(MELBOURNE, Australia.) #Coronavirus Report: Country unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Jan.18: Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations: Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March:

Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Recently returned passengers wearing face masks take their luggage to a quarantine hotel in Sydney
Anyone entering Australia has to undergo a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine according to BBC in Australia

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Reuters/AAPDr Brendan Murphy (left) was Australia’s chief medical officer and now leads the Department of Health

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

ReutersA passenger from New Zealand arriving at Sydney Airport last October

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time. 

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.Travel abroad UK: How to fly during a global pandemic

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

#AceHealthDesk report ………..Published: Jan.18:2021:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Report: Despite the huge need to free up space in hospitals, some care homes say insurance issues make it impossible for them to accept #Covid19 patients #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – In October, the government launched a scheme for designated care homes to take patients recovering from the virus but insurance is a stumbling block:

#Coronavirus Report: #Covid19: Insurance fears stop care homes taking patients

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Sir David Behan, head of the UK’s largest care home company, HC-One, says insurance has become a major concern: The government says it is working to resolve the issue: ” We are aware the adult social care insurance market is changing in response to the pandemic, and recognise some care providers may encounter difficulties as their policies come up for renewal,” said a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson.

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One Hampshire care home says it will have to stop taking patients within days because its insurance will expire: Waterside House in Netley, Hampshire usually provides holidays and respite care for people with disabilities: But since the autumn it has been taking Covid-positive patients discharged from hospitals on the south coast: They are looked after on a separate floor from other residents, and the home has had to meet high infection control standards.

Home manager Sarah Knight said demand for the 31 beds is unparalleled and added: “I’ve been in nursing a long, long time, and I have never known anything like this: ” People end up in an ambulance sat outside hospitals for hours and hours, or they end up on a trolley in A&E in a corridor for hours and hours: ” By offering the best that we’ve got here, we can reduce some of that burden.”

Jan Tregelles is chief executive of the charity Revitalise which runs Waterside House: The government originally hoped there would be 500 designated care homes taking in Covid-positive patients: But Waterside House is one of only 129 which have been set up to take those who have not completed 14 days in isolation.

However, its public indemnity insurance protection, which it needs in case someone contracts Covid there, runs out at the end of January. …………Waterside House is run by the charity Revitalise, whose chief executive, Jan Tregelles, said they have tried everything, but will soon have to start turning away people: “ It’s shocking,” she says. “We are truly helpless. We have a fantastic team of nurses and colleagues already: “ The facilities are here, everything’s arranged and we can’t step up to support our communities at this time.”

“ One resident, Alan Washbourne, who has been living at Waterside House since he was discharged from hospital during the first wave of the pandemic, said: “I feel quite safe here.” He is not on the Covid floor of the home, and added: “If I were to go to somewhere else, which is possible, I might not feel quite so safe.”…………Alan Washbourne has been at Waterside House since April last year

After so many deaths last spring, many care homes will not consider taking patients who are Covid-positive, even with extra infection control measures: Meanwhile, growing numbers of staff are off sick or self-isolating, leaving care homes facing shortages: And many are also finding it difficult to get the public indemnity insurance.

Sir David Behan is chairman of HC-One, the UK’s largest care home provider: Since November, HC-One, which is the UK’s largest care home provider, has had to cover its own Covid risks because it cannot get the insurance: Sir David said it is one of the reasons why they have not taken part in the designated places scheme: “ You’ve got solicitors’ firms advertising, taking cases up against care companies,” he says.” So, this isn’t a theoretical risk that there may be proceedings, it’s an actual risk, and therefore we need cover.

” The NHS wouldn’t operate without similar liability cover and that’s what we need to see, and I think governments have a role to play working with the insurance industry to work to find a solution.”

The Department for Health and Social Care said it was making efforts to determine what actions it could take: Our priority is to ensure everyone receives the right care, in the right place, at the right time,” said a spokesperson:

#AceHealthDesk report …………Published: Jan.15: 2021:

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(BRUSSELS) #Coronavirus Report: Documents relating to the regulatory submission of the Pfizer-BioNTech #Covid19 vaccine candidate to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) were “unlawfully accessed” during a #cyberattack, the pharma firms have said #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – The EMA confirmed earlier on Wednesday that it had been the subject of a cyberattack, but did not provide further details and said it would not do so while an investigation into the hack was ongoing:

© Reuters / Hannah McKay

EU medicines regulator EMA ‘targeted in cyberattack’

In a joint statement, Pfizer and BioNTech said they were informed on Wednesday by the EU medicines regulator that “some documents relating to the regulatory submission for Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate…which has been stored on an EMA server, had been unlawfully accessed.”

At this time, we await further information about EMA’s investigation and will respond appropriately and in accordance with EU law. 

The pair added that none of their systems had been breached and that they were not aware of “any personal data of study participants being accessed.”

“EMA has assured us that the cyberattack will have no impact on the timeline for its review” of the vaccine, they added, which is already being rolled out in the UK.

A medic receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on the first day of the largest immunisation programme in the British history, at the Louisa Jordan Hospital, in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain (FILE PHOTO) © Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Do not take Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine if you have a ‘significant history of allergic reactions,’ UK regulator warns

A day after the vaccine was first administered in the UK, the British medicines and healthcare regulator issued a warning about the administering of the jab, saying that two medics with a history of serious allergies had suffered severe reactions to it. The health agency said that people with a history of ‘significant’ allergic reactions should not receive it:

Canada became the second country to approve the vaccine on Wednesday.

#AceHealthDesk report ……………..Published: Dec.10: 2020:

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(BERLIN, Germany.) #Coronavirus Report: Saxony will impose a strict lockdown starting next week, in a bid to contain the rising number of positive #COVID19 tests and hospitalisations related to the disease #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.08: Starting next Monday, schools, kindergartens and retail outlets will be shuttered until January 10, the Prime Minister of Saxony Michael Kretschmer announced: Only businesses providing essential supplies and services will be allowed to operate: According to Kretschmer, 20 to 30 percent of intensive care beds in the state are currently occupied by Covid-19 patients, and in some regions of Saxony hospitals have reached capacity:

A nurse checks medical files at a hospital in Berlin. November 2020. © Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch

German hospitals packed to the brim with 40% more Covid-19 patients in ICUs than during 1st wave – union chief

Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig said there would also be a ban on alcohol in public places, and that indoor sporting events would be prohibited. He described the situation in the state as “dramatic.” Saxony has become the country’s hotspot for positive Covid-19 tests. In total, Germany reported 14,054 newly confirmed positive tests in the past 24 hours on Tuesday, bringing the nationwide total to 1.2 million. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country rose by 423 to 19,342.

#AceHealthDesk report ……………….Published: Dec.08: 2020:

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(LONDON) Ministerial Statement Report: Nadhim Zahawi MP has been appointed as a ‘ Parliamentary Under Secretary of State ‘ at the Department of Health and Social Care #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.28: The British government appointed a vaccines minister on Saturday as it prepares to inoculate millions of people against the coronavirus, potentially starting within days: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Conservative lawmaker Nadhim Zahawi will oversee the country’s biggest vaccine program in decades:

Ministerial Appointment: 28 November 2020: Nadim Zahawi MP as #Covid19according to @DHSCgovuk

The U.K. medicines regulator is currently assessing two vaccines — one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the other by Oxford University and AstraZeneca — to see if they are safe and effective. The Guardian newspaper reported that hospitals have been told they could receive the first doses of the Pfizer shot the week of Dec. 7, if it receives approval: The U.K. says frontline health care workers and nursing home residents will be the first to be vaccinated, followed by older people, starting with those over age 80.

