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New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern broadcasts plans to ease Auckland’s covid-19 restrictions.

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Vaccine rollout will permit New Zealand to scrap strict lockdowns, says prime minister

New Zealand will shift away from its “zero-covid” technique to 1 during which virus transmission is managed utilizing vaccines, prime minister Jacinda Ardern has introduced.

Because the begin of the pandemic, the nation has sought to remove the virus by imposing strict lockdown measures in response to any outbreak. The strategy was largely profitable till August this yr, when the arrival of the extra infectious delta variant made it harder to stamp out transmission. Over 1300 circumstances have been recorded within the newest outbreak, which started in August.

“With this outbreak and delta, the return to zero is extremely tough,” Ardern informed a information convention immediately. “It is a change in strategy we had been at all times going to make over time. Our delta outbreak has accelerated this transition. Vaccines will help it,” she stated.

Restrictions will begin to be lifted on Wednesday in Auckland, the nation’s largest metropolis, which has been in lockdown for nearly 50 days. Folks will be capable of depart their properties and meet outside in teams of as much as 10.

About 2 million individuals have been absolutely vaccinated to this point, or 48 per cent of the eligible inhabitants, which is everybody aged 12 and over. Strict lockdowns will finish as soon as 90 per cent of eligible individuals have been vaccinated, Ardern stated.

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An antiviral capsule developed by Merck cuts the danger of hospitalisation or demise in covid-19 sufferers by about half, in accordance with interim trial outcomes. The trial concerned 775 adults with delicate to reasonable covid-19 who had been thought-about high-risk for extreme illness. Half of the group got a five-day course of molnupiravir, taken twice a day. The outcomes had been so encouraging that impartial consultants monitoring the trial advisable that or not it’s stopped early. The corporate will search emergency authorisation from US regulators within the subsequent two weeks. If authorised, the drug can be the primary oral antiviral remedy for covid-19.

New guidelines making it simpler to journey to the UK have come into pressure immediately. The site visitors gentle system involving inexperienced, amber and pink lists has been scrapped, with areas categorised as both on the pink listing or not. Absolutely vaccinated residents – and unvaccinated underneath 18s – from greater than 50 nations and territories can now enter the UK with no need to finish a pre-departure lateral circulate check, take a day-eight post-arrival PCR check, or self-isolate at residence, with only a single day-two post-arrival check wanted. Folks arriving from a pink tier vacation spot will nonetheless be required to spend 11 nights at a quarantine lodge costing £2,285 for solo travellers.

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1 October

Vaccines for flu and covid-19 can safely be given at similar appointment

It’s secure for individuals to get coronavirus and flu vaccines on the similar time, a scientific trial has discovered. The reported unwanted effects had been primarily delicate to reasonable and there have been no detrimental impacts on the immune response to both vaccine when each got on the identical day, in numerous arms.

Researchers say the outcomes reinforce present coronavirus booster vaccine steering within the UK, which is for each jabs to be given collectively the place it’s virtually doable.

The research, involving 679 volunteers in England and Wales, checked out two covid-19 and three flu vaccines, in six completely different combos. Research individuals had been over the age of 18 and had already acquired one dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech or the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, and had been awaiting their second dose.

One group acquired their second dose of the covid-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at their first research go to, then a placebo at their second go to. A second group acquired their second dose of the covid-19 vaccine and a placebo at their first go to after which the flu vaccine at their second go to.

The immune responses to each the flu and covid-19 vaccine had been preserved when given collectively, the outcomes confirmed, and 97 per cent of individuals stated they’d be prepared to have two vaccines on the similar appointment sooner or later.

The most typical unwanted effects had been ache across the injection website and fatigue. Some covid-19 and flu vaccine combos noticed a rise within the quantity of people that reported not less than one facet impact, however the reactions had been principally delicate or reasonable, the analysis discovered.

“It is a actually constructive step which might imply fewer appointments for individuals who require each vaccines, decreasing the burden on those that have underlying well being circumstances and would often be provided the influenza vaccine,” stated research writer Rajeka Lazarus at College Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Basis Belief. The outcomes have been printed as a preprint in The Lancet.

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Scotland’s newly launched vaccine passport app has been hit by technical issues. From immediately, individuals attending giant occasions and nightclubs might want to present proof they’ve had two doses of vaccine utilizing the app earlier than they’re allowed in. The NHS Scotland Covid Standing app was made obtainable to obtain on Apple and Android units on Thursday afternoon. However simply hours after the app’s launch, feedback circulating on social media steered many customers have been unable to register on it. The Scottish authorities stated the big quantity of individuals accessing the app directly might be a motive for the glitch.

