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Covid-19 information: Past covid-19 an infection boosts safety from vaccines

By Michael Le Page
, Clare Wilson
, Jessica Hamzelou
, Sam Wong
, Graham Lawton
, Adam Vaughan
, Conrad Quilty-Harper
and Layal Liverpool

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A well being employee administers a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine.

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Latest coronavirus information as of 12pm on 7 October

Vaccines are as much as 94 per cent efficient over 6 months in individuals who’ve additionally had covid-19

People who had been contaminated with covid-19 after which obtained two vaccine doses have greater immunity in opposition to the virus than those that by no means had a pure an infection.

Figures from customers of the Zoe Covid Symptom Study App recommend that individuals who received two Pfizer/BioNTech jabs after having the sickness noticed a 94 per cent discount of their probabilities of an additional an infection inside six months of their second dose, in contrast with 80 per cent safety for individuals who hadn’t ever had covid-19.

For the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, individuals who’d had covid-19 had been 90 per cent protected, in contrast with 71 per cent in individuals who hadn’t caught it. 

The figures additionally point out that having covid-19, however not getting vaccinated, offers 65 per cent safety in opposition to getting contaminated – and this didn’t wane for as much as 450 days after being contaminated

“This is basically optimistic information for total immunity ranges within the UK and implies that giant numbers of individuals can have efficient and lengthy lasting safety from covid-19,” Tim Spector at King’s College London, who’s the lead scientist on the Zoe app, mentioned in a press release. “This can be robust proof to help the necessity for vaccination, even for many who have already had covid-19.”

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More than 400,000 folks within the UK say they’ve had lengthy covid for a yr or extra, based on new figures from the Office for National Statistics. The most typical signs had been fatigue, shortness of breath, lack of odor and issue concentrating. About 1.1 million folks or 1.7 per cent of the inhabitants had been experiencing self-reported lengthy covid of any length, outlined as signs lasting for greater than 4 weeks after the primary suspected coronavirus an infection.

Countries are dashing to purchase provides of molnupiravir, the primary antiviral drug proven to cut back the chance of extreme covid-19 that may be taken when folks first get contaminated. Australia, Malaysia, South Korea and Singapore have introduced offers to purchase five-day programs of the drugs, with Taiwan and Thailand additionally in talks with US-based producer Merck. When taken twice each day, the drug halves folks’s probabilities of needing hospital remedy or dying.

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Painful crimson irritation referred to as covid toe.

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6 October

Study explains why virus might result in pores and skin situation on arms and ft

The pores and skin situation referred to as “covid toe” could also be a aspect impact of the immune system’s response to preventing off the virus, a research has discovered. The symptom ends in chilblain-like irritation and redness on the arms and ft, which might final for months at a time. It usually develops inside per week to 4 weeks of being contaminated and may end up in toes and fingers turning into swollen or altering color.

Researchers behind the research, which has been revealed within the British Journal of Dermatology, examined 50 contributors with covid toes and 13 with comparable chilblain lesions that arose earlier than the pandemic. They discovered one mechanism behind each forms of the situation concerned the physique producing an immune response with excessive ranges of sure auto-antibodies, which mistakenly goal and react with an individual’s personal cells and tissues in addition to the invading virus. They additionally discovered a hyperlink with sort I interferon, a key protein within the antiviral response.

Cells lining blood vessels that offer the affected areas additionally appeared to play a essential position within the improvement of covid toes and chilblains.

Covid toe was a standard symptom within the early phases of the pandemic, however has been seen far more hardly ever after vaccination, a spokeswoman for the British Skin Foundation instructed BBC News.

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One in seven most cancers sufferers globally had probably life-saving operations postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, based on a research revealed within the journal Lancet Oncology. Researchers analysed information on greater than 20,000 sufferers in 61 international locations with 15 frequent cancers. During full lockdowns, 15 per cent of sufferers didn’t obtain their deliberate operation for covid-related causes, in comparison with 0.6 per cent in periods of “mild restrictions”. The research authors referred to as for plans to be put in place in order that, within the occasion of one other public well being emergency, pressing surgical procedures can proceed to happen.

