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Covid-19: Vaccine offers for all those aged 56 or over

Covid-19: Vaccine offers for all those aged 56 or over

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EPAPeople aged 56 to 59 in England are being invited to book their coronavirus vaccine from this week. Letters for people in the age group, offering them the vaccine, started being delivered to homes on Saturday. It comes after eight in 10 people aged 65 to 69 have taken up the offer of a jab, NHS England said.But the Office for National Statistics (ONS ) has warned the UK is "not out of the woods yet". More than 18 million people in England have already had one dose of the vaccine - over a third of the entire adult population. The latest figures show that across the UK, nearly 21.4 million people have now had one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with more than a million now having had both doses required. When will I get the vaccine? When and how will lockdown end? What is happening to the R ...
Covid-19: Updated vaccines can be fast-tracked like flu jabs

Covid-19: Updated vaccines can be fast-tracked like flu jabs

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Dan KitwoodNew Covid vaccines to fight variants like the one from Brazil can be fast-tracked through the approval system, says the UK's regulator the MHRA. Current vaccines may not work as well against some variants and scientists are working on updating them now. But manufacturers will not need to seek brand new approval or do lengthy clinical studies. However they will need proof that the shots trigger protective antibodies in the blood.The aim is to shorten the process, where possible, so that vaccine approval could happen in weeks and months, not years. A similar fast-track method is already used for annual flu vaccines which regularly need updating to keep up with a virus that is constantly changing by mutating. The MHRA has issued guidance, along with authorities in Australia, Canad...
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

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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...
Study: One in 10 people exposed to COVID-19 at home tests positive

Study: One in 10 people exposed to COVID-19 at home tests positive

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Feb. 26 (UPI) -- One in 10 people exposed to COVID-19 tests positive for the virus, according to a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open. In the analysis of data on more than 7,200 confirmed cases of the virus in the Boston area, diagnosed between March 4 and May 17, 2020, more than 1,800 of the study participants' nearly 18,000 household contacts later were infected, the data showed. Advertisement Older adults who shared a home with an infected person were nearly four times as likely to catch the virus, the researchers said. "A 10% transmission rate is actually high by many infectious disease standards, especially if you consider that many of these secondary cases occurred several days after the index case," study co-author Dr. Joshua P. Metlay told UPI. That means "that the infec...
Spring training: Teams seek fresh start after COVID-19 threw MLB a curve in 2020

Spring training: Teams seek fresh start after COVID-19 threw MLB a curve in 2020

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MIAMI, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The Miami Marlins were arguably the MLB team most impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. They'll be one of 28 teams that start MLB spring training games Sunday with a renewed sense of optimism and appreciation for baseball. "It's going to be a full season, so let's see what we are made of," Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas told reporters Wednesday on a Zoom video conference. Advertisement All 30 MLB teams reported to camps last week, with half the league at training facilities in Florida and the other half in Arizona. The reporting dates came almost exactly a year after teams reported in 2020. Last year's preseason slate suddenly stopped in March, though, because of the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted an unprecedented MLB season. Forty-three 43 games were postponed and ...