 News presenter Matt Frei asked: „Is this all very political and does Ursula von der Leyen, as a German politician and member of Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU, is she now under pressure?

„Especially after the results of the regional elections on Sunday that she has to come out and take the gloves off.

„Is that what this is? Is it political?“

Ms Trillet-Lenoir replied: „I wouldn’t say so. I would say it’s a complicated explanation.

18.03.2021 - 12:00 [ Express.co.uk ]

BBC’s Katya Adler exposes why Italy ‚under pressure‘ to suspend AstraZeneca vaccine

BBC’s Katya Adler insisted that Italy felt under pressure to suspend the rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. While speaking on Newscast, she said despite its own advisors saying not to suspend the use of the vaccine, the Italian Government decided to plough ahead with the temporary ban. She claimed this was due to mounting pressure from their citizens with concerns due to bigger European nations Germany and France suspending the vaccine.

18.03.2021 - 11:55 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Germany, France, Italy Suspend Use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine

(15.03.2021)

Germany, Italy, France and Spain joined the ranks of European countries that have temporarily halted use of the Covid-19 shot made by AstraZeneca PLC over blood-clot concerns, dealing another blow to the continent’s sluggish vaccination rollout and threatening the credibility of the vaccine itself.

17.03.2021 - 01:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is linked to MORE blood clots than AstraZeneca’s – so why isn’t the EU banning it? Hypocrisy of European nations revealed as Italy admits decision was ‚POLITICAL‘

And data from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regulator in the UK show more people have reported blood clots after having Pfizer’s vaccine than the Oxford one — even though Pfizer’s jab has not been suspended anywhere.

Up to February 28 there were 38 reports from approximately 11.5million doses of Pfizer’s jab, compared to 30 from 9.7m AstraZeneca doses. However, neither figure – the equivalent of one blood clot seen in every 367,000 jabs – is thought to be higher than the risk expected in the general population.

16.03.2021 - 11:44 [ Boris Johnson - Gov.uk ]

PM Boris Johnson: The Oxford vaccine shows why we and the world need Britain to be global

The objective of Global Britain is not to swagger or strike attitudes on the world stage. It is to use the full spectrum of our abilities, now amplified by record spending on both defence and science, to engage with and help the rest of the world. That is how we serve the British interest, and I mean the economic interest of people up and down the country. And as the vaccine programme begins to inspire a new global hope, we want to use this moment to heal, both literally and figuratively.

16.03.2021 - 11:18 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚Your Brexit sulk will cost lives‘: MPs from all parties and the WHO plead with Britons to keep taking ’safe‘ AstraZeneca vaccine amid fury that EU’s ‚fake news‘ has fuelled anti-vax campaign as Sweden joins 12 countries suspending jab

As Sweden became the latest European country to suspend the Oxford vaccine over unproven fears it causes blood clots, politicians, medics and scientists have launched a concerted effort to reassure the public about safety.

France, Germany, Spain and Italy are also among the states to act despite the European Medicines Agency dismissing the link, with warnings that the pausing of inoculations is ‚reckless‘ and will cost lives on the continent.

16.03.2021 - 02:50 [ ABC News ]

WHO: Vaccine rollout unaffected by concerns over AstraZeneca

“We understand these are precautionary measures,“ WHO assistant director-general Mariangela Simao said. “I would like to say this to countries from other regions that are not Europe: That the vaccines (at issue) so far are from European manufacturing not vaccines that are provided through the COVAX facility.”

16.03.2021 - 02:27 [ theGuardian.com ]

Coronavirus live news: keep using AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, says WHO

But, Boseley writes, while governments are pulling the plug, most scientists are rolling their eyes, because, so far, there is no evidence that any were caused by the vaccine.

Experts say that the numbers of blood clots and thrombocytopenia cases in people who have been vaccinated is no higher than in the population that has not received the jab

15.03.2021 - 08:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Netherlands joins growing list of EU nations to suspend use of AstraZeneca jab over blood clot fears as Bloc’s battle against virus falters with new lockdown in Italy and cases spiking in France with hospitals over-run

It comes as Dutch voters deliver their verdict on the country’s coronavirus response in the first of three days of voting in a snap election, weeks after a curfew prompted three nights of rioting across major cities.

The Netherlands is the fifth country to pause its roll-out, following Ireland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway. Italy and Austria stopped using one particular batch of the jab.

11.03.2021 - 19:38 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla calls Israel ‚world’s lab‘ in interview to NBC

Bourla further noted that studies on the risk of the vaccine are also underway on pregnant women and younger children.

11.03.2021 - 19:34 [ Worldometers.info ]

Reported Cases and Deaths by Country or Territory

(today)

Israel:

Total Cases: 812,823

New Cases: +1,331

Total Deaths: 5,955

New Deaths: +5

Total Recovered: 770,156

Active Cases: 36,712

Serious, Critical: 645

11.03.2021 - 19:33 [ Worldometers.info ]

Israel Coronavirus Cases:

Newly Infected vs. Newly Recovered in Israel

11.03.2021 - 19:31 [ CBC.ca ]

Pfizer, BioNTech say Israeli data suggests vaccine greatly reduces asymptomatic infections

Findings not yet peer-reviewed, interaction of vaccine with B1351 variant unclear due to limited data

11.03.2021 - 19:28 [ Haaretz.com / Twitter ]

With rise in infections, health officials weigh slowing down Israel’s COVID lockdown exit plan

(01.03.2021)

11.03.2021 - 19:24 [ ABC News ]

Israel celebrates 5 millionth coronavirus vaccination

(08.03.2021)

Israel has administered over 8.7 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to its population of 9.3 million. Over 3.7 million Israelis — more than 40% — have received both of the doses required for maximum immunity.

11.03.2021 - 19:21 [ NYmag.com ]

Israel Is the World’s Most Vaccinated Country. Why Are Cases Rising?

(07.02.2021)

While Israel races ahead on putting shots in arms, the country is also seeing a spike in cases, with almost 74 out of every 100,000 Israelis testing positive for the virus, compared to about 40 out of every 100,000 Americans. On Thursday, the death toll in Israel crossed 5,000.

When asked about the seemingly contradictory puzzle, Galia Rahav, the head of the infectious-disease unit at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Center, sighed, chuckled, and said: “This is Israel. We have to be extreme in everything.”

11.03.2021 - 19:19 [ Euroweeklynews.com ]

Infections rise in Israel despite one in three people being vaccinated

(04.02.2021)

INFECTIONS are rising in Israel despite a third of the population having already received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

09.03.2021 - 11:30 [ Haaretz ]

Unvaccinated Israeli Medical Students Barred From Clinical Training Programs

Israeli medical students and students in other health-care professions will be banned from participating in clinical training at hospitals and clinics unless they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Israeli Medical School Deans Forum announced on Sunday.

Unvaccinated students will also be prohibited from doing rounds in hospitals.

07.03.2021 - 20:48 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Likud Worried Supporters Won’t Bother to Vote in Israeli Election

The party believed that the COVID vaccination rollout would highlight all of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s advantages: an international leader with vision, connections and strategy who resolved the coronavirus crisis before any other country. Last week Netanyahu tried a new message – only he can bring in another 36 million vaccine doses and establish a vaccine factory here. But according to Likud polling, this message did not sink in; it has raised hackles and is going to be shelved.

