UK could miss out on 3.5m doses between now and February and rely totally on AstraZeneca’s plan

The UK could miss out on millions of doses of the coronavirus vaccine if the European Union suspends deliveries to countries outside the bloc amid a row over Europe’s own supplies. Britain is expecting to receive approximately 9million more jabs over the next three weeks from Oxford/AstraZeneca’s factories in Wrexham and Oxford and Pfizer/BioNTech’s production … Read more

Germany mulls slashing air travel to ‘almost zero’ and queues build up at border checkpoints

Germany is considering slashing air travel to ‘almost zero’ as queues build up at border checkpoints. Chancellor Angela Merkel told her parties’ legislators she did not want a travel ban, but with the pandemic raging this winter there should be no tourism, sources said. Interior minister Horst Seehofer earlier told the Bild newspaper Merkel had … Read more

Tokyo Olympic organizers to unveil coronavirus safety ‘playbook’ in early February – National

Remember the word: Playbook. This is the rule book that the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers are set to roll out next week to explain how 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and tens of thousands of others will try to safely enter Japan when the Olympics open in just under six months. Organizers and … Read more

Piers Morgan calls for ‘dithering’ Boris Johnson to resign over ‘shameful’ 100k UK death toll

Piers Morgan launched a blistering attack on “dithering” Boris Johnson as he lashed out at the “shameful” 100,000 UK death toll. The 55-year-old hit out at the prime minister for his list of errors during the coronavirus pandemic, which included him boasting in March last year that he had been shaking hands with coronavirus patients. … Read more

What happens after you’ve had the Covid vaccine – and can you drink alcohol that evening?

The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine is well and truly underway, with jabs set to accelerate in the coming weeks as several new mass vaccine centres open their doors. As of Jan 25, 6,573,570 people had received the first dose of the vaccine, with 470,478 second doses having been administered by the same date, taking the total to 7,044,048.  Almost four … Read more

Driven Dockers determined to use momentum of last year’s unbeaten season in 2021 AFLW campaign

Fremantle coach Trent Cooper says the abrupt and disappointing end to the Dockers’ unbeaten AFLW season in 2020 “counts for nothing”, but it does give his side momentum heading into the new season. Key points: The COVID-19 pandemic meant no AFLW premier was crowned last season The Dockers were unbeaten in 2020 and were favourites … Read more

How COVID changed Germany, one year on | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW

On January 27, 2020, the year still seemed uneventful. That was, until an employee of a firm outside Munich, with close business ties to China, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Since then, hardly anything has remained the same. The year saw people in Germany, like in most of the world, put a halt to shaking hands … Read more

Travel chaos hits the Midwest as up to 15 inches blankets Iowa to Ohio

More than 200 flights have been canceled as travel chaos hit the Midwest on Tuesday when up to 15 inches blanketed a few states during a major winter storm that left 100 million people under weather advisories.  The storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the middle of the country while … Read more

In 12 lives lost, a nation’s tragedy: Heartbreaking cases highlight devastating reach of pandemic

Boris Johnson said he was ‘deeply sorry for every life lost’ last night as the UK went past 100,000 coronavirus deaths. In a sombre press conference, The Prime Minister said he took ‘full responsibility’ for every action his Government had taken in the pandemic. He insisted ministers had done ‘everything we could’ to limit the … Read more

Behind closed doors: Filipina workers trapped by the pandemic | News

Anushka Asthana talks to the journalist Corinne Redfern from The Fuller Project about the impact the pandemic has had on the thousands of Filipino women who are stranded overseas. The Philippine government says that approximately one third of its 10 million citizens overseas are women working in “elementary” jobs – a term widely interpreted as … Read more

how would they work and what do new rules mean for holidays?

Britons in up to 30 countries will have to pay for hotel quarantine if they return to the UK to prevent new Covid variants reaching this country from South Africa and South America. Boris Johnson was on Tuesday night expected to approve the plans for Australian-style hotel quarantine that will cost travellers up to £1,500 … Read more

U.K. variant of COVID-19 on cusp of community spread, says top doctor in hard-hit Simcoe Muskoka region

Simcoe Muskoka’s top public health official warned Tuesday that travel within Ontario should be restricted and school reopenings could falter if community transmission of extra-contagious COVID-19 viral variants takes hold — a reality that may be already be underway after a rash of new positive results. Samples collected from 99 more people in the region … Read more

Several hundred of Joe Biden’s staff have gotten the COVID vaccine already

Several hundred of Joe Biden’s staff have gotten the COVID vaccine already in drive to ensure everyone working at the White House is inoculated Hundreds of staff in office of the president have been vaccinated Top staff and nominees also got vaccinated in early January Biden received two shots before taking office VP Kamala Harris … Read more

