Hundreds of health workers placed on leave over vaccine mandate

Massachusetts hospitals have placed hundreds of unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave, saying they will terminate them come November if they do not get a coronavirus vaccine.
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Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert says this will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoodsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed more than 5 million people worldwide is far from over and the next one could be even more lethal, the creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has said.As fears grow over the threat posed by the highly mutated Omicron variant, detected in more than 30 countries,Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert cautioned that while it was increasingly obvious that “this pandemic is not done with us”, the next one could ...
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A small study in Boston looked at mixing and matching with the third shot.
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., DECEMBER 5, 2021 – Johnson &Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (the Company) today announced preliminary results from an independent study, including a subset of participants from the Janssen-sponsored COV2008 study, conducted by Dan Barouch, M.D., Ph.D., et al. of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), which showed that a booster shot of the Johnson &Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (Ad26.COV2.S), administered at six months after a two-dose primary regimen of BNT162b2, increased both antibody and T-cell responses. These results demonstrate the potential benefits of heterologous boosting (mix-and-match)....
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Experts said it is likely that there is already community spread of the variant in the United States.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced hope for a quick approval of the country’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine by the World Health Organization, saying the move is essential for expanding its global supplies
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Analysis: changes to cabinet and public mood from last year make further restrictions less likelyThe date ringed in red in Westminster is 18 December – not the date for Christmas parties but the time by which people should start to know how different their festive plans may look.For this government it is quite an inauspicious date, just a day before soaring cases forced Boris Johnson to finallyput the brakes on Christmas mixing plans last year and tell most families they would be spending celebrations apart.Continue reading...
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Caution is sensible when so much is unknownThe race is on to understand the new variant identified by scientists inSouth Africa and Botswana, dubbedOmicron (the next Greek letter was “nu”, but this could have been mistaken for “new”). Fears include greater spread, worse disease or reduced effectiveness of treatments and vaccines.Increased transmission can arise from two factors. First, there is an intrinsic advantage, with a heightened “basic reproduction number” R0; in a susceptible population, that is the average number of people each case infects, although after 20 months of pandemic ...
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The new, highly transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Massachusetts for the first time, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Saturday. The person is a... #middlesexcounty
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If we keep allowing this virus to spread through unvaccinated populations, the next variant could be even more deadlyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt ’s almost two years since we first heard of Covid-19, and a year since the first Covid vaccines were rolled out. Yet this staggering progress is being squandered. We have drifted for months now, with richer countries, taking a very blinkered domestic focus, lulled into thinking that the worst of t he pandemic was behind us. This variant reminds us all that we remain closer to the start of the pandemic than the end.There is a lot we ne...
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Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome Trust, suggests emergence of Omicron variant means pandemic is far from overCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe emergence of the Omicron variant shows that the world is “closer to the start of the pandemic than the end”, one of Britain’s most senior scientific figures has warned, as he lamented a lack of political leadership over Covid.Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust whostepped down as a government scientific adviser last month, said the progress in combatting Covid-19 since its emergence was “being squan...
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