Published: Fri, March 19, 2021

Covid-19: Otago virologist helps find possible cause of community cases

Covid-19: Otago virologist helps find possible cause of community cases

In the wake of disruptions of ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Europe and the growing threat to roll-out campaigns around the world amid safety concerns about the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, health regulatory bodies have called for the continuation of vaccinations with the jab in the bid to contain the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, 68, got his COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, said a video statement from his office that showed him getting the shot.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has confirmed 582 new cases of Covid-19 and no additional deaths.

Ottawa Public Health says starting Friday, any First Nation, Metis and Inuit person over 40 years of age is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

There are 4,941 active cases in the province, with a lot of them in the populous Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions.

In Pennsylvania, more than 1.5 million people, or 11.85% of the state, is fully vaccinated.

The Chief Secretary also emphasized the need of evolving a multi-sectoral response to the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine by involving NGOs, NCC and other volunteers, besides maintaining open and transparent communication through a proactive IEC strategy to curb misinformation and rumours.

According to a log sheet provided by the department, OH providers reported nearly 60 incidents where doses were unused.


The mother - who is a frontline healthcare worker - was given her initial dose of the Moderna vaccine in January, while 36 weeks pregnant. However, after almost 4,500 of Tennessee's doses were ruined in February, the state's Department of Health scrambled to find answers.

A separate 1,000 doses were then reported spoiled in middle Tennessee after a school district reported a storage error.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is conducting a full scientific review, but has said it now "remains convinced" that the "benefits of this vaccine outweigh the risk". Analysis by Our World in Data shows that the 7-day rolling average of daily vaccine doses administered per 100 people-an indicator of the pace of a country's vaccination drive-stood at just 0.12 for India versus 0.74 for the USA and 0.62 for the UK.

"I'm proud to announce that tomorrow, 58 days into my administration, we will have met my goal of administering 100 million shots to our fellow Americans", Biden said in a White House speech.

Ohio's health department reported 2,349 doses wasted or spoiled as of February.

Access to interpretation services at vaccine sites could be important for those who are deaf or blind, Tatsuda said.

The swelling from the vaccine could cause a false reading on a mammogram, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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