Covid passes might be required to enter nightclubs and sure giant occasions in Wales after the Welsh Government gained a decent vote within the Senedd yesterday. From 11 October, the rule will apply to adults attending indoor, non-seated occasions for greater than 500 folks, resembling live shows or conventions, out of doors non-seated occasions for greater than 4000 folks and any setting or occasion with greater than 10,000 folks in attendance. The NHS Covid Pass should be used to indicate that somebody is totally vaccinated or has had a damaging lateral movement check outcome throughout the final 48 hours.

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5 October

Immunity wanes six months after second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

The Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine is extremely efficient at stopping hospital admission even with the delta variant, new analysis reveals – although its effectiveness in opposition to an infection virtually halves after six months. Two doses of the jab are 90 per cent efficient in opposition to covid-19 hospital admission for all variants for not less than six months, based on the research. But effectiveness in opposition to an infection fell over the research interval, dropping from 88 per cent inside one month of receiving the second dose to 47 per cent after six months.

Researchers analysed greater than 3 million digital well being information from the Kaiser Permanente Southern California well being system between December 2020 and August this yr. They discovered that the drop in vaccine effectiveness in opposition to an infection over time might be on account of waning immunity, and never the delta variant escaping the safety provided by the jab.The research, carried out by Kaiser Permanente and Pfizer, is revealed in The Lancet.

In the UK, Pfizer/BioNTech booster jabs are presently being provided to those that had their second vaccine not less than six months in the past and reside in residential care properties for older adults, are over 50, or are frontline well being and social care staff. People aged 16 to 49 with underlying well being circumstances that put them at greater threat of extreme signs. and adults who’ve family contact with immunosuppressed people, are additionally being provided third doses.

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The European Union’s medicines regulator has beneficial that individuals with weakened immune programs ought to have a 3rd dose of Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. The company additionally mentioned a booster shot of this vaccine could possibly be thought-about for adults with regular immune programs round six months after the second dose, however left it to member states to resolve whether or not the broader inhabitants ought to get boosters.

AstraZeneca has submitted a request to US regulators to authorise a brand new remedy to stop covid-19 in individuals who have an impaired response to vaccines. The remedy, referred to as AZD7442, comprises lab-made antibodies designed to remain within the physique for months. Trial outcomes recommend that it cuts the chance of individuals growing any coronavirus signs by 77 per cent, the corporate has reported. 

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4 October

Vaccine rollout will enable New Zealand to scrap strict lockdowns, says prime minister

New Zealand will shift away from its “zero-covid” technique to 1 during which virus transmission is managed utilizing vaccines, prime minister Jacinda Ardern has introduced.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the nation has sought to eradicate the virus by imposing strict lockdown measures in response to any outbreak. The method was largely profitable till August this yr, when the arrival of the extra infectious delta variant made it harder to stamp out transmission. Over 1300 instances have been recorded within the newest outbreak, which started in August.

“With this outbreak and delta, the return to zero is extremely troublesome,” Ardern instructed a information convention right now. “This is a change in method we had been at all times going to make over time. Our delta outbreak has accelerated this transition. Vaccines will help it,” she mentioned.

Restrictions will begin to be lifted on Wednesday in Auckland, the nation’s largest metropolis, which has been in lockdown for nearly 50 days. People will be capable of depart their properties and meet open air in teams of as much as 10.

About 2 million folks have been totally vaccinated up to now, or 48 per cent of the eligible inhabitants, which is everybody aged 12 and over. Strict lockdowns will finish as soon as 90 per cent of eligible folks have been vaccinated, Ardern mentioned.

