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    NEW DELHI (AP) — India has administered 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Thursday, passing a milestone for the South Asian country where the delta variant fueled its first crushing surge earlier this year. About 75% of India’s total eligible adult population have received at least one dose, while nearly 30% are fully immunized. The country of nearly 1.4 billion people is the second to exceed a billion cumulative doses after the most populous country China did so in June. Coronavirus cases have fallen sharply in India since the devastating months at the start of the year when the highly transmissible delta variant, first detected in the country a year ago, was infecting hundreds of thousands daily, sending COVID-19 patients into overwhelmed hospitals and filling cremation grounds. Officials have bolstered the vaccination campaign in recent months, which experts say have helped control the outbreak since. Still, there remains a worrying gap between those who have received one shot and those fully immunized. Ramping up the second dose is “an important priority,” V K Paul,...
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Esperita García de Perez got her first vaccination against COVID-19 in May. That, along with her Catholic faith, made her feel better protected against the virus, and she had hoped to get her second shot of the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine a few weeks later. But the 88-year-old is still waiting. She was infected with the virus last month, and now her hopes for survival are pinned on the host of medications and home care she is receiving. Millions in developing nations from Latin America to the Middle East also are waiting for more doses of Sputnik V after manufacturing woes and other issues have created huge gaps in vaccination campaigns. One firm estimates that Russia has only exported 4.8% of the roughly 1 billion doses it promised. The head of the Russian state-controlled fund that invested in the vaccine insisted Wednesday the supply problems have been resolved. Venezuela, which designated Sputnik for those over 50, ordered 10 million doses in December 2020 but has gotten slightly less than 4 million. Argentina, the first country in...
    ARGENTINA Argentina began this Thursday the distribution of the first batch of 1.14 million Sputnik V vaccines against covid-19 prepared in a laboratory in the South American country with antigen provided by Russia, the government reported. These are 995,125 doses of component 1 and 152,500 doses of 2 produced in Argentina from the antigen provided by the Gamaleya Institute of Russia, the Ministry of Health specified in a statement. Last June 4, the start of production of Sputnik V had been announced at Laboratorios Richmond, a private pharmaceutical company in Argentina, from the active principle sent from Moscow. Two months later, the Gamaleya Institute approved the first batch after a successful quality control. This is the first delivery of the second Sputnik component over three million doses that will be produced by Richmond Laboratories in August, “the Russian Sovereign Investment Fund said in a statement released in Moscow. Sputnik V requires two different components to complete its immunization formula. The reception of the vaccines was led by the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, and the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti...
    AstraZeneca said Thursday that it intends to seek U.S. authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in the second half of this year, offering a new timetable for the much-delayed application. CLICK HERE TO FIND A COVID-19 VACCINE NEAR YOU The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker announced the schedule as it released second-quarter financial results, which showed that the company and its sub-licensees delivered more than 700 million doses of the vaccine to over 170 countries in the first half of this year. That includes 80 million doses that went to the COVAX initiative for low- and middle-income countries. The news on the U.S. filing is being closely watched, as the timeframe has slipped. ASTRAZENECA FINDS SMALL CLOT RISK AFTER 1ST SHOT When AstraZeneca released data from its U.S. trial of the vaccine on March 22, company officials said they expected to seek authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in the first half of April. In April, the company said it expected to submit a U.S. application in the "coming weeks.'' The U.K., European Union and World Health Organization have already authorized use of...
    PEOPLE who are fully vaccinated have been urged to carry on social distancing to be fair to the rest of Britain. A senior health official suggested the UK should not allow “privileged” immunised people greater freedoms. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 3A senior health official suggested the UK should not allow “privileged” immunised people greater freedoms such as to meet indoors without social distancingCredit: Getty - Contributor Instead, society should move forward together. In the US, groups of fully vaccinated people can meet indoors without the need for social distancing or face masks. This won’t be allowed for the UK until June 21 at the earliest, when all remaining social distancing rules will lift. That's despite experts saying the risk of two-fully vaccinated people catching Covid from meeting up inside is at "one in 400,000 chance". The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention also says fully vaccinated Americans can stop wearing face coverings outdoors, while there are no current plans to stop mask-wearing in the UK. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at...