07.03.2021 - 13:02 [ CormanDrostenReview.com ]

Review report Corman-Drosten et al. Eurosurveillance 2020

(27.11.2020)

It should be noted that there is no mention anywhere in the Corman-Drosten paper of a test being positive or negative, or indeed what defines a positive or negative result. These types of virological diagnostic tests must be based on a SOP, including a validated and fixed number of PCR cycles (Ct value) after which a sample is deemed positive or negative. The maximum reasonably reliable Ct value is 30 cycles. Above a Ct of 35 cycles, rapidly increasing numbers of false positives must be expected .

PCR data evaluated as positive after a Ct value of 35 cycles are completely unreliable.

07.03.2021 - 12:57 [ Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

Berlin, Jan 17th, 2020: Diagnostic detection of 2019-nCoV by real-time RT-PCR

All oligonucleotides were synthesised and provided by Tib-Molbiol, Berlin. Thermal cycling was performed at 55°C for 10 min for reverse transcription, followed by 95°C for 3 min and then 45 cycles of 95°C for 15 s, 58°C for 30 s.

07.03.2021 - 12:56 [ New York Times ]

Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.

(29.08.2020)

Most tests set the limit at 40, a few at 37. This means that you are positive for the coronavirus if the test process required up to 40 cycles, or 37, to detect the virus.

Tests with thresholds so high may detect not just live virus but also genetic fragments, leftovers from infection that pose no particular risk — akin to finding a hair in a room long after a person has left, Dr. Mina said.

Any test with a cycle threshold above 35 is too sensitive, agreed Juliet Morrison, a virologist at the University of California, Riverside. “I’m shocked that people would think that 40 could represent a positive,” she said.

07.03.2021 - 12:51 [ DailyExpose.co.uk ]

Pandemic would end tomorrow if they stopped using the PCR test

(05.02.2021)

PCR tests look for genetic matter from the new coronavirus using amplification cycles. However, the number of amplification cycles that was needed to detect genetic matter from the virus, which is referred to as the cycle threshold, typically isn’t included in test results sent to doctors and patients. Many coronavirus tests have fairly high cycle thresholds, with most set at 40 and some set at 37. That means a number of patients who aren’t carrying much of the new coronavirus are still testing positive, even though they may not be contagious.

07.03.2021 - 10:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Vaccine passports make no sense if the Covid jabs don’t stop you spreading the virus

(12.12.2020)

If, however, a vaccine does stop you carrying the virus, then we need to ask whether we’re comfortable with the soft coercion of vaccine certificates. No one complains about needing a yellow fever certificate to travel to many countries. On the other hand, displaying one in order to visit your local pub would feel a bit Stasi.

07.03.2021 - 10:37 [ Times of Israel ]

Tel Aviv hosts its first ‘Green Pass’ concert for the vaccinated

500 people allowed into 30,000-seat capacity Bloomfield Stadium to attend a performance by Israeli pop star Ivri Lider

07.03.2021 - 10:31 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s COVID Infection Rates Are Rising – but It May Not Matter That Much Now

(02.03.2021)

Health experts say most at-risk Israelis are now vaccinated, and they expect the number of seriously ill coronavirus patients to drop

07.03.2021 - 10:28 [ /inews.co.uk ]

Oxford and Pfizer Covid vaccine has significant effect from one shot as hospital cases fall rapidly

(01.03.2021)

“In fact, the detailed data show that the protection that you get from catching Covid 35 days after a first jab is even slightly better for the Oxford jab than for Pfizer, albeit both results are clearly very strong.”

05.03.2021 - 10:06 [ Haaretz ]

After Pressure, Pfizer CEO Postpones Israel Visit Until After Election

The CEO of Pfizer, the manufacturer of the main coronavirus vaccine used in Israel, has delayed his planned visit to Israel following warnings that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may exploit Albert Bourla’s visit for his campaign ahead of Israel’s March 23 election.

05.03.2021 - 10:02 [ Reuters ]

Israel’s Netanyahu bets all on vaccine success to secure election win

(04.03.2021)

“Netanyahu looked very carefully at what happened in the United States and he saw that Trump lost his presidency because of the COVID issue,” Hasson told Reuters. “So he thinks it’s going to help him, this matter (of vaccines).”

02.03.2021 - 21:20 [ Haaretz ]

Why Pfizer’s CEO Would Be Wise to Delay His Visit to Israel Until After the Election

In an interview last week on NBC, Bourla said: “I believe Israel has become the world’s lab right now, because they are using only our vaccine … and they vaccinated a very big part of their population, so we can study both economy and health indices.”

28.02.2021 - 16:30 [ Swiss Policy Research ]

Facts about Covid-19

Overview

1. Lethality: According to the latest immunological studies, the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) of covid-19 in the general population is about 0.1% to 0.5% in most countries, which is most closely comparable to the medium influenza pandemics of 1957 and 1968.

2. Treatment: For people at high risk or high exposure, early or prophylactic treatment is essential to prevent progression of the disease. According to numerous international studies, early outpatient treatment of covid may reduce hospitalizations and deaths by about 80%.

3. Age profile: The median age of covid deaths is over 80 years in most Western countries (but 78 in the US) and only about 5% of the deceased had no serious preconditions. The age and risk profile of covid mortality is therefore comparable to normal mortality, but increases it proportionally.

4. Nursing homes: In many Western countries, up to two thirds of all covid deaths have occurred in nursing homes, which require targeted and humane protection. In some cases, care home residents died not from the coronavirus, but from weeks of stress and isolation.

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24.02.2021 - 13:04 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Live: Knesset Passes Law Allowing Disclosing Identities of Unvaccinated to Authorities

The Knesset approved in a third and final vote a law allowing disclosing personal details of Israelis who have not been vaccinated.

The information will be given to local authorities, the Education Ministry and officials in the Welfare Ministr

23.02.2021 - 10:03 [ theSun.co.uk ]

DEADLY DATA: Plan to lift lockdown by Easter ‘was canned after Sage scientists warned it would cause 91,000 more deaths

Models predicted it would lead to nearly 60,000 Covid patients in hospital by June, compared to last month’s high of 39,000.

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance spoke of his support for the gradual approach taken by PM Boris Johnson, saying: „The sooner you open up everything, the higher the risk of a bigger resurgence.

„The slower you do it, the better.“

23.02.2021 - 06:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid cases are UP for first time in SIX WEEKS with 10,641 new infections while deaths tumble to 178 in lowest toll since December 13 – and Britain dishes out just 150,000 vaccines in worst performance since inoculation drive started

– Department of Health figures show infections are 9 per cent up on last Monday, when 9,765 were declared
– But laboratory-confirmed coronavirus fatalities have dropped by almost a quarter, from 230 last Monday
– Britain dished out 150,000 vaccines yesterday, in worst daily toll since roll-out began to speed up last month

23.02.2021 - 06:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris, Whitty and Vallance dismiss Tory and business fury at ultra-cautious lockdown ‚roadmap‘ saying the country wants ‚certainty not urgency‘ – with shops, salons and drinks outside from April 12 but no foreign travel before mid-MAY or hugs until June

Social distancing rules will stay in force until June 21 at the minimum, with a government review to decide their future after that. The decision means that grandparents face months of waiting before they can hug their grandchildren – even though millions have already been vaccinated.

