Friday, December 4, 2020

65 Million Cases

Thanks to Covid-19, we are reaching for the skies – with 65 million cases and 1.5 million deaths. 

There are now fourteen countries, each one of them having amassed at least one million cases. The latest additions are Poland and Iran which just joined this exclusive club!


On Wednesday, one of the fourteen became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus. 

And BBC News reported yesterday that the first consignment has arrived in the UK – and already taken to an undisclosed location before being distributed to hospital vaccination centers around the country. 

The UK ordered 40 million doses – enough to vaccinate 20 million people. 

On Wednesday too, Dr Anthony Fauci (right), the top US infectious disease expert, came out on Fox News to say that the UK did not review the vaccine "as carefully" as US health regulators. And he later told CBS News that the UK had "rushed" the approval. 

Dr June Raine (left), the head of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in the UK disputed Fauci’s statement, maintaining that "no corners had been cut" in vetting the vaccine. 

Of course, she was expected to say that – but the approval was based on MHRA having reviewed preliminary data on the vaccine trials that dated back to June. It is preliminary data, after all!  

It seems like desperation on the part of the UK – but you can’t blame them. In the long list of countries with the most tally of coronavirus cases, the UK is #7 in the world. 

Not unexpectedly, on Thursday, Fauci walked back the comments – there was "no judgement on the way the UK did it", he said. LOL!

Anyway, hospitals already have the facilities to store the vaccine at the necessary -70C – and it was reported that the very first vaccinations are likely to take place there – for care home staff, NHS staff and patients – to lower the risk of wasting doses. 

England's deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam (right) told BBC News: "If we can get through phase one [of the priority list] and it is a highly effective vaccine and there is very, very high uptake, then we could in theory take out 99% of hospitalisations and deaths related to Covid-19.

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