    MATT Hancock will today lead a press conference at 5pm after a quarter of Brits were given their second Covid jabs. One in four UK adults are now fully vaccinated after a record number of second doses were dished out in a week. 1The Health Secretary will lead a press conference at 5pm todayCredit: The Mega Agency It means a quarter have had both jabs - a total of 13,201,811 people. The Health Secretary will today address the nation after reaching the huge milestone. The success of the vaccine rollout means it is the equivalent of 25.1 per cent of the adult population being protected against severe illness or death. Wales is estimated to have given two doses to 27.8 per cent of adults, ahead of England (24.9 per cent), Scotland (24.9 per cent) and Northern Ireland (24.5 per cent). The figures are for vaccinations reported by the UK's health agencies up to and including April 26. It reflects the speedy pace at which the administering of second doses has been ramped up across the country during...
    A larger number of Americans are skipping their scheduled second shot for the COVID-19 vaccine, according to new data released from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found that most recently, more than five million people, approximately 8 percent of those receiving vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech - which require two doses several weeks apart to complete the process - have skipped their second doses. That number is up from approximately 3.4 percent a month ago as the country was ramping up its vaccination program. Officials noted that the CDC is still collecting data on vaccinations, and that some states don’t report the information immediately, and not all information from mass vaccination sites, retail pharmacies, and other places offering vaccines has not been collected. “If a person received the two doses from different reporting entities, those two doses may not have been linked,” a CDC spokesperson stated. “For example, if a person received their first dose at a clinic run by the state, and second dose from a tribal health clinic, they might not be linked...
    (CNN) — A growing number of Americans have missed their scheduled second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna require two doses — administered three and four weeks apart, respectively — to be considered fully effective. But data shows about 8% of Americans have missed that important second dose — up from about 3.4% in March. READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Todays Developments It’s not an exact count. The CDC is collecting data on vaccinations, but states don’t report information immediately and must gather it from mass vaccination sites, retail pharmacies and various other vaccination efforts. “If a person received the two doses from different reporting entities, those two doses may not have been linked together,” a CDC spokesperson said. “For example, if a person received their first dose at a clinic run by the state, and second dose from a tribal health clinic, they might not be linked and it could look like they missed the second dose.” The news comes as the...
    (CNN)In India, the world's biggest vaccine producer, millions of people are waiting for Covid-19 vaccines amid a devastating second wave of infections.India typically produces more than 60% of all vaccines sold globally, and is home to the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's largest vaccine maker. Its vast manufacturing capability is why the country signed on as a major player in COVAX, the global vaccine-sharing initiative that provides discounted or free doses for lower-income countries. Under the initial agreement announced last year, SII would manufacture up to 200 million doses for up to 92 countries.But the situation in India is markedly different from just a few months ago. Its second wave began in March, quickly surpassing the first, which had peaked last September at more than 97,000 coronavirus cases a day. India reports new record of 103,558 daily Covid cases, as second wave and new lockdowns hitOn Friday, the country reported 217,353 new cases -- its highest single-day figure so far, according to data from the Indian Ministry of Health. India added a million new cases in less...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s top health official said Thursday he wants to believe that India will lift export restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, warning that “India is not an island” while some African nations still have seen no shots at all. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke as the African continent of 1.3 billion people doesn’t know when second doses of key vaccines will arrive and India sees a devastating resurgence in infections. India is a major vaccine producer and a key supplier to the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative aiming to bring shots to some of the world’s poorest countries. “If you finish vaccinating your people before Africa or other parts of the world, you have not done yourself any justice because variants will emerge and undermine your own vaccination efforts,“ Nkengasong said in a weekly press briefing. He said the uncertainty around the arrival of second doses puts the African continent in a “very dicey situation.” Some countries have already exhausted their initial vaccine doses, including Ghana and...
    LONDON (AP) — As many as 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help them are blocked until as late as June. COVAX, the global initiative to provide vaccines to countries lacking the clout to negotiate for scarce supplies on their own, has in the past week shipped more than 25,000 doses to low-income countries only twice on any given day. Deliveries have all but halted since Monday. During the past two weeks, according to data compiled daily by UNICEF, fewer than 2 million COVAX doses in total were cleared for shipment to 92 countries in the developing world — the same amount injected in Britain alone. On Friday, the head of the World Health Organization slammed the “shocking imbalance” in global COVID-19 vaccination. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus said that while one in four people in rich countries had received a vaccine, only one in 500 people in poorer countries had gotten a dose. The vaccine...
