As the coronavirus swept across the globe last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sank into the shadows, undermined by some of its own mistakes and stifled by an administration bent on downplaying the nation's suffering. Now a new CDC director is arriving to a mammoth task: reasserting the agency while the pandemic is in its deadliest phase yet and the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign is wracked by confusion and delays. “I don’t know if the CDC is broken or just temporarily injured,” but something must be done to bring it back to health, said Timothy Westmoreland, a Georgetown University law professor focused on public health.
The Sputnik V and European Medical Agency (EMA) teams held a scientific review of the vaccine on Tuesday, the Sputnik V account said, adding the EMA will take a decision on the authorization of the vaccine based on the reviews.
Italy’s virus czar is pressing ahead with plans to take legal action against Pfizer after the U.S. pharmaceutical company announced delays in delivering pre-ordered COVID-19 vaccines to Europe. Domenico Arcuri said he had secured unanimous backing from Italy’s regional governors to take civil or criminal action, where possible. Pfizer confirmed last week it would temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe and Canada while it upgrades production capacity to 2 billion doses per year at its Belgium plant.
The programme, which was hoped to be used as an alternative to self-isolation, will stop just weeks after it was launched.
1.6 million residents were banned from leaving Beijing on Wednesday as two Covid-19 cases linked to a new UK virus variant were found in the Chinese capital.
The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is likely to protect against a more infectious variant of the virus discovered in Britain which has spread around the world, according to results of further lab tests released on Wednesday. Last week, Pfizer said a similar laboratory study showed the vaccine was effective against one key mutation, called N501Y, found in two highly transmissible new variants spreading in Britain and South Africa. The latest study, posted on bioRxiv.org but not yet peer reviewed, was conducted on a synthetic virus with 10 mutations that are characteristic of the variant known as B117 identified in Britain.
The noted pulmonologist, who was interacting with the personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) during their 16th Raising Day celebrations here, also said that people who have contracted coronavirus should also get the jab about 4-6 weeks after recovery.
"100 million shots in 100 days" works fine as a slogan, but herd immunity sometime in 2021 will likely require an even quicker pace.
Hong Kong recorded 77 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, about half from Yau Tsim Mong district where a tough testing regime has been deployed to contain a worsening outbreak.At least 39 of the latest infections involved residents from the coronavirus-stricken district, 20 of which were detected in one of the areas designated for mandatory testing.More than 60 other people have tested preliminary-positive and await their results, including four who live in a new compulsory-testing zone in Sham Shui Po.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Asked why there was a spike in Yau Tsim Mong district, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, of the Centre for Health Protection, said the placement of pipes, drainage and shared facilities in the subdivided flats that were common in the area might have facilitated transmission.“Even though they have separate toilets and kitchens, the pipes and drainage may be connected ... it may also be related to shared corridors or stairs. It’s possible the infection may have spread this way,” she said.The city’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 9,797, with 166 related deaths.The latest fatality was an 88-year-old woman with a chronic illness who died in Princess Margaret Hospital on Tuesday evening.All of Wednesday’s caseload involved locally transmitted infections and 37 were classified as untraceable.Hong Kong authorities have been running a mandatory-testing campaign in Yau Tsim Mong that includes establishing designated areas of compulsory screening around new outbreaks.Officials on Wednesday said new mandatory-testing orders would be issued for eight buildings, including three in the Yau Tsim Mong designated area and one in the Sham Shui Po version.Outside the designated areas, compulsory testing will also be required at Sheung Hong House in Upper Ngau Tau Kok Estate; Man Yiu Building on 25-47 Man Wai Street in Yau Ma Tei; 7 Waterloo Road in Yau Ma Tei; and Kornhill Block N in Quarry Bay.Authorities revealed their district-level approach to mandatory testing last Friday, with the first designated area covering Nathan Road, Jordan Road, Canton Road, Ferry Street and Kansu Street in Yau Tsim Mong district. Each building there that had recorded at least one infection would fall under the tougher testing regime.Health officials on Tuesday stepped up the system by declaring as higher risk a smaller “core area” within the wider zone. The core area covers about 70 buildings bordering Pak Hoi Street, Temple Street, Ning Po Street and Reclamation Street, and testing there must be performed even in the absence of any new infections. South Asian residents, concern groups outraged over official’s Covid-19 remarksAlso on Tuesday, the system requiring testing after just one case was extended to an area of Sham Shui Po bordered by Yen Chow Street, Tai Po Road, Maple Street and Lai Chi Kok Road.Officials reported on Wednesday that environmental samples had been collected from two households at Hiu Fung House in Fung Wah Estate, Chai Wan, where residents from all number 13 flats were evacuated after cases were recorded across different floors. So far, more than 60 people from the block have been quarantined.Three of the 11 samples taken from exhaust fans, floors, sewers and the surface of toilet seats returned positive, albeit with low viral loads, the authorities found.Among the dozens of people newly testing preliminary-positive across Hong Kong was a nurse who worked for the past three months on a Covid-19 isolation ward in North District Hospital. She had met up with four colleagues, who were identified as close contacts and sent to quarantine.District councillor Kalvin Ho Kai-ming questioned the government’s decision to step up testing in Sham Shui Po, noting neighbourhoods in Kowloon City and Yuen Long had recorded similarly high numbers of cases without having to undergo tighter screening processes.