Britain has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, enough for 20 million people, and 100 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine: In all, the U.K. government has agreed to purchase up to 355 million doses of vaccine from seven different producers, as it prepares to vaccinate as many of the country’s 67 million people as possible: Decisions about which, if any, vaccines to authorize will be made by the independent Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency:

Pfizer and BioNTech say their vaccine is 95% effective, according to preliminary data. It must be stored at ultra-cold temperatures of around minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit)…………….The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can be stored at conventional refrigerator temperatures, and is also cheaper than its main rivals. But some scientists have questioned gaps in its reported results.

Oxford and AstraZeneca reported this week that their vaccine appeared to be 62% effective in people who received two doses, and 90% effective when volunteers were given a half dose followed by a full dose: They said the half dose was administered because of a manufacturing error, and they plan a new clinical trial to investigate the most effective dosing regimen:

The British government hopes a combination of vaccines and mass testing will end the need for restrictions on business and everyday life it imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Britain has had Europe’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak, with more than 57,000 confirmed virus-related deaths: The prime minister said this week that officials hope to inoculate “the vast majority of the people who need the most protection by Easter.” But he warned that “we must first navigate a hard winter” of restrictions:

A four-week national lockdown in England is due to end Wednesday, and will be replaced by three-tiered system of regional measures that restrict business activity, travel and socializing. The vast majority of the country is being put into the upper two tiers: Johnson faces opposition to the measures from dozens of his own Conservative Party’s lawmakers, who say the economic damage outweighs the public health benefits.

But Cabinet minister Michael Gove said the restrictions were “grimly” necessary to avoid the health system being overwhelmed this winter: Writing in The Times of London, Gove said there are currently 16,000 coronavirus patients in British hospitals, not far below the April peak of 20,000. A rise in infections would mean coronavirus patients would “displace all but emergency cases. And then even those.,” he said: ” If, however, we can keep the level of infection stable or, even better, falling, and hold out through January and February, then we can be confident that vaccination will pull the plug on the problem,” Gove wrote:

#AceHealthDesk report ………………Published: Nov.28: 2020:

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(PYONGYANG, N.K.) #Coronavirus Report: The North tried to hack at least one South Korean pharmaceutical company developing a #Covid19 vaccine, lawmaker Ha Tae-keung told reporters after attending a closed-door briefing by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.28: North Korea conducted a cyberattack on companies connected with vaccine development, an official in South Korea has said, citing intelligence report: The lawmaker who is a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, said the NIS did not specify which company had been targeted, but there was no damage from the hacking attempts:

US-based cyber security firm Cybereason said earlier this month a group of hackers from North Korea was targeting companies working on the research and development of Covid-19 vaccines, and similar claims were made by Microsoft: https://t.me/c/1099420761/2094372

The software giant made allegations against Russian hackers as well: However, Russian officials previously said they did not see any reason for such cyber intrusions, as the country is developing several vaccines by itself:

Pyongyang did not comment on the recent allegations: In May, it denounced the accusations of cyber warfare made by the US as a smear campaign: North Korea announced in July that it was developing its own vaccine for Covid-19.

#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: Nov.28: 2020:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Press Release Statement Report: Health Secretary Matt Hancock: Announces rules on regional tiers as we come out of this lockdown with emphasis on protecting people and the NHS to enable those in higher tiers to be able to bring the virus under control: These following areas will be in each tier from the 2 December with a local tracker ….link below #Share2Care #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.26: On 23 November, the Prime Minister set out our COVID-19 Winter Plan in Parliament. Our COVID-19 Winter Plan puts forward the UK Government’s programme for suppressing the virus, protecting the NHS and the vulnerable, keeping education and the economy going, and providing a route back to normality: Thanks to the shared sacrifice of everyone in recent weeks, in following the national restrictions, we have been able to start to bring the virus back under control and slow its growth, easing some of the pressure on the NHS: We will do this by returning to a regional tiered approach, saving the toughest measures for the parts of the country where prevalence remains too high:

#Coronavirus Report: GOVUK Matt Hancock says now we are returning to a regional tiered approach from December.02: 2020:

A written statement from the Health and Social Care Secretary to the House of Commons on returning to local COVID restriction tiers in England.

Department of Health and Social Care

The tiering approach provides a framework that, if used firmly, should prevent the need to introduce stricter national measures. On 2 December we will lift the national restrictions across all of England and the following restrictions will be eased:

  • the stay-at-home requirement will end
  • non-essential retail, gyms, personal care will reopen. The wider leisure and entertainment sectors will also reopen, although to varying degrees
  • communal worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume
  • people will no longer be limited to seeing one other person in outdoor public spaces, where the rule of 6 will now apply

The new regulations set out the restrictions applicable in each tier. We have taken into account advice from SAGE on the impact of the previous tiers to strengthen the measures in the tiers, and help enable areas to move more swiftly into lower tiers.

The changes to the tiers are as follows:

  • in tier 1, the government will reinforce the importance that, where people can work from home, they should do so
  • in tier 2, hospitality settings that serve alcohol must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • in tier 3, hospitality will close except for delivery, drive-through and takeaway, hotels and other accommodation providers must close (except for specific exemptions, such as people staying for work purposes, where people are attending a funeral, or where they cannot return home) and indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and bowling allies must also close. Elite sport will be played without spectators. Organised outdoor sport can resume, but the Government will advise against higher risk contact sports

These are not easy decisions, but they have been made according to the best clinical advice, and the criteria that we set out in the COVID-19 Winter Plan.

These are:

  1. case detection rates in all age groups
  2. case detection rates in the over 60s
  3. the rate at which cases are rising or falling
  4. positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)
  5. pressure on the NHS

The indicators have been designed to give the government a picture of what is happening with the virus in any area so that suitable action can be taken: These key indicators need to be viewed in the context of how they interact with each other as well as the wider context but provide an important framework for decision making – assessing the underlying prevalence in addition to how the spread of the disease is changing in areas: Given these sensitivities, it is not possible to set rigid thresholds for these indicators:

The regulations will require the government to review the allocations every 14 days, with the first review complete by the end of 16 December: We have been able to announce UK-wide arrangements for Christmas, allowing friends and loved ones to reunite, and form a Christmas bubble of 3 households for 5 days over the Christmas period: We have increased funding through our Contain Outbreak Management Fund, which will provide monthly payments to local authorities facing higher restrictions: We are also launching a major community testing programme, honing in on the areas with the greatest rate of infection: This programme is open to local authorities in tier 3 areas and offers help to get out of the toughest restrictions as fast as possible:

The following areas will be in each tier from the 2 December: This list will also be published on GOV.UK and a postcode tracker will be available for the public to check what rules apply in their local area:

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Nov.26: 2020:

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(LONDON) GOVUK Press Release Statement Report: Chancellor Rishi Sunak Announces that Scotland will receive £2.4bn of new funding 2021/22 through the Barnett formula for devolved areas such as health & social c are, education and housing & in addition £8.2bn guaranteed to the Government in 2020/21, above the fund ing allocated at the Spring Budget earlier this year, in the face of the #coronavirus and its impact on the economy #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport – Nov.26: Chancellor Rishi Sunak today unveiled a Spending Review for the whole of the UK as he laid out plans to help every corner of Scotland to build back better and fight #coronavirus: The Chancellor announced that Scotland will receive £2.4bn of new funding from the UK Government in 2021/22 through the Barnett formula for devolved areas such as health and social care, education and housing: This is double the £1.2bn new funding provided for 2020/21 at the 2019 Spending Round: It is also in addition to the £8.2bn guaranteed to the Scottish Government in 2020/21, above the funding allocated at the Spring Budget earlier this year, in the face of the coronavirus and its impact on the economy: Scotland will also receive a significant boost from more than £100bn of capital investment across the UK in 2021/22, improving connectivity and productivity:

GOVUK Chancellor Rishi Sunak Announces Spending review to deliver for Scotland

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces £2.4bn of new funding for Scotland for 2021/22

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:

This Spending Review will help people in every corner of Scotland.