    The announcement was reportedly made yesterday at a meeting of permanent representatives of EU member states. The document states that only 55% of the European population will be able to be vaccinated by June 30. In Belgium, this rate would rise to 57.45%. Important differences between countries are also pointed out. Thus, the Danish population would be vaccinated at 79.88% and in Malta it would even reach 93.1% by the beginning of the summer. These disparities are mainly explained by the fact that some states have ordered more vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer / BioNTech. The latter is in fact the only supplier to have respected its commitments since the start of the vaccination campaign. By comparison, AstraZeneca has already repeatedly announced delays in the delivery of its vaccines. According to the latest estimates, only 70 million doses should be delivered in the second quarter instead of the 180 million initially promised. Already in the first quarter, 30 million doses out of the 120 million initially planned were finally delivered. For information, Belgium has ordered 6.58 million...
    Accelerate vaccination. That is the first objective of the entire European Union, and for this the Janssen vaccine is essential. The drug will begin to be used throughout the EU on April 19, as confirmed this Monday by the company itself and has advanced .. This vaccine has the advantage that it is a single dose and can be kept in conventional refrigerators. The European Commission has signed a total of 400 million doses, of which Spain is responsible for 10%. It is the fourth vaccine to be used at the community level after Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. Initially, the delivery will be 200 million doses between now and the end of the year (and not in the second quarter as planned). In any case, by the end of 2021 Spain will have received a total of 20 million doses, provided that the established deadlines are met. This is something that the European Commission will also try to monitor in order not to run into the same problem it is having with AstraZeneca. In the second quarter alone, 5.5...
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Moderna has now shipped 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the federal government, the Cambridge-based company announced Monday. The FDA gave Moderna emergency use authorization for its two-shot vaccine back on December 18, 2020. It was the second vaccine approved for use in the U.S., just after Pfizer. “I would like to thank the millions of people who have put their confidence in Moderna’s science and our COVID-19 vaccine,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said in a statement. “We are encouraged by the fact that more than 67 million doses have been administered in the U.S. and we are humbled to know that we are helping address this worldwide pandemic with our vaccine.” Moderna said the second 100 million doses will be delivered by the end of May and the third 100 million should be out by the end of July.
    Chinese pharmaceutical firm Shenzhen Yuanxing Gene-tech to produce 60 million doses of Russian vaccine against the Sputnik V coronavirus, the Russian Sovereign Fund (RDIF), which financed its development, said on Monday. In a press release, the Fund said that these doses would allow the vaccine to be vaccinated. “more than 30 million people” and that their commercial production is due to start in May 2021. Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev, quoted in the statement, said the collaboration will allow “to increase production capacity for additional doses as we see increased demand for the Russian vaccine around the world.” Read also: Covid-19: the EU, in the process of buying the Russian vaccine Sputnik V? According to RDIF, Sputnik V is now licensed in 57 countries, covering 1.5 billion people, but not yet in China. Contacted by ., a spokesperson for the Fund said it was the second chord production of this vaccine with Beijing. The first, concluded with the Chinese firm Tibet Rhodiola, dates back to last november. Diversification of Russian production sources at full speed For lack of being able...
    The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, announced this Sunday that Spain will receive 5.5 million doses of Janssen’s vaccine in the second quarter, of which 300,000 will be received from the second half of April1.3 million in May and 3.9 million in June. In an interview in La Sexta, the minister also pointed out that the goal of 70% of the vaccinated population “is within reach” and he has pointed out that Spain is going to “climb a lot” as of April in the number of vaccines that will be received. Thus, Darias recalled that the epidemiological situation is in “a valley area” with data in “ascent” in nine communities that “already worry”, as they are the one of the accumulated incidence to seven days. “It is up to us that we do not go to the fourth wave,” said the minister.
    Miami : The United States managed for the first time to administer more than three million doses of covid-19 vaccines in two consecutive days, according to official figures published on Sunday. New data from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) confirms the growing scope and success of vaccine distribution in the United States. The CDC reported that 3.04 million doses had been administered in 24 hours as of Sunday morning, up from 3.12 million the day before. The average of the last seven days was 2.44 million doses per day, according to their figures. “First time we put 3M or more in two consecutive days. Also the second day in a row reporting more than 2M first doses per day, ”tweeted Cyrus Shahpar, COVID-19 data director at the White House. “Making progress!” The United States is the country that has registered the most deaths from covid-19 in the world so far, with almost 542,000. But it is also implementing one of the most successful vaccination campaigns. According to the CDC, 24.5% of the population has already received...
