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UK approves AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine for COVID: Live News | Coronavirus pandemic News


The #United #Kingdom has authorised use of a second COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first country to approve of an easy-to-handle shot that its developers hope will become the “vaccine for the world”.

The #United #States has found its first case of the COVID-19 variant that has been seen in the UK and is thought to be more transmissible. The case involves a man in his 20s who is in isolation southeast of #Denver in #Colorado, according to state health officials.

#Chinese pharmaceutical giant #Sinopharm said #Phase III trials of its experimental vaccine have found the shot to be 79 percent effective against COVID-19.

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#Meanwhile in the #Japanese capital #Tokyo, the coronavirus situation is quite severe as the city’s #Governor #Yuriko #Koike said it could potentially face an “explosion” of cases ahead of the #New #Year’s holiday.

#Globally, nearly 82 million people have been diagnosed with the virus and 1,789,908​ have died, according to data from #Johns #Hopkins #University.

#Here are the latest updates:

#Vaccines’ costs and differences

#Here is a look at some of the differences between leading vaccines:

The #Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was found to be 95 percent effective with no serious side effects. #It costs about $20 dollars per shot and it requires two doses each person. #It needs to be transported and stored in deep-freezing equipment.

The #Modern shot had 94 percent success in trials. #It can be stored in a regular freezer, but it’s more expensive as it costs around $35 per shot and it requires two doses.

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The #AstraZeneca/Oxford #University vaccine is on average 70 percent effective after one injection, but it should pass 90 percent after a second one. #It can be stored in a normal freeze and it cost $3 per dose.

#Russia’s #Sputnik V costs less than $10 per shot, but it raised criticism as people were given the first dose before mass human trials. #Health officials claim it is 91 percent effective after two shots.


#Singapore begins vaccination campaign

#Healthcare worker #Sarah #Lim receives her coronavirus vaccine at the #National #Centre for #Infectious #Diseases in #Singapore [Lee Jia Wen/Ministry of Communications and Information via Reuters]

#One of #Asia’s first inoculation programmes against the pandemic has started in #Singapore where health care workers have been injected with the #Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

#Among the first 30 staff members of the #National #Centre for #Infectious #Diseases to receive the shot, there were nurse #Sarah #Lim, 46, and infectious diseases doctor #Kalisvar #Marimuthu, 43.

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“Vaccines have managed to bring pandemics down to their knees before. #So I am hopeful that this vaccine will do the same,” #Marimuthu said in recorded remarks provided by the health ministry.

#Singapore expects to have enough vaccine doses – from various drug companies – for all its 5.7 million people by the third quarter of 2021.


#Australia tightens restrictions for #Sydney

#Authorities restricted movement and tightened curbs on gatherings in its biggest city, #Sydney, hoping to avoid a coronavirus “super spreader” event during #New #Year’s #Eve celebrations after finding a new cluster of infections.

#Household gatherings were limited to five people, while a maximum of 30 were allowed to gather in public. #Residential care facilities were closed to visitors.

“We don’t want #New #Year’s #Eve to be the cause of a super-spreader,” #New #South #Wales state #Premier #Gladys #Berejiklian said as she announced the restrictions would take effect from midnight on #Wednesday until further notice.

A person wearing a protective respirator enters a queue in the city centre amidst the tightening of regulations to curb the spread of coronavirus in #Sydney, #Australia [Loren Elliott/Reuters]

#AstraZeneca/Oxford shot should be effective for new strain: CEO

The newly approved #AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine should be effective against a rapidly spreading new variant of the disease.

“Our belief at this point is that this vaccine should be effective against the variant,” #AstraZeneca’s #Chief #Executive #Pascal #Soriot told BBC radio.


#Lockdown in #England to be widened: #Health #Minister

#As the #Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was approved, UK #Health #Secretary #Matt #Hancock said that lockdown measures will be extended to curb the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases.

#In an interview with BBC television, the minister also said that hundreds of thousands of doses of the shot are ready to be rolled out in the country starting from #Monday.


#Taiwan secures #AstraZeneca vaccine

#Taiwan has agreed to buy almost 20 million doses of vaccine, including 10 million from #AstraZeneca #Plc, just before the drug company shot was approved by UK regulators.

The news came as the government confirmed to have detected the first case of the new COVID-19 variant on the island.

#Taiwan has kept the pandemic at bay thanks to early and effective prevention and strict quarantine of all arrivals, with imported cases accounting for almost all of its tally of 798 cases, including seven deaths.

The island’s #Central #Epidemic #Command #Centre said apart from #AstraZeneca, it had agreed to buy 4.76 million doses from global vaccine programme COVAX, and was still in talks with another company it did not name.

