Moderna vaccine has weaker response against South African coronavirus variant, company says

Cheryl Sanders
January 26, 2021

"For the last few weeks, we have plateaued at 500 new cases".

The Logan County Health District has received reports of potential scam phone calls related to the COVID-19 vaccine, officials reported Monday.

"We need - and know how - to stop this", she said.

Most of those vaccines have gone to long-term care homes, where approximately 33,023 staff members and 25,701 residents have been immunized.

The delays will likely push back second doses for many health-care workers and the beginning of vaccination for seniors over 80 living in the community and Indigenous seniors over 65.

"Less is where we need to go, and I need your help to get there", she said.


Out of caution, the company will test adding a second booster of its vaccine - to make three shots in total - and has begun preclinical studies on a booster specifically for the South African variant.

"Over the next two weeks, I believe we can bend our curve".

The vaccine created by Pfizer-BioNTech also showed a reduction in effectiveness against the South African variant, the New York Times reported.

Henry said the amount of vaccine the province was expecting in the first week of February has been "dramatically reduced" and it's unclear how much - if any - B.C. will get over the following two weeks.

"In Africa Covax is targeting the phased delivery of 600 million doses by the end of 2021".

"We can't rely on the vaccine to protect us all yet".


Biden also plans on putting into place travel restrictions come Monday regarding travelers seeking to enter the United States from "Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders". "It's about choosing in the short term, to give more people this protection from one (vaccine) instead of cutting some people out for protection". "An initial 30 million doses are expected to start arriving in countries by March and these are meant to prioritise healthcare workers and other high priority groups, then expanding to cover additional vulnerable groups.".

In a message to Islamabad, the Indian diplomat without taking name said, "While countries like India have launched vaccination drives.there are countries which continue to foment terror and indulge in hate speech and widespread disinformation campaigns".

According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania ranks 34th among the states in the number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered per 100,000 people.

"These purchase agreements open the door for these lifesaving vaccines to become available to people in the most vulnerable countries", said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

There was also one hospitalization, 16 other allergic reactions that were associated with the vaccine, and one case of Bell's Palsy or paralysis of part of the face.


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