17.02.2021 - 09:56 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

What WAS the point of vaccine triumph if we are doomed to endless curbs, asks Dr JOHN LEE

Despite the success of the vaccine programme, which will see all vulnerable people protected against Covid-19 in a month, it seems lockdown will largely continue until July.

Restaurants and churches possibly still closed. Travel impossible. Families forbidden to mingle indoors. The Treasury still borrowing billions to keep people on furlough. This is draining the health of our population and our economy.

15.02.2021 - 21:37 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU vaccine drive is a ‚fiasco‘, says Guy Verhofstadt

„Europe is no more, no less than the world leader in vaccine production today. More than 75 per cent of vaccines worldwide are produced in Europe. Nevertheless, there is a crucial lack of supply,“ he said, adding the UK, Canada, Israel and the US are not facing the same shortages.

15.02.2021 - 20:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

UK Covid: ‚we want this lockdown to be the last,‘ says Boris Johnson, as he calls for ‚optimism and patience‘ – as it happened

The level of coronavirus infections is still high and the number of hospitalisations higher than they were during the first peak, Chris Whitty said.

15.02.2021 - 20:48 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson is desperate to avoid a rebellion by Tory MPs – hence talk of ‘irreversible’ lockdown easing

However, the PM cannot ignore 63 of his own MPs. He knows how strongly they feel about lockdown easing. Some 53 Tories voted against his tiered system in December. He will probably want to renew some of the current restrictions when they expire on 31 March.

15.02.2021 - 13:46 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Plan to exit lockdown ‚cautious but irreversible‘, says Boris Johnson

It comes as a group of Tory MPs call for a commitment to a „free life“ and ending of lockdown measures before May.

Senior backbencher Steve Baker said he wants the prime minister to „let us reclaim our lives, once and for all“.

15.02.2021 - 13:42 [ Express.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson press conference: PM to address nation from No10 with major vaccine update

The Prime Minister is expected to hold a televised Downing Street coronavirus briefing at 5pm.

15.02.2021 - 10:52 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel advances bill to compel unvaccinated workers to test for COVID-19 every two days

Israel’s Health Ministry is formulating a legislation that will provide workplaces that receive customers the legal framework to compel employees who refuse to vaccinate against COVID-19 to test for the disease every two days, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Monday, according to outlet Ynet.

15.02.2021 - 10:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Labels Unvaccinated Israelis as the New Enemy

Netanyahu has tied his fate in the election to COVID vaccinations, and suspicion arises that his proposals are influenced by personal considerations. Meanwhile, disclosing names of Israelis who have yet to get vaccinated paves way for severe infringement of privacy.

15.02.2021 - 05:53 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Single jabs of Covid vaccine are providing 67% protection against infections, data reveals as experts say delaying second dose is ‚paying off‘

Prof Spector said that he no longer watched the Government’s daily briefings as he felt the statistics were not presented in context, particularly the death rates.

He said: ‚It’s very sad people die of anything. Yesterday around 600 people died of Covid but on a normal day in February 1,500 people die of heart disease, strokes, cancer etc or the flu.

‚This has got a lot of people extremely anxious and are petrified to leave their homes and may have problems coming out if we do not put those statistics into context.

‚People are dying of Covid but people die of other things. I would like to see less fear-mongering.‘

13.02.2021 - 19:21 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris says he’s ‚optimistic‘ about easing lockdown starting with schools in March and we will ‚learn to live with‘ Covid – as leaked data shows hospitalisations falling much FASTER than expected

Modelling by Sage presented to Downing Street and leaked to The Times predicts hospital admissions and deaths will more than halve over the next month.

Patients battling coronavirus in hospital currently number around 24,000, but this figure is expected to be slashed to around 9,000 by mid-March.

Yesterday 1,908 patients were taken to hospital in the UK, a massive drop in admission rates since the peak in January when around 4,500 were admitted on a single day.

12.02.2021 - 07:15 [ Politico.eu ]

Belgian plant blamed for AstraZeneca vaccine shortage says it met all deliveries

(10.02.2021)

AstraZeneca subcontracted the plant — previously owned by Novasep — to produce the drug substance of its vaccine. Volanti would not say how many doses the plant was contracted to provide. He said the plant sends its drug substance to an Italian company to be put into vials and packaged for distribution.

AstraZeneca declined to comment on Thermo Fisher’s remarks, according to Reuters.

12.02.2021 - 07:11 [ Jasmine the European Cat / Twitter ]

But the Oxford/AstraZeneca team, which uses more traditional viral vector technology, says that while it can make a new formulation in days, it takes much longer to produce.

(09.02.2021)

12.02.2021 - 07:07 [ theGuardian.com ]

AstraZeneca says vaccine against new Covid variants may take six months

AstraZeneca has said it could take between six and nine months to produce Covid-19 vaccines that are effective against new variants of the coronavirus, and begin administering them to the public.

09.02.2021 - 21:03 [ Jasmine the European Cat / Twitter ]

But the Oxford/AstraZeneca team, which uses more traditional viral vector technology, says that while it can make a new formulation in days, it takes much longer to produce.

It expects to have a vaccine designed to address the variant discovered in South Africa ready by autumn.

09.02.2021 - 20:57 [ theGuardian.com ]

How can Covid vaccines be tweaked to tackle new variants?

Production BioNTech has said it can produce a fresh vaccine within six weeks of a decision being made. But the Oxford/AstraZeneca team, which uses more traditional viral vector technology, says that while it can make a new formulation in days, it takes much longer to produce

09.02.2021 - 20:53 [ CNN ]

Why bad news for AstraZeneca’s vaccine is a roadblock on the way out of the pandemic

The study from South Africa suggested that two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine provided „substantially reduced“ protection against mild to moderate Covid-19 disease from the new virus variant first identified there, known as B.1.351.

The study has not yet been peer reviewed or published in full, so many unknowns remain. What we do know is that it included a relatively small number of volunteers who were predominantly young and healthy and therefore not likely to suffer from severe Covid-19 disease.

07.02.2021 - 22:52 [ ChildrensHealthDefense.org ]

501 Deaths + 10,748 Other Injuries Reported Following COVID Vaccine, Latest CDC Data Show

As of Jan. 29, about 35 million people in the U.S. had received one or both doses of a COVID vaccine. So far, only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been granted Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S. by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By the FDA’s own definition, the vaccines are still considered experimental until fully licensed.

According to the latest data, 453 of the 501 reported deaths were in the U.S. Fifty-three percent of those who died were male, 43% were female, the remaining death reports did not include the gender of the deceased. The average age of those who died was 77, the youngest reported death was of a 23-year-old. The Pfizer vaccine was taken by 59% of those who died, while the Moderna vaccine was taken by 41%.

07.02.2021 - 22:50 [ Wavy.com ]

Virginia’s medical examiner investigating if Gloucester woman’s death was related to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

(05.02.2021)

A statement released Friday from State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver confirmed the death occurred within hours of the woman receiving the vaccine, although it did not state the day of her death.

07.02.2021 - 22:48 [ Metro.co.uk ]

X-ray worker who was ‘so excited’ to get Covid vaccine dies days after ‘severe reaction’

(27.01.2021)

‘Never been so excited to get a shot before. I am now fully vaccinated after receiving my 2nd Pfizer dose’ on Facebook on January 5. The 60 year-old uploaded a photo of his arm with a Band-Aid on it, as well as a snap of his vaccination card. But just hours later Zook suffered an upset stomach at work, and began struggling to breathe.