    The agreement has yet to be approved by the Member States within the “steering board” (joint steering committee) which manages joint procurement of vaccines against the coronavirus. But this rapid delivery could make it possible to partly compensate for the shortcomings of the firm AstraZeneca, which has revised downwards its forecast for deliveries to the 27, and the fact that the first doses of the Janssen vaccine will only be supplied to the EU second half of April. The vaccine from the BioNTech-Pfizer duo was the first to be authorized in the EU, as of last December, and it is with this product that the Member States started their respective vaccination campaigns. It must be the largest supplier to the Union, the Commission having concluded two contracts with BioNTech-Pfizer, for 600 million doses in total. The 10 million “accelerated” doses would come from the option to purchase 100 million doses of the second contract with BioNTech-Pfizer, which was scheduled for the third and fourth quarters of 2021, the Commission said. “I know how crucial the second quarter is for...
    General Eduardo Pazuello, devoid of any medical experience, had been appointed to this post by interim after the resignation in mid-May 2020 of oncologist Nelson Teich. The latter had resigned less than a month after his appointment for having opposed, like his predecessor Luiz Henrique Mandetta, the drugs recommended by Mr. Bolsonaro to treat the virus, while none had scientifically proven their effectiveness. Mr. Pazuello knew he was leaving and had earlier indicated at a press conference that the far-right president was seeking to replace him in order to “reorganize” the ministry. “I have decided this evening to appoint Marcelo Queiroga Minister of Health,” Bolsonaro said during a brief meeting with his supporters at the presidential palace. The transition “should take two to three weeks,” he added. The appointment of Mr. Queiroga, president of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (SBC), comes as the epidemic continues to worsen in Brazil. Hospitals are on the verge of saturation in most states and more than 2,000 daily deaths have been recorded on multiple occasions in the past week. “Change of direction” ...
    SAO PAULO, Mar 15 (.) – Brazil’s Butantan biomedical institute delivered a new batch of 3.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the Health Ministry on Monday, the Sao Paulo state government said. So far, Butantan, affiliated with the state government, has delivered some 20.6 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine, which was developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech and is partly manufactured locally. There have been more than 278,000 coronavirus deaths in Brazil since the pandemic began last year, the second highest death toll globally behind the United States. The South American country has also reported the second highest number of cases globally, after surpassing India. Butantan’s contract with the Health Ministry foresees the delivery of 46 million doses of CoronaVac injections by the end of April and another 54 million doses by September. Butantan and the federal government are negotiating the details of an agreement for an additional 30 million doses to be delivered between October and December this year. The institute, which currently bottles the active ingredients for the vaccine shipped from China, expects to begin full production...
    OVER-30s will receive Covid jabs by April as a surge of 10 million extra doses become available from next week. There is to be a "rapid increase" in the number of people getting vaccinated after a "dip" at the end of February. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 5Over-30s look set to get their first jabs in AprilCredit: Rex Features 5So far 24,064,182 jabs have been given in the UK, including 1.2 million second doses Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said there will be a "big uplift" in supply in the coming weeks. He said that the ultimate aim was to get 95 per cent of British adults vaccinated and the offer of a jab was "evergreen" for people who had not yet accepted their invitation. So far 24,064,182 jabs have been given in the UK, including 1.2 million second doses. Mr Zahawi told the Women and Equalities House of Commons Committee that until now "supply has been finite" but he was "expecting tens of millions of doses to come through". He added: "In the...
    Reuters March 5, 2021 0 Comments After two straight days of record COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday told Brazilians to stop “whining” and move on, in his latest remarks attacking distancing measures and downplaying the gravity of the pandemic. Brazil has the world’s second-highest death toll over the past year, after the United States. While the U.S. outbreak is ebbing, Brazil is facing its worst phase of the epidemic yet, pushing its hospital system to the brink of collapse. “Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?” Bolsonaro told a crowd at an event. “How much longer will you stay at home and close everything? No one can stand it anymore. We regret the deaths, again, but we need a solution.” The Health Ministry registered 75,102 additional cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the most in a single day since July and the second-highest on record. Brazil also recorded 1,699, decreasing slightly from the previous two days of record deaths. Brazil’s surging second wave has triggered new restrictions in its capital, Brasilia,...
