Date: Sunday 26th September 2021

CORONAVIRUS: Reuters Global Updates, Wednesday 08/12/2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:

What you need to know today Wednesday 08/12/2020

 

From REUTERS

U.S. tops 15 million cases
U.S. coronavirus cases crossed the 15 million mark as regulators moved a step closer to approving a vaccine.

Leading health officials are once again sounding the alarm of further spread when people gather for the year-end holidays.

“We’re in for a very challenging period,” top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told a virtual summit on Tuesday. Pfizer cleared another hurdle when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released documents that raised no new red flags over the safety or efficacy of the vaccine it developed with Germany’s BioNTech.

Allergy warning over Pfizer vaccine
Britain’s medicine regulator has advised that people with a history of significant allergic reactions do not get Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after two people reported adverse effects on the first day of rollout.

Britain began mass vaccinating its population in a global drive that poses one of the biggest logistical challenges in peacetime history, starting with the elderly and frontline workers.

National Health Service medical director Stephen Powis said the advice had been changed after two NHS workers reported anaphylactoid reactions associated with getting the shot.

Merkel pushes for tougher German lockdown
Chancellor Angela Merkel threw her weight behind calls for a fuller lockdown in Germany that would include closing shops after Christmas, telling legislators that vaccines alone would not majorly alter the pandemic’s course in the first quarter.

Europe’s largest economy has been in partial lockdown for six weeks, with bars and restaurants closed but shops and schools open. That has stopped the coronavirus’s exponential growth but infection levels remain at a high level.

Speaking in parliament, Merkel said regional leaders should follow scientific guidance, which has called for people to further reduce their contact with others.

Rich countries have bought too many vaccines, says Amnesty
Rich countries have secured enough coronavirus vaccines to protect their populations nearly three times over by the end of 2021, Amnesty International and other groups said, possibly depriving billions of people in poorer areas.

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