Canada adds 4,011 new coronavirus cases as global infections top 100M – National

Canada saw 4,011 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 757,022. Health officials also said another 165 have died after testing positive for COVID-19. To date, the virus has claimed 19,403 lives in Canada. Read more: Global coronavirus cases have crossed 100 million However, 677,559 have recovered … Read more

UAE could be added to Britain’s list of up to 30 ‘high risk’ quarantine countries

Boris Johnson is set to deal a blow to influencers in Dubai by adding UAE to a list of up to 30 ‘high risk’ quarantine countries where returning travellers will be forced to pay to stay in hotels for 10 days under plans due to unveiled today. The Prime Minister last night met with officials … Read more

Coronavirus live news: UK to quarantine arrivals from high-risk countries; global Covid cases pass 100m | World news

2.04am GMT02:04 Mexico Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on Tuesday that emergency use of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid vaccine should be authorised within days, after a favourable recommendation by a committee within Mexico’s health regulator, Reuters reports. The exact arrival of the first shipments of Sputnik V to Mexico had not been confirmed, Lopez-Gatell … Read more

Baker: Despite Pandemic Trauma, Massachusetts Remains Strong | Massachusetts News

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his annual State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday evening, acknowledging the trauma Massachusetts has endured battling a deadly pandemic, but praising residents’ resilience and promising brighter days ahead. “If there is a silver lining in all this, it’s how organizations and individuals from … Read more

Mum who claims she got Covid twice developed ‘torturous rash’ and still suffers

A mum who claims to have contracted coronavirus twice says she developed a ‘torturous’ rash and ‘has never fully recovered’ nearly a year on. Kathleen Sadler first developed symptoms of Covid in March last year and was taken to hospital. She says she has had ‘every symptom under the sun’ including the three key signs … Read more

Girl, 5, taken to hospital with ear infection left fighting for life in intensive care

A five-year-old girl who was taken to hospital with an ear infection ended up in intensive care on life support. Kacey Kirkpatrick was given antibiotics for her ear infection – before mum Roseanne was given the shattering news weeks later her condition was far more serious. Roseanne, 38, described how she took Kacey back to … Read more

Bureaucrat who was fired after alleged $11M COVID-19 fraud has millions of dollars in India, court documents say

The Ontario government computer specialist fired after the alleged theft of millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds has about $12.4 million in cash in Indian banks, the Star has learned. While Sanjay Madan helped the province recoup $11.6 million in COVID-19 aid allegedly funnelled to hundreds of Canadian bank accounts, he testified in a … Read more

B.C. reports 407 new COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths Tuesday

B.C. has recorded another 407 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday to bring the provincial total to 65,234 cases. This brings the seven-day average to 475 cases, which is the lowest it has been since Dec. 30, 2020. Read more: Bonnie Henry warns that British Columbia is on ‘brink’ of another spike Sadly, another 14 people … Read more

‘Fit and healthy’ air stewardess, 40, is killed by Covid

The family of a mother-of-five who died with Covid-19 has shared her final Facebook posts voicing her fear that ‘she might not make it’. Karen Hobbs, 40, suffered a cardiac arrest and died on January 19 in an induced coma, weeks after testing positive for coronavirus. Known as a ‘beautiful’ and loving mother, Ms Hobbs, … Read more

Do COVID-19 variants mean we should crack down on interprovincial travel? One province just did

The “window of opportunity” is closing to contain the spread of new, more contagious COVID-19 variants in Canada, health experts say, which leads to the question: Are tough restrictions needed on interprovincial travel? On Tuesday, Manitoba announced it would require travellers from other provinces — as well as returning Manitobans — to self-isolate for 14 … Read more

Biden Administration to Boost Vaccine Supply Amid Shortages | Health News

By JONATHAN DREW and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press The Biden administration is giving states an approximately 17% boost in vaccine over the next three weeks following complaints of shortages so severe that some vaccination sites around the U.S. had to cancel tens of thousands of appointments with people seeking their first shot. Detailed figures posted … Read more

Pregnant women should NOT take Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine should not be used on pregnant women – affecting more than three million expectant mothers in the U.S. No vaccine trials to date have included pregnant women – and they are not expected to until after the first quarter of 2021 – meaning there … Read more

Tragic faces of loved ones killed by Covid as UK reaches grim 100,000 deaths milestone