“If officials are saying that areas with many old tenement buildings should be included for more stringent screening, plenty of other areas also have the same problem. Why did the government target this neighbourhood in particular? They should further explain,” Ho told a radio programme on Wednesday. Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing politicians to get mainland Covid-19 jab this weekBut a government source said there were signs of an outbreak in Sham Shui Po area judging from sewage samples that were tested, adding numerous buildings in the area had subdivided flats and some were mismanaged.Professor David Hui Shu-cheong, a Chinese University respiratory medicine expert and government adviser on the pandemic, said it was necessary to expand screening in the neighbourhood to step up infection control.“Expanding screening in the Sham Shui Po area does not mean the government is not planning similar requirements for other districts,” Hui told the same radio programme.University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung, meanwhile, was among those who rejected the notion that the recent surge in Covid-19 cases was connected solely to the number of people being tested.“The situation is not improving yet,” Ho said. “If virus transmission is not active in the community, a spike in cases may not happen, even if there is a higher number of people being tested.”Additional reporting by Elizabeth CheungMore from South China Morning Post: * Hong Kong fourth wave: South Asian residents, concern groups outraged over official’s coronavirus remarks * Coronavirus pandemic got Hong Kong to embrace e-commerce, and ‘trend looks likely to stay’This article Hong Kong fourth wave: half of city’s 77 new cases are from coronavirus-hit district Yau Tsim Mong first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
China’s capital, Beijing, recorded seven more coronavirus cases on Wednesday amid a lingering outbreak in the country’s north. Another 46 were recorded in Jilin province, 16 in Heilongjiang on the border with Russia, and 19 in Hebei, the province surrounding Beijing. China has now recorded a total of 88,557 cases since the virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, with 4,635 deaths.
Many colleagues would be with someone as they died, tell the family, and then have to go straight back on the wards and carry on. Imagine how difficult that must be.
California officials are pinning their hopes on President-elect Joe Biden as they struggle to obtain coronavirus vaccines to curb a coronavirus surge that has packed hospitals and morgues. Doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been arriving haphazardly as they make their way from the federal government through the state and finally to counties, cities and hospitals. San Francisco's public health department said it was likely to run out of vaccine on Thursday, in part because the state pulled back on administering a batch of Moderna shots after several health workers had a bad reaction.
United Nations agencies are warning that more than 350 million people in the Asia-Pacific region are going hungry as the coronavirus pandemic destroys jobs and pushes food prices higher. The report issued Wednesday by four agencies says the pandemic is making it difficult for 1.9 billion people to afford healthy diets. The latest estimate is that nearly 688 million people globally are undernourished, more than half of them in Asia.
The UK coronavirus strain has been detected in at least 60 countries, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, 10 more than a week ago.
The Philippines has allowed China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. to hold clinical trials in the Southeast Asian nation for its coronavirus vaccine, which President Rodrigo Duterte prefers to be inoculated with, officials said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: The UK coronavirus strain has been detected in at least 60 countries, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, 10 more than a week ago.
"It's about time they passed this law. We're fed up with this smoke!" declared Massimo Gabbiadini, a shopkeeper in Piazza del Duomo, after Milan banned smoking in many outdoor places.
Vaccine supply issues continued to plague California on Tuesday even as other indicators about the spread of the coronavirus showed what the top health official called “rays of hope” amid the deadliest days of the pandemic. San Francisco’s public health department said it's likely to run out of vaccine Thursday, in part because the state pulled back on administering a batch of Moderna shots after several health workers in San Diego had a bad reaction. The county health department received 12,000 doses last week and had expected the same amount this week, but it received only 1,775.
A cluster of allergic reactions at a single facility in San Diego has prompted officials to halt the distribution of a batch of the Moderna vaccine.
Mexican authorities are investigating the theft of several coronavirus vaccines from a public hospital, the army said Tuesday, underscoring the challenges of distributing the shots across the crime-plagued country.
Netflix reported mixed earnings, with the company posting $$6.64B in revenue and $1.19 in adjusted EPS, compared to consensus estimates of $6.63B in revenue and $1.38 EPS. Annandale Capital CEO George Seay joined Yahoo Finance’s Jared Blikre to break down the details.
The NBA commissioner believes players can play a prominent role in advocating for the COVID-19 vaccine.