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Official: Chinese vaccines’ effectiveness low

Official: Chinese vaccines’ effectiveness low

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In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boostBy JOE McDONALD and HUIZHONG WU Associated PressApril 11, 2021, 7:30 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country's top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to get a boost.Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, at a conference Saturday in the southwestern city of Chengdu.Beijing has distributed hundreds of millions of doses...

Shots for shots: New Orleans bars offer vaccines

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Bars in New Orleans are doing their part to battle the coronavirus pandemicByThe Associated PressApril 9, 2021, 9:30 PM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW ORLEANS -- Bars in New Orleans are doing their part to battle the coronavirus pandemic.Local media reported that two of the city’s bars are holding events where patrons can get the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.The Dragon’s Den, which is located near the beginning of the music club-lined Frenchmen Street, posted on its Facebook page that Friday evening people could come and get the vaccine and then a complimentary shot. The vaccines are being administered on the median in front of the bar by Crescent Care, a federally qualified health center in the city.Dr. Jason Halperin, an infectious disease exp...

As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

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This week, Florida expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to all residents 16 and older. But across the state, more than 70,000 people still don’t have access to the vaccine. Those men and women are Florida state prisoners.More than half the country has opened up vaccine eligibility, vastly expanding the ability for most Americans to get the shots, whatever their age or medical conditions. But inside prisons, it’s a different story: Prisoners, not free to seek out vaccines, still lack access on the whole.Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press. In some states, prisoners and advocates have resorted to lawsuits to get access. And even when they are eligible, they ar...
Over-70s could get booster Covid jab from September – vaccines minister

Over-70s could get booster Covid jab from September – vaccines minister

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ReutersPeople aged over 70 could start receiving Covid booster jabs from September to protect them from new variants, the vaccines minister has said.Nadhim Zahawi told the Daily Telegraph the first doses would go to the over-70s, health and social care staff and the clinically extremely vulnerable.Scientists have been developing booster jabs to combat new Covid variants.More than 29 million people in the UK have now had a first dose of a vaccine.Mr Zahawi said deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam thought "that if we are going to see a requirement for a booster jab to protect the most vulnerable, [it] would be around September".Those first booster jabs would be given to those in the top four priority groups of the vaccine rollout.When will I get the Covid vaccine?PM: Covid third wa...
Covid-19: Vaccines and vaccine passports being sold on darknet

Covid-19: Vaccines and vaccine passports being sold on darknet

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Getty ImagesCovid-19 vaccines, vaccine passports and faked negative test papers are being sold on the darknet.Prices range between $ 500 (£360) and $ 750 for doses of AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Sinopharm or Johnson & Johnson jabs.Fake vaccination certificates are also being sold by anonymous traders for as little as $ 150.Researchers say they have seen a "sharp increase" in vaccine-related darknet adverts, while the BBC has been unable to verify if the vaccines are real.The darknet, also known as the dark web, is a portion of the internet that is only accessible through specific browser tools.Researchers at cyber-security company Check Point have monitored hacking forums and other marketplaces since January, when vaccine adverts first appeared.They say the number of adverts they have seen h...