When Jim Russell got a “wee sniffle” on March 21, just days before the first lockdown, it didn’t cause him or his fiancee Connie McCreary much concern. The 51-year-old Glaswegian HGV driver was fit and healthy and hardly ever got ill, and brushed off feeling a little under the weather. But six days later, he … Read more

US senators sworn in as jurors for Trump’s second impeachment trial – live | US news

9.09pm GMT21:09 There’s been a steady stream of activity on Capitol Hill today, paricularly leading up to the swearing-in of the senators for Trump’s impeachment trial. At a weekly press conference, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer said the chamber is prepared to work simultaneously to hold an impeachment trial, approve Biden’s cabinet nominees, and pass … Read more

Ottawa learned China blocked CanSino’s vaccine shipment days after announcing deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government found out that China’s government was getting in the way of Canada’s plan to test and potentially produce a COVID-19 vaccine made by a Chinese company just days after Trudeau announced the deal, according to newly released government documents. The agreement between the Canadian government and CanSino Biologics Inc. would … Read more

99 people mostly linked to Barrie, Ont., nursing home outbreak test positive for COVID-19 variant

Ninety-nine people have tested positive for an unidentified COVID-19 variant, with most being linked to a devastating coronavirus outbreak at Roberta Place long-term care home in Barrie, Ont., the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed Tuesday. The second portion of the two-part variant test is still underway to determine the exact COVID-19 strain, but the … Read more

HSE confirms 22 vials of vaccine unusable after incorrect storage at nursing home

THE HSE HAS confirmed that 22 vials of the coronavirus vaccine could not be used because they had been incorrectly stored after being delivered to a nursing home. The incident, first reported by RTÉ, occurred with vials that were sent to a nursing home in the Midlands Louth Meath Community Health Organisation.  In a statement, … Read more

Imperial College London HALTS trial of its original Covid vaccine

Kent variant Real name: B.1.1.7 When was it discovered? The variant was first found in the South East of England and can be traced back to September 2020. What mutations does it have? It has 23 mutations, some of which change the shape of the spike protein on its outside. The main mutation is known as N501Y. … Read more

UK coronavirus cases drop to a THIRD of figure three weeks ago

A downtrodden Boris Johnson tonight appeared at Downing Street to say he was ‘deeply sorry’ as the UK’s Covid-19 death toll officially rose above 100,000 for the first time. The Prime Minister appeared alongside Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, and NHS CEO Sir Simon Stevens, to say it was ‘hard to compute the … Read more

Province invests in development, testing of Ontario-made PPE at Hamilton’s McMaster University – Hamilton

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, McMaster University has been awarded more than $1.2 million in provincial funding to support the research, development and testing of personal protective equipment (PPE). Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, says the investment will improve the technology and better protect front-line workers, while ensuring the … Read more

J&J 4Q Sales Rise Despite Pandemic, but Charges Cut Profits | Business News

A big jump in prescription drug sales boosted fourth-quarter revenue at Johnson & Johnson, despite the coronavirus pandemic cutting into sales of products from contact lenses to surgical equipment and other medical devices used in procedures at hospitals swamped with COVID-19 patients. Profits dove 57% due to higher research spending, plus litigation and other one-time … Read more

London hospitals are giving Covid jabs to people who turn up without an appointment

London hospitals are giving Covid jabs to people who turn up without an appointment to avoid wasting doses intended for no-shows NHS sources say their current approach is ‘if there’s a free arm, we’ll jab it’  They claim a frontline worker’s healthy partner in their 20s even got inoculated  The surplus in supplies stems in … Read more

Police officers fined £200 for getting haircuts by barber at station 

A group of 31 police officers have each been slapped with £200 fines after they hired a professional barber to cut their hair at a police station, it emerged today.  They hired a professional barber to come in and cut their hair at Bethnal Green police station in East London on Sunday, January 17 – … Read more

Doctor is arrested on suspicion of MURDERING two patients ‘to free up beds on Italian Covid ward’ 

Doctor is arrested on suspicion of MURDERING two patients ‘to free up beds in overwhelmed Italian Covid ward’ Carlo Mosca, 47, allegedly administered lethal doses of anaesthetics in March Natale Bassi, 61, and Angelo Paletti, 80, were covid patients at Lombardy A&E WhatsApps between nurses accused him of killing patients to free up beds Mosca, … Read more

Quebec reports 1,166 new coronavirus cases, 57 more deaths

As the pandemic continues, Quebec is reporting 1,166 new cases and 57 additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus Tuesday. Health authorities say four of those deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while the others stem from earlier this month and have been retroactively added to the growing tally. The caseload of the province, … Read more