07.02.2021 - 22:46 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Californian dies hours after receiving COVID vaccine as investigation into cause of death gets underway

(24.01.2021)

– They had tested positive for COVID-19 in late December, but died hours after receiving a dose of the vaccine, local officials said
– It’s unclear if the person was given the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine
– Police say the person’s death is being investigated with an autopsy due Monday
– Dr. Dean Blumberg, an infectious disease expert at UC Davis Children’s hospital, said he believes the person’s death is ‚probably not related to the vaccine‘

07.02.2021 - 22:44 [ connexionfrance.com ]

Covid France: Five deaths after vaccine, no link proven

(20.01.2021)

The deaths were all among elderly care home residents aged 75 and over with pre-existing conditions. France’s health minister has said studies will be carried out to determine if there is a link to the vaccine or it is just ‚bad timing‘

07.02.2021 - 22:42 [ business-standard.com ]

German specialists probing 10 deaths of people vaccinated against Covid-19

(15.01.2021)

According to the medical expert, the deceased were aged from 79 to 93, all with antecedent diseases. The time between vaccination and death ranged from several hours to four days.

07.02.2021 - 22:40 [ wbrz.com ]

Virginia woman experiences anaphylaxis, dies within hours of receiving Pfizer vaccine

(04.01.2021)

According to WTKR, Drene Keyes, a gifted singer and grandmother of six, was vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in the town of Warsaw shortly before she found herself unable to breathe as she began vomiting. It was after this that fluid filled her lungs and she died.

Keyes suffered from obesity, diabetes, and sleep apnea, but was still eligible for the vaccine.

07.02.2021 - 21:21 [ Times of Israel ]

TV: Several vaccinated elderly tested positive for COVID, but had no symptoms

Pfizer and Moderna, which produce the vaccines used in Israel, have said their shots appear to be slightly less effective in preventing the so-called South African strain of the virus, though the companies say they remain quite potent.

07.02.2021 - 21:15 [ KTOO.org ]

Juneau nursing home outbreak could be a model for what COVID-19 looks like after vaccine

(07.02.2021)

Staff and outside experts attribute the health of these people in the face of their COVID-19 infections primarily to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Nearly 80% of the people who live and work in the facility have received at least one of the shots in the two-shot series.

05.02.2021 - 12:27 [ theGuardian.com ]

Ursula von der Leyen: UK is Covid vaccine ’speedboat‘ compared with EU ‚tanker‘

“I am aware that alone a country can be a speedboat, while the EU is more like a tanker,” Von der Leyen said. “Before concluding a contract with a pharmaceutical company, the 27 member states had five full days to say whether they agreed or not.

“This naturally delays the process. Indeed, we must constantly put pressure on ourselves so that each step of the decision-making process is as fast and efficient as possible.

“But I am absolutely convinced that the European approach is the right one. On these vaccines, we worked faster than usual.

02.02.2021 - 22:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

EU turns to Russia for Covid jabs: Merkel says ‚all vaccines welcome‘ and praises Sputnik V jab amid German shambles after Hungary accepts first batch and blasts Brussels failings

‚Every vaccine is welcome in the European Union,‘ Merkel said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD. ‚Today we have read good data for the Russian vaccine too‘.

Merkel also told ARD she had recently spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the vaccine, which has been found to 91.6 per cent effective in trial results.

A batch of Sputnik V arrived in Hungary today, making it the first country to adopt the once-controversial jab.

02.02.2021 - 21:28 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will not be recommended for over-65s in France or Sweden as countries follow Germany’s lead

The Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine will not be recommended for over-65s in France or Sweden, the countries‘ health ministries announced today.

It comes after Germany advised against administering the jab to those over 65 and Emmanuel Macron claimed it was ‚almost ineffective‘ for the age bracket.

Continental objections to the jab last week came amid a furious row between the Bloc and AstraZeneca over lagging supply, which has seen newly-unshackled Brexit Britain storm ahead in its immunisation roll-out.

01.02.2021 - 21:24 [ COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium ]

COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium

The current COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, represents a major threat to health. The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium has been created to deliver large-scale and rapid whole-genome virus sequencing to local NHS centres and the UK government.

COG-UK is made up of an innovative partnership of NHS organisations, the four Public Health Agencies of the UK, the Wellcome Sanger Institute and over twelve academic partners providing sequencing and analysis capacity.

01.02.2021 - 21:17 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

Genome UK: the future of healthcare

(26 September 2020)

Genome UK sets out how the genomics community will work together to harness the latest advances in genetic and genomic science, research, and technology for the benefit of patients.

Our vision is to create the most advanced genomic healthcare ecosystem in the world, where government, the NHS, research and technology communities work together to embed the latest advances in patient care.

Our goal is that patients in the UK will benefit from world-first advances in genomic healthcare through globally leading collaborations between the government, NHS and researchers, building on already successful programmes such as the 100,000 Genomes Project, delivered by NHS England and Genomics England, and UK Biobank.

01.02.2021 - 19:38 [ Express.co.uk ]

Labour MP issues humiliating apology after attacking ‚dumb‘ UK for rejecting EU jab scheme

Last summer Hornsey and Wood Green MP Catherine West condemned the Prime Minister’s decision to opt-out of the EU’s jabs rollout last summer, describing the decision as „dumb and dumber“. Remainers accused Mr Johnson of putting lives at risk and placing Brexit before the pandemic with the decision not to participate in the scheme.

01.02.2021 - 19:24 [ theGuardian.com ]

Germany considering Russian and Chinese vaccines to boost Covid inoculation drive

Speaking ahead of an emergency summit with vaccine manufacturers to tackle the country’s sluggish rollout, Jens Spahn said that if a vaccine “can be considered safe and effective, regardless of what country it has been produced in, then it could help”.

01.02.2021 - 08:17 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Covid vaccine rollout to care homes is complete

On Sunday night, Mr Johnson said the successful rollout of jabs to care home residents „marks a crucial milestone in our ongoing race to vaccinate the most vulnerable against this deadly disease“.

He said: „There will be difficult moments to come, and the number of cases and people in hospital remains dangerously high. But vaccines are our route out of the pandemic and, having protected 8.9 million people with a first dose so far, our rollout programme will only accelerate from here on.“

01.02.2021 - 08:09 [ Express.co.uk ]

UK breaks vaccination record with 1.1million doses in 24hours – 9,468,382 jabs so far

THE UK has broken yet another vaccination record as 1.1 million doses of the jab have been administered in the past 24 hours, as the UK’s total number of jabs given nears 10 million.

31.01.2021 - 05:54 [ theSun.co.uk ]

HEADS ON THE BLOC: Angela Merkel & Emmanuel Macron under fire over EU’s disastrous Covid vaccine rollout

Tory MP Peter Bone last night said: “The EU has long-term problems partly due to its its undemocratic nature.

“It’s clear that they are not serving the nations.

“It’s breakdown will depend on Germany and France and what the people in those countries think.