Australia will calm down its guidelines on worldwide journey for residents and everlasting residents in November, having had extreme restrictions in place since March 2020. Folks shall be allowed to depart the nation as soon as their state’s vaccination fee reaches 80 per cent, prime minister Scott Morrison has stated. On returning to Australia, vaccinated residents shall be allowed to quarantine at residence for seven days as a substitute of getting to remain in a lodge for 14 days. No timetable has been introduced for opening the border to overseas travellers. 

Solely 15 out of 54 African nations have met the aim of vaccinating 10 per cent of their inhabitants by the tip of September, the World Well being Group has stated. Simply 2 per cent of the greater than 6 billion vaccines given globally have been administered on the continent.

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A youngster receives the Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine.

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30 September

Evaluation helps vaccinating kids aged 12 to 17

The advantages of providing two doses of covid-19 vaccine to all kids aged 12 to 17 in England clearly outweigh the dangers given the present excessive case charges, in accordance with a brand new evaluation. Youngsters aged 12 to fifteen are at present being provided just one dose of covid-19 vaccine until they’re thought-about excessive danger.

Researchers estimated the covid-19 hospital admissions and deaths, plus circumstances of lengthy covid, that might be prevented over 4 months by absolutely vaccinating all kids on this age group. On 15 September, the case fee amongst 10 to 19-year-olds in England stood at 680 circumstances per 100,000. If the speed rises to 1000 per 100,000, vaccination might avert 4420 hospital admissions and 36 deaths over a 16-week interval, the research estimated. At a decrease case fee of fifty per 100,000, vaccination might avert 70 admissions and two deaths over the identical interval.

Vaccination would avert between 8000 and 56,000 circumstances of lengthy covid, the research suggests, assuming that between 2 and 14 per cent of youngsters with covid-19 go on to expertise lengthy covid. The research shall be printed immediately within the Journal of the Royal Society of Medication.

“This evaluation exhibits that, on scientific dangers alone, vaccination is warranted for 12 to 17-year-olds in England,” stated Deepti Gurdasani of Queen Mary College of London, lead writer of the research. “Whereas we wait to grasp the long-term results of covid-19 on kids, the precautionary precept advocates for safeguarding all kids from publicity to this virus and vaccination is an important a part of that safety.”

The speed of coronavirus transmission within the UK is at present considered highest amongst secondary college age kids, with 2.8 per cent on this group testing constructive in essentially the most latest figures from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics on 18 September. 

The UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) beforehand determined that, whereas the advantages of vaccination of youngsters aged 12 to fifteen do outweigh the dangers, these advantages aren’t sufficiently big to justify a vaccination programme for this age group. Nevertheless, it wasn’t within the JCVI’s remit to contemplate how vaccination of 12-to-15-year-olds would stop college absences or curb the unfold of the virus in communities. Taking components like these under consideration, the UK’s Chief Medical Officers advisable that 12-to-15-year-olds be provided a single dose of the vaccine.

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The UK authorities’s furlough scheme, which has helped pay the wages of 11.6 million staff because the begin of the pandemic, is ending immediately. Almost a million staff had been anticipated to be nonetheless on the scheme on the finish of September, in accordance with the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics. Economists have predicted that the tip of the scheme will result in an increase within the fee of unemployment, which stood at 4.6 per cent final month.

YouTube says it should take away movies that include misinformation about all vaccines, increasing its insurance policies round well being misinformation which had been strengthened throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The Google-owned video platform stated its ban on covid-19 vaccine misinformation, which was launched final yr, has seen 130,000 movies eliminated to this point consequently, however extra scope is required to clamp down on broader false claims about different vaccines showing on-line. Below the brand new guidelines, any content material which falsely alleges that any authorised vaccine is harmful and causes continual well being issues shall be eliminated, as will movies that embody misinformation concerning the content material of vaccines.

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Over a 3rd of individuals recovering from covid-19 have not less than one lengthy covid symptom between 3 and 6 months after an infection, a research has discovered. The discovering relies on well being information from over 270,000 individuals within the US. The most typical reported signs had been anxiousness or despair, in 15 per cent of individuals who’d had covid-19, adopted by irregular respiratory and belly signs, each seen in 8 per cent, and fatigue, in 6 per cent.

