Omicron data expected ‘in days’ as UK buys millions of additional Pfizer and Moderna vaccines – .

Omicron data expected ‘in days’ as UK buys millions of additional Pfizer and Moderna vaccines – .

Boris Johnson denies breaking Covid rules with Christmas party No.10

Scientists are awaiting data on the degree of transmissibility of the omicron variant of Covid, according to the World Health Organization.

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, technical manager of the Covid-19 agency, said during a press briefing on Wednesday that it was still “very early” to understand the new variant, but insisted that information happened all the time.

“We wait for [know] more about transmission in days, not necessarily weeks, but days, ”she said, while stressing the need for“ every country ”in the world – 23 of which have so far reported cases of ‘omicron – to continue to encourage their residents to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the government has accelerated the signing of new contracts for millions of additional Covid vaccines in light of the new variant. Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced the move on Wednesday evening, saying 60 million Moderna vaccines had been acquired as well as 54 million Pfizer doses for next year and 2023.

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Airlines to keep data on travelers from southern Africa

Airlines to be asked to collect information on travelers to the United States from southern Africa in the past two weeks, as federal health officials prepare to bolster research database contacts.
This will help prevent “the importation and spread of a communicable disease of public importance,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
The CDC order requires airlines to keep information about these passengers for 30 days and forward it to the CDC within 24 hours if the health agency requests it.
Information such as a passenger’s full name and date of birth, where they are staying in the United States, their regularly used email address, and two phone numbers – primary and secondary – will now be recorded by airlines. .
Additional information such as the passenger’s flight number, seat number, departure and arrival cities will also need to be kept.
These US CDC guidelines will apply to travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe.
Arpan RaiDecember 2, 2021 3:42 AM

Brits must ‘test hell’ for themselves at Christmas – Hancock

Matt Hancock appeared on ITV Peston last night saying “we should test hell on our own” to “keep things open” over Christmas time.
The former health secretary also said it was “really important” that the lateral flow tests “remain free”.
“We have the lateral flow tests that anyone can take, I did one this morning, then I ordered another box of seven. They’re available for free, it’s really important that they stay free. , testing, ”Hancock told the political show.
When asked if Dr Jenny Harries, head of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), was correct in warning against unnecessary social interactions, he said: ‘Saying things like we have to can – to go further in working from home is perfectly reasonable. But I don’t think we’re there yet.
Sam HancockDecember 2, 2021 3:00 AM

Ask an expert virologist about the omicron variant

The country is currently gearing up for the coming weeks as the omicron variant could see an increase in new Covid-19 infections across Britain even greater than previous waves.
The results of detailed laboratory studies of omicron are expected in the days and weeks to come, but the Sage and Nervtag groups have warned that it is likely that the new variant could escape immunity from existing vaccines ” in a certain way “. But what does all this mean?
To help answer questions about the situation we are currently facing with confirmed cases of omicron in the UK, a virology expert will be on this page to answer your questions.
Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds, will answer your questions about the Covid variant in the comments section of the article below tomorrow (December 2) between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Sam HancockDecember 2, 2021 2:00 AM

JCVI member ‘more positive’ about Christmas this year than last year

Anthony Harnden, Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), gave a positive review of the holiday season.
Speaking to Sky News, he said he felt “more positive” about Christmas this year than the situation in 2020 due to vaccines doing “a lot of the heavy lifting”.
Professor Harnden said: “I think if people (…) get the booster shot and are sensitive to their precautions – it’s social distancing and mask wearing – then I see no reason why we cannot enjoy Christmas ”.
He said it was only in danger if “this [omicron] variant take a turn for the worse ”. But, he said, scientists “really aren’t going to find out for a few weeks.”
Sam HancockDecember 2, 2021 1:00 AM

Omicron could fuel biggest wave of pandemic, advisers warn

The omicron variant could cause the biggest wave of Covid cases to date in the UK if it spreads unchecked, top government science advisers have warned.
Sage advisers have warned that a “very strict response” from Downing Street may be needed, while scientists at the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) have said a spike in cases could overwhelm the NHS.
The warnings emerged as nine new cases of the more transmissible omicron variant were identified in England, bringing the total to 22, report Adam Forrest and our scientific correspondent Samuel Lovett.
Sam HancockDecember 2, 2021 12:00 AM

Ministers buy millions of additional Pfizer and Moderna vaccines

Sajid Javid announced tonight that the government has reached deals to purchase an additional 114 million Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna Covid vaccines, saying ministers have stepped up the signing of the new contracts in light of the new omicron variant.
The deal involves 60 million additional Moderna vaccines and 54 million Pfizer doses for next year and 2023, and will also include access to any modified vaccines if they are needed to combat the omicron strain or any other variant. .
“These new deals will help sustain Britain’s vaccination effort – which has so far provided over 115 million firsts, seconds and recalls across the UK – and will ensure that we can protect even more people in the years to come, ”the Secretary of Health said. said in a statement.
So far, nearly 51 million people in the UK have received their first Covid vaccine – almost 89% of the population over the age of 12 – over 46 million have received two doses and some 18.6 million have received a reminder.
Sam HancockDecember 1, 2021 10:59 PM

No ‘smooching under the mistletoe’ for strangers this Christmas, says Coffey

A Cabinet minister has advised Britons against ‘smooching’ people they ‘don’t know’ under mistletoe this year, to help limit the spread of the new omicron variant Covid.
When asked if she sided with the government or Dr Jenny Harries on approaching socializing over the holiday season, Therese Coffey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, told ITV Peston program that “we should all try to enjoy the Christmas that awaits us”.
“For what it’s worth, I don’t think there should be a lot of smooching under the mistletoe,” she joked, adding: [You] no need to do things like that.
She also said the government was “working so hard to get as many vaccines deployed as possible” to allow people to enjoy the holiday season.
When told it seemed like she was supporting Dr Harries, Dr Coffey said, “No, Christmas, we should keep planning and enjoying it. But, she added, ‘kissing’ should be avoided with ‘people you don’t already know’.
Coffey has been a Work and Pensions Secretary since 2019


Sam HancockDecember 1, 2021 10:18 PM

ICYMI: Watch Starmer Accuse PM of ‘Taking Brits For Fools’ At Christmas Party

Starmer accuses Johnson of ‘mistaking British public for fools’
Sam HancockDecember 1, 2021 9:52 PM

Experts concerned about impact of omicron on drugs for vulnerable patients

Scientists fear that the omicron coronavirus variant may reduce the effectiveness of key drugs used to treat Covid-19 in vulnerable patients.
As with vaccines, it is not yet clear to what extent omicron will alter the levels of protection provided by lab-made antibodies – a treatment available through the NHS for people struggling to build a strong immune response against Covid-19. .
But due to the high number of mutations in the variant spike protein, which is targeted by antibodies, it is expected that this type of treatment will need to be modified to better identify and neutralize the omicron, reports our scientific correspondent. . Samuel Lovett.
Sam HancockDecember 1, 2021 9:37 PM

Watch: Everything we know so far about the omicron strain

Omicron variant: Everything we know so far about the new Covid strain
Sam HancockDecember 1, 2021 9:15 PM


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