(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: Global cases confirmed at over 82-million, with sadly deaths approaching 2-million with U.S. Cases rising to nearly 20-million and sadly nearly 340,000-deaths according to Johns Hopkins University as at 30/12/2020 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.30: Johnson Asks UK Population to Celebrate New Year ‘Safely at Home’ Amid #COVID19 Surge: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the country’s population to conduct their New Year celebrations “safely at home” amid a rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases linked to a new variant of coronavirus:

#Coronavirus Report: U.K. Registers another 50,000-cases of #COVID19 on Wednesday as slightly below 53,000 on Tuesday as Astra Zeneca Vaccine approved by MHRA with first 3-million doses …..

  • Global Confirmed82,282,392
  • Global Deaths1,796,768
  • U.S. Confirmed19,551,716
  • U.S. Deaths339,360
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” I must ask you to follow the rules where you live tomorrow night and see in the New Year safely at home, that means not meeting up with friends or family indoors, unless they’re in the same household or support bubble, and avoiding large gatherings of any kind,” Johnson said at a press briefing: The United Kingdom is currently experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases linked to a new strain of SARS-CoV-2. From Thursday, three quarters of the English population will be subject to the country’s strictest social distancing measures, also known as tier 4, following a government announcement earlier in the day: On Wednesday, the country’s health department registered 50,023 new positive tests for COVID-19, slightly below the single-day record of 53,135 cases set one day ago:

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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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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: Global cases as at 25/11/2020 rise and surpass 60-million with sadly over 1.4-million deaths as US reaches nearly with 13-million cases and sadly over 250,000 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.26: US COVID-19 Deaths Top 260,000 – Johns Hopkins University: WASHINGTON, November 25 (Sputnik) – The number of US deaths caused by the novel coronavirus disease #COVID19 has exceeded 260,000, John Hopkins University data revealed: The United States has confirmed more than 12.6 million cases of COVID-19 since the first infection was detected in late January, the data showed on Wednesday. The death toll now stands at 260,065, according to the data: It took the US a single week to add another 10,000 to its coronavirus death tally according to @Sputnik 25 November 2020 14:58:

  • Global Confirmed60,492,062
  • Global Deaths1,423,219
  • U.S. Confirmed12,778,254
  • U.S. Deaths262,283
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The UK government is providing 280 billion pounds ($373 billion) to help the country meet the epidemiological and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: @Sputnik 25 November 2020 20:00

#AceHealthDesk report …………Published: 25 November 2020 14:58:

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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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(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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(UGANDA) JUST IN: The death toll from violent protests in parts of Uganda after the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi or Bobi Wine has risen to 28, a police spokesperson said on Friday #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.22: Twelve more people succumbed to their injuries sustained in the Wednesday and Thursday protests, police spokesman Fred Enanga said: Authorities said at least 75 people were injured with bullet wounds, tear gas canisters and hit-and-run attacks.
“We would like to inform the public that a total of 28 people have died following the violent political demonstrations in multiple areas since Wednesday,” Enanga said:

Uganda police say death toll in violent protests rises to 28 Bobi Wine arrest on Wednesday in the eastern district of Luuka for allegedly flouting #COVID19 guidelines sparked sporadic protests in some parts Uganda

Xinhua

Kyagulanyi or Bobi Wine arrest on Wednesday in the eastern district of Luuka for allegedly flouting COVID-19 guidelines sparked sporadic protests in some parts of the east African country Uganda
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“ The confrontations began after the arrest of Kyagulanyi due to his continued blatant disregard of the Electoral Commission guidelines, which were further escalated, after bloggers posted fake news that he had been killed,” the spokesman said: A total of 577 suspects have been arrested across the country, Enanga said, adding that bows and arrows, “piles of stocked tyres, bottles, drums of fuel, and evidence of mobile money transactions funding the rioters” were seized: “ The violent demonstrations were being coordinated by a group of 300 ring leaders who were actively coordinating the distribution of tyres to their flash points and hotspots, using motor vehicles and boda bodas (commercial motorcycles),” he said:

Kyagulanyi’s arrest on Wednesday in the eastern district of Luuka for allegedly flouting COVID-19 guidelines sparked sporadic protests in some parts of the east African country: “ We will continue to work with all partners, to enforce laws prohibiting acts of violence,” Enanga said: “ The joint task force is committed to ensuring that all Ugandan’s freely exercise their constitutional rights in a safe, peaceful and lawful manner,” he said, referring to a multi-agency organ set up to fight the COVID-19 pandemic: We would like to warn those that are already drawn into the violent protests and those that are intending to join to reject such calls and remain law-abiding,” Enanga said:

Electoral Commission in Uganda earlier this month cleared 11 presidential candidates, including incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, to run in the 2021 general elections: The electoral body urged candidates to follow the strict COVID-19 guidelines, such as keeping the size of campaign rallies to no more than 200 people, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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

#ans2020, #covid19, #geneva

(BEIJING, China.) #Coronavirus Report; Health Officials have said that China is to test the whole 300,000-residents of MANZHOULI bordering Russia after detecting two residents with #COVID19 on Saturday after recently finding virus on packing of Brazilian beef #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.22: A massive effort to contain a Covid-19 outbreak has kicked off in China’s city of Manzhouli after two locals contracted the disease: Apart from restrictive measures, the operation involves the testing of around 300,000 residents: Strict quarantine rules were rolled out in the city on China’s border with Russia after two cases of coronavirus were detected on Saturday: Two residents, a sanitation worker and his wife, employed as a domestic aide, tested positive for the virus, yet it remains unclear where they managed to contract it from, local media reported

Authorities launched a large-scale operation to contain the virus immediately after the diagnosis was confirmed: They sealed off recent locations that the couple visited, including a local police station, and disinfected them: Places visited by close contacts of the infected pair have also been sealed:

A cargo ship carrying containers is seen near the Yantian port in Shenzhen, following the coronavirus disease outbreak, Guangdong province, China, May 17, 2020. © Reuters / Martin Pollard

Wuhan, China authorities find coronavirus on packaging of Brazilian beef

Access to the city – which is a major trade and logistics hub – and movement within it has been heavily restricted. All operations at Manzhouli bus and train stations have been suspended, while schools and other public places are closed. While the residents have not been placed under a curfew, they have been “encouraged” to limit their travel: An ambitious plan to test all the residents of the city, some 300,000 people, is underway. Testing began early on Sunday and is expected to be completed within three days.