It will provide billions of pounds to fight coronavirus, deliver the peoples’ priorities and drive the UK’s recovery.

The Treasury is, has been, and will always be the Treasury for the whole of the United Kingdom. And this is a Spending Review for the whole of the United Kingdom.

Speaking after the Chancellor delivered the UK Government’s Spending Review, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said:

The UK Government’s Spending Review delivers for all parts of the UK at this challenging time. Never before has the strength of the Union, and the role of the UK Treasury, been more important.

The UK Government pledged to bring funding decisions back from Brussels, and our plans for a new UK Shared Prosperity Fund will deliver on this promise. Communities across the UK have been hit hard by Covid, so I welcome the Chancellor’s announcement today of £220 million in additional funding in the coming financial year. This will be delivered by the UK Government across the UK, working in partnership with local authorities and communities.

We made a commitment to maintain funding for our vital rural and coastal communities and are fulfilling that through £570 million to support farmers and our rural economy, and £14 million to support Scottish fisheries. Additional funding for broadband will help boost the economies of some of Scotland’s most remote communities.

Accelerating the Tay, Moray, Borderlands and Islands growth deals is great news. It will help support jobs and drive economic recovery across swathes of Scotland.

The new UK Infrastructure Bank will help support our post-covid economic recovery. A billion pounds for our net zero climate change target will ensure the UK remains a world leader in climate action, ahead of us bringing the world to Glasgow for COP26 next year. And the new counter-terrorism operations centre will help keep people in all parts of the UK safe from global threats.

The Scottish Government will receive an additional £2.4 billion in Barnett Consequentials. This is over and above the £8.2 billion they have already been allocated since March this year. This additional funding will help support jobs and public services in Scotland while we fight the pandemic.

The UK Government will continue to do all it can to support people in all parts of the United Kingdom.

The Chancellor used the Spending Review to reaffirm his commitment to growth across Scotland – announcing an £11m acceleration of City and Growth Deal funding over each year remaining in four Scotland Deals: Tay Cities, Borderlands (Scotland), Moray and the Scottish Islands will be funded over 10 years, rather than 15 years, releasing funding more quickly to enable projects to come online sooner: By bringing forward the investment, Tay Cities will receive an additional £6.3m each year, Borderlands (Scotland) an extra £2.1m, Moray an extra £1.1m and the Scottish Islands an additional £1.7m.

Projects announced today include the Gigabit and Shared Rural Network programmes for better mobile coverage: The Gigabit programme subsidises the rollout of gigabit-capable broadband in the most difficult to reach 20% of the UK, while the Shared Rural Network programme is a partnership with industry that will deliver high-quality 4G mobile coverage across 95% of the UK by 2025.

Investment in new green industries will support green growth clusters, offshore wind capacity, port infrastructure, Carbon Capture and Storage and low carbon hydrogen: The global underwater hub, funded by £1.3m announced at today’s Spending Review, will eventually comprise of physical presences in the existing underwater engineering cluster in North East Scotland: Separately, institutions and companies in Scotland will also be able to access a £14.6bn UK-wide research and development fund:

The Government today confirmed funding for the next stage of the Plan for Jobs – including £1.6bn for the landmark Kickstart scheme in 2021/22, which will see the creation of up to 250,000 government-subsidised jobs for young people: The apprenticeship hiring incentive that launched in August will also be extended to 31 March 2021, offering employers up to £2,000 for every new apprentice they hire.

‘ Investment from EU Structural Funds is increasing in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 21-22 compared to this financial year ‘

‘ The Spending Review provides additional UK funding to help local areas prepare over 2021-22 for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Further details will be published in the New Year ‘

The UK Government has delivered on its manifesto commitment to maintain funding by providing £570m to support farmers, land managers and the rural economy, and £14m to support fisheries in Scotland: The Government committed to boost local economies by establishing at least one Freeport in each of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with locations to be jointly decided by the UK Government and the devolved administrations: And on the cultural front the Government announced £29.1m for Festival UK with projects expected across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The UK Government’s recent announcement of record spending on defence will also directly benefit Scotland as it finances the UK’s order of 8 Type 26 and 5 Type 31 frigates, which are currently being constructed on the Clyde, creating thousands of jobs:

At this Spending Review Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will benefit from UK-wide coronavirus support in health, including £15bn for Test and Trace with Barnett funding provided for England-only elements of the programme…..

#AceFinanceDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.26: 2020:

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(MELBOURNE, Australia.) #Coronavirus Report: Spy Agencies caught collecting #COVID19 COVIDSafe contact tracing app data a government watchdog has found #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.24: Australia’s intelligence agencies have been caught “incidentally” collecting data from the country’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app during the first six months of its launch, a government watchdog has found: From a report published Monday by the Australian government’s inspector general for the intelligence community, which oversees the government’s spy and eavesdropping agencies, said the app data was scooped up “in the course of the lawful collection of other data.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: An Australian Government CovidSafe App advertisement in North Sydney Station. New public transport restrictions in Sydney will see commuter traffic cut by 1.4 million, with a maximum of of 32 people in a train carriage at any given time due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on 18 May, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 18: An Australian Government CovidSafe App advertisement in North Sydney Station. New public transport restrictions in Sydney will see commuter traffic cut by 1.4 million, with a maximum of of 32 people in a train carriage at any given time due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on 18 May, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire)

But the watchdog said that there was “no evidence” that any agency “decrypted, accessed or used any COVID app data.” Incidental collection is a common term used by spies to describe the data that was not deliberately targeted but collected as part of a wider collection effort:

This kind of collection isn’t accidental, but more of a consequence of when spy agencies tap into fiber optic cables, for example, which carries an enormous firehose of data: An Australian government spokesperson told one outlet, which first reported the news, that incidental collection can also happen as a result of the “execution of warrants.” According to a report

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Nov.24: 2020:

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(TEXAS, Ariz.) #Coronavirus Report: National Guard troops have been deployed to El Paso, to help with morgue operations as the city and county grapple with a #COVID19 surge according to Division of Emergency Management said in a statement #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.24: Texas National Guard Deployed to Help El Paso With Morgue Overflow: The Texas Division of Emergency Management said in a statement that “after completing an assessment of the situation on the ground in El Paso County this week, the state has mobilized a team of 36 Texas National Guard personnel to provide mortuary affairs support beginning at 0900 tomorrow,” CBS’ El Paso affiliate reported Friday:

#Coronavirus Report: National Guard troops deployed to El Paso to help with ‘ morgue operations ‘ as surge of #COVID19 cases surge according to a statement …CBS.Com/