These signs aren’t essentially associated to covid-19, however the research in contrast their prevalence in individuals recovering from covid-19 and in individuals who’d had influenza, and located that, collectively, a set of 9 signs had been 1.5 instances extra widespread after covid-19 than after the flu. Lengthy covid signs had been barely extra widespread in girls than in males, and extra widespread in those that had been hospitalised.

Makes an attempt to estimate the prevalence of lengthy covid have produced broadly various outcomes, relying on how the situation is outlined and measured. Latest figures from the UK Workplace for Nationwide Statistics steered that 11.7 per cent of people that examined constructive for covid-19 described themselves as experiencing lengthy covid 12 weeks after an infection, however solely 3 per cent skilled signs constantly for not less than 12 weeks.

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Folks receiving a 3rd dose of coronavirus vaccine expertise comparable charges of unwanted effects to these receiving their second dose, in accordance with the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Out of 12,500 individuals who accomplished a survey, 79 per cent reported native reactions comparable to itching or ache on the injection website, whereas 74 per cent reported systemic reactions, which had been primarily fatigue, muscle aches and complications.

Pfizer and BioNTech have submitted trial information for his or her covid-19 vaccine in 5-to-11-year-olds to the US medicines regulator, and say they may make a proper request for emergency authorisation in coming weeks.

The Scottish authorities will delay the enforcement of vaccine passports by two weeks, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated, giving companies till 18 October to adjust to the brand new legislation. Folks over 18 should present proof of vaccination to attend a nightclub or giant occasion underneath the coverage.

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A scholar receives the Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine.

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28 September

Survey of youngsters in England finds youthful ages extra hesitant about vaccination

Youthful kids seem like much less prepared to have a covid-19 vaccination than older youngsters, in accordance with a survey of greater than 27,000 college students aged between 9 and 18 in England. General, half the respondents stated they had been prepared to have a coronavirus vaccination, 37 per cent stated they had been undecided and 13 per cent stated they wished to choose out. Nevertheless, simply over a 3rd of nine-year-olds stated they’re prepared to have a covid-19 jab, in contrast with 51 per cent of 13-year-olds and 78 per cent of 17-year-olds.

The survey was carried out in colleges throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Merseyside between Could and July this yr by researchers on the College of Oxford, College Faculty London (UCL) and the College of Cambridge. The findings come after 12-to-15-year-olds in England and Scotland final week began to get vaccinated.

Younger individuals who consider they’ve had covid-19 already had been extra prone to say they may choose out of getting a vaccine, the survey discovered. College students who had been extra hesitant about getting the jab had been additionally extra prone to attend colleges in disadvantaged areas, report spending longer on social media, and say they really feel as if they didn’t determine with their college group.

Researchers are calling for extra assets and knowledge to be offered to communities and college students to make sure younger individuals know the covid-19 vaccine is secure. They are saying well being messaging about vaccine security and its results on kids needs to be shared by trusted sources on social media.

The survey discovered that almost all of kids who stated they had been hesitant about getting the vaccine had been nonetheless undecided. “That could be a big alternative for us, however it additionally suggests that there’s danger,” stated Russell Viner, a research writer from UCL. “Younger persons are doubtlessly weak to these pushing views which might be very strongly against vaccination.”

Some headteachers have reportedly been focused by hoax letters with misinformation concerning the vaccine programme, which embody a faux NHS brand and a “consent guidelines” to share with college students. A faculty in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, has apologised for passing the letter on to folks in error.

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People who smoke are 80 per cent extra prone to be admitted to hospital and considerably extra prone to die from covid-19 than non-smokers, new analysis exhibits. The research, printed within the journal Thorax, is the primary of its type to have a look at each observational and genetic information on smoking and coronavirus. It included 421,469 individuals within the UK Biobank research, with consequence information as much as 18 August 2020. The outcomes confirmed that, in contrast with never-smokers, present people who smoke had been twice as prone to die with covid-19 in the event that they smoked one to 9 cigarettes a day, whereas these smoking 10 to 19 cigarettes a day had been virtually six instances extra prone to die. Individuals who smoked greater than 20 a day had been over six instances extra prone to die in comparison with individuals who had by no means smoked.

