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COVID-19 hampering children’s immunizations; global cases surpass 3 million

COVID-19 hampering children’s immunizations; global cases surpass 3 million

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April 27 (UPI) -- Disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic are hampering children's immunizations against other diseases, the World Health Organization said Monday as the global caseload surpassed 3 million. In his regular briefing from WHO's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said polio vaccination campaigns around the world have been put on hold due to travel restrictions and parents' frequently misinformed concerns about COVID-19. "The tragic reality is that children will die as a result," he said, noting that at least 21 low- and middle-income countries are already reporting vaccine shortages as a result of border closures and disruptions to travel. Meanwhile, Ghebreyesus said even as the pandemic is slowing down in the current epic...
Coronavirus vaccine: Target of a million doses by September, scientists say

Coronavirus vaccine: Target of a million doses by September, scientists say

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Scientists at the University of Oxford say they should have at least a million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by September this year.The UK government, which is backing the project, said there were "no guarantees" and it was not possible to put a date on a vaccine.The first patients are expected to take part in the Oxford trials next week.However, it is still too soon to know whether it will be either safe or effective.Most experts still estimate it will take 12 to 18 months to develop and manufacture a vaccine.What is a coronavirus vaccine?Vaccines train the immune system to prevent people developing a disease, such as Covid-19. If enough people become immune then the coronavirus would not be able to spread so effectively and social distancing measures w...
Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one million

Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one million

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More than a million cases of coronavirus have been registered globally, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University - another grim milestone as the world grapples with the spreading pandemic. More than 51,000 people have died and more than 208,000 have recovered, according to the university's figures.The US accounts for the most cases; Italy the highest death toll.The disease, Covid-19, first emerged in central China three months ago. Though the tally kept by Johns Hopkins records one million confirmed cases, the actual number is thought to be much higher. It took a month and a half for the first 100,000 cases to be registered. A million was reached after a doubling in cases over the past week. Nearly a quarter ...
Coronavirus: NHS 111 has 1.7 million queries in 15 days

Coronavirus: NHS 111 has 1.7 million queries in 15 days

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In the past 15 days, NHS 111 has responded to more than 1.7 million inquiries from people concerned they might have symptoms of coronavirus. About 1.5 million were web-based assessments, while the rest were calls to the 111 phone number or 999.People who think they have symptoms - a fever or a new, continuous cough - should use the online service and call only if they cannot get help online.The NHS Digital data is not based on outcomes of tests for coronavirus.And the numbers do not represent individual people - it is possible some have sought help more than once or via various channels.Meanwhile, the government faces growing criticism over a lack of testing for front-line staff who could return to work if found clear of the virus.On Tuesday, Cabinet Off...
Half a million coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide

Half a million coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide

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Half a million people worldwide have now been infected by the coronavirus.The milestone was reached as Italy reported 6,153 new cases, taking its total to 80,539. Italy is now fewer than 1,300 cases behind China - where COVID-19 first emerged in December.China stands at 81,782, according to Johns Hopkins University, but has seen a huge slowdown in new cases as the disease widens its spread across Europe and the US.There are now 75,233 confirmed coronavirus cases in the US, 56,197 in Spain and 43,646 in Germany, rounding out the top five countries globally. ...