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The city’s mayor, Dee Margo, said on Twitter Friday that a “rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations” has brought on a “spike in deaths.” The Texas Military will now provide “the critical personnel” to carry out the city’s “fatality management plan.” El Paso city and county have secured a “central morgue location to further support the Medical Examiner’s Office, funeral homes and mortuaries with additional capacity,” he said:

#AceHealthDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.24: 2020:

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(USA) #Coronavirus Thanksgiving Report: As millions of Americans are already travelling home cases of #COVID are surging across states with LA surpsssing a previous record with nearly 21,000 case on Monday and other states are confirming rises

#AceHealthReport – Nov.24: Millions of Americans are already travelling home to celebrate Thanksgiving, despite warnings from health officials amid a significant wave of coronavirus cases and deaths: Thanksgiving, traditionally a large family get-together that rivals Christmas in size, is on Thursday: Three million people are reported to have already travelled through US airports from Friday to Sunday: But the number is around half the usual figure for Thanksgiving travel:

#Coronavirus Report: Millions travel for Thanksgiving despite warnings but figures are only half of the usual number for this celebration …. BBC.Com/

Travelers depart ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Atlanta, GeorgiaReuters
Three million people are reported to have travelled through US airports from Friday to Sunday

The fall coronavirus surge in California entered a critical moment on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, with the state shattering a daily record for new cases: The state recorded 20,654 cases Monday, significantly surpassing a previous record of 13,400. Hard-hit Los Angeles County recorded more than 6,000 new cases, which was also a daily record: Officials are hoping restrictions imposed over the last week will slow the unprecedented spread of the virus and that residents will avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings that experts fear could spread the virus further: Last week, state officials announced a new order prohibiting most nonessential activity outside the home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in counties that are in the strictest “purple” tier of the state’s color-coded reopening road map. Roughly 94% of Californians — including all those in the southern third of the state — are subject to that order, which lasts until Dec. 21, though it could be extended. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious diseases expert, told CBS News that people in airports “are going to get us into even more trouble than we’re in right now”

The number of people flying in the US is the highest since mid-March, when the virus started to spread rapidly in the country.

Cleavon Gilman, an emergency doctor in Arizona, tweeted: “Our pleas for help have fallen on selfish deaf ears.”

On Monday, the US – the worst-hit country in the world – recorded a further 150,000 cases of coronavirus, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

The number of people admitted to hospital with the virus has increased by nearly 50% in the past two weeks, while more than 257,000 have now died of Covid-19 nationwide:

  • There are concerns in Los Angeles that some hospitals could run out of beds as the pressure of patients infected with Covid-19 becomes too much
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz has caused controversy by tweeting an illustration of a turkey with the words “come and take it”, with the Republican adding: “Wait till they find out we won’t give up Christmas either”. This comes as huge queues have formed at food banks, and morgues in the state become overwhelmed with bodies
  • A large Pentecostal church in California ignored public health orders on Sunday by staging packed indoor services with conservative activist Charlie Kirk. Very few wore masks at the event

#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: Nov.24: 2020:

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(LONDON) Press Release Statement Travel Report: GOVUK Transport Secretary Announces that from 15th December 2020: Passengers arriving in England will be able to reduce mandatory self-isolation by at least a week, as the government launches its new strategy for testing international arrivals at a cost of £65 – 120 prov ided by private firms #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today (24 November 2020) announced that from 15 December 2020, passengers arriving into England from countries not featured on the government’s travel corridor list will have the option to take a test after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing them from the need to isolate: The move will give passengers the confidence to book international trips in the knowledge that they can return home and isolate for a shorter period if they have received a negative test. With those opting in to the scheme having to book and pay for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test from a private provider on the GOV.UK list, we are ensuring the NHS Test and Trace testing capacity is protected: Under the ‘Test to release for international travel’ strategy, passengers arriving into England by plane, ferry or train should book their test before they travel; must complete a passenger locator form; and will still need to self-isolate for 5 days before taking a test – rather than taking it at their port of arrival:

#Coronavirus Report: Test to Release: England introduces testing strategy for international arrivals

Tests will be at the cost of the traveller to protect the capacity of NHS Test and Trace.

Department for Transport

  • testing strategy for passengers arriving into England to be introduced from 15 December
  • 14-day self-isolation period reduced by up to two thirds on receipt of a negative COVID-19 test from a private provider after 5 days of isolation
  • new funding committed to support commercial airports across England as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said:

We have a plan in place to ensure that our route out of this pandemic is careful and balanced, allowing us to focus on what we can now do to bolster international travel while keeping the public safe.

Our new testing strategy will allow us to travel more freely, see loved ones and drive international business. By giving people the choice to test on day 5, we are also supporting the travel industry as it continues to rebuild out of the pandemic.

The ‘Test to Release’ scheme is announced as the government introduces new financial support for English airports and ground handlers serving them: This support, which will shore up jobs and reinforce local economies, will be available to commercial airports in England. The support will address fixed costs and be equivalent to the business rates liabilities of each business, capped at up to £8 million per site, and subject to certain conditions: This scheme will open in the new year:

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

The aviation industry is vital to our economy – creating jobs and driving growth- which is why we have supported them throughout this crisis through the job retention scheme, loans and tax deferrals.

This new package of support for airports, alongside a new testing regime for international arrivals, will help the sector take off once again as we build back better from the pandemic.

The government has considered the evidence which demonstrates that a test after 5 days of self-isolation provides materially better results than just having a test on arrival, as it allows time for the virus, should it be present, to incubate, helping reduce the risk of a false negative result.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said:

Ensuring that safe travel is possible has been a priority for the Global Travel Taskforce. This test on day 5 of the 14-day self-solation period will identify positive coronavirus cases and allow those who test negative to return to work and see their loved ones while abiding by domestic coronavirus restrictions.

This will be done at the cost of the traveller to protect the capacity of NHS Test and Trace and ensure that any UK resident who has symptoms is able to get a test.

Passengers will be able to book a test from a provider on a GOV.UK list before arriving in England. If they choose to book a test, they will need to state this on their passenger locator form prior to arriving and then go straight into self-isolation at home as usual. If they choose to opt in after arrival, they will need to resubmit their passenger locator form: They can then take a test on or after day 5 of the isolation period either at home or at a private provider’s testing site, and on receipt of a negative result, can immediately finish self-isolating and return to following domestic rules: Those choosing not to take a test when arriving from a non-exempt country must continue to follow the current self-isolation requirements (2 weeks)…………….The testing strategy is one outcome of the government’s Global Travel Taskforce report recently presented to the Prime Minister, which also sets out a pathway to restarting the cruise sector……The recommendations are based on advice from a consortium of expert representatives from the aviation, maritime, international rail, tourism and hospitality industries to boost international travel for all modes, whilst safeguarding public health in the UK:

The government will also continue to work with international partners and representatives across the transport industries to further build on the recommendations in the report, including exploring pre-departure testing pilots with partner countries on a bilateral basis: COVID-19 has profoundly changed the nature of international travel. Travellers should always check the latest advice from the FCDO.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.24: 2020:

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(LONDON) Press Release Statment Report: U.K. Parliament today PM Boris Johnson Confirmed the current ‘ National Lockdown ‘ will be lifted next week and as of Dec.03: outdoor sports can resume a nd collective worship and weddings will be allowed, shops carrying non-essential goods, gyms, leisure facili ties and hairdressers will reopen for up to six people from different household can meet outdoors #AceHealth Desk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.23: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that upcoming Christmas would not be normal, but that the UK had turned a corner in the fight against #COVID19 and the escape route is in sight, after confirming that the current national lockdown will be lifted in England next week: This will be still a hard winter, Christmas cannot be normal, and there is a long road to Spring: But we have turned a corner: and the escape route is in sight,” Johnson told Parliament via a videoconference as he unveiled his COVID-19 Winter Plan, which he said had been designed to “carry us safely to spring.”

