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CDC: Israel’s COVID-19 vaccine program lowers cases of severe disease among older adults

CDC: Israel’s COVID-19 vaccine program lowers cases of severe disease among older adults

Health
Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Widespread acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine among older adults in Israel has led to a decline in those requiring mechanical ventilation during treatment for the disease, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Israel launched a robust vaccination program in December and, by Feb. 9, 84% of those age 70 and older had received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, the agency said. Advertisement From October through December of last year, prior to the start of the vaccination campaign, adults age 70 and older were nearly six times as likely to require mechanical ventilation to treat COVID-19 compared to adults under age 50 years. By February, after widespread vaccination, older adults were just under twice as likely to req...
The Latest: Germany sees drop in new cases levelling off

The Latest: Germany sees drop in new cases levelling off

Health
HONG KONG— China's Sinovac delivered 1 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac to Hong Kong on Friday evening.Government officials approved Sinovac’s two-dose vaccine on Thursday. The semi-autonomous city is relying on three vaccines and has purchased 22.5 million doses in total.Priority groups include health care workers and those above the age of 60, as well as essential workers. Online appointments will begin on Tuesday.The city is also expecting 1 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine by the end of February. It has also purchased Astrazeneca’s shots.Sinovac has yet to publicly release clinical trial data from its last stage of testing, drawing criticism for lack of transparency.The Hong Kong government says the Sinovac vaccine has received unanimous approval from an expert...
Supreme Court dismisses two cases about Trump’s business conflicts

Supreme Court dismisses two cases about Trump’s business conflicts

Business
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tossed out two cases that dealt with whether businesses owned by former President Donald Trump unfairly profited during his time in political office. The cases, brought by a non-profit and the District of Columbia and state of Maryland were sent back to lower appeals courts to "dismiss as moot" because Trump lost the 2020 election and was no longer president. Advertisement The cases centered on whether Trump's business operations, including his hotels in New York and Washington, D.C., violated the Constitution's emolument clause, which bans sitting presidents from receiving gifts from foreign or local governments. For the four years of Trump's presidency, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, the non-profit that fi...
Record deaths, cases In Mexico strain health resources; world toll 2.1M

Record deaths, cases In Mexico strain health resources; world toll 2.1M

World
Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The coronavirus pandemic has been surging to record daily deaths and cases in Mexico, straining the resources of hospitals and morgues despite a nationwide vaccination plan. Mexico is among the nations grappling with a pandemic that has reached 2,134,449 deaths and is just shy of 100 million cases at 99,538,884 cases worldwide, according to tracking by Worldometers.info. Advertisement Cases and deaths are surging despite the beginning stages of vaccine distribution as well as restrictions, including lockdowns. Many nations have issued a travel ban, including Israel which on Sunday vote to ban all international passenger travel to and from its airports starting at midnight Monday. That includes Ben Gurion in Lod, near Tel Aviv, which handled 24.8 million passengers in 2019...
South Africa coronavirus variant: 77 cases found in UK

South Africa coronavirus variant: 77 cases found in UK

Health
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