China has repeatedly introduced harsh and impressively large-scale measures over the course of this year to weed out detected clusters of coronavirus infections: The biggest one took place in the city of Wuhan, still widely referred to as the ‘ground zero’ of the pandemic that has plagued the whole globe throughout 2020:

Mounting scientific evidence, however, suggests Covid-19 was actually just first detected and identified in China, while the virus itself circulated across the globe as early as last summer, with the earliest traces of virus found in Spanish wastewater samples collected back in March 2019:

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

#ans2020, #russia, #china, #covid19

( 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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(BEIRUT, Lebanon.) JUST IN: More than 60 prisoners broke out of a Lebanese jail on Saturday and five of them were killed when their car hit a tree while under pursuit, security sources and the state news agency said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: More than 60 prisoners escape Lebanese jail, say security sources: They fled from Baabda district prison at dawn after breaking open cell doors, state news agency NNA said, adding security forces had cordoned off surrounding areas:

Reuters Wire News, [Nov 21, 2020 at 10:38] https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/48300

Security forces told Reuters that some 69 prisoners had escaped and that eight had been caught: Five of the prisoners died after a car they seized crashed into a tree, they said: Authorities have launched an investigation into the jail break, NNA said:

Lebanon: Government must urgently release more prisoners to prevent spread of #COVID19 according to Amnesty International Report:

21 April 2020, 14:00 UTC
In April, Amnesty International said there had been riots inside Lebanese jails and families’ sit-in protests calling for the release of prisoners over concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in overcrowded prisons: It said that while the Lebanese government had taken several measures, including some releases, the authorities should prioritise releasing prisoners who had served their sentences and expedite its review of pre-trial detainees: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/04/lebanon-government-must-urgently-release-more-prisoners-to-prevent-spread-of-covid19/

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.21: 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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(CALIFORNIA) Justice Dept Report: Four individuals were charged in an indictment for their alleged participation in a scheme to submit at least 35 fraudulent loan applications seeking over $5.6 million in #COVID19 relief guaranteed by SBA & EIDL under CARES ACT #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.19: Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California made the announcement: Richard Ayvazyan, 42, Marietta Terabelian, 36, Artur Ayvazyan, 40, and Tamara Dadyan, 39, all of Encino, California, were charged in an indictment filed in the Central District of California with one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, and six counts of wire fraud: Richard Ayvazyan was also charged with one count of aggravated identity theft:

CARES Act ……Four Members of Los Angeles-Based Fraud Ring Indicted for #COVID19 Relief Fraud

Four individuals were charged in an indictment for their alleged participation in a scheme to submit at least 35 fraudulent loan applications seeking over $5.6 million in COVID-19 relief guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act….

According to the indictment, the defendants conspired together, and with others, as part of a disaster relief loan fraud ring based in and around Los Angeles, California: The defendants used fake, stolen, or synthetic identities, including “Iuliia Zhadko” and “Viktoria Kauichko,” to submit fraudulent EIDL and PPP loan applications to the SBA and federally-insured financial institutions: The defendants also submitted fraudulent EIDL and PPP loan applications in their own names, using fake or fictitious businesses: The defendants also submitted false and fictitious documents in support of some of the EIDL and PPP loan applications, including fake identity documents, tax documents and payroll records:

The indictment further alleges that once the SBA and federally-insured financial institutions approved the fraudulent EIDL and PPP loans, the defendants directed them to deposit the loan proceeds into bank accounts that the defendants controlled: The defendants then used the fraudulently obtained loan proceeds for their own personal benefit, including to purchase luxury homes. Among other things, the defendants used disaster relief loan funds as down payments on two residential properties purchased for $1,000,000 and $3,250,000, respectively. Use of disaster relief loan proceeds for such purposes is expressly prohibited under the PPP and EIDL program:

The CARES Act is a federal law enacted March 29. It is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to millions of Americans who are suffering the economic effects resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic: One source of relief provided by the CARES Act is the authorization of up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses for job retention and certain other expenses through the PPP. In April 2020, Congress authorized over $300 billion in additional PPP funding:

The PPP allows qualifying small businesses and other organizations to receive loans with a maturity of two years and an interest rate of one percent: Businesses must use PPP loan proceeds for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent and utilities. The PPP allows the interest and principal to be forgiven if businesses spend the proceeds on these expenses within a set time period and use at least a certain percentage of the loan towards payroll expenses:

The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to small businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue: EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation of health care benefits, rent, utilities and fixed debt payments. If an applicant also obtains a loan under the PPP, the EIDL funds cannot be used for the same purpose as the PPP funds: An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law:

This case was investigated by the FBI, IRS – Criminal Investigation, and SBA – Office of Inspector General: Trial Attorney Christopher Fenton of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Julian L. André of the Central District of California are prosecuting the case: Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at: https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.

#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

43 minutes ago

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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