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An antiviral tablet developed by Merck cuts the chance of hospitalisation or dying in covid-19 sufferers by about half, based on interim trial outcomes. The trial concerned 775 adults with gentle to reasonable covid-19 who had been thought-about high-risk for extreme illness. Half of the group got a five-day course of molnupiravir, taken twice a day. The outcomes had been so encouraging that impartial specialists monitoring the trial beneficial that it’s stopped early. The firm will search emergency authorisation from US regulators within the subsequent two weeks. If accepted, the drug could be the primary oral antiviral medicine for covid-19.

New guidelines making it simpler to journey to the UK have come into drive right now. The site visitors mild system involving inexperienced, amber and crimson lists has been scrapped, with areas categorised as both on the crimson listing or not. Fully vaccinated residents – and unvaccinated underneath 18s – from greater than 50 international locations and territories can now enter the UK while not having to finish a pre-departure lateral movement check, take a day-eight post-arrival PCR check, or self-isolate at house, with only a single day-two post-arrival check wanted. People arriving from a crimson tier vacation spot will nonetheless be required to spend 11 nights at a quarantine lodge costing £2,285 for solo travellers.

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1 October

Vaccines for flu and covid-19 can safely be given at similar appointment

It is protected for folks to get coronavirus and flu vaccines on the similar time, a medical trial has discovered. The reported unwanted side effects had been primarily gentle to reasonable and there have been no damaging impacts on the immune response to both vaccine when each got on the identical day, in several arms.

Researchers say the outcomes reinforce present coronavirus booster vaccine steerage within the UK, which is for each jabs to be given collectively the place it’s virtually attainable.

The research, involving 679 volunteers in England and Wales, checked out two covid-19 and three flu vaccines, in six completely different mixtures. Study contributors had been over the age of 18 and had already obtained one dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech or the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, and had been awaiting their second dose.

One group obtained their second dose of the covid-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at their first research go to, then a placebo at their second go to. A second group obtained their second dose of the covid-19 vaccine and a placebo at their first go to after which the flu vaccine at their second go to.

The immune responses to each the flu and covid-19 vaccine had been preserved when given collectively, the outcomes confirmed, and 97 per cent of contributors mentioned they’d be prepared to have two vaccines on the similar appointment sooner or later.

The most typical unwanted side effects had been ache across the injection website and fatigue. Some covid-19 and flu vaccine mixtures noticed a rise within the quantity of people that reported not less than one aspect impact, however the reactions had been principally gentle or reasonable, the analysis discovered.

“This is a extremely optimistic step which might imply fewer appointments for many who require each vaccines, lowering the burden on those that have underlying well being circumstances and would often be provided the influenza vaccine,” mentioned research writer Rajeka Lazarus at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. The outcomes have been revealed as a preprint in The Lancet.

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Scotland’s newly launched vaccine passport app has been hit by technical issues. From right now, folks attending giant occasions and nightclubs might want to present proof they’ve had two doses of vaccine utilizing the app earlier than they’re allowed in. The NHS Scotland Covid Status app was made accessible to obtain on Apple and Android units on Thursday afternoon. But simply hours after the app’s launch, feedback circulating on social media urged many customers have been unable to register on it. The Scottish authorities mentioned the big quantity of individuals accessing the app directly could possibly be a cause for the glitch.

Australia will loosen up its guidelines on worldwide journey for residents and everlasting residents in November, having had extreme restrictions in place since March 2020. People might be allowed to depart the nation as soon as their state’s vaccination fee reaches 80 per cent, prime minister Scott Morrison has mentioned. On returning to Australia, vaccinated residents might be allowed to quarantine at house for seven days as a substitute of getting to remain in a lodge for 14 days. No timetable has been introduced for opening the border to international travellers. 

Only 15 out of 54 African international locations have met the aim of vaccinating 10 per cent of their inhabitants by the top of September, the World Health Organization has mentioned. Just 2 per cent of the greater than 6 billion vaccines given globally have been administered on the continent.