    Millions of Americans are not getting their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine within the recommended time period for ensuring optimal protection from COVID-19, according to a CBS MoneyWatch review of the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Wednesday, just over 2.8 million Americans who had received their first shot — nearly 12% of those vaccinated — had not gotten their second dose within the 28-day interval prescribed for Moderna's vaccine, one of two approved for use in the U.S. The other vaccine, jointly produced by Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech, is supposed to be administered 21 days after getting a first dose. The number of people who have yet to get their second vaccine dose is based on the latest public data from the CDC. The agency did not return a request for comment, but vaccine and health care experts who reviewed the figures for CBS MoneyWatch said it jibes with scattered reports of delays in people getting both shots within the suggested time frame. "I am hearing anecdotally about people trying to schedule their...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said it expected to receive 16 million doses of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine in the second quarter, the health ministry said. That could represent a shortfall from the company's commitments to deliver about twice that number of doses to Germany in that quarter, according to the leaked contract with the EU. Reuters reported on Tuesday that delivery volumes to the European Union were expected to be at half the level AstraZeneca had contracted to supply in the second quarter. Germany's 16 million doses are in line with this possible shortfall, because the country was expected to receive about 34 million shots of the 180 million AstraZeneca agreed to supply the EU in the second quarter, according to a German health ministry internal document seen by Reuters and the leaked contract between AstraZeneca and the EU. In its statement on Wednesday, the health ministry confirmed the German forecasts on deliveries contained in the internal document, which were not previously public. According to the document, dated Feb. 22, Germany is expected to receive 33.8 million doses from AstraZeneca in...
    AstraZeneca has communicated this Tuesday to the European Commission that will deliver half of the vaccines against Covid-19 of which the European Union was hired for the second quarter, as revealed by a community source to the agency .. The pharmaceutical will finally distribute between April and June 90 million doses at Twenty-seven, half of the 180 million agreeds. “It would deliver less than 90 million doses in the second quarter,” confirms this official in charge of the talks with AstraZeneca. “We are doing everything possible to leverage our global supply chain. We are hopeful to be able to bring our deliveries closer in line with the advance purchase agreement, “an AstraZeneca spokesperson told ., without giving exact figures for deliveries. This is the second delay of the company after failing to meet its commitments for first quarter deliveries due to “production problems.” So by the end of June, the European Union will receive some 130 million doses, far less than the 300 million it promised to deliver.
    By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - AstraZeneca expects to deliver less than half the COVID-19 vaccines it was contracted to supply the European Union in the second quarter, an EU official told Reuters on Tuesday. The expected shortfall, which has not previously been reported, comes after a big reduction in supplies in the first quarter and could hit the EU's ability to meet its target of vaccinating 70% of adults by the summer. The EU official, who is directly involved in talks with the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker, said the company had told the bloc during internal meetings that it "would deliver less than 90 million doses in the second quarter". AstraZeneca's contract with the EU, which was leaked last week, showed the company had committed to delivering 180 million doses to the 27-nation bloc in the second quarter. "Because we are working incredibly hard to increase the productivity of our EU supply chain, and doing everything possible to make use of our global supply chain, we are hopeful that we will be able to bring our deliveries closer in line with...
    The Ministry of Health reported this Sunday, until a cut made at 4:00 p.m., an advance with respect to Saturday of 16 thousand 738 doses applied against the coronavirus, so that in total there are X inoculations. Last Monday began the second phase of the vaccination plan against the coronavirus in Mexico, focused on older adults. The first phase was aimed at front-line medical personnel, that is, health personnel who directly care for COVID-19. At a press conference, José Luis Alomía, general director of Epidemiology, reported that the distribution of the doses is as follows: -Health personnel: 650 thousand 814 first doses; 453 thousand 55 (70 percent) second doses. -Older adults: 567 thousand 826 first doses. -Educational staff (from Campeche): 17 thousand 463 first doses. Vaccination against the coronavirus began on December 24. Mexico was the first country in Latin America to start the injection against this virus, and one of the top 10 in the world. Also read: ‘Vacunagates’ around the world: former presidents and secretaries...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts hit a COVID-19 vaccination milestone on Saturday More than a million first doses have now been administered in the state. That number comes from a combination of shots from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. Over 350,000 people have also already received their second dose. According to the state’s Department, the total doses of doses rose by 49,250 to 1,372,906. There have now been 1,000,734 first doses administered and 372,172 second doses administered. The total number of shots administered equates to about 81.5% of the 1,683,820 doses shipped to providers in the state so far.
    Federal and state leaders say vaccine-supply disruptions caused by fierce winter storms across the country should subside in the next few days after millions of doses failed to reach their destinations this past week, leaving local health officials scrambling to make do with what they had on hand. That has resulted in some vaccine appointment cancellations, because an unexpected shortage of Moderna doses — which was primarily affected — meant that prescribed second doses of that vaccine couldn’t be given. At a news conference Friday, Andy Slavitt, White House Senior Adviser for COVID-19 Response, said about 6 million doses of the coronavirus vaccines have been held up due to severe weather across much of the central and southern United States, but said that was only a temporary delay. “We anticipate all backlogged doses will be delivered within the next week,” Slavitt said, “most in the next several days.” In the meantime, the failure to deliver Moderna doses has had notable impacts. In California, that equated to 702,000 shots that counties and healthcare providers had earmarked to continue vaccinating a population...
