John Lewis to repay £300m Covid loan two months early
Retailer upgrades profit guidance after stronger than expected sales over ChristmasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJohn Lewis is to repay a £300m government Covid support loan almost two months early, as the retailer upgraded its profit guidance after stronger than expected sales during the crucial festive season.The upgrade means the John Lewis Partnership, which also owns Waitrose, appears to have avoided reporting potentially its first full-year loss since the employee-owned business was set up in 1920.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Mark Sweney Tags: John Lewis Business Retail industry UK news Coronavirus Science Source Type: news

Care homes face devastating results of losing England's Covid jab 'lottery'
Once Sussex home lost seven of 24 residents to the virus while it waited for vaccinationsA short two-mile drive past the creeks of Chichester Harbour is all that separates the Pinewood nursing home in Chidham from a similar facility in a neighbouring village. But their experiences of the campaign to vaccinate the most vulnerable could not have been more different. The two homes exemplify what has become a postcode lottery in parts of England in which the winners gain immunity from Covid and the losers are left without protection from the deadly disease.Lawrence Marsh, the owner of Pinewood, which sits on the far western ed...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent Tags: Coronavirus Social care Science Society Older people Health policy Politics UK news Source Type: news

Why Biden Inherited a Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April
But with 200 million doses pledged for the first quarter of the year, some experts say President Biden ’s plan for 100 million shots in 100 days is far too modest. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) United States Politics and Government Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Pfizer Inc your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Rwanda: Government Explains Recent Spike in Covid-19 Cases
[New Times] Sixteen percent of the people whose antibodies were recently tested to ascertain whether they had been exposed to Covid-19 were found to have contracted the virus and beaten it without their knowledge, The New Times can reveal. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistance: how to tackle a public health crisis
Recommendations from an FT roundtable with pharma, government, and NGO experts (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

U.S. Vaccine Supply: What to Know
Can President Biden really boost production? Why are governors trying to buy directly from Pfizer? And when will supply exceed demand? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Thomas Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Content Type: Service Shortages Defense Production Act Factories and Manufacturing United States Politics and Government Moderna Inc Pfizer Inc Biden, Joseph R Jr your-feed-healthcar Source Type: news

Report: Japanese government privately concludes Tokyo Olympics will have to be cancelled
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed last summer due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and now it appears the rescheduled July 2021... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled for coronavirus: report
A Japanese government source has been quoted as saying the event will have to be cancelled. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Doctor Accused Of Stealing COVID-19 Vaccine For Personal Use
Mishandling the vaccine can result in a loss of government funding, so the doctor was fired after the alleged theft was discovered. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 21, 2021 Category: Science Source Type: news

NH Expects ‘ Unprecedented ’ Volume Friday As Residents 65 And Older Can Register For COVID Vaccine
CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) – New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu urged residents to be patient Friday as the state rolls out its sign up website for hundreds of thousands of people who are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. As of Friday people are eligible to sign up to receive the vaccine if they are over 65 years old, medically vulnerable with two or more conditions, residents or staff of residential facilities, corrections officers, or first responders and health workers who have not already been vaccinated. The state’s sign up portal goes live at 8 a.m. on Friday. The first appointments will begin on Tuesday. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Covid-19 Boston, MA Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Coronavirus Gov. Chris Sununu New Hampshire News Source Type: news

ADL hails Big Tech censors: CEOs are 'the 4th branch of govt,' 'they're trying to hold the country together'
(Natural News) America is not held together by the people but by a cadre of CEOs who censor the internet in accordance with the demands of the Anti-Defamation League, according to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. (Article by Chris Menahan republished from InformationLiberation.com) “CEOs have become the fourth branch of government,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dutch lawmakers back coronavirus curfew despite criticism
A majority of Dutch lawmakers has backed the government’s planned curfew, despite fierce criticism from some opposition legislators (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