29.01.2021 - 15:35 [ ec.europa.eu ]

Vaccines: contract between European Commission and AstraZeneca now published

Following the renewed request from the European Commission on 27 January 2021, pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has agreed to publish the redacted contract signed between the two parties on 27 August 2020.

The Commission welcomes the company’s commitment towards more transparency in its participation in the rollout of the EU Vaccines Strategy.

29.01.2021 - 04:44 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Nicola Sturgeon accused of siding with EU over vaccinations

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of siding with the EU in its battle with the UK over vaccine doses, with the Scottish First Minister pledging to publish confidential vaccine data despite warnings that the information could jeopardise the UK’s supply.

Ms Sturgeon promised to publish the data – which reveals how many vaccine doses her nation expects each week – to counter claims that she is failing to rollout the vaccine in Scotland at speed.

29.01.2021 - 04:14 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Nicola Sturgeon is accused of taking the EU’s side and risking vaccine rollout as she vows to publish details of UK’s supplies despite Boris Johnson ordering her to keep them secret – as Brussels claims AstraZeneca is giving Britain too much

Despite the PM warning that the information must be confidential to protect the rollout, Ms Sturgeon told Holyrood she will release it from next week ‚regardless of what they say‘.

The timing of Ms Sturgeon’s intervention was particularly provocative given that it came as Mr Johnson was on an official visit to Scotland to make the case for the Union.

27.01.2021 - 19:15 [ SAfm news / Twitter ]

The EU Commission has confirmed that a meeting with the Astrazeneca pharmaceutical company will go ahead later today.

The meeting comes as a row escalates over the supply of its coronavirus vaccine. #sabcnews

27.01.2021 - 14:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

German media savages the EU for its vaccine shambles and tears into Ursula von der Leyen’s UK jabs threat – while jealously admiring ‚Brexit Brits‘ for ordering vaccines THREE MONTHS before Brussels

Embarrassingly for the bloc, it appears that Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy had originally been looking to do a deal with AstraZeneca in May alongside the UK – but were blocked by the EU, which insisted it take over negotiations.

According to ITV’s Robert Peston: ‚The extra talks with the European Commission led to no material changes to the contract, but wasted time on making arrangements to make the vaccine with partner sites.‘

27.01.2021 - 13:00 [ ABC News ]

AstraZeneca says it has not pulled out of talks with the EU on vaccine deliveries, plans meeting later Wednesday

AstraZeneca says it has not pulled out of talks with the EU on vaccine deliveries, plans meeting later Wednesday.

27.01.2021 - 12:38 [ Politico.eu ]

AstraZeneca cancels steering board meeting with EU

The cancellation follows an explosive interview with AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot on Tuesday night, in which he insisted the company didn’t have a contractual obligation but rather a „best effort“ to supply the EU with its vaccine.

Instead of the meeting, the company will respond in writing to Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides‘ demand for more information, the Commission official said. AstraZeneca did not immediately confirm this plan.

27.01.2021 - 02:34 [ theDispatch.com/ ]

Is the U.S. Holdup of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine Justified?

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has advantages that make it an attractive possibility. It can be stored at normal refrigeration temperatures, and its price is low relative to its competitors. Public health experts have long targeted it as ideal for use in lower and moderate-income countries because of these features.

The problem is that its U.S. Phase III trial was delayed because of an adverse event investigation in the fall, and the data from the international trials used by the U.K. government are difficult to interpret due to unplanned modifications to dosing levels.

26.01.2021 - 16:39 [ Reuters ]

EU to monitor vaccine exports, but says it’s not a ban

EU countries learnt late last week that deliveries of the vaccine from AstraZeneca, which is expected to be approved on Friday, would be some 60% lower in the first quarter than initially indicated.

There have also been reduced deliveries of a vaccine jointly produced by Pfizer and BioNTech.

26.01.2021 - 10:05 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

With our Member States, we have requested from AZ a detailed planning of vaccine deliveries and when distribution will take place to Member States. Another meeting will be convened on Wednesday to discuss the matter further.

25.01.2021 - 20:25 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

In addition, today we discussed with the 27 Member States in the Steering Board that an export transparency mechanism will be put in place as soon as possible. We want clarity on transactions and full transparency concerning the export of vaccines from the EU.

25.01.2021 - 20:20 [ EU Commission ]

Press statement by Commissioner Kyriakides on vaccine deliveries and on the vaccine export transparency scheme

Good evening.

You know that AstraZeneca’s vaccine is currently in the final stages of the approval process with the European Medicines Agency.

If all requirements are met, the European Medicines Agency could recommend market authorisation by the end of this week.

But there is a problem on the supply side.

Last Friday, the company AstraZeneca surprisingly informed the Commission and the European Union Member States that it intends to supply considerably fewer doses in the coming weeks than agreed and announced.

This new schedule is not acceptable to the European Union.

25.01.2021 - 20:02 [ South China Morning Post ]

Coronavirus: EU locks horns with AstraZeneca on vaccine deliveries amid ‘supply shock’

n a sign of the EU’s frustration – after Pfizer also announced a temporary slowdown in vaccine supplies earlier in January – EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides proposed forcing drug makers to register in advance their Covid-19 vaccine exports, so the bloc can keep track of what they are doing.

23.01.2021 - 19:49 [ CNN ]

Unlocking the World: What ‚vaccine passports‘ mean for your summer vacation

This week, Zurab Pololikashvili, the secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, called for the global adoption of vaccination passports as part of wider measures he said were essential to get the world in motion once again.
„The rollout of vaccines is a step in the right direction, but the restart of tourism cannot wait,“ he told a meeting of the UNWTO’s Global Tourism Crisis Committee in Madrid. „Vaccines must be part of a wider, coordinated approach that includes certificates and passes for safe cross-border travel.“

22.01.2021 - 18:52 [ Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

Berlin, Jan 17th, 2020: Diagnostic detection of 2019-nCoV by real-time RT-PCR

All oligonucleotides were synthesised and provided by Tib-Molbiol, Berlin. Thermal cycling was performed at 55°C for 10 min for reverse transcription, followed by 95°C for 3 min and then 45 cycles of 95°C for 15 s, 58°C for 30 s.

22.01.2021 - 18:38 [ New York Times ]

Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.

(29.08.2020)

Most tests set the limit at 40, a few at 37. This means that you are positive for the coronavirus if the test process required up to 40 cycles, or 37, to detect the virus.

Tests with thresholds so high may detect not just live virus but also genetic fragments, leftovers from infection that pose no particular risk — akin to finding a hair in a room long after a person has left, Dr. Mina said.

Any test with a cycle threshold above 35 is too sensitive, agreed Juliet Morrison, a virologist at the University of California, Riverside. “I’m shocked that people would think that 40 could represent a positive,” she said.

22.01.2021 - 18:33 [ Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

WHO Information Notice for IVD Users 2020/05

Description of the problem: WHO requests users to follow the instructions for use (IFU) when interpreting results for specimens tested using PCR methodology.

Users of IVDs must read and follow the IFU carefully to determine if manual adjustment of the PCR positivity threshold is recommended by the manufacturer.

WHO guidance Diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 states that careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed (1). The cycle threshold (Ct) needed to detect virus is inversely proportional to the patient’s viral load. Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology.

