Rich countries snap up 70% of COVID-19 vaccine doses — The Lancet

Cheryl Sanders
February 15, 2021

These totals do not include care home residents.

And Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was "on track" to meet the "important milestone" and officials could now focus on vaccinating all over-50s by May and all adults by September.

"Once all nine priority groups have been protected by the end of April, there is no justification for any legislative restrictions to remain", the letter organized by the COVID Recovery Group said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out on February 22 the government's plans to end the lockdown and has said he wants schools to reopen on March 8.

The exercise to administer the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine to healthcare workers will begin in Bihar on Monday.

"People in the priority groups have not missed their chance to get jabbed and if you are aged 70 and over and haven't yet taken up the offer, please do come forward and make an appointment - the vaccine is safe, simple, and will offer you and those around you crucial protection against this virus", added Professor Stephen Powis, NHS medical director. The government is due to announce a road map out of restrictions on February 22.

Bogoch said details will be coming quickly because the vaccination sites will have to be up and running very soon. In the last seven days, 4,816 deaths were officially recorded by the government - down 26 percent on the previous week.

But he is facing pressure from some of the government's own lawmakers. Ministers have said that they want to start reopening schools in England on the 8th March.

"I do think that in due time [Covid-19] will become something that we simply live with".

The country will now start administering vaccines from Monday to those aged between 65 and 69 and the clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, with nearly 1.2 million already invited to book their jabs, the state-run National Health Service (NHS) said.

These groups have accounted for 88 per cent of the UK's COVID-19 deaths so far, according to the Department of Health and Social Care and are estimated by the JCVI to be some 15 million people.

Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious diseases specialist with Toronto General Hospital and a member of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine distribution task force, told CBC News Network on Sunday that the key development is that the program is going to expand.

Because of this, they have made it their priority to give the first dose to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. He said proper turnout was expected for the second dose. As per the data shared by the Union ministry of health and family welfare, Bihar is among the top ten states with the maximum number of beneficiaries vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the United Kingdom could this year live with Covid "like we do with flu", the BBC reported.

There are other dangers on the horizon.

"The solutions to the challenges we face ... lie in the discussions we have with our friends and partners around the world", Johnson said in a statement released late Saturday.

The findings from the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, published Friday on the government's website, builds on preliminary research released January 21.

The province logged 910 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday along with 15 new virus-related deaths.

The province has identified "very high priority" health-care workers as those who work in acute care and other hospital settings not already identified in the previous category, along those who work in congregate and community care settings, including community health centres, birth centres, dentistry clinics, pharmacies, and walk-in clinics. "This is highlighted by the latest figures for hospitalization that now suggest nearly 50:50 male to female ratio compared to this being predominantly in men during the first wave".

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