It's a sweet relief to be vaccinated – but it's not a return to normality | Polly Toynbee
As older people relish being vaccinated, the UK government ’s messaging risks being confusing and contradictoryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAge brings few benefits, as far as I can see: not wisdom, not virtue, nor serenity. But what a bonus to find yourself among the ranks of septuagenarians lining up for the Covid-19 vaccine. This gift of life arrives via an automated NHS text message, amid the hospital horror-show of the TV news. Whoops of relief spread among senior friends who are due for the jab shortly: how sublimely lucky, how good to be old, as the angel of death passes ove...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 21, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Polly Toynbee Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Infectious diseases Science UK news Health Source Type: news

The UK has record death tolls, yet still the government has no clear Covid strategy | Helen Ward
Vaccination on its own is not a way out of this pandemic. We need to use other tools and involve ordinary peopleHelen Ward is professor of public health at Imperial College LondonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBack in April 2020, I wrote of my despair that so many people were desperately ill and dying because politicians had “refused to listen and act on advice”. It is barely believable that I find myself with similar feelings a full nine months later. Once again, the central government has delayed decisions and not followed the advice of scientists. It failed to follow Sage a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 21, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Helen Ward Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science England Medical research UK news Health Society Source Type: news

Nigeria: Mixed Grill Over Reopening of Schools
[Vanguard] Finally, the Federal Government last week gave the go ahead that schools at all levels could reopen from January 18 after days of pressure and suspense as to the appropriateness or otherwise of doing so. To say the government was under intense pressure from those opposed to the reopening and those in support, would be an understatement. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: The Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-Out Must Be Accompanied By Full Transparency
[Daily Maverick] With an apparent decline in new Covid-19 infections and the implementation of millions of vaccines on the horizon, one would have thought that frustration and despair would be replaced by hope and reassurance. However, the opposite might happen, as the government appears to be putting the wrong people in charge of the vaccine roll-out, along with how it is presented. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UK seeks to scale up production of rapid Covid tests
Government sets 2m a day target as it tries to shake off dependence on foreign manufacturing (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 21, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Ousted Thai politician defends vaccine procurement criticism
A popular ousted politician charged with defaming Thailand’s monarchy for questioning the government’s COVID-19 vaccine procurement is standing by his comments and saying the nation deserves more transparency (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Trump Is Gone, Trumpism Lives On
By Anis ChowdhurySYDNEY, Jan 21 2021 (IPS) Impeachment or no impeachment, Trump is out of the White House. Trump goes with an approval rating of 34%, far behind his predecessor Barack Obama’s 60%. A majority, 54%, said Trump ought to be removed from office before January 20, according to a new CNN poll, for his role in the January 6 events, when Trump incited his supporters to storm the US Capitol. Battle for America’s soul “Has America lost its soul?”, asked Peter Singer, the famous ethics and morality philosopher. More than 70 million, or 47% of Americans voted for Trump. With 21,000 votes in thr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury Tags: Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour North America TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The U.S. Fumbled Its Early Vaccine Rollout. Will the Biden Administration Put America Back on Track?
On a frigid morning in January, Trudy Ronnel settled into her favorite sofa chair at the Westminster Place senior-living community in Evanston, Ill., pulled down the neckline on her red blouse and braced herself for a shot she’d anticipated for almost a year. At 92 years old, with multiple medical conditions, she spent most of 2020 fearful of contracting the COVID-19 plague that ravaged the world outside her first-floor window. To protect herself, for the past few months she’d avoided Westminster’s communal rooms, which had provided a means to stay active and engaged but risked becoming a pathogenic petri...
Source: TIME: Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: W.J. Hennigan, Alice Park and Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Nigeria: Osun Commissioner, Oyetola's Aide Test Positive for Covid-19
[Premium Times] All drivers in the governor's convoy, domestic staff, and aides attached to senior government officials have been mandated to take COVID-19 test. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Kenya's Covid-19 Cases Closer to 100,000 as Curve Flattens
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Coronavirus cases in the country were moving closer to the 100,000 mark Wednesday even as the government worked to flatten the curve. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Skier questions why Ontario travel agency won't cancel B.C. bookings during pandemic
A Kelowna, B.C., man is questioning why the ski trip he booked with several friends in Ontario to Sun Peaks Resort is being allowed to go ahead as pandemic numbers soar in other provinces and with the B.C. government advising that people avoid all non-essential travel into and within the province. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