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30 September

Analysis helps vaccinating youngsters aged 12 to 17

The advantages of providing two doses of covid-19 vaccine to all youngsters aged 12 to 17 in England clearly outweigh the dangers given the present excessive case charges, based on a brand new evaluation. Children aged 12 to fifteen are presently being provided just one dose of covid-19 vaccine except they’re thought-about excessive threat.

Researchers estimated the covid-19 hospital admissions and deaths, plus instances of lengthy covid, that might be prevented over 4 months by totally vaccinating all youngsters on this age group. On 15 September, the case fee amongst 10 to 19-year-olds in England stood at 680 instances per 100,000. If the speed rises to 1000 per 100,000, vaccination might avert 4420 hospital admissions and 36 deaths over a 16-week interval, the research estimated. At a decrease case fee of fifty per 100,000, vaccination might avert 70 admissions and two deaths over the identical interval.

Vaccination would avert between 8000 and 56,000 instances of lengthy covid, the research suggests, assuming that between 2 and 14 per cent of youngsters with covid-19 go on to expertise lengthy covid. The research might be revealed right now within the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

“This evaluation reveals that, on medical dangers alone, vaccination is warranted for 12 to 17-year-olds in England,” mentioned Deepti Gurdasani of Queen Mary University of London, lead writer of the research. “While we wait to grasp the long-term results of covid-19 on youngsters, the precautionary precept advocates for safeguarding all youngsters from publicity to this virus and vaccination is a vital a part of that safety.”

The fee of coronavirus transmission within the UK is presently regarded as highest amongst secondary college age youngsters, with 2.8 per cent on this group testing optimistic in probably the most latest figures from the Office for National Statistics on 18 September. 

The UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) beforehand determined that, whereas the advantages of vaccination of kids aged 12 to fifteen do outweigh the dangers, these advantages aren’t sufficiently big to justify a vaccination programme for this age group. However, it wasn’t within the JCVI’s remit to contemplate how vaccination of 12-to-15-year-olds would stop college absences or curb the unfold of the virus in communities. Taking components like these into consideration, the UK’s Chief Medical Officers beneficial that 12-to-15-year-olds be provided a single dose of the vaccine.

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The UK authorities’s furlough scheme, which has helped pay the wages of 11.6 million staff for the reason that begin of the pandemic, is ending right now. Nearly a million staff had been anticipated to be nonetheless on the scheme on the finish of September, based on the Office for National Statistics. Economists have predicted that the top of the scheme will result in an increase within the fee of unemployment, which stood at 4.6 per cent final month.

YouTube says it’s going to take away movies that comprise misinformation about all vaccines, increasing its insurance policies round well being misinformation which had been strengthened throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The Google-owned video platform mentioned its ban on covid-19 vaccine misinformation, which was launched final yr, has seen 130,000 movies eliminated up to now consequently, however extra scope is required to clamp down on broader false claims about different vaccines showing on-line. Under the brand new guidelines, any content material which falsely alleges that any accepted vaccine is harmful and causes continual well being issues might be eliminated, as will movies that embody misinformation in regards to the content material of vaccines.

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Over a 3rd of individuals recovering from covid-19 have not less than one lengthy covid symptom between 3 and 6 months after an infection, a research has discovered. The discovering relies on well being information from over 270,000 folks within the US. The most typical reported signs had been nervousness or despair, in 15 per cent of contributors who’d had covid-19, adopted by irregular respiration and stomach signs, each seen in 8 per cent, and fatigue, in 6 per cent.

These signs will not be essentially associated to covid-19, however the research in contrast their prevalence in folks recovering from covid-19 and in individuals who’d had influenza, and located that, collectively, a set of 9 signs had been 1.5 occasions extra frequent after covid-19 than after the flu. Long covid signs had been barely extra frequent in ladies than in males, and extra frequent in those that had been hospitalised.

