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6,000 participants wanted for coronavirus vaccine trial

The phase-three trial of the vaccine from pharmaceutical company Janssen starts on Monday and will be the first of its two-dose study.Prof Faust, who is principal investigator of the Janssen trial in the UK, said there are 40,000 people on the NHS vaccine registry who are in the postcode areas around the vaccine centres for the Janssen study.The vaccine candidate Janssen is trialling is an adenoviral vaccine, like the one Oxford University is working on.They add that recent vaccine trials suggest it generally takes six to nine months to get an outcome, but it could be longer for trials starting out now.MORE : More than 300,000,000 doses of vaccine to be delivered in EU by AprilMORE : Do you need the Covid vaccine if you have already had coronavirus? read more...

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5 Takeaways From the First Week of Vaccines in New York

We have been waiting for this vaccine for so many months, for this pandemic to be over.I wanted it, too, she added.Being first can be worrisomeWhile many health care workers are eager to be vaccinated, some acknowledge feeling ambivalent.In authorizing the Pfizer vaccine, which during a clinical trial appeared to offer strong protection against the virus, the F.D.A.But that was not enough to convince all health care workers, who are part of Phase 1 of vaccine distribution.Some of my colleagues feel they want to wait for the second wave, said Petrona Ennis-Welch, a critical care nurse and the first health care worker to receive the vaccine at Mount Sinai Hospital this week. read more...

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2nd Coronavirus Wave Hits Buffalo Area With a Vengeance

As the message has gotten through, there are now lines to get coronavirus testing, and masking in public places is generally good, residents said, although there has been some pushback regarding current virus restrictions.I do believe the vast majority of people in my community are taking it seriously, whether they live in the city of Buffalo or theyre in a rural community, Mr. Poloncarz, a Democrat, said in an interview.And unfortunately, those individuals put at risk the entire community for further shutdowns.How Western New York got here is not clear cut.Local epidemiologists and officials say that there was no large outbreak that triggered this second wave.Coupled with the small, but significant, minority resisting masking and other restrictions, the virus is finding enough hosts to fuel the ongoing community transmission, he said. read more...

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20 pledges for 2020: Hand sanitisers are flying off the shelf amid coronavirus - but are there greener alternatives?

With Coronavirus causing such a panic at the minute, it's no surprise that antibacterial products like hand sanitisers and soaps are flying off the shelves.I can see why hand gels are popular - theyre small, cheap and you can even get them in fun scents, colours and packaging.But antibacterial gels might not be as pretty as they first look.Antibacterial soaps are no better.And according to the FDA, there is not even evidence proving that these antibacterial soaps are more effective than plain soap. read more...

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1st Vaccination in U.S. Is Given in New York, Hard Hit in Outbreaks First Days

As soon as next week, the state is expecting 346,000 additional doses from the drugmaker Moderna, which is still waiting for F.D.A.Getting through those high-priority vaccinations will also take some time state officials project to conclude the first phase sometime in January.Staff members from University Hospital, New Jerseys only public hospital, will be first in line, beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, state officials said.Vaccinations will begin soon after at five additional hospitals with subzero freezers in Camden, Atlantic City, Hackensack, New Brunswick and Morristown, the officials said.Approval came late that evening, setting off a chain of events that finally brought the vaccine to New York. read more...

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19% Positivity Rate as Outbreak Accelerates in N.J.s Largest City

NEWARK As the coronavirus started surging in New Jerseys largest city, officials introduced the states first new coronavirus lockdown two weeks ago, mandating an 8 p.m. indoor closing time for all restaurants, bars and nonessential businesses citywide.But then the number of new cases in the city, Newark, climbed even higher: Over the last four days, there have been 842 new reported infections, and 19 percent of people tested over three days last week were found to have the virus, city and county officials said.The uptick mirrors a troubling statewide trend that has resulted in a spike in Covid-19 hospitalizations across New Jersey to levels not seen since June.On Tuesday, New Jersey reported 3,877 new cases, a figure the governor called devastating. By the next day, 3,078 new cases were recorded.Hospitals also reported 15 coronavirus deaths, adding to the more than 16,400 New Jersey fatalities already linked to the virus. read more...

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10 Million Residents, 88 Jurisdictions, 1 Outdoor Dining Ban

I dont know what the right answer is, he said, but shutting down again doesnt seem to be it.Across the state, daily case reports have tripled in the past month, with more than 25,000 new infections reported on Tuesday.About 8,500 of them were in Los Angeles County, which now has more daily cases than at any point in the pandemic, setting daily records for nearly a week straight.On Tuesday, the county had about 3,000 people hospitalized, with nearly a quarter in intensive care units.Gavin Newsom recently issued a three-week lockdown order, which went into effect for much of the state on Monday, that also banned outdoor dining and superseded the Los Angeles County restrictions.The county is a freeway-connected sprawl, with the city of Los Angeless four million residents an island within it. read more...

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1.8m young people fear homelessness as unemployment figures jump

Almost two million young people are frightened they wont have a safe place to stay if they lost their main source of income, according to new figures from Centrepoint that coincide with soaring unemployment figures.The news comes just a few weeks before the end of the furlough scheme, which is still supporting some three million recipients.It will be replaced by the new job support scheme (JSS) which dials back on state support.The original furlough scheme provided 80 per cent of an employees income while they could not work due to the pandemic.Influential think tank the Resolution Foundation warned this part-time JSS plan wouldnt significantly reduce the rise in unemployment. read more...

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1 year after Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, new questions emerge

Its been almost one year since the first reported coronavirus cases in Wuhan, China, and only now are we learning that the scale of that initial outbreak was likely far bigger than was reported.NBCs Janis Mackey Frayer reports for TODAY from Beijing. read more...

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'It will be a disaster': How the nightlife industry is being affected by coronavirus

As the public continues to stay at home, the nightlife industry is taking a devastating hit.Bars, pubs and clubs are set to reopen when the lockdown is lifted, but it remains unclear how these venues will open their doors while social distancing measures remain in place.Opening up with social distancing will not work, Andy Maddocks, CEO of bar and events operator Mothership Group, told The Independent.If the government says [venues] can open at 50 per cent capacity, that is when youll see the whole industry collapse like a house of cards.But some sectors of the industry are finding ways to adapt during the lockdown.Online music platform Boiler Room have launched Streaming From Isolation, a series which gives artists a platform to live-stream sets from their homes. read more...

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