New Zealand’s delayed vaccine rollout threatens early Covid success
Government accused of complacency as health experts warn of fast-spreading strains (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 21, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

QR code-based healthcare cards for everyone in Delhi may be reality by August, this year
Delhi government has set the ball rolling for ensuring that by August every Delhiite has a QR code-based health card with his or her basic clinical details to easily access public healthcare facilities. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proxy access to GP online services by care home staff
Guidance from NHSX and the Local Government Association will help GP practices using TPP and EMIS systems to give authorised care staff proxy access to residents ’ GP online accounts. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New York City May Run Out of COVID - 19 Vaccines
Mayor asked the federal government to send more vaccine doses as soon as possible (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - January 20, 2021 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Institutional, Source Type: news

False positive COVID-19 test delays passengers for hours at Iqaluit airport after flight from Ottawa
The Nunavut government has confirmed that a medical travel patient onboard a flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit has twice tested negative for COVID-19 after initially receiving a positive test result. The first test result led passengers on the flight to isolate at the airport for three hours. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Hahn Resigns as F.D.A. Commissioner; Woodcock Named Interim Chief
The Biden administration has yet to name a permanent chief of the Food and Drug Administration, amid a deep review of potential treatments and vaccines against the coronavirus. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheila Kaplan Tags: Appointments and Executive Changes Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) United States Politics and Government Vaccination and Immunization Food and Drug Administration Biden, Joseph R Jr Hahn, Stephen M (1960- ) Trump, Donald J your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

A BASIC TRUTH: Facing an Existential Threat, Humanity Must Work Together
This article was originally published by the United Nations.   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs');   The post A BASIC TRUTH: Facing an Existential Threat, Humanity Must Work Together appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Siddharth Chatterjee, is UN Resident Coordinator (RC) in Kenya, and RC designate to China The post A BASIC TRUTH: ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Ex-C.D.C. Chief on Challenge of Serving Trump During Pandemic
Dr. Robert Redfield predicted the “worst is yet to come” with the coronavirus and expressed frustration with the politicization of mask-wearing and mitigation efforts. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheila Kaplan Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) United States Politics and Government Vaccination and Immunization Medicine and Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Redfield, Robert R Source Type: news

Patrick Vallance warns Covid jabs may be needed EVERY YEAR
The Government's chief scientific adviser said a regular flu-style roll out may be required to 'keep on top' of the virus. Scientists fear it could mutate to dodge immunity triggered by the vaccine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK Covid live: 1,820 deaths reported in new record high alongside 38,905 new cases
Latest updates: a further1,820 die in the UK within 28 days of a Covid test; Downing Streetsays police must waitfor phase two of vaccine rolloutUK reports 1,820 Covid deaths in record daily highVaccines may need updating to protect against new variantPriti Patel says she wanted UK borders shut last MarchTalking can spread Covid as much as coughing, says researchCoronavirus – latest updates4.48pmGMTThe government is to announce new Brexit guidance within the “next day or two” to try and end food shortages in supermarkets in Northern Ireland.Northern Ireland secretaryBrandon Lewis said trials with hauliers ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 20, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Boris Johnson Keir Starmer PMQs House of Commons Infectious diseases Priti Patel Police Vaccines and immunisation Patrick Vallance Wales Welsh politics Health Medical research Source Type: news

Covid vaccines may need updating to protect against new variant, study suggests
Neutralising ability of antibodies typically falls eight-fold with South African variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus vaccines may need to be redesigned this year to boost protection against anew variantthat emerged rapidly in South Africa, research suggests, while past Covid sufferers may not be protected against reinfection.Research by South African government scientists reveals that mutations of the new variant, known as 501Y.v2 or B1351, make the variant substantially resistant to antibodies in blood plasma donated by Covid patients.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 20, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample and Linda Geddes Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Health Infectious diseases Science Medical research Society Source Type: news