#Taiwan has kept the pandemic at bay thanks to early and effective prevention and strict quarantine of all arrivals [Ann Wang/Reuters]

#Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine: ‘Good news, but might not be enough’

#Al #Jazeera’s #Rory #Challands comments on the news over the authorisation of the #Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

“It’s a huge step forward and it could not have come at a better time because the situation in the UK has been worsening significantly in the last few days,” #Challands said reporting from #London.

#For two running days, a record number of people got infected in the UK due to a new faster-spreading COVID-19 strain. #In the past 24 hours, over 53,300 new cases were registered, while over 41,300 new people tested positive the previous day.

The authorisation is also good news “because this injection is much easier to use, to transport and administer than the #Pfizer/BioNTech which is the one that has been used until now,” said #Challands.

#However, the new COVID-19 variant has been spreading so widely and fast, #Challands explained, that some medical experts are warning 2021 could be worse than 2020 in terms of hospitalisations and deaths.

“So there is a high likelihood that even with the vaccine being authorised for immediate roll out, there will need to be tougher measures taken when it comes to people’s life’” he added.


#Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine: #High-risk group to be prioritised

#Starting today the #National #Health #Service “will prioritise giving the first dose of the vaccine to those in the most high-risk groups,” read a statement from the #Department of #Health and #Social #Care.

“With two vaccines now approved, we will be able to vaccinate a greater number of people who are at highest risk, protecting them from the disease and reducing mortality and hospitalization,” it added.

#According to the statement, the #Joint #Committee on #Vaccination and #Immunisation (JCVI) “has advised the priority should be to give as many people in at-risk groups their first dose, rather than providing the required two doses in as short a time as possible.”

#It added: “Everyone will still receive their second dose and this will be within 12 weeks of their first. The second dose completes the course and is important for longer term protection.”


#Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine: ‘A moment of hope’

UK #Health #Secretary #Matt #Hancock welcomed the news over the authorisation of the #Oxford/AstraZeneca jab which paved the wave for mass vaccination.

“Brilliant to end 2020 with such a moment of hope,” #Hancock said on #Twitter. “The coronavirus vaccine is our way out of the pandemic – now we need to hold our nerve while we get through this together,” he added.

The “truly fantastic news” was greeted by #Prime #Minister #Boris #Johnson as well who said it was a “triumph for #British science”.

“We will now move to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible,” he added on #Twitter.


#AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID vaccine approved for use in UK

A coronavirus vaccine developed by drug firm #AstraZeneca and #Oxford #University has been approved for use in #Britain, the government announced on #Wednesday, paving the way for a mass roll-out.

A government spokesman said it has accepted a recommendation from the #Medicines and #Healthcare products #Regulatory #Agency (MHRA) “to authorise #Oxford #University/AstraZeneca’s #Covid-19 vaccine for use”, making #Britain the first nation to approve the jab.

#AstraZeneca #Chief #Executive #Pascal #Soriot said “Today is an important day for millions of people in the UK who will get access to this new vaccine. #It has been shown to be effective, well-tolerated, simple to administer and is supplied by #AstraZeneca at no profit”.


#Abu #Dhabi approves remote learning for two weeks

#Abu #Dhabi has approved remote learning for schools in the #United #Arab #Emirates for the first two weeks of the new term starting on #January 3 to protect the health of students and staff, the #Abu #Dhabi media office said on #Twitter.


#China #Sinopharm vaccine found to be 79 percent effective

#Chinese pharmaceutical giant #Sinopharm said #Phase III trials of its experimental vaccine have found the shot to be 79 percent effective against COVID-19.

“Sinopharm CNBG #Beijing’s inactivated coronavirus vaccine exhibits safety after vaccination … the protective effect of the vaccine against COVID-19 is 79.34%,” the #Beijing #Institute of #Biological #Products – a #Sinopharm subsidiary – said in a statement.


#Possible ‘explosion’ of cases in #Tokyo: governor

The coronavirus situation in #Tokyo is quite severe and the #Japanese capital could potentially face an “explosion” of infections, #Tokyo #Governor #Yuriko #Koike warned ahead of the #New #Year holiday.

“Please emphasise life over fun,” she told a news conference, calling on people to stay at home as much as possible over the holiday, one of #Japan’s longest, in which people hold parties, gather in their homes and return to their hometowns from the capital.

A man sits next to a new year’s decoration in front of a temple in #Tokyo, #Japan [Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters]

US detects first case of new variant in #Colorado

The first reported US case of the COVID-19 variant that has been seen in the #United #Kingdom has been discovered in #Colorado, #Governor #Jared #Polis announced #Tuesday.

The variant was found in a man in his 20s who is in isolation southeast of #Denver and has not travelled around recently, state health officials said.

The #Colorado #State #Laboratory confirmed the virus variant, and the #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention was notified.

#Read the full story here.





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