Attempts to estimate the prevalence of lengthy covid have produced extensively various outcomes, relying on how the situation is outlined and measured. Recent figures from the UK Office for National Statistics urged that 11.7 per cent of people that examined optimistic for covid-19 described themselves as experiencing lengthy covid 12 weeks after an infection, however solely 3 per cent skilled signs constantly for not less than 12 weeks.

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People receiving a 3rd dose of coronavirus vaccine expertise comparable charges of unwanted side effects to these receiving their second dose, based on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Out of 12,500 individuals who accomplished a survey, 79 per cent reported native reactions resembling itching or ache on the injection website, whereas 74 per cent reported systemic reactions, which had been primarily fatigue, muscle aches and complications.

Pfizer and BioNTech have submitted trial information for his or her covid-19 vaccine in 5-to-11-year-olds to the US medicines regulator, and say they are going to make a proper request for emergency authorisation in coming weeks.

The Scottish authorities will delay the enforcement of vaccine passports by two weeks, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has mentioned, giving companies till 18 October to adjust to the brand new regulation. People over 18 should present proof of vaccination to attend a nightclub or giant occasion underneath the coverage.

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28 September

Survey of kids in England finds youthful ages extra hesitant about vaccination

Younger youngsters seem like much less prepared to have a covid-19 vaccination than older youngsters, based on a survey of greater than 27,000 college students aged between 9 and 18 in England. Overall, half the respondents mentioned they had been prepared to have a coronavirus vaccination, 37 per cent mentioned they had been undecided and 13 per cent mentioned they wished to choose out. However, simply over a 3rd of nine-year-olds mentioned they’re prepared to have a covid-19 jab, in contrast with 51 per cent of 13-year-olds and 78 per cent of 17-year-olds.

The survey was carried out in colleges throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Merseyside between May and July this yr by researchers on the University of Oxford, University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge. The findings come after 12-to-15-year-olds in England and Scotland final week began to get vaccinated.

Young individuals who consider they’ve had covid-19 already had been extra prone to say they are going to choose out of getting a vaccine, the survey discovered. Students who had been extra hesitant about getting the jab had been additionally extra prone to attend colleges in disadvantaged areas, report spending longer on social media, and say they really feel as if they didn’t establish with their college group.

Researchers are calling for extra assets and data to be supplied to communities and college students to make sure younger folks know the covid-19 vaccine is protected. They say well being messaging about vaccine security and its results on youngsters ought to be shared by trusted sources on social media.

The survey discovered that almost all of kids who mentioned they had been hesitant about getting the vaccine had been nonetheless undecided. “That is a big alternative for us, but it surely additionally suggests that there’s threat,” mentioned Russell Viner, a research writer from UCL. “Young persons are probably weak to these pushing views which might be very strongly against vaccination.”

Some headteachers have reportedly been focused by hoax letters with misinformation in regards to the vaccine programme, which embody a faux NHS emblem and a “consent guidelines” to share with college students. A college in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, has apologised for passing the letter on to folks in error.

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Smokers are 80 per cent extra prone to be admitted to hospital and considerably extra prone to die from covid-19 than non-smokers, new analysis reveals. The research, revealed within the journal Thorax, is the primary of its variety to have a look at each observational and genetic information on smoking and coronavirus. It included 421,469 contributors within the UK Biobank research, with consequence information as much as 18 August 2020. The outcomes confirmed that, in contrast with never-smokers, present people who smoke had been twice as prone to die with covid-19 in the event that they smoked one to 9 cigarettes a day, whereas these smoking 10 to 19 cigarettes a day had been virtually six occasions extra prone to die. People who smoked greater than 20 a day had been over six occasions extra prone to die in comparison with individuals who had by no means smoked.

Vaccine passports could be required for these attending nightclubs, music venues, festivals and sports activities grounds in England underneath the federal government’s autumn and winter contingency Plan B. The proposed plan, revealed right now, will solely be launched if the nation faces a troublesome winter with rising covid-19 instances within the colder months, the federal government mentioned. The authorities is asking for views from companies, occasion organisers, and venue operators on its proposals by 12 October.