#Coronavirus Report: Prime Minister publishes #COVID19 Winter Plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today published the government’s COVID Winter Plan.

Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street

  • National restrictions to end on 2 December, with England returning to local tiers
  • Shops, gyms, personal care, and leisure to reopen, whilst collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume
  • Tiers toughened in some areas to safeguard gains, and ensure testing and vaccines can have maximum impact
  • Prime Minister to announce on Thursday which area will be in each tier, based on latest data

The Prime Minister has published the government’s COVID Winter Plan, setting out the end of national restrictions and the steps ministers will take to help bring life back to normal by Spring: The plan seeks to bring R below 1, find new ways of managing the virus and enabling life to return closer to normal, and minimise damage to the economy and society: The collective effort during national restrictions has brought the virus back under control, slowed its spread and eased pressure on the NHS – meaning national restrictions will end on 2 December.

Across England, this means the ‘stay at home’ order will end and shops, gyms, personal care, and the leisure sector will reopen: Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume, and people will not be limited to seeing one other person in outdoor public spaces. Instead, the rule of 6 will again apply.

However, the virus is still present and the Prime Minster, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor agree that without targeted measures in areas where it is most prevalent, it could again run out of control: That would jeopardise progress made, and risk intolerable pressure on the NHS: England will therefore move back into a regional, tiered approach – safeguarding the gains made, and using scientific advances in vaccination, treatments and testing to enable life gradually to return closer to normal by Spring.

Some restrictions will be amended, given lessons learned from previous tiers. For example, the hospitality curfew has been modified to last orders at 10pm and closing time at 11pm, allowing customers to depart in a staggered way: In tiers 1 and 2, spectator sport can also resume outside with capacity limits and social distancing, providing consistency with theatres and concert halls:

But SAGE are clear that, while previous tiers reduced the R rate, they were not enough to bring it below 1: That is why all tiers will be toughened:

For example:

Tier 1 people will be encouraged to minimise travel and work from home where possible:

In tier 2 alcohol may only be served in hospitality settings as part of a substantial meal.

In tier 3 hospitality will close except for delivery and takeaway, and indoor entertainment venues, such as cinemas, casinos and bowling alleys, must also close.

These tiers will be uniform, without negotiations on specific measures, and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Case rates in all age groups;
  • Case rates in the over 60s;
  • The rate at which cases are rising or falling;
  • The number of cases as a percentage of tests taken
  • Pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy.

Tiering allocations will be reviewed every 14 days, and tiering regulations will expire in law at the end of March:

Ministers continue to work with the Devolved Administrations on plans for temporary relaxation over Christmas and will set out details shortly, including for the clinically extremely vulnerable: Given how tough these measures are for tier 3 areas, the government will rapidly extend community testing in those areas.

Following the example of Liverpool: Tier 3 areas will be able to participate in a six-week community testing programme to identify asymptomatic cases, and ensure they self-isolate:

The government also plans to introduce frequent testing as an alternative to the need for self-isolation for people who have had close contact with a positive case: Instead, contacts would have regular tests during the isolation period and only have to self-isolate if they test positive:

This will be trialled in Liverpool first: If successful, will be rolled out across the NHS and care homes in December, and to everyone else from early next year. We will set out full details of our plans shortly:

You can read the full COVID Winter Plan here.

#AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: Nov.23: 2020:

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(CAIRO, Egypt.) #Coronavirus Report: Arab Health Minstry said on Sunday the country has entered the second wave of the #COVID19 #pandemic, with 113,027 cases of the disease since the start, with around 102,000 recoveries and 6,548 fatalities #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.23: On Sunday, Health Minister Hala Zayed held talks with the heads of the Egyptian Drug Authority and the Unified Medical Procurement Authority on the need to review strategic stocks of drugs and medical supplies in a bid to meet the country’s needs amid #COVID19

#Coronavirus Report: Egypts cases of #Covid19 rise to 113,027 with over 6,000 deaths sadly as the country enters the ‘ second wave ‘ according to Arab Health Ministry on Sunday …according to Sputnik.Com/

” The session has discussed the availability of drugs and medical supplies, taking into account the outbreak of the coronavirus second wave,” the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Mugahed said “

Among other things, the Egyptian health officials also discussed measures against pharmaceutical sales through social networks and online drugstores: The minister has called on citizens to purchase medications in pharmacies and authorized drug stores:

To date…………Egypt has registered 113,027 cases of the disease since the start of the pandemic, with around 102,000 recoveries and 6,548 fatalities: On Sunday the health ministry reported 351 new cases and 13 COVID-19-related deaths:

#AceHealthDesk report …….Published: Nov.23: 2020 13:45

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(LONDON) Press Release Statement Report: GOVUK Has today that the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing #Covid19 symptoms, a large trial shows: Interim data suggests 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.23: The government today (Monday 23 November) welcomes the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) review of data from Pfizer/BioNTech to determine whether its vaccine meets robust standards of quality, safety, and effectiveness:

“ Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: It was “incredibly exciting news” and that while there were still safety checks to come, “these are fantastic results”

#Coronavirus Report Government welcomes the MHRA review into Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine as Oxford Vaccine shows its highly effective at stopping people developing #COVID19 symptoms

UK’s independent regulator to evaluate latest data from Pfizer and BioNTech to ensure the quality, safety and effectiveness of the vaccine meets the standards required.

Department of Health and Social Care

  • The UK has ordered 40 million vaccine doses from Pfizer/BioNTech – enough for up to a third of the population
  • Initial data shows the vaccine is 94% effective in protecting people over 65 years old from coronavirus and clinical trials have not reported any serious safety concerns

The companies have reported data that indicates their vaccine is 94% effective in protecting people over 65 years old from COVID-19, with trials suggesting it works equally well in people of all ages, races and ethnicities: As the first country to pre-order the vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech, the UK is expected to receive a total of 40 million doses by the end of 2021, enough to vaccinate up to a third of the population, with the majority of doses anticipated in the first half of next year:

The COVID-19 vaccine will only be authorised for supply by the UK’s independent regulator the MHRA if it meets strict standards of quality, safety, and effectiveness, and if they are satisfied the vaccine can be consistently manufactured:

Today marks the next step forward for the vaccine following the MHRA’s confirmation that it has received the necessary data to progress their review into whether the vaccine meets the required standards:

Despite encouraging data about this vaccine, people must continue to follow public health advice to keep themselves and their loved ones safe; regularly washing their hands, wearing a face mask and making space.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

The whole country will be cheered by the news that Pfizer/BioNTech have formally reported the data from their clinical trials for their vaccine to the regulator. This is another important step on the road to recovery. We must now allow the MHRA’s renowned teams of scientists and clinicians to make an independent assessment of whether it meets their robust standards of quality, safety, and effectiveness.

