The company’s coronavirus vaccine candidate has been shown to be over 90% effective in preventing disease in those infected.
Interim results from Moderna’s ongoing phase three study returned an efficacy rate of 94.5%, which British scientists hailed as “extremely exciting” news.
Meanwhile, clinical trials of a potential new coronavirus vaccine developed by Janssen, which is part of Johnson & Johnson, are expected to begin in the UK, with the participation of 6,000 volunteers from across the country.
The Scottish government could put Glasgow and parts of western Scotland under the most severe restrictions in an attempt to reduce the “stable but stubbornly high” prevalence of the virus.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said a “final decision” would be announced on Tuesday. If subjected to the highest level of restrictions, these areas would have to close hotels, non-essential shops and gyms, as well as a ban on all contact between households.
Germany postpones decision on new Covid-19 measures
Germany has postponed the decision on whether or not to introduce stricter coronavirus restrictions, after the majority of its federal leaders opposed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s latest proposals.
Ms Merkel had wanted to adopt stricter measures, including the compulsory wearing of masks in schools and stricter limits on social contacts.
The decision is now postponed until November 25.
“I could have imagined imposing new contact restrictions today. The current restrictions have not yet turned the tide, but we have broken the momentum for new infections, ”Merkel said on Monday.
His comments came after Germany imposed a “lite lockdown” earlier this month, leading to the closure of bars and restaurants.
Rory SullivanNovember 16, 2020 7:26 PM
Israel in talks with Moscow over Russian Covid-19 vaccine
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is considering the possibility of purchasing doses of Russia’s Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine for his country.
“About an hour ago, I spoke with Russian President Vladmir Putin about the possibility of buying an option on the Sputnik-V vaccine,” he told reporters on Monday, adding that there would be further discussions in the coming days.
Israel has already made deals with Moderna and Pfizer, whose two vaccines have so far had promising test results.
The country is also developing its own vaccine.
“My goal is to bring as many vaccines from as many sources as possible to as many citizens as possible,” Netanyahu said.
Rory SullivanNovember 16, 2020 7:03 PM
Philadelphia to ban all indoor gatherings as Covid-19 cases skyrocket
Philadelphia will ban all indoor gatherings due to the growing number of Covid-19 cases, its health commissioner Thomas Farley said on Monday.
Severe restrictions on outdoor events will also be introduced in the city, he added.
Philadelphia, located in the state of Pennsylvania, is the sixth largest city in the country.
Rory SullivanNovember 16, 2020 6:44 PM
NHS to launch 40 ‘long Covid’ clinics
Forty clinics will be launched in England this month to deal with the “long Covid”, Matt Hancock said at a press conference on Monday.
The Health Secretary said: “We have already seen the serious impact that a long COVID can have on the quality of life of people, even the fit and the young, with symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath, muscle pain and neurological problems long after the first virus. “
“And we know that COVID affects thousands of people, thousands of people,” he added.
Rory SullivanNovember 16, 2020 6:23 PM
Canarian travelers must pay for private Covid-19 testing
Tourists traveling to the Canary Islands from the UK during the holiday season must pay additional fees for private testing for Covid-19.
Spain’s Health Ministry said British holidaymakers arriving after November 22 must show proof of a negative result on a test taken within the previous three days.
Although Heathrow has testing facilities capable of producing results within an hour, these do not meet the standards set by the Spanish authorities.
Instead, travelers may have to shell out over £ 125 each on private tests.
The independent Travel correspondent Simon Calder has all the details here:
Rory SullivanNovember 16, 2020 6:09 PM
Hancock does not promise pay rise to NHS staff
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has refused to promise NHS staff a post-coronavirus pay raise, writes Andrew Woodcock.
Mr. Hancock made the comments in response to a question from The independent health correspondent Shaun Lintern.
Rory SullivanNovember 16, 2020 5:46 PM
WHO chief scientist says Moderna vaccine will not be submitted to regulators until next year
Dr Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist for the World Health Organization (WHO), said it will be “at least two months” before the Moderna coronavirus vaccine is submitted to regulators for approval.
Although Ms Swaminathan described the results of the vaccine trial as “quite encouraging,” she said there are many questions that need to be answered before it can be approved and then rolled out.
Speaking from Geneva on Monday, she said: “There are still many questions about the duration of protection, the impact on serious illnesses, the impact on different subpopulations, especially the elderly, as well as adverse effects beyond a certain period of time.
“There are practical considerations like the need for a cold room, the number of doses of vaccine that will be needed, the number of doses that might be available at the start of 2021.”
She added that the WHO “looks forward” to hearing the results of other vaccine trials in the coming weeks.
Rory SullivanNovember 16, 2020 5:41 PM
UK gets 5 million doses of Moderna vaccine
The UK has secured 5 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine produced by US company Moderna, hours after the company announced promising results from its ongoing phase three trial.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock broke the news at a press conference on Monday as he replaced the Prime Minister, who is self-isolating after coming into contact with an MP who was later tested positive for the virus.
Kate Devlin has more on this breakup story below:
Rory SullivanNovember 16, 2020 5:23 PM
UK coronavirus deaths increase by 168
The UK’s coronavirus death toll increased by 168 over a 24-hour period, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the UK also continues to skyrocket, with an average of 25,329 new cases reported each day, up from 22,443 last week.
My colleague Chiara Giordano has more details on the story here:
Rory SullivanNovember 16, 2020 5:17 PM
WHO boss warns against complacency despite positive vaccine news
The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged the world not to be complacent in the fight against Covid-19, despite encouraging news in recent days about potential vaccines.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted on Monday: “At the moment we are extremely concerned about the surge in # COVID19 cases that we are seeing in some countries.”
“Particularly in Europe and the Americas, #healthworkers and health systems are being pushed to breaking point,” he added.
There have been more than 54.4 million infections worldwide and more than 1,318,000 people have died from the disease, according to Reuters.
Rory SullivanNovember 16, 2020 5:06 PM