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27 September

Neutralising antibodies in breast milk might defend infants from covid-19 an infection

Breastfeeding ladies who’ve had covid-19 secrete neutralising antibodies in opposition to the virus into their breast milk for as much as 10 months after an infection, based on analysis introduced at a convention. Rebecca Powell at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and her colleagues analysed breast milk samples from 75 ladies who had recovered from a covid-19 an infection. They discovered that 88 per cent of the samples contained antibodies in opposition to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and typically they had been able to neutralising the virus. 

The findings, introduced on the Global Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium on 21 September, recommend that breastfeeding might assist to guard infants from getting contaminated with covid-19. This is thought to be the case for different respiratory ailments resembling influenza and pertussis. While younger youngsters are at decrease threat from extreme covid-19 than adults, round one in 10 infants under the age of 1 require hospital care if they’re contaminated. Antibodies extracted from breast milk may be used as a remedy for adults with covid-19, Powell instructed The Guardian.

The research additionally discovered that almost all of girls who had the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines additionally had coronavirus-specific antibodies of their breast milk, however decrease ranges of antibodies had been seen in milk from ladies who had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This helps earlier analysis suggesting that vaccinations for breastfeeding moms can assist to guard their infants from covid-19 an infection, though this has not but been demonstrated conclusively.

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The covid-19 pandemic has led to the largest fall in life expectancy in western Europe for the reason that second world struggle, researchers have discovered. The research, revealed within the International Journal of Epidemiology, included information from 29 international locations, 22 of which noticed a drop in life expectancy that was better than half a yr in 2020. The results had been bigger for males than ladies in most international locations. Men within the US noticed the largest fall, with 2.2 years taken off their life expectancy in 2020 in contrast with 2019.

Australian authorities have introduced plans to raise restrictions progressively in Sydney, which has been in lockdown since June. Restaurants, retail shops and gymnasiums can start to reopen on 11 October, however solely people who find themselves totally vaccinated might be allowed to renew buying, consuming out, and another actions. Around 60 per cent of individuals aged 16 and over are presently totally vaccinated within the state of New South Wales.

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24 September

Deaths from covid-19 result in drop in life expectancy for boys born in UK

Life expectancy for males within the UK has fallen for the primary time in 4 a long time, as a result of impression of the covid-19 pandemic. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) recommend {that a} boy born between 2018 and 2020 is predicted to stay for 79 years, in contrast with 79.2 years for births between 2015 and 2017. For ladies, life expectancy stays unchanged at 82.9 years. The estimates are calculated primarily based on present mortality charges, which had been unusually excessive in 2020, particularly for males.

The figures don’t imply a child born in 2018-2020 will stay a shorter life, says Pamela Cobb from the ONS Centre for Ageing and Demography. “To get a greater estimate of this we have to think about how mortality and due to this fact life expectancy will enhance into the longer term. It might be a number of years earlier than we perceive the impression, if any, of coronavirus on this,” she says.

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Covid-19 vaccines have prevented 123,100 deaths in England, based on new estimates. The figures, which have been calculated by Public Health England and the University of Cambridge, cowl the interval as much as 17 September. Previous estimates had put the quantity at 112,300 deaths. Around 23.9 million infections have additionally been prevented by the vaccine rollout, together with 230,800 hospital admissions amongst folks aged 45 and over. More than 89 per cent of all folks aged 16 and over in England have now obtained not less than one dose of vaccine, whereas almost 82 per cent are totally vaccinated.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has endorsed booster vaccines for folks aged 65 and over and people with underlying well being circumstances, following the authorisation from the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. The CDC’s panel of advisers declined to help booster vaccines for folks in jobs with a excessive threat of publicity to the virus, resembling healthcare staff, however CDC director Rochelle Walensky determined to incorporate this class within the company’s advice. The recommendation applies to individuals who have already had two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine not less than six months in the past.

