United States senators urge Pfizer, J&J, Moderna to help India in Covid crisis

The COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech was the first one to be granted a greenlight by the EMA in December when it was licensed for anyone age 16 and over across the 27-nation EU

The COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech was the first one to be granted a greenlight by the EMA in December when it was licensed for anyone age 16 and over across the 27-nation EU

"That means that our age-based program will be accelerated and everybody will get their turn", provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday.

Federal officials say the news on vaccines is good, but restrictions on social gatherings, stay-at-home orders and business closures will be necessary for weeks to come.

"More, 20,48,890 doses of COVID vaccine are in the pipeline for delivery in the next three days", the ministry said.

That's despite Moderna being forced to dial back deliveries of its vaccine. By the end of March, AstraZeneca had delivered only a quarter of what it had committed to the EU.

The vast majority of the post-vaccination COVID-19 cases and fatalities were among vulnerable, elderly people, the researchers said.

Fraser Health's drop-in vaccine program saw people stuck waiting outside a handful of clinics for hours in the hopes of receiving a dose, sometimes unsuccessfully.

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"As of May 3rd the Canadian supply of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine will come from its manufacturing site in Kalamazoo, Michigan", said Anita Anand, Canada's minister in charge of vaccine procurement, during a news conference Friday.

Presenting real-world data on a subset of hospitalised COVID-19 patients in the United Kingdom, the researchers said the findings showed some level of "vaccine failure" - in other words cases where vaccinated people still become infected and get sick - but that this was "not unexpected".

Peter English, a specialist in communicable disease control, said the findings released on Friday confirmed "that the vaccine is not 100% effective" and were consistent with other data showing the overall positive impact of Britain's vaccination programme.

More than 3.1 million people worldwide have died of COVID-19, including more than 572,000 in the U.S. More than half of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of vaccine, and the government expects to have enough supply for the entire population by early summer. The province has been asking all B.C. adults to register on the Get Vaccinated website or by calling 1-833-838-2323.

The Ministry has also emphasized that people visiting a health centre without a fixed or scheduled appointment will not be vaccinated.

About 22 million first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered in Britain.

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