Daily Archives: 01/06/2021

US POLITICS: Democrats flip the Senate in a devastating blow to Trump and Republicans

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) listens as Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer speaks to reporters about police reform legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington U.S., June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kamala Harris. -Reuters
  • The Democratic Party has regained control of the US Senate, according to projected results from two critical runoff elections in Georgia.
  • Since the Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won their respective runoff elections in Georgia, the party will have 50 Senate seats and effective control of the upper chamber because incoming Vice President Kamala Harris will hold the tiebreaking vote.

MEDICAL: UK to roll out Astra/Oxford COVID vaccine after world-first approval

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Britain became the first country to approve the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford    University and AstraZeneca, hoping that rapid action will help it stem a record surge of infections driven by a highly contagious form of the virus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, which has ordered 100 million doses, had already fast-tracked approval of a vaccine developed by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, and administered hundreds of thousands of shots weeks ahead of European Union countries and the United States.              Continue reading

MEDICAL: The US is not prepared for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations – Business Insider

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  • The US coronavirus vaccine rollout is off to a slow start as states struggle with logistical challenges.
  • Public-health experts worry the next round of vaccinations, for the elderly and essential workers, will be even more chaotic.
  • Several state health departments told Business Insider they are still sorting out the logistics of who gets vaccinated next and how that process will transpire.
  • It’s unclear whether individuals will need appointments. But distributing vaccines on a first-come, first-served basis could lead to long lines and health hazards.      Continue reading

MEDICAL: China gives its first COVID-19 vaccine approval to Sinopharm

BEIJING,  (Reuters) – December 30, 2020. China approved its first COVID-19 vaccine for general public use today, a shot developed by an affiliate of state-backed pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm, as it braces for greater transmission risks over the winter.

No detailed efficacy data of the vaccine has been publicly released but its developer, Beijing Biological Products Institute, a unit of Sinopharm subsidiary China National Biotec Group (CNBG), said that its vaccine was 79.34% effective in preventing people from developing the disease based on interim data. 

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