    This morning, the first 580,000 doses of the vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India, arrived at the international airport of the Buenos Aires town of Ezeiza, thanks to the transfer of technology from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. This shipment is in addition to the 400,000 doses that Argentina received last Friday from Sputnik V and that it has already begun to distribute to the provinces, for which the country received a total of 1.22 million doses of the Russian vaccine – half of the first dose and half of the second-, far from the 5 million expected last January. The country has until today 1,800,000 doses of vaccines against covid-19 when counting the four flights received with Sputnik V (including the doses of the first component and those of the one applied 21 days after the first inoculation) and the doses of Covishield (the second component of which is applied after four weeks, according to the Government) that arrived today. Argentina expects to receive a second similar batch of the vaccine with AstraZeneca-Oxford technology. This total...
    L‘European Union has reached an agreement for the acquisition of 300 million additional doses of the Moderna vaccine against Covid-19, following a first contract for 160 million doses, Commission President Ursula announced on Wednesday von der Leyen. The agreement covers the purchase of 150 million doses, intended for delivery in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2021, with an option of 150 million additional doses in 2022, the company said in a statement. In total, the EU is expected to have 310 million doses of the Moderna vaccine this year.
    They will probably be delivered to the 27 countries of the European Union before the end of the year. LGerman pharmaceutical firm BioNTech announced on Wednesday that it had finalized with Pfizer and the European Commission the European order for 200 million additional doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus Comirnaty. This is the formalization of the agreement already announced in early January by the Commission, a spokesperson for the European executive confirmed in the morning. The additional order is for 200 million doses, with an option for an additional 100 million. It comes on top of the initial advance purchase contract the EU concluded with the BioNTech-Pfizer duo last year, which also covered 200 million doses with an additional 100 million optional. The option of this initial contract has been lifted, which means that the EU is waiting for a total of 500 million doses of the vaccine developed and produced by German and American companies. The 200 million doses of the second order should normally be delivered to the 27...
    Four people in Oregon, who were fully immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine, have tested positive for coronavirus, health officials revealed on Friday.   This makes Oregon among the first states to report 'breakthrough cases,' which occur when people test positive for the virus at least 14 days after receiving their second dose of the vaccine. Both vaccines approved for emergency use authorizations - Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna - are 95 percent effective, meaning five percent who get vaccinated may still get sick, which official says is serious but not surprising. '[This is] not to be unexpected in a vaccine that while phenomenal, with 95 percent effectiveness, still means five percent may still be infected,' Dr Patrick Allen, director of Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said at a Friday press conference Two of the breakthrough cases are in Yamhill County, about 40 miles from Portland, and the other two are located in Lane County, about 135 miles away. Officials say the four people had few to no symptoms, which appear to back studies suggesting that the vaccine may help reduce the severity of the...
    The autonomous communities have administered until this Friday a total of 2,423,045 doses of COVID-19 vaccines of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna (102,538 of them in the last 24 hours), 83.1% of those distributed, amounting to 2,914,755 units, the same as this Thursday. In addition, a total of 1,000,485 people have already received the second dose from which immunity begins to be generated, 57,207 more than this Monday. This represents 41.3% of the total doses administered. The Ministry of Health has provided this information in the activity report of the vaccination process against COVID-19 based on data collected between December 27, the day the vaccinations began, and this first day of February. The data indicate that in that period they have been received in Spain a total of 2,914,755 doses of vaccines2,528,955 of them from Pfizer, with 2,249,702 doses administered; 192,000 corresponding to Moderna, with 61,569 already inoculated; and 193,800 from AstraZeneca, of which 9,236 have already been posted. The figure of 2.9 million vaccines that Health has distributed will increase in the coming weeks Since Spain expects to receive in February,...
