Given the rapid spread of the British virus strain around the globe, the head of the company behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has boosted expectations that it is more successful than first thought.
Pascal Soriot, chief executive of AstraZeneca, told The Sunday Times that he thought researchers had discovered the “winning formula” with two doses and vowed to publish the findings, while reports indicated the U.K. The vaccine could be approved within days by a regulator.
While Canada is the latest country to find cases of the current highly infectious strain of the coronavirus, which was first identified in the U.K., the argument will come as some relief. And it has spread to at least a dozen countries ever since.
And to date, Chancellor Rishi Sunak lauded vaccination campaigns, telling the Mail on Sunday, “There will be tough days and months ahead, but there are reasons to look to a brighter future and what 2021 promises.”
“The early introduction of vaccines – and the incredible work of our scientists and the NHS – means we can now see light at the end of the tunnel with this pandemic.”
But the government’s handling of the initiative, which they said had not made significant improvements in nursing homes, was criticized by medical unions and the Labor Party.
Coronavirus Scotland: stringent restrictions for ‘some time’ remain in place
Nadra Ahmed, president of the National Care Association, told the Sunday Mirror that the rollout of Pfizer/BioNTech would be “difficult,” but added: “It is another case of something massively over-promising that simply can not be delivered.” It’s all constant.
And Jonathan Ashworth, Labour shadow health secretary, told the newspaper that there was a “race against time” to vaccinate enough people, while urging the government to avoid making the “same mistakes” by being “too slow” to protect residents of nursing homes – a veiled reference to PSAs and hospital discharges.
More than 600,000 people got their first dose of the Covid 19 vaccine on Christmas Eve, the Department of Health and Human Services said, but the roll-out of nursing homes was limited to seven regions.
Variant strain cases have been confirmed throughout Europe, including France, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Iceland, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands, and in Australia, Japan and Lebanon globally.
The first two confirmed cases were a couple from the Durham Area who had no known travel background, exposure or danger connections, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian Province of Ontario, suggested.
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As in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and most of England, people in Ontario are now living under lockdown measures intended to contain the spread of the virus.
In Wales, the Health Board of Cardiff and Vale University has released an appeal on social media seeking “support from medical students or other staff groups who have previously assisted with Proning patients,” the method of turning people on their front to help them breathe.
Covid Limitations on Boxing Day: What are the latest Level 4 rules in Scotland?
It looked like the annual shopping spree had experienced a sharp decrease when the new Boxing Day covid restrictions came into effect. High streets and town centers were practically abandoned in the worst-hit areas.
A alert to remain indoors, a limit on household mixing to two people outside, and forced the closing of several shops, hairdressers and gyms are Level 4 restrictions.
Since Saturday, Level 4 constraints have been in effect in mainland Scotland, with the Scottish government planning to retain the tightened controls in place for three weeks.
The controls are hardest in Northern Ireland during the first week, with a curfew of sorts in place from 8 p.m., companies closed from that time and all indoor and outdoor gatherings forbidden before 6 a.m.
For the next six weeks, non-essential retail stores will remain closed.