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Covid: UK vaccine rollout ‘breaking link’ between infections and death

Covid: UK vaccine rollout ‘breaking link’ between infections and death

Health
Getty ImagesIncreasingly strong evidence shows that the UK's vaccination programme is breaking the link between Covid-19 cases and deaths, scientists tracking the epidemic have said. A study found infections had fallen by roughly two-thirds since February, before beginning to level off.This is probably because people are beginning to mix more - but deaths have not followed the same pattern.This was not the case before January, when the vaccine rollout began. The research, commissioned by the government and run by Imperial College London, is based on swabs taken from 140,000 people selected to represent England's population.Of that group, who were tested for the virus between 11 and 30 March, 227 had a positive result, giving a rate of 0.2%, or one in 500 people.But in people over the age o...
Australia approves AstraZeneca vaccine for use; rollout to start next week

Australia approves AstraZeneca vaccine for use; rollout to start next week

World
Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Australia's medical regulator on Tuesday approved use of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University as the country plans to begin inoculating its citizens against the coronavirus next week. The Therapeutic Good Administration announced Tuesday that the two-dose vaccine regimen has been registered for use for those 18 years old and older. Advertisement "The TGA, from a regulatory perspective, has reviewed all the available evidence and determined that the AstraZeneca vaccine can be safely administered 4-12 weeks apart," the regulator said. "The TGA has rigorously evaluated all clinical trial data and information provided by AstraZeneca, and has issued provisional approval." Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters Tuesday that the initial suppl...
Experts: Slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout shows U.S. public health ‘disinvestment’

Experts: Slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout shows U.S. public health ‘disinvestment’

Health
Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Rollout of the available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States continues to be slow, due in part to "20 years of disinvestment in the country's public health infrastructure," experts said Thursday. As a result, entire segments of the population have been excluded from vaccination, particularly communities of color, as states scramble to develop their own vaccine rollout plans, public health expert Dr. Chris Beyrer said. Advertisement "Although we have two efficacious vaccines due to our very robust biomedical research infrastructure in the United States, our system to deliver these vaccines to the public is nowhere near as advanced," said Beyrer, a professor of public health and human rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "There is more demand th...
Biden says vaccine rollout has been a ‘dismal failure’ and urges Americans to wear a mask for 99 days

Biden says vaccine rollout has been a ‘dismal failure’ and urges Americans to wear a mask for 99 days

World
Joe Biden has warned that the fight to bring coronavirus under control in the US is a "wartime undertaking" - devoting much of his first full day in office to tackling the pandemic.The new president signed 10 executive orders on Thursday that are designed to ramp up testing, tackle vaccine shortages, and increase mask wearing nationwide. More than 406,000 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the US, and more than 24.5 million cases have been confirmed - with 4,367 fatalities confirmed in the past 24 hours. Image: Mr Biden signed 10 executive orders concerning the coronavirus pandemic Mr Biden has described the rollout of vaccines in the US as a "dismal failure so far", and vowed to expand vaccine manufacturing in the coming wee...
Just 1% of Californians immunized amid slow vaccine rollout

Just 1% of Californians immunized amid slow vaccine rollout

Technology
LOS ANGELES -- The crush of patients with coronavirus is so severe in Los Angeles that on Tuesday they exceeded the normal capacity at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, which serves many Blacks and Latinos in America's largest county.The hospital in the south part of the city, which has a capacity of 131 patients, was treating 215 patients, 135 of them with COVID-19, said Jeff Stout, the interim chief nursing and operating officer.MLK is emblematic of what is happening at hospitals in Los Angeles, where a surge of coronavirus cases has overwhelmed medical staff, created a shortage of oxygen and led to a directive to ambulance crews to stop transporting patients they can’t revive in the field.Stout said the hospital was finalizing its crisis standards of care, which are guidelines ...