    EFE videos Peru will receive this Saturday a second batch of 700,000 Sinopharm vaccines Lima, Feb 11 (EFE) .- Peru will receive this Saturday a second batch of 700,000 doses of the vaccine from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm, which will be added to the 300,000 that are already being applied to the country’s health personnel since Tuesday, reported the President Francisco Sagasti. “The second batch of 700,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine is already on its way,” Sagasti said in a television presentation in which he indicated that the plane with the vaccines departed from Beijing to Amsterdam, where the cargo will be transshipped before continuing to Lima. . The president said that, in this way, Peru will receive “the doses that complete the first million agreed with Sinopharm on Saturday night.” 25,000 VACCINATIONS The president also pointed out that since the beginning of the vaccination, the first dose has already been applied to some 25,000 members of the “front-line” health personnel in the fight against the pandemic. “We have been less than two days, we still have a...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — California is not receiving nearly enough COVID-19 vaccine to meet overwhelming demand and that won’t change in the near term, Gov Gavin Newsom conceded Monday, and counties increasingly are using their limited supplies to focus on people who need second shots to complete their inoculations. About 800,000 Californians are fully immunized now but millions of others who are eligible have yet to get their first doses. Newsom said the state received just over 1 million doses of vaccine last week and the next weekly shipment will be only slightly larger. “We need to see that ramped up,” Newsom said during a news conference at San Diego’s Petco Park, which is serving as a mass vaccination center. “We’re going to need to see more doses coming into the state of California in order to keep these mass sites operational and to keep things moving.” San Diego County has four mass vaccination sites and, with its other facilities, could vaccinate 20,000 people a day. But it’s doing half that because of supply shortages. Counties from San Diego to...
    By JULIE WATSON and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — California is not receiving nearly enough COVID-19 vaccine to meet overwhelming demand and that won't change in the near term, Gov Gavin Newsom conceded Monday, and counties increasingly are using their limited supplies to focus on people who need second shots to complete their inoculations. About 800,000 Californians are fully immunized now but millions of others who are eligible have yet to get their first doses. Newsom said the state received just over 1 million doses of vaccine last week and the next weekly shipment will be only slightly larger. “We need to see that ramped up," Newsom said during a news conference at San Diego's Petco Park, which is serving as a mass vaccination center. “We’re going to need to see more doses coming into the state of California in order to keep these mass sites operational and to keep things moving.” San Diego County has four mass vaccination sites and, with its other facilities, could vaccinate 20,000 people a day. But it’s doing half that because...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Due to an extreme shortage in the coronavirus vaccine, Los Angeles County vaccination sites will only be giving out second doses beginning Tuesday and lasting through the rest of this week. A mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Cal Poly on Feb. 5, 2021, in Pomona, Calif. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images) L.A. County Public Health Department reported Saturday that “due to short supply of vaccines from the state” all county super sites will only be administering COVID-19 doses to those who have already received their first dose. This protocol will begin on Tuesday. There are seven large-scale vaccination sites being run by the L.A. County Public Health Department. They are located at Magic Mountain, the Pomona Fairplex, The Forum, Cal State Northridge, El Sereno Recreation Center, the L.A. County Office of Education in Downey and the Balboa Sports Complex in Encino. California has struggled mightily to distribute vaccinations over the past several weeks, with a myriad of issues ranging from a supply shortage to vaccine sign-up websites being overwhelmed and crashing. Meanwhile, there are another five...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — California has surpassed 4 million COVID-19 vaccinations administered, but a shortage of the two approved coronavirus vaccines is forcing local officials across the state including in Napa County to restrict who gets shots. Gov. Gavin Newsom took to Twitter Saturday morning to spread the word of the 4-million milestone. “CA has administered over 4 million #COVID19 vaccines,” he posted. “We’re now administering about a million doses a week. Hope is on the horizon.” Some 4.2 million shots have been administered statewide, but health officials could not immediately say how many of those were second shots that would reflect the number of people in the state’s population of nearly 40 million with maximum protection from the virus. While the milestone was greeted with much optimism, supplies of the two approved vaccines were running low in many counties. Napa County has stopped giving first doses to preserve its remaining supply for those who are ready for second shots. Pfizer and Moderna each say two shots are required for their vaccines to be most effective. Napa County Supervisor...
    The chance to get the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be at a premium in Los Angeles County next week as a continuing supply crunch and a hefty queue of those needing a second shot will leave few opportunities for those looking to start their inoculations, a top health official said Friday. Most appointments offered at the major county-run vaccination sites will be needed for second doses, according to Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the L.A. County Department of Public Health. At the county’s five mega-PODs, or mass points of distribution, only a very limited number of people will be able to receive their first doses Monday. “We’re just struggling with the supply, the limited supply, and feeling an obligation to make sure that people that had a first dose are able to get their second dose,” he said during a briefing. “But we know, just based on the numbers, next week at least in our sites, beyond Monday, we really have to stick with the second doses. When we get to the following week,...
