With the virus still raging across much of the world, and the threat of a strain that could be up to 70 percent more contagious, experts differ on whether it is best to respect the two-dose protocols of the clinical trials or to postpone the second jab so more people can get the first one quickly.
Of those, 816 patients were in intensive care and 471 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. There have also been four further deaths related to Covid-19 in Ireland . 776 patients are now being treated in hospital, with 92 of those admitted in the past 24 hours according to latest figures. He noted that the vulnerable includes: Older persons and people with pre-existing medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer.
The Moderna vaccine vials can stay at room temperature for up to 12 hours and must be stored at 36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit . It is unclear what could have motivated the pharmacist to remove the vaccines from refrigeration. The hospital has fired the employee, who has not yet been identified, and local and federal authorities are investigating, the Grafton Police Department confirmed to The Washington Post early on Thursday.
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) also sent a letter to parents outlining services that will be available and confirmed that a remote learning strategy would be in place on January 4. Whitmer called "a three week pause" to get case numbers under control. "We are grateful for the sacrifices our community members have made since August, which allowed LPS students to experience 12 weeks of in-person learning", LPS said in the letter.
A spokeswoman for Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said enhanced testing efforts have allowed authorities to detect infections before the virus spreads through facilities. Duncan said long-term care homes are working with the province to find alternative forms of backup, including the Canadian Red Cross and student support workers.
England and Scotland will both re-enter national lockdowns this week with people told to stay at home unless for crucial reasons - reflecting the first lockdown in March 2020. Nonessential shops will also be forced to close, and all personal care services will cease. Restaurants and other hospitality venues can continue delivery or takeaway services but will no longer be permitted to serve alcohol.