If approval is granted, the NHS will be ready to deliver. The NHS has vast experience in delivering widespread vaccination programmes and an enormous amount of work has taken place to ensure we have the logistical expertise, transport and workforce to roll out a vaccine according to clinical priority, at the speed at which it can be manufactured.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

Today, we have renewed hope that we are on the brink of one of the most significant scientific discoveries of our time, as we reach the crucial last stage to finding a COVID-19 vaccine.

While this news is a cause for celebration, we must make sure that this vaccine, like all new medicines, meets standards of quality, safety, and effectiveness. I urge the public to be patient while we wait for regulators to do a thorough assessment.

Finding a vaccine is not going to end the pandemic overnight, but we are hopeful of being one step closer to defeating this terrible virus.

Final deployment plans will depend on decisions by regulators but preparations have been underway for months and are in place to ensure that:

  • the NHS will be ready to begin vaccinating as soon as the first vaccine is approved and delivered to the UK
  • GPs have already been signed up to take part in the programme when an appropriate vaccine is ready
  • dozens of hospitals across the country will lead co-ordination on behalf of neighbouring hospitals, community trusts and local health groups in vaccinating staff and other priority groups
  • there will also be vaccinations sites across the country

The government has purchased 7 different types of vaccine in advance and procured 355 million doses: This includes 100 million doses of the vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford: The UK government is working closely with the devolved administrations to ensure an aligned approach to COVID-19 vaccine deployment across the UK:

Chair of Vaccines Taskforce, Kate Bingham, said:

We are moving ever closer to having the means with which to help end this pandemic but we must wait for the outcome of the MHRAassessment before we will truly know if we have our first approved vaccine.

Irrespective of the outcome, which we all hope will be positive, this is a tremendous day for science. It is testament to the Herculean efforts of the scientific and biopharmaceutical community and it makes me immensely proud.

Background information

Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses, manufacturing and storage

Pfizer has said that based on current projections it expects to produce globally up to 50 million vaccine doses in 2020: The UK is currently in discussion with Pfizer/BioNTech on how many doses could be provided to the UK by the end of the year: The vaccine will be manufactured in BioNTech’s German sites, as well as Pfizer’s manufacturing site in Belgium. The government is working closely with partners across the health system to put in place robust measures for the end of the transition period to ensure that a COVID-19 vaccine can be delivered across the country wherever it is needed. This includes putting in place robust contingency measures to ensure that vaccine freight will continue unimpeded: All vaccine candidates for supply and onward deployment have clear supply chain plans, including materials, manufacturing, transport, storage and distribution. The government, through its Vaccines Taskforce, has conducted a supply chain risk assessment and is working with the vaccine suppliers to understand the optimal logistics and timings to deliver vaccines. Capacity has already been reserved by the suppliers where their programmes are mature and detailed plans are in place for all early candidates:

‘ The government is confident that the cold supply chain needed to distribute the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will not cause any problems and will make no difference to the speed at which the UK will receive its doses ‘

Pfizer has years of proven experience in cold supply chain management and delivering temperature-controlled vaccines to locations across the world: Pfizer has developed packaging and storage innovations for the vaccine and has specifically designed, temperature controlled thermal shippers that use dry ice to maintain recommended temperature conditions (-70°C ±10°C). They can be used as temporary storage units for 15 days by refilling with dry ice. The thermal shippers also have GPS-enabled thermal sensors in every thermal shipper that will enable their location and temperature to be tracked across their pre-set routes: When the vaccine is stored in a fridge, it has an effective life of up to 5 days at temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees, which allows it to be easily stored at distribution centres across the country:

MHRA

The MHRA is the UK’s independent regulator, globally recognised for requiring the highest standards for quality, safety and effectiveness: Until the end of December, and as part of the transition period, vaccines must be authorised via the European Medicines Agency and that authorisation will automatically be valid in the UK:

However, if a suitable COVID-19 vaccine candidate, with strong supporting evidence of safety, quality and effectiveness from clinical trials becomes available before the end of the transition period, EU legislation which we have implemented via Regulation 174 of the Human Medicines Regulations allows the MHRA to temporarily authorise the supply of a medicine or vaccine, based on public health need: After the transition period ends in January 2021, the MHRA will have new powers to approve medicines, including vaccines, and will have greater flexibility to do this in a shorter time, while maintaining the highest standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

Vaccine prioritisation and deployment

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are the independent experts who advise the government on which vaccines the UK should use and provide advice on who should be offered the vaccination first: The committee’s interim advice is that a COVID-19 vaccine should first be given to care home residents and staff, followed by people over 80 and health and social workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and risk:

‘ There are currently no plans for a COVID-19 vaccine to be compulsory ‘

Vaccination will be managed by the health services in each nation: NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS Wales, NHS Scotland, and Health and Social Care Northern Ireland.

UK vaccine procurement

Through the government’s Vaccines Taskforce, the UK has secured early access to over 355 million doses of 7 of the most promising vaccine candidates, including:

  1. BioNTech/Pfizer for 40 million doses
  2. Oxford/AstraZeneca for 100 million doses
  3. Moderna for 5 million doses
  4. GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur for 60 million doses
  5. Novavax for 60 million doses
  6. Janssen for 30 million doses
  7. Valneva for 60 million doses

The results will be seen as a triumph, but come after Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed 95% protection: However, the Oxford jab is far cheaper, and is easier to store and get to every corner of the world than the other two: So the vaccine will play a significant role in tackling the pandemic, if it is approved for use by regulators:

” The announcement today takes us another step closer to the time when we can use vaccines to bring an end to the devastation caused by [the virus],” said the vaccine’s architect, Prof Sarah Gilbert: The vaccine has been developed in around 10 months, a process that normally takes a decade so how did they make it so quickly?

‘ The UK government has pre-ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine and AstraZeneca says it will make three billion doses for the world next year ‘

There are two results from the trial of more than 20,000 volunteers in the UK and Brazil: Overall, there were 30 cases of Covid in people who had two doses of the vaccine and 101 cases in people who received a dummy injection. The researchers said it worked out at 70% protection, which is better than the seasonal flu jab: Nobody getting the vaccine developed severe-Covid or needed hospital treatment.

Prof Andrew Pollard, the trial’s lead investigator, said: He was “really pleased” with the results as “it means we have a vaccine for the world” ………..However, protection was 90% in an analysis of around 3,000 people given a half-sized first dose and a full-sized second dose……………..Prof Pollard said the finding was “intriguing” and would mean “we would have a lot more doses to distribute.”…..The analysis also suggested there was a reduction in the number of people being infected without developing symptoms, who are still thought to be able to spread the virus:

After Pfizer and Moderna both produced vaccines delivering 95% protection from Covid-19, a figure of 70% is still highly effective, but will be seen by some as relatively disappointing: But this is still a vaccine that can save lives from Covid-19 and is more effective than a seasonal flu jab: It also has crucial advantages that make it easier to use. It can be stored at fridge temperature, which means it can be distributed to every corner of the world, unlike the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which need to be stored at much colder temperatures.