    A top epidemiologist who advised President Joe Biden's transition team on the coronavirus pandemic is calling for the US to alter its vaccination plan in the face of a potential 'hurricane' surge in coronavirus infections in the coming weeks.  Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday to outline the changes he said need to be made with the vaccine rollout.   He said the US should prioritize giving as many people as possible their first of two doses of the vaccine, instead of holding back a certain amount of shots for second doses.  Both vaccines currently in circulation - one from Pfizer and the other from Moderna - require two doses spaced out over a few weeks to achieve their full efficacy against the virus.  'We still want to get two doses in everyone, but I think right now, in advance of this surge, we need to get as many one-doses in as many people over 65 as we possibly can, to reduce serious...
    THIS online calculator reveals when you're likely to get your Covid vaccine, as data shows all adults could get their first jab the summer. Government officials need to jab 2.5 million people per week to reach everyone by autumn, according to Omni's Vaccine Queue Calculator. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6 6Omni's calculator says if the current vaccination rate continues, a 16 year old could expect their first Covid vaccine dose by July. This is only if 70 per cent of people accept their jab, therefore shortening the queue But official data reveals that 2,554,647 first doses were given in the past seven days - almost 60,000 over the weekly target. If this rate continues, ministers will hit their target of giving the most vulnerable Britons (14 million) their first dose by the third week of February. And all other adults could get their first dose by May, and their second 12 weeks later. At the moment, the NHS is mostly giving first doses. But it will soon need to ramp...
    Answering growing frustration over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. is ramping up deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall. Biden, calling the push a “wartime effort,” said Tuesday the administration was working to buy an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved coronavirus vaccines. He acknowledged that states in recent weeks have been left guessing how much vaccine they will have from one week to the next. Shortages have been so severe that some vaccination sites around the U.S. had to cancel tens of thousands of appointments with people seeking their first shot. “This is unacceptable,” Biden said. “Lives are at stake.” He promised a roughly 16% boost in deliveries to states over the next three weeks. The administration said it plans to buy another 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna to ensure it has enough vaccine for the long term. Even more vaccine could be available...
    By Jonathan Drew and Zeke Miller | Associated Press Answering growing frustration over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the U.S. is surging deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall. Biden, calling the push a “wartime effort,” said the administration was working to buy an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved coronavirus vaccines. He acknowledged that states in recent weeks have been left guessing how much vaccine they will have from one week to the next. Shortages have been so severe that some vaccination sites around the U.S. had to cancel tens of thousands of appointments with people seeking their first shot. “This is unacceptable,” Biden said. “Lives are at stake.” He promised a roughly 16% boost in deliveries to states over the next three weeks. The administration said it plans to buy another 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna to ensure it has enough vaccine for the long...
    The Biden administration plans to buy 100 million more doses each of Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in order to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of summer.  'The biggest problem, I hope you're all asking me by the end of summer is that you have too much vaccine leftover,' Biden said at the White House Tuesday afternoon.   Biden delivered the update Tuesday on the heels of Vice President Kamala Harris getting her second shot of the Moderna vaccine at the Bethesda, Maryland headquarters of the National Institutes of Health.    President Joe Biden gave a COVID-19 update on Tuesday explaining that the administration would buy 100 million doses of each of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines  Vice President Kamala Harris received her second dose of the Moderna vaccine Tuesday at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda  Dr. Anthony Fauci (left) and second gentleman Doug Emhoff (right) watch as Vice President Kamala Harris receives her second shot of vaccine  Biden said at his appearance that the vaccine program 'is in worse shape than we anticipated or...
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration is boosting purchases of coronavirus vaccines to deliver enough to protect 300 million Americans by the end of the summer, as it surges deliveries to states for the next three weeks following complaints of shortages and inconsistent supplies.President Joe Biden was set to announce the surge in deliveries to states Tuesday afternoon, along with the news that the federal government is purchasing an additional 100 million doses each of the two approved coronavirus vaccines. With existing purchases, the White House expects to be able to deliver enough of the two-dose regimens to states to vaccinate 300 million people.The purchases from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna come as the Biden administration is trying to ramp up vaccine production and states' capacities to inject them into arms. Even more vaccine could be available if federal scientists approve a single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson, which is expected to seek emergency authorization in the coming weeks.EMBED More News Videos President Joe Biden appeared to boost his goal for coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, suggesting the...
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