20.01.2021 - 11:10 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Slow vaccine rollout could make lockdown last PAST Easter as Priti Patel blames AstraZeneca and Pfizer for causing ’supply issues‘ by ‚upgrading their factories‘ – even though ’21m doses are already in UK‘ and Scotland is ’sitting on 400k‘

Priti Patel today blamed AstraZeneca and Pfizer for an alarming slowdown in the UK’s vaccine rollout – amid warnings the target of giving jabs to the 14million most vulnerable people by mid-February is now ‚very tight‘.

The Home Secretary pointed the finger at the firms after the daily rate fell for a third consecutive day, saying ‚upgrades‘ at factories and ‚reconfiguring‘ of supply chains were causing delays.

19.01.2021 - 18:47 [ Prem Sikka / Twitter ]

To rebuild the economy, UK govt has set-up a Build Back Better Council. It is full of grandees from companies not paying the minimum wage, dodging taxes, engaged in illicit financial flows and anti-worker practices. No union reps. What could go wrong?

19.01.2021 - 17:52 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

388 people aged under 60 with ‚NO underlying health conditions‘ have died of Covid in England’s hospitals

(27.12.2020)

Just 388 people aged under 60 with no underlying health conditions have died of Covid-19 in England’s hospitals since the start of the pandemic, NHS data has showed.

The figures show that 1,979 previously healthy people died in hospitals in England after testing positive for Covid-19 between April 2 and December 23.

19.01.2021 - 17:36 [ DerbyShireTimes.co.uk ]

Derbyshire health chiefs warn that vaccines alone will not mean an end to restrictions

“We don’t know yet whether an individual can, although not becoming ill from the virus because they have been vaccinated, still catch it and spread it on to others.

19.01.2021 - 17:24 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Vaccinated Brits told not to hug kids amid fears millions will ignore Covid rules once they have jab

Asked whether people who had received the jab could hug their children, Janet Lord, director of Birmingham University’s Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, said: “I would certainly advise not to do that at the moment because as you probably know with the vaccines they take several weeks before they are maximally effective.“

17.01.2021 - 17:19 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Coronavirus: Fishermen test positive despite spending 35 days at sea and testing negative before they left

(16.07.2020)

Ms Alfaro added that the outbreak may have been exacerbated by the fishermen’s hardiness and acclimatisation to rough conditions, in that they may have spent significant time in discomfort without recognising or acknowledging symptoms.

16.01.2021 - 19:29 [ thePrint.in ]

Why Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is the object of national pride & scientific scepticism

The hasty nod for Bharat Biotech International Ltd.’s Covaxin, developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and National Institute of Virology, has raised eyebrows in the scientific and healthcare communities about a “public rollout of an untested product,” according to a national network of nongovernment organizations.

16.01.2021 - 19:20 [ ABC News ]

India starts world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

India on Jan. 4 approved emergency use of two vaccines, one developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca, and another by Indian company Bharat Biotech. Cargo planes flew 16.5 million shots to different Indian cities last week.

16.01.2021 - 18:44 [ The Norwegian Medicines Agency - legemiddelverket.no ]

Covid-19 vaccination associated with adverse drug reactions in elderly people who are frail

(15.01.2021)

The reports suggest that common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients, says Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency.

The large studies on Comirnaty (BioNTec/Pfizer) did not include patients with unstable or acute illness – and included few participants over 85 years of age.

16.01.2021 - 18:33 [ Alex Berenson / Twitter ]

BIG news: Citing post-vaccination deaths, Norway now says “very frail” people should NOT receive the #Covid vaccine. Norway reports 23 post-vaccine deaths (out of only 25,000 shots). After examining 13, it says “side effects from the mRNA vaccines… may have led to deaths.”

(15.01.2021)

16.01.2021 - 13:54 [ Fool.com ]

Why Palantir Stock Is Up Today

On the one hand, nothing’s really changed about Palantir’s business except that one market participant (albeit a very influential one) expressed a change in opinion on the stock.

15.01.2021 - 17:48 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

Protection versus immunity: the great vaccination debate

That issue had been quietly bubbling away for months as animal and human trial data pointed to difficulties in making vaccines that achieve „sterilising immunity“ – total immunity from infection, versus immunity from getting seriously ill.

Concerns circulated among scientists and doctors on social media.

14.01.2021 - 09:52 [ .LancashireTelegraph.co.uk ]

Those who have received Covid jab to be offered ‚vaccine passport‘ in new trial

The news comes depsite the Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, ruling out immunity passports back in December, a week after suggesting it was something ministers were considering, saying: “We are not looking at immunity passports at all.”

Matt Hancock also denied plans to implement passporting last week, telling the Spectator: „It’s not an area that we’re looking at.“

14.01.2021 - 09:30 [ Public Health England / Twitter ]

Even if you’ve had your #COVID19 vaccine, it’s important that you continue to follow national restrictions. We don’t yet know if the vaccine prevents transmission – you could potentially still carry and transmit the virus to other vulnerable people, even if you are protected

13.01.2021 - 18:18 [ New York Times ]

Doctor’s Death After Covid Vaccine Is Being Investigated

Shortly after receiving the vaccine, Dr. Michael developed an extremely serious form of a condition known as acute immune thrombocytopenia, which prevented his blood from clotting properly.

In a statement, Pfizer, the maker of the vaccine, said it was “actively investigating” the case, “but we don’t believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine.”

13.01.2021 - 17:19 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Thousands of Britons who have received their Covid jab ‚will be offered a vaccine passport‘ in trial taking place this month – as EU considers plan to bring them in for travel across Europe

– Thousands of Britons will be offered vaccine passes in trial starting this month
– Passport will be issued as a free app which show if people have had Covid jab
– Government agency Innovate UK has pumped £75,000 into project so far
– Vaccines tsar Nadhim Zahawi has flip-flopped over controversial policy

13.01.2021 - 17:11 [ Neeltje van Doremalen / Twitter ]

The data supports the investigation of intranasal delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. With the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, it will be crucial to investigate whether the vaccines provide sterilizing immunity…

13.01.2021 - 17:09 [ Vox.com ]

Once you and your friends are vaccinated, can you quit social distancing?

How long it takes for various countries to reach herd immunity will depend in part on how fast they can access vaccines and what share of their populations are willing to get the shot. But as mentioned above, there’s another crucial factor.

“It’s really going to come down to what we learn over the next few months about how well the vaccine prevents infection and transmission,” Murray said, adding that she doesn’t expect we’ll have an answer to that until March at the earliest.

12.01.2021 - 11:43 [ World Association for Christian Communication ]

COVID-19 pandemic and biopolitics in Latin America

(17. AUgust 2020)

At the time of this writing [June 3, 2020], Latin America has become the new epicenter of the pandemic with growing number of reported cases of infections and deaths. Various governments in Latin America (Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil) and the Inter-American Development Bank have deployed digital technologies to control the transmission of the virus and to support testing and tracing. They have collaborated with private companies and universities in setting up mobile applications for geolocalizing and contact-tracing possibly infected people. Expectedly, these actions have raised concerns about the negative impact of massive surveillance.

However, while we recognize the legitimacy of these concerns, the problem in Latin America takes different dimensions than in Europe, North America, and East Asia. For the moment, the governments in the region have significant problems to launch and maintain massive digital surveillance apparatuses.