The Oxford vaccine, at a price of around £3, also costs far less than Pfizer’s (around £15) or Moderna’s (£25) vaccines: The Oxford technology is more established so the vaccine is easier to mass produce cheaply and AstraZeneca has made a “no-profit pledge”

#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: Nov.23: 2020:

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(EDINBURGH) #Coronavirus Report: More than two million people are spending their first day living under the toughest #Covid19 restrictions as town-centre streets are empty 5-weeks before Christmas #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.22; Level four rules for 11 council areas came into force at 18:00 on Friday, when travel curbs in level three and four areas also became law: Non-essential shops, hospitality, hairdressers and gyms will remain closed until 11 December: Less than five weeks before Christmas, main shopping streets were unusually quiet:

#Coronavirus Report: #Covid19 in Scotland: Streets empty on day one of level 4 lockdown until Dec.11: just 14 days before Christmas Day according to BBC Scotland

Glasgow's Buchanan Street
Saturday afternoon in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street is rarely this quiet

The Scottish government has said the restrictions are necessary to drive down stubbornly high rates of the virus: Saturday’s daily coronavirus figures showed 887 positive cases and 37 newly-reported deaths in the past 24 hours. Across Scotland, 100 patients were in intensive care, a rise of 12 since Friday: Of the new cases, 234 were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 246 in Lanarkshire, and 140 in Lothian.

‘Risks are not zero’

Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday that while infection rates have stabilised in recent weeks, they remained at a stubbornly high level in some areas: She said the new restrictions would help infection rates come down further before the Christmas period, paving the way for a possible easing: “ The fact is the fewer people who are in the population who have Covid by the time we get to Christmas, the lower the risk of people being infected with it during that period,” she said: “ It’s very important for me to be clear that the risks would not be zero – which is why we must be very careful about any relaxation over Christmas and people will have to think carefully themselves, even with any relaxation, about what they want to do or not.”…………

On Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said the chief medical officers of the UK nations had been tasked with developing a “concrete” proposal for household mixing at Christmas, details of which could be revealed next week: Ms Sturgeon also said the new travel restrictions were “vital” to ensure there is no need for a national lockdown.Staff outnumbered passengers at Queen Street Station as travel restrictions took effect: People in level three and four areas must not travel outside their council area, except for essential purposes such as work and healthcare, and people living elsewhere must not travel into these areas except for essential purposes: She urged Scots to abide by the new regulations, which could see a £60 fine levied against those who violate the rules unless they have a “reasonable excuse”, such as caring responsibilities or a hospital appointment:

National Clinical Director Jason Leitch said the actions people in level four areas take now will dictate which restrictions are in place in the new year: He said: “When you think about Christmas you should also think of the consequences that will have for January. If the virus spreads between households on Christmas day and Boxing day or whenever, of course, that will have a run-in effect to January: “ People will catch the virus at Christmas and then some of them will be hospitalised and be in intensive care in January. That’s what we need to avoid. The principal way to avoid that is to get prevalence down and have a safe Christmas.”

The stricter rules apply to 2.3 million people across East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire, East and South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian: Virus rates in these areas last week ranged from 158 new cases per 100,000 people in West Lothian to 277 in Glasgow – all of which were above the Scotland-wide rate of 140 cases per 100,000.

The UK government-funded centre will be operated by facilities company Mitie in the St Francis Community Centre in the Gorbals: It is the third to open in the city, and one of 14 operating across Scotland out of 22 promised by Westminster:

As bars and restaurants closed their doors once again under virus measures, opposition parties called for more support for the industry to help save jobs: Nicola Sturgeon has promised a £30m fund for businesses in level four areas: But Labour jobs spokesman Alex Rowley said the proposals fell short of what was required and he urged the first minister to bring forward proposals for more extensive support next week.

#AceHealthDesk report ……….Published: Nov.22:2020:

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(GENEVA) #Coronavirus Report: #WHO Report: With Europe already suffering a second wave of #COVID19 infections, WHO envoy David Nabarro has warned that the region could see another spike in infections next year in an interview on Saturday with Swiss newspaper #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.22: In an interview on Saturday with Swiss newspaper Solothurner Zeitung, Nabarro said that European governments failed to build up the “necessary infrastructure” to keep the virus under control after the first wave of infections this spring:

#Coronavirus Report: #WHO Covid envoy warns of third wave of virus in Europe next spring

David Nabarro Nabarro addresses the media on World Health Organization (WHO)’s health emergency preparedness and response capacities in Geneva, Switzerland, 31 July 2015. At the time, Nabarro was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola

A World Health Organization (WHO) envoy warned that Europe could face a third wave of infections in early 2021 if governments do not implement preventive measures missing this summer: Speaking to Swiss newspapers, David Nabarro said that infections could boom again if countries repeat what he said was a failure to prevent the second wave.

Now we have the second wave. If they don’t build the necessary infrastructure, we’ll have a third wave early next year.

Infections are once again surging throughout Europe, after a lull this summer: France and Germany recorded some 33,000 new cases combined on Saturday, while the UK reported nearly 20,000 cases on the same day, and Spain announced more than 15,000 on Friday. Deaths remain proportionally lower throughout Europe than during the first wave, however:

Despite Nabarro’s stark prediction, the WHO has cautioned against responding too heavy-handedly to the #pandemic In a briefing on Thursday, the organization’s European director, Hans Kluge, called for “systematic and general mask-wearing” and “strict controls on social gatherings,” but described national lockdowns as a “last resort” policy:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.22: 2020:

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( WASHINGTON) #Coronavirus Report: The FDA has authorized use of the Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. drug to try to prevent hospitalisation and worsening disease from developing in patients with mild-to-moderate symptoms of #COVID19 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.22: The drug is given as a one-time treatment through an IV. The FDA allowed its use in adults and children 12 and over who weigh at least 88 pounds (40 kilograms) and who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 because of age or certain other medical conditions: Emergency authorization allows use of the drug to start while studies are continuing to establish safety and effectiveness. Early results suggest the drug may reduce COVID-19-related hospitalization or emergency room visits in patients at high risk for disease progression, the FDA said:

#Coronavirus Report: Update: FDA Authorizes Monoclonal Antibodies (Regeneron) for Treatment of #COVID19 cases with mild to moderate symptoms.

Regeneron said that initial doses will be made available to roughly 300,000 patients through a federal government allocation program: Those patients will not be charged for the drug but may have to pay part of the cost of giving the IV: Initial supplies will likely be vastly outstripped by demand as the U.S. has surged past 12 million reported cases, with the country facing what health experts say will be a dark winter due to uncontrolled spread of the virus:

Antibodies are proteins the body makes to target and help eliminate viruses, but it can take weeks for the best ones to form after an infection occurs. The drugs are concentrated versions of ones that proved best able to do this in lab and animal tests, and in theory help the body start to fight the virus right away: The Regeneron drug is a combo of two antibodies to enhance the chances it will prove effective. Earlier this month, the FDA gave emergency authorization to a single-antibody drug from Eli Lilly that also is still being studied: There’s no way to know whether the Regeneron drug helped Trump recover; he received a host of treatments and most COVID-19 patients recover on their own.

FDA regulators authorized the Regeneron drug using their emergency powers to quickly speed the availability of experimental drugs and other medical products during public health crises: In normal times the FDA requires “substantial evidence” to show that a drug is safe and effective, usually through one or more large, rigorously controlled patient studies. But during public health emergencies the agency can lower those standards and require only that an experimental treatment’s potential benefits outweigh its risks:

The emergency authorization functions like a temporary approval for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. To win full approval, Regeneron will have to submit additional research to fully define the drug’s safety and benefit for patients: The White House cast the decision as a victory for Trump’s efforts “to deliver cutting-edge treatments with highly promising results to protect the health and safety of the most vulnerable Americans,” according to a statement from spokesman Michael Bars.