Revealed: Nightingale hospitals to cost half a billion pounds in total
England’s Nightingale hospitals have been forecast to cost more than half a billion, according to the latest government projections. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Two NHS trusts in the Midlands 'will start rolling out 24/7 Covid vaccines from TOMORROW'
University Hospitals Birmingham and Sherwood Forest Hospitals in Nottinghamshire have been selected to trial the 24/7 roll out, senior Government sources say. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dutch propose curfew to rein in virus; will ban more flights
The Dutch government says it wants to impose a curfew as part of beefed-up restrictions to rein in the spread of a new more contagious coronavirus variant that already accounts for at least one in 10 Dutch infections (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Some schools to return to in-person learning as Ontario sees 2,655 new COVID-19 cases
Ontario reported another 2,655 cases of COVID-19 and 89 more deaths of people with the illness on Wednesday, as the government said it is expanding its workplace enforcement effort to include farming operations and essential businesses in the service sector. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

South Africa: Over 2,000 SANDF Members Deployed to Help Fight Covid-19
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has informed Parliament about the employment of 2 122 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to support other government departments in the fight against COVID-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

DfE stats reveal high level of COVID infections among school staff
Statistics from the Department of Education (DfE) have revealed that the rate of COVID-19 infection among school staff in England is noticeably higher than the rate of infection in the general population – and even higher than it is for teachers. One report has suggested that rates for school staff could be three times higher in primary schools and almost seven times higher in special schools than in the general population. There are estimates that, in the current lockdown, although the government has said that everyone should work from home where possible, 39% of teachers and school leaders and 51% of...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Covid-19 school staff schools Source Type: news

China revives conspiracy theory of US army link to Covid
Suspicions about army lab spread on social media after official ’s tit-for-tat response to US claimCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAttempts by Chinese authorities to shift the narrative around Covid-19 ’s origins have reignited on social media this week after a government spokesperson revived aconspiracy theory that it came from a US army lab.Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for the foreign affairs ministry, was responding to a US state department “fact sheet” released last week that claimed there was new evidence of researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fallin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 20, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Helen Davidson in Taipei Tags: Coronavirus China US news Asia Pacific World news US military Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Exit Interview: C.D.C. Head Redfield Reflects on His Time on the Job
He predicted the “worst is yet to come” in the pandemic and expressed frustration with the politicization of mask-wearing and mitigation efforts. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheila Kaplan Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) United States Politics and Government Vaccination and Immunization Medicine and Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Redfield, Robert R Source Type: news

Here ’s What Joe Biden Can Do About the COVID-19 Pandemic Starting On His First Day as U.S. President
Every pandemic starts as a squall—a localized disturbance in a single city or town, causing all manner of problems there, but sparing the larger world outside. Squalls become storms, however, and storms become tempests and before long the entire world is being lashed by winds of disease and death that no one saw coming just a few months before. As President Joe Biden takes office, he is facing nothing short of a pathogenic typhoon, with COVID-19 raging around the world, nowhere more so than in the U.S., with some 24 million cases and 400,000 deaths—more than 20% of the global toll. If the pandemic unfolded in ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Daily COVID-19 vaccinations drop below level required to hit February target
Numbers of COVID-19 vaccinations administered per day have dipped below the number needed for the government to hit its target of administering a first dose to 15m people UK-wide by 15 February (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 20, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Editorial: Vaccine mixed messages are a failure by government at all levels
Some confusion over the largest vaccination effort in history was inevitable. But the mixed messaging coming from some government officials -- hello L.A. county supervisors -- has only sowed more turmoil. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: The Times Editorial Board Source Type: news

UK ‘seriously concerned’ by Israel’s decision to build 780 settlements in the West Bank
The British government has called for construction to ‘cease immediately’ (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fake COVID notification apps and websites aim to steal money and personal data
Thousands of fake Canadian government websites, emails and apps that take advantage of the pandemic to try to mine personal data or steal money have been taken down in the last few months, according to the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Parliamentary hearings over Zoom an ongoing headache for translators
Interpreters who translate English into French and vice versa at federal government proceedings are increasingly experiencing auditory issues that force them to go on leave, according to a new survey. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Parliamentary hearings over Zoom an ongoing headache for interpreters
Interpreters who translate English into French and vice versa at federal government proceedings are increasingly experiencing auditory issues that force them to go on leave, according to a new survey. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Joe Biden's Long Road to the Presidency
Joe Biden’s journey from local government to the White House spanned half a century, with political triumphs and devastating personal... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news