12.01.2021 - 11:41 [ waccglobal / Twitter ]

Does the #COVID-19 pandemic mark the birth of a new form of #biopolitics? The Latin American case shows important departures from Europe and the U.S., both in the adoption of surveillance technologies and in the types of biopolitical control

11.01.2021 - 20:08 [ Dr Naomi Wolf / Twitter ]

Chart from @nytimes is based on absolute complete b-it. @COVID19Tracking uses unnamed „volunteers‘ to upload data, built by a magazine owned by @Bloomberg , and uses data from a hedge fund information service. 100% corrupted, a way to legally insider trade.

11.01.2021 - 19:44 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

People with common colds testing positive for Covid-19 may simply be asymptomatic cases, experts reveal

Trademark symptoms of seasonal flu could be mistaken for symptoms of Covid-19 if the individual tests positive for the virus, it is claimed.

More than eight in ten people who test positive for coronavirus show none of the main symptoms at the time they are tested, a major study by UCL previously revealed.

However, those who test positive when they have cold symptoms may mistake them as being a part of the virus – adding to fears that it is taking a new guise as fresh strains emerge.

10.01.2021 - 15:33 [ theGuardian.com ]

NHS could vaccinate UK against Covid in five days, says Oxford professor

Sir John Bell, regius chair of medicine at the University of Oxford, said stubborn NHS bureaucrats were standing in the way of a high-speed mass inoculation programme that could prevent many further deaths.

“The NHS has the theoretical capacity to immunise everybody in five days if they want to, but I don’t get the sense they are really motivated,” Bell told the Times.

10.01.2021 - 13:25 [ Fedscoop.com ]

Inside Palantir’s work with the CDC, HHS to synthesize COVID-19 data

(02.04.2020)

Palantir said it is not involved in the harvesting or storage of health data but is working with the CDC and HHS to provide its Foundry suite of tools to analyze the agencies’ COVID-19 data. The set of data tools has the power to “clean” and “harmonize” the information flowing in from local hospitals, states and other sources related to the virus, according to a source with knowledge of the arrangement between the company and the government.

10.01.2021 - 13:13 [ Washington Post ]

Why are we trusting a company with ties to ICE and intelligence agencies to collect our health information?

(21.05.2020)

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the contract for this platform to Palantir Technologies, a secretive data-mining firm known for its work with the Pentagon, intelligence agencies and law enforcement during the so-called global war on terrorism. The HHS Protect Now platform will aggregate data from at least 187 different sources, including the federal government, state and local governments, hospitals, and the private sector.

06.01.2021 - 13:02 [ Movement for a People’s Party / Twitter ]

.@AOC unveils 30-year timeframe to get Medicare for all. „If I want to have a child, I would want my child – or my nieces or nephews – to have guaranteed health care by the time they’re my age.”

06.01.2021 - 10:00 [ Ian Cornwell / Twitter ]

Ireland. Just had a 16 Billion Euro COVID bill, that it gets 1.5 back from. Waits patiently for the EMA to approve its vaccines. No sign of the EMA approving Oxford any time soon. 2009 – gets another Lisbon ref, whilst being threatened with perdition. „Independence“

06.01.2021 - 09:53 [ Giles Maybe / Twitter ]

EU land news. EMA who sign off vaccine has not even began to look at the AZ Oxford vaccine while its own curevac vaccine is still months away from approval. The eu failed to buy needles & its vaccine distributions hit a brick wall yesterday (accept holland They not yet started)

06.01.2021 - 09:47 [ Max Roser / Twitter ]

Good article in The Economist trying to explain why the vaccination campaigns across Europe are so very slow and why this ‚risks extending the pandemic for months.‘

04.01.2021 - 07:37 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Operation Hope begins: Half a MILLION Covid-19 jabs will be made available to vulnerable people this week in UK’s biggest EVER mass vaccination drive as health bosses ramp up efforts to beat the pandemic

Elderly and infirm people in Oxford, London, Brighton, Morecambe in Lancashire and Nuneaton in Warwickshire are due to be first to receive the jab.

A total of 530,000 doses will be made available at 540 GP vaccination sites and 101 hospitals this week.

The NHS has ordered 100million doses which it is hoped will free the country from Covid-19.

04.01.2021 - 07:30 [ theSun.co.uk ]

First of 530,000 Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs to be rolled out today in Britain’s war on coronavirus

Hospitals at six NHS trusts across London, Brighton, Oxford, Morecambe and Nuneaton will be the first to give the vaccine.

It will reach more than 500 GP surgeries and community centres by the end of the week — with PM Boris Johnson saying “we are going as fast as we can”.

04.01.2021 - 07:28 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Amazing 7,750 volunteers sign up to The Sun’s Jabs Army appeal in first 48 hours

The Sun joined forces with the NHS and the Royal Voluntary Service to urge readers to volunteer as stewards at the pop-up vaccination centres across the UK. It launched on New Year’s Day.

According to the latest figures, 7,744 have signed up to help, with most of those crediting The Sun.

Catherine Johnstone CBE, chief exec of the Royal Voluntary Service, said: “The response from Sun readers has been incredible.

03.01.2021 - 06:56 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson hails Oxford vaccine as a ‚triumph for British science‘ and says he is ‚confident this is the year we will defeat coronavirus‘

The initial supplies of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been produced by a company called Halix in the Netherlands.

Once produced in bulk, the vaccine goes to a plant in Wrexham, run by an Indian company called Wockhardt, where it is decanted into vials in a process known as ‚fill and finish‘. The plant can bottle at least 150,000 doses a day.

02.01.2021 - 19:20 [ theSun.co.uk ]

First Oxford Covid vaccine doses arrive at UK hospitals with 530,000 jabs to be rolled out from Monday

While the Oxford vaccine uses a harmless, weakened version of a common virus in chimpanzees, the Pfizer jab is known as a messenger vaccine (MRNA), using a genetic code rather than a weakened form of the virus.

And experts have urged patients not to mix and match the two.

31.12.2020 - 06:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PROFESSOR ANGUS DALGLEISH: The Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is as close to a miracle as medicine ever gets

Everyone can see what a serious emergency this is. We have to act. Bin the bureaucracy, and get this miracle vaccine to work right now.

30.12.2020 - 17:39 [ New York Times ]

U.K. Authorizes Covid-19 Vaccine From Oxford and AstraZeneca

A decision is further off in the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration is waiting for data from a separate clinical trial. The study was halted in September and delayed for nearly seven weeks — much longer than in other countries — as regulators investigated whether an illness in a participant in Britain was related to the vaccine. American regulators ultimately allowed the trial to proceed.

30.12.2020 - 16:16 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

It is truly fantastic news – and a triumph for British science – that the @UniofOxford /@AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use. We will now move to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible.

30.12.2020 - 03:30 [ Katie / Twitter ]

There’s no reason for a progressive to vote to confirm Pelosi as speaker again without concessions. Period. @AOC @AyannaPressley @IlhanMN @RashidaTlaib @PramilaJayapal @RoKhanna do what we elected you to do and force the vote! #ReplacePelosiJan3 #ForceM4ALLVote

30.12.2020 - 03:00 [ Tamburlaine / Twitter ]

You do realize that not only can the Squad #ForceTheVote on M4A, they can even #ReplacePelosiJan3 with *ZERO RISK* of a GOP Speaker? They need 5-8 holdouts. The GOP doesn’t have the votes. And this isn’t being discussed at all. Why?