AP health writer Matthew Perrone contributed to this report.

#AceHealthDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.22: 2020:

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(LONDON) Press Release Statement Report: Minister For Care Helen Whately Announced an expansion of the current Vivaldi study will test thousands more care home staff and residents for their immune response to coronavirus #COVID19 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.19: The Vivaldi 2 study will more than triple in size to provide a detailed picture of coronavirus infection in care homes in England: These findings will help improve understanding of these vulnerable groups’ immune response to COVID-19 and help inform future treatments for the virus: As part of the major research study led by University College London (UCL), 14,000 care home residents and staff will be tested quarterly for their immune response to #COVID19. The number of care homes taking part will increase from 100 to 340, testing approximately 4,500 residents and 9,500 staff: Researchers will analyse how antibody and cellular immunity to the virus differs among different groups and help shape the planning and national public health response to COVID-19 as well as wider social care policy:

#Coronavirus Report: Expanded study tests immune response of care home staff and residents DHSCgovuk

An expansion of the current Vivaldi study will test thousands more care home staff and residents for their immune response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Department of Health and Social Care

This study will help complement the work the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is doing to support the care sector: This includes this week’s launch of visitation trials in a number of care homes with a roll out planned across care homes in December. Protection of staff and residents has been a priority throughout the pandemic with 120,000 daily tests ringfenced, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and more than £1.1 billion worth of support through the Infection Control Fund:

Minister for Care Helen Whately said:

Expanding this brilliant study, with the support of UCL, is another step towards improving our understanding of the virus. Testing people’s antibody reaction to COVID-19 is crucial in helping us to control the spread of the virus, particularly amongst people who are vulnerable.

The more we know about this virus and are able to control it, the safer it will be for people in care homes.

The expansion will:

  • provide a larger and more nationally representative sample of care home residents and staff, allowing the Vivaldi 2 study team to provide more robust estimates across the population
  • address important immunity research questions such as whether individuals can be infected twice, how quickly neutralising antibodies wane and whether the immune response in the elderly is the same in younger generations
  • link immunity data with epidemiological data to better understand the links between infection, demography and clinical outcome on the elderly and the impact of care home characteristics on the spread of the virus in the sector
  • offer an opportunity to work with a wider range of small, care home chains and independent providers to ensure results are representative of all care homes in England

The Vivaldi 2 study uses trained phlebotomists to draw blood from care home residents and staff which is then used to test for the presence of antibodies for COVID-19. This data is cross-referenced with DHSC-delivered swab testing in care homes to analyse prevalence of the virus over time:

Vivaldi 2 is led by University College London (UCL) and funded by DHSC: It began in June 2020 and is predicted to last to April 2022. The exact end date will be determined by how prevalent COVID-19 is in the tested care homes.

Dr Laura Shallcross of UCL Institute of Health Informatics said:

Expanding the Vivaldi study will tell us how many people living and working in care homes have been infected with COVID-19, and whether being infected once protects against future infections. This study will help us protect the most vulnerable members of society from this devastating infection.

Testing in these new homes is being phased in through November: Understanding both the antibody immunity and cellular immunity responses as part of the expansion of the original Vivaldi study will provide crucial data to help inform future treatments for COVID-19, including vaccine development.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.19: 2020:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Report: Oxford #COVID19 Vaccine Shows strong response: Researchers say the ‘ Lancet Phase 2 Findings based on nearly 600-healthy-adult-volunteers #COVID19 Vaccine shows ‘ strong immune response ‘ in adults in their 60’s & 70’s they are now testing wether vaccine stops people developing the virus in phase three trials #AceHealthDesk reports

#AceHealthReport – Nov.19: The Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows a strong immune response in adults in their 60s and 70s, raising hopes that it can protect age groups most at risk from the virus: Researchers say the Lancet phase two findings, based on 560 healthy adult volunteers, are “encouraging”…………..They are also testing whether the vaccine stops people developing #Covid19 in larger, phase three trials: Early results from this crucial stage are expected in the coming weeks:

#Coronavirus Report: #Covid19 Oxford vaccine shows ‘encouraging’ immune response in older adults

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Three vaccines – Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik and Moderna – have already reported good preliminary data from phase three trials, with one suggesting 94% of over-65s could be protected from Covid-19…………….The UK has already ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, manufactured by AstraZeneca, 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and five million of the Moderna vaccine:

Prof Andrew Pollard, study lead from the University of Oxford, told the BBC he was “absolutely delighted with the results” showing a strong immune response “even in those over 70 years of age” On whether the vaccine protects people against Covid-19, he said they were “not there yet” but the data would probably be released “before Christmas”……………Prof Pollard said there “no competition” with other vaccines, adding that multiple vaccines needed to be successful………….”We will need all of them to protect people around the globe,” he said……………The challenge with developing a Covid vaccine is to trigger the body to fight back against the virus no matter how old someone is: Older people’s weaker immune systems mean vaccines do not tend to function as well as they do in younger people: These trial results from the University of Oxford, peer-reviewed in the Lancet, suggest that may not be a problem: They show that older adults aged 56-69 and over 70 had a similar immune response to younger adults aged 18-55:

‘Protecting the most vulnerable in society ….

Dr Maheshi Ramasamy, an investigator at the Oxford Vaccine Group, said: “We were pleased to see that our vaccine was not only well tolerated in older adults, but also stimulated similar immune responses to those seen in younger volunteers: “The next step will be to see if this translates into protection from the disease itself.”

Two weeks after the second dose, more than 99% of participants had neutralising antibody responses. These included people of all ages.

The T-cell response – another measure of how well the immune system responds – peaked two weeks after the first dose of the vaccine, regardless of age.

“The robust antibody and T-cell responses seen in older people in our study are encouraging,” Dr Ramasamy said.

“The populations at greatest risk of serious Covid-19 disease include people with existing health conditions and older adults.

“We hope that this means our vaccine will help to protect some of the most vulnerable people in society, but further research will be needed before we can be sure.”

Older adults were also less likely to experience side-effects, which were usually mild.

And there were no serious safety issues relating to the vaccine, called ChAdOx1 nCov-2019.

Volunteers in the trial were put into groups and given one or two doses of the vaccine or a dummy jab. The reaction of their immune systems was assessed on the day they got the jab, then one, two and four weeks after both doses.

The Oxford vaccine is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus (known as an adenovirus) from chimpanzees that has been modified so it cannot grow in humans.

Work began on the vaccine in January and it was developed in under three months, starting human trials – the first in Europe – in April in Oxford.

Phase three trials of the vaccine, which look at how effective it is at protecting people against the Covid-19, started at the end of August and are still continuing.

When data from this stage is sent to the regulators, scrutinised and approved, the vaccine can be given the green light to be used on people worldwide.

News of the vaccine comes amid a debate in the UK about whether people will be able to see their families over the Christmas period.

Prof Andrew Hayward – director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care and a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies – told the BBC that family gatherings at Christmas would pose “substantial risks”.

“We’re on the cusp of being able to protect those elderly people, who we love, through vaccination,” he told Radio 4’s Today programme.

“It would be tragic to throw that opportunity away… by trying to return to normality over the holidays.”

He added: “My personal view is we’re putting far too much emphasis on having a near-normal Christmas.”

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