Mass vaccination to protect the must vulnerable from Covid-19 will begin in care homes “by Christmas”, Matt Hancock has insisted.

Speaking in the House of Commons after the NHS became the first health service in the world to begin rolling out Pfizer’s vaccine this morning, the Health Secretary told MPs it would be a “Herculean task” to deploy vaccines across the UK.

But he added: “This week we will vaccinate from hospitals across the UK, from next week we’ll expand deployment to start vaccinations by GPs and we’ll vaccinate in care homes by Christmas.

“As more vaccines come on stream…

UK starts rolling out COVID-19 vaccine as drug-maker Pfizer moves closer to approval in the hardest-hit United States.

A nurse holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on the first day of the largest immunisation programme in British history [Jacob King via Reuters]


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8 Dec 2020

A World Health Organization official warned only public health measures — not vaccines — can prevent a new surge of COVID-19 cases as the first vaccines are administered in the United Kingdom.

The UK started rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the first Western country to…

  • President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday designed to ensure that U.S. efforts to assist other countries in vaccinating their populations against Covid-19 take on a lower priority than domestic inoculations.
  • In a call with reporters Monday afternoon, a senior administration official described the order as primarily a “reaffirmation of the president’s commitment to America First.”
  • Additionally, the order directs a handful of government agencies, including the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development, to work together to help international partners and allies procure Covid vaccines, the official said.
  • President Donald Trump

Washington — As the U.S. prepares to begin distribution of two coronavirus vaccines pending approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this month, Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said he sees a “light at the end of the tunnel” and life could begin to return to normal by the spring.

“I think we may start to see some impact on the most susceptible people probably in the month of January and February,” Slaoui said in an interview with “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “But on a population basis, for our lives to start getting back to…

As the world continues to feel the impact of COVID-19, the biopharmaceutical industry is working around the clock to identify and develop safe and effective vaccines to prevent infection, while also researching and developing new ways to treat those infected with the virus.

During this time, biopharmaceutical companies are working continuously with stakeholders across the R&D ecosystem to advance vaccine candidates as quickly and safely as possible.

Step by step, here’s how scientists are aiming to develop a vaccine for COVID-19:

Step 1: Identify And Sequence The Virus

When evidence of a new virus is detected, scientists work to isolate and identify the specific virus in question…

A Pennsylvania federal court on Saturday denied President Donald Trump’s request to block certification of the state’s election results to give his lawyers time to find evidence to support their claims of a fraudulent election system and improper ballot counting.

In a scathing ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann criticized the Trump campaign’s lack of evidence to support its argument to potentially disenfranchise every voter in the commonwealth who cast a ballot — nearly 7 million.

Brann noted that the less-than-2-week-old case developed a “tortured procedural history” that included a parade of lawyers for the campaign, shifting legal arguments…

Jonathan Pollard, the former US Navy officer convicted of spying for Israel, has finished his parole and is expected to move to the Jewish state in the near future.

Mr Pollard was one of the most prolific spies in US history and had shared thousands of classified documents with Israel during the Cold War.

The US Justice Department’s parole commission decided on Friday to allow a travel ban on Mr Pollard to expire after he served 30 years in prison.

According to the New York Times, he is the only American to ever be sentenced with life imprisonment for spying…

President Trump, after boasting that two Republican officials blocked certification of the votes in Wayne County, Mich. Tuesday, and praising their “courage,” on Wednesday morning claimed they were “FORCED” to reverse themselves by being “threatened, screamed at and viciously harassed.”

But the upshot was that the four-member board of canvassers backtracked and unanimously certified results showing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the county, the largest in Michigan, which includes the city of Detroit. The certification makes it virtually certain that Biden has carried the state and its 16 electoral votes.

Trump has refused to admit defeat there and in numerous…

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Representing a client inside a courtroom for the first time in nearly three decades, Rudy Giuliani showed some rust as he tried to make the case that President Donald Trump has been robbed of re-election.

The former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor, who has taken over Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results, entered a courthouse in the small Pennsylvania city of Williamsport on Tuesday with a few dozen Trump supporters cheering him from across the street.

Over the next several hours, he fiddled with his Twitter account, forgot which judge he was talking…

President Trump has spent the 10 days since he was declared the loser of the 2020 election wallowing in an alternate reality of false fraud claims and frivolous lawsuits. His refusal to engage in a normal presidential transition, supported by his allies, has left some Americans wondering whether a wounded Trump may attempt some sort of coup.

Those fears are overstated. Regardless of Trump’s freshly padded Supreme Court majority and his far-fetched Electoral College fantasies, Jan. 20, 2021, will almost certainly be his last day in office. Unless something unforeseen happens, Trump will leave the White House that morning, and…

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