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23 September

US regulator authorises boosters for older folks, however rejects broader rollout

The US medicines regulator has authorised coronavirus booster vaccines for folks aged 65 and over, folks at excessive threat of extreme illness and people who are frequently uncovered to the virus, resembling healthcare staff. The resolution implies that these teams can begin to obtain a 3rd dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine 6 months after their second dose. Those who’ve had different vaccines should look ahead to additional approvals.

Pfizer had requested the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to permit additional doses for all folks aged 16 and over, however the FDA panel concluded that there was inadequate proof to help boosters for the broader inhabitants past high-risk teams. A separate advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which determines US vaccine coverage, is predicted to subject steerage right now which can embody suggestions on which teams ought to qualify as excessive threat. The US has already given additional vaccines to over 2 million folks with compromised immune programs.

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The US will donate 500 million extra covid-19 vaccines to different international locations, president Joe Biden has introduced at a digital summit on the pandemic, bringing the nation’s complete donations to over 1 billion doses. Delivery of the brand new tranche will start in January. At a United Nations General Assembly assembly yesterday, leaders from growing nations together with the Philippines, Peru and Ghana condemned wealthier nations for failing to share vaccines equitably.

New journey guidelines for England that require travellers from some international locations to quarantine even when they’re totally vaccinated have sparked outrage and bewilderment, The Guardian experiences. Under the principles, travellers to England who’ve been totally vaccinated with Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines within the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea or a European Union nation are exempt from quarantine, however individuals who obtained the identical vaccines in different international locations should quarantine for 10 days after arrival. Doctors and politicians from India, Brazil and Nigeria are amongst those that have expressed anger in regards to the guidelines.

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22 September

More than one in 100 college youngsters in England have covid-19, however absences are decrease than in July as a result of complete courses not isolate

About 1.2 per cent of college youngsters in England had been absent on account of confirmed or suspected covid-19 on 16 September, based on new figures from the UK’s Department for Education. This compares with 1.0 per cent in July earlier than colleges closed for the summer time holidays. Most colleges reopened in September having eliminated some social distancing restrictions, together with mask-wearing and conserving youngsters inside “bubbles” – small teams often consisting of 1 or a couple of courses. Under this technique the entire bubble would bel despatched house to isolate if one member examined optimistic. Now, under-18s wouldn’t have to remain at house and isolate if they’ve been in touch with somebody who has examined optimistic – provided that they themselves develop signs or have a optimistic check outcome.

The new guidelines imply that whereas there’s presently a better fee of covid-19 infections amongst under-18s, fewer youngsters should miss college due to isolation guidelines. The complete fee of covid-19-related absences was 1.5 per cent on 16 September, in contrast with 14.3 per cent in July. “These nationwide figures masks some vital points arising at an area degree, and we already know of colleges which might be struggling to maintain courses open on account of outbreaks occurring,” Paul Whiteman, common secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers instructed The Guardian.

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Australia will reopen its borders for worldwide journey by Christmas on the newest, the nation’s Tourism Minister Dan Tehan mentioned right now. Meanwhile within the state of Victoria, academics and childcare staff have been instructed that they should be totally vaccinated in opposition to covid-19 earlier than they return to work subsequent month.

The Johnson & Johnson “single-dose” covid-19 vaccine is simpler after two doses, the agency mentioned yesterday. A second dose of the jab given eight weeks after the primary led to folks being 94 per cent much less prone to get a symptomatic an infection in contrast with those that had been unvaccinated, in a US trial. Just one dose was 66 per cent efficient within the first month after vaccination. Giving the second dose six months after the primary led to an even greater rise in antibodies.

See earlier updates from July to September 2021, June to July 2021, May 2021, April-March 2021, February 2021, January 2021, November/December 2020, and March to November 2020.

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