Your morning Covid briefing as Pfizer reports Covid-19 vaccine is over 90% effective in children – .

Your morning Covid briefing as Pfizer reports Covid-19 vaccine is over 90% effective in children – .

Here are the morning headlines on the coronaviruses of Saturday, October 23 as Pfizer reports that the Covid-19 vaccine is over 90% effective in children.
A study of 2,268 children aged 5 to 11, who received two doses (placebo and low dose vaccine) three weeks apart, showed positive results for Pfizer.

The dose for children is only a third of the dose given to adults and adolescents today, and the researchers calculated that the low-dose vaccine was almost 91% effective, with no serious illness being reported. reported.

Currently, Wales vaccinates people aged 12 and over; it is not known how this new data was received by the Welsh government.

Wales’ seven-day coronavirus infection rate has now reached the highest level since the start of the pandemic, it has been revealed.

New figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) released on Friday October 22 show there were 11 more Covid deaths on record to bring the total in Wales to 6,074. The cases for Wales are here.

The four areas with the highest Covid rates in the UK are in Wales. Read more here.

The WHO has warned that we must continue to use face masks, especially indoors, to limit the spread of the virus.

Sage also warned Downing Street that the reintroduction of working from home will help limit the spread as the winter months approach.

Wales infection rate highest since pandemic began

The most recent data from Public Health Wales show that in the latest seven-day infection rate across Wales, based on cases per 100,000 people (seven days through October 17) is now at 681.9 – the highest rate ever recorded and a sharp increase from the 651.9 recorded the day before.

In addition, 11 more Covid deaths were recorded, bringing the total in Wales to 6,074.

There are currently 3,296 new positive cases recorded in the latest update, bringing the total number since the start of the pandemic to 415,829.

WHO says vaccine alone won’t get us out of pandemic

A spokesperson for the organization, spokeswoman Margaret Harris, told Times Radio: “The problem is focusing on one thing, the vaccine is not going to get us out of this.

“We really need to take further action. We have to be serious about not overcrowding. We should always consider wearing masks when you are indoors in particular. “

She added that the focus should be on ensuring that the vaccine reaches the rest of the world, in order to prevent the formation of new variants.

She said: “What is really going to have an effect on transmission for all of us is to make sure that there are as few viruses as possible circulating around the world.

“The highest priority groups are those who are exposed to the virus all the time, healthcare workers, but only one in 10 is currently vaccinated in Africa. “

Pfizer reports that the Covid-19 vaccine is over 90% effective in children.

Details of a recently published study show that child-sized doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective in preventing symptomatic infections in children aged five to 11.

Full strength Pfizer injections are already licensed and circulating for anyone 12 years of age or older, but pediatricians and many parents are waiting for protection for young children to stop the rise in infections of the more contagious Delta variant and help keep their children in school.

A Pfizer study followed 2,268 children in this age group who received two doses, three weeks apart, of a placebo or low-dose vaccine. Each dose was one third of the amount given to adolescents and adults.

The researchers calculated that the low-dose vaccine was nearly 91% effective, based on 16 cases of Covid-19 in young people given dummy injections compared to three cases in vaccinated children. No serious illness was reported in young people, but those vaccinated had much milder symptoms than their unvaccinated counterparts.

In addition, young children who received low dose injections developed antibody levels just as strong as adolescents and young adults who received regular strength vaccines.

Downing Street is starting a new push to encourage people in the UK to adopt the booster vaccine.

In a video on Twitter, Boris Johnson said: “I just wanted to stress how important it is to come forward and get your callback against Covid, if and when you get the call.

“It’s true, of course, that almost every adult in this country has already been hit twice and it is thanks to the shield that we have built together that we have been able to take back our lives.

“But we also know that the protection offered by vaccines decreases over time, so people who are more vulnerable to Covid and who had their second vaccine more than six months ago are now at greater risk. “

He added: “This pandemic is not over and the danger has not gone away. The cold helps the virus to spread and winter is a time when our NHS is under pressure anyway, so getting your booster back is just as vital if you are called in like it was to get your firsts and second jabs.

“This is the only way to boost your immunity and protect the NHS and protect you and your family. Let’s do everything we can to keep everyone safe this winter. “

Scientists call on UK government to implement ‘plan B’ as soon as possible

Prior to that, science advisers told the government it must ensure that “Plan B” restrictions to tackle the coronavirus can be “quickly” rolled out if necessary.

At its October 14 meeting, Sage warned that the government’s Plan B measures would have the greatest effect if implemented in unison and sooner rather than later.

Their suggestions have a lighter approach but should be implemented sooner for a bigger difference. Sage said that “the reintroduction of work-from-home guidance is likely to have the greatest individual impact on transmission outside of the proposed measures”.

The concern of the “Plan B” hotel industry could again hurt the sector.

UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls has warned that when restrictions are in place, “consumers stay at home, they don’t go out and socialize.”

“If you head for vaccine passports, we know from Ireland and other places that they’ve affected attendance.

“We could envision a second winter where the hotel industry represents half of its income,” she told Times Radio.

Beijing offers recalls of covid vaccine ahead of Winter Olympics

The Chinese capital Beijing has started offering booster shots against Covid-19, four months before the city and surrounding areas host the Winter Olympics.

Anyone 18 or older who has received two-dose Chinese vaccines and belongs to risk groups, including those who participate in, organize or work at play facilities, would be eligible for the additional vaccine, media reported on Friday. officials.

China has largely succeeded in preventing local transmission with stringent mask-wearing, quarantine and contact tracing requirements. Cases continue to emerge, however, with 28 new cases reported on Friday, including one in Beijing’s suburb of Fengtai.

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