30.12.2020 - 02:48 [ Healthcare for All - Los Angeles / Twitter ]

House leadership for the FDA. Our demand for life-saving #MedicareForAll will not wait for a “better time” after the pandemic. Healthcare for All – Los Angeles Chapter (HCA-LA) stands with #ForceTheVote. 2/3

28.12.2020 - 10:33 [ Brian Bond - 007, JavaScript Developer / Twitter ]

Replying to @Eve6: learn to code

28.12.2020 - 10:30 [ eve6 / Twitter ]

i had a famous song in the nineties and i cant afford health care

27.12.2020 - 19:51 [ Forbes ]

What Every Vaccine Skeptic Should Know About The New Coronavirus Vaccines

What hasn’t been demonstrated, at least so far, is that these vaccines prevent you from getting infected entirely. We’ve shown that these vaccines provide neutralizing immunity, where the virus will no longer severely harm you, but not necessarily sterilizing immunity, where you cannot pass the virus onto others. Additionally, it isn’t known how long your immunity will persist. This, very importantly, means that you still need to wear a mask, wash/sanitize your hands, and practice social distancing — and to be rigorous about doing them all — for now.

23.12.2020 - 19:27 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Live: Four People Test Positive for New Strain of Coronavirus in Israel

(today)

A fourth case had been discovered in an Israeli who had not been abroad recently. The Health Ministry said they are investigating the case and will update accordingly.

„Over the past few days we are making a concerted effort to check that the mutation from Britain has not infiltrated [Israel]. Until several minutes ago, we had been optimistic, and now we are less optimistic,“ Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said.

23.12.2020 - 18:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Kent lorry chaos could get WORSE: Army is performing as little as 200 tests an hour – meaning 10,000 stranded truckers could take DAYS to clear threatening food shortages after clashes with police and blockades

– Truckers try to force their way past police guarding Port of Dover as hundreds leave cabs and walk along road
– Jeering and whistling with some shouting: ‚Open the border‘, ‚We just want to go home‘ and ‚F*** you, Boris!‘
– France announced travel ban on all traffic from UK on Sunday night after emergence of new Covid-19 strain
– Decision meant Port of Dover was dramatically closed to all freight vehicles leaving the UK for next 48 hours
– Deal now struck with France which means every driver must be tested for coronavirus using lateral flow tests
– Tensions also boiled over at Manston Airport, where truckers whose lorries are being held staged a protest

23.12.2020 - 07:53 [ theSun.co.uk ]

TRUCK OFF, MACRON: Stranded Brit truckers on the move again as shamed Emmanuel Macron is forced to reopen French border

STRANDED truckers were ready to roll again last night after shamed French leader Emmanuel Macron was forced to reopen his country’s border with the UK.

He caved in after pressure from Britain and the EU to end a 48-hour blockade imposed amid fears over the new Covid strain.

23.12.2020 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Thousands of truckers in Dover will have controversial rapid Covid test today after Macron gives way and says lorry drivers CAN now enter France if they have negative result – but freight backlog will take days to clear

The agreement requires every driver to have been tested for coronavirus, using controversial lateral flow tests, which are able to turn around results in under an hour but have had their effectiveness questioned.

Those who come back negative will be told by text message in as little as 20 minutes, and be given the green light to hit the road and head over to the continent, but positive cases will be sent to a hotel to isolate.

23.12.2020 - 07:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Von der Leyen takes control of Brexit talks in attempt to strike deal

Von der Leyen spoke by telephone to Johnson on Monday night to discuss a way forward and further calls are expected in the next 24 hours, but the commission refused to offer details.

Barnier said as he went into a meeting with EU ambassadors: “We are really in the crucial moment. We are giving it the final push. In 10 days the UK will leave the single market and we continue to work in total transparency with the member states right now and with the parliament.”

23.12.2020 - 07:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit poses grave risks to UK health and care sector, report finds

The Nuffield Trust thinktank stated: “The perilously uncertain future facing the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period could put the UK’s health and care system at risk.”

The report said new migration rules, possible disruption to medicines and devices, an ongoing economic slowdown and barriers to science investment would hit the health sector.

23.12.2020 - 06:56 [ Standard.co.uk ]

NHS leaders call for Brexit talks extension warning no-deal risks adding to health crisis amid pandemic

The warning came as a negotiated Brexit deal looks increasingly unlikely and Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the new variant of coronavirus as being „out of control“.

21.12.2020 - 22:12 [ The Jimmy Dore Show / Youtube ]

Force The Vote is Trending! Pressure Campaign on Politicians Getting Stronger.

(video)

21.12.2020 - 21:45 [ BJG, Former National Press Secretary for #BernieSanders2020 / Twitter ]

Why don’t elected Democrats support a bill that nearly 90% of Democratic voters support? #ForceTheVote

21.12.2020 - 21:41 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

A New Congressional Budget Office Study Shows That Medicare for All Would Save Hundreds of Billions of Dollars Annually

The most exhaustive study on Medicare for All just came out. Its conclusion: a single-payer system would guarantee health insurance to all people while reducing overall health spending by hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

21.12.2020 - 00:12 [ Movement for a People´s Party ]

Dr. Cornel West and Jimmy Dore join the People’s Party Advisory Council, launch MPP organizing campaign to Force The Vote on Medicare for all

Public intellectual and Harvard professor Dr. Cornel West and political comedian Jimmy Dore have joined the People’s Party Advisory Council. Together with the Movement for a People’s Party, they are launching the Force The Vote petition and organizing campaign. The campaign aims to pressure The Squad and House progressives to refuse to vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi as Speaker until she publicly pledges to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote. Nearly 10,000 people signed the petition overnight.

Dore hosted Dr. West on The Jimmy Dore Show Friday evening where they broke the news. “We’re joining forces with the Movement for a People’s Party. We are ForceTheVote.org,” said Dore. “There’s never a wrong time to do the right thing. And now is the time, in the middle of a deadly pandemic. There’s never been a better time to have a Medicare for all vote.”

20.12.2020 - 23:48 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The Revolutionary Struggle Is A Fight Between Movement And Inertia

(16.12.2020)

The pandemic and a Democrat-controlled House presents a once-in-a-century opportunity to shove hard toward getting Americans the same healthcare rights afforded to everyone else in every major country on earth and forcing all House Democrats who oppose it to expose themselves to their constituents instead of passing the blame to the Republicans. With things getting more and more desperate, waiting for the next once-in-a-century opportunity to even begin pushing is a ridiculous proposition.

20.12.2020 - 23:45 [ theHill.com ]

Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressive base confused by ‚ambiguity‘ over how to replace

(18.12.2020)

In contrast, she said, “this question of whether Pelosi should be ousted altogether, and whether we have to do so because there’s not someone in the ranks, is a new one.”

“It’s an interesting conversation given that we’ve had now two years of these progressive ‘Squad’ members in office who came in really hot to do something about Nancy Pelosi and to threaten her leadership at that point,” she added.

20.12.2020 - 23:27 [ Business Insider ]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rejects left-wing calls to force Pelosi to hold a ‚Medicare for All‘ vote in exchange for her vote for the speaker

(16.12.2020)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is publicly rejecting those calls, saying that Democrats don’t have the votes to pass „Medicare for All“ in the House and there are other options the party has that would affect real change.