The inhabitants of Wales and Northern Ireland will have to go into lockdown after Christmas. However, there's no evidence the variant, named VUI 202012/01, has a higher death rate or leads to more severe illness, nor that it is less likely to respond to the vaccines now being developed.
Under the deal, Pfizer will deliver the first one million doses in the first quarter of 2021, with 1.7 million, 5.8 million and 4.3 million doses to follow in subsequent quarters. surgeon general said it was more realistic to think it may be mid-summer or early autumn before coronavirus vaccines were available to the general population in the United States, rather than late spring.
Quebec reported 2,146 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and 21 additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus . Besides, he said that if private sector could bring the vaccine under proper and strict regulations, affluent people would be able to take it and the pressure on the government would reduce.
Prof Peter Openshaw, past-President of the British Society for Immunology and Professor of Experimental Medicine at Imperial College London , added: "The information that the government has just issued about this new variant coronavirus is of great concern".
He also took responsibility for discrepancies state leaders reported last week citing reductions in the amount of Pfizer vaccine doses they would be receiving. In its notification, Health Canada stated that it has identified no major safety concerns for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and that its benefits outweigh the risks.
Western Australia state on Saturday said it would reimpose a hard border closure from midnight, and other states such as Victoria may do the same if the Sydney cluster spreads rapidly. She said some countries, including the United Kingdom and Scotland, are reporting a new strain of COVID-19 "that is even more contagious". Until this week, Australia had gone more than two weeks without any local transmission and had lifted most restrictions ahead of Christmas .