Vaccine passports can be required for these attending nightclubs, music venues, festivals and sports activities grounds in England underneath the federal government’s autumn and winter contingency Plan B. The proposed plan, printed immediately, will solely be launched if the nation faces a tough winter with rising covid-19 circumstances within the colder months, the federal government stated. The federal government is asking for views from companies, occasion organisers, and venue operators on its proposals by 12 October.

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27 September

Neutralising antibodies in breast milk might defend infants from covid-19 an infection

Breastfeeding girls who’ve had covid-19 secrete neutralising antibodies in opposition to the virus into their breast milk for as much as 10 months after an infection, in accordance with analysis offered at a convention. Rebecca Powell at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and her colleagues analysed breast milk samples from 75 girls who had recovered from a covid-19 an infection. They discovered that 88 per cent of the samples contained antibodies in opposition to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and usually they had been able to neutralising the virus. 

The findings, offered on the World Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium on 21 September, counsel that breastfeeding might assist to guard infants from getting contaminated with covid-19. That is recognized to be the case for different respiratory ailments comparable to influenza and pertussis. Whereas younger kids are at decrease danger from extreme covid-19 than adults, round one in 10 infants beneath the age of 1 require hospital care if they’re contaminated. Antibodies extracted from breast milk may be used as a remedy for adults with covid-19, Powell informed The Guardian.

The research additionally discovered that almost all of girls who had the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines additionally had coronavirus-specific antibodies of their breast milk, however decrease ranges of antibodies had been seen in milk from girls who had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This helps earlier analysis suggesting that vaccinations for breastfeeding moms might help to guard their infants from covid-19 an infection, though this has not but been demonstrated conclusively.

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The covid-19 pandemic has led to the largest fall in life expectancy in western Europe because the second world battle, researchers have discovered. The research, printed within the Worldwide Journal of Epidemiology, included information from 29 nations, 22 of which noticed a drop in life expectancy that was higher than half a yr in 2020. The results had been bigger for males than girls in most nations. Males within the US noticed the largest fall, with 2.2 years taken off their life expectancy in 2020 in contrast with 2019.

Australian authorities have introduced plans to elevate restrictions step by step in Sydney, which has been in lockdown since June. Eating places, retail shops and gymnasiums can start to reopen on 11 October, however solely people who find themselves absolutely vaccinated shall be allowed to renew procuring, consuming out, and another actions. Round 60 per cent of individuals aged 16 and over are at present absolutely vaccinated within the state of New South Wales.

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24 September

Deaths from covid-19 result in drop in life expectancy for boys born in UK

Life expectancy for males within the UK has fallen for the primary time in 4 many years, as a result of impression of the covid-19 pandemic. New figures from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) counsel {that a} boy born between 2018 and 2020 is predicted to reside for 79 years, in contrast with 79.2 years for births between 2015 and 2017. For girls, life expectancy stays unchanged at 82.9 years. The estimates are calculated primarily based on present mortality charges, which had been unusually excessive in 2020, particularly for males.

The figures don’t imply a child born in 2018-2020 will reside a shorter life, says Pamela Cobb from the ONS Centre for Ageing and Demography. “To get a greater estimate of this we have to think about how mortality and due to this fact life expectancy will enhance into the long run. It is going to be a number of years earlier than we perceive the impression, if any, of coronavirus on this,” she says.

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Covid-19 vaccines have prevented 123,100 deaths in England, in accordance with new estimates. The figures, which have been calculated by Public Well being England and the College of Cambridge, cowl the interval as much as 17 September. Earlier estimates had put the quantity at 112,300 deaths. Round 23.9 million infections have additionally been prevented by the vaccine rollout, together with 230,800 hospital admissions amongst individuals aged 45 and over. Greater than 89 per cent of all individuals aged 16 and over in England have now acquired not less than one dose of vaccine, whereas practically 82 per cent are absolutely vaccinated.

The US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) has endorsed booster vaccines for individuals aged 65 and over and people with underlying well being circumstances, following the authorisation from the Meals and Drug Administration on Wednesday. The CDC’s panel of advisers declined to help booster vaccines for individuals in jobs with a excessive danger of publicity to the virus, comparable to healthcare staff, however CDC director Rochelle Walensky determined to incorporate this class within the company’s advice. The recommendation applies to individuals who have already had two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine not less than six months in the past.

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Glass vials containing the BioNTech, Pfizer vaccine.

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23 September

US regulator authorises boosters for older individuals, however rejects broader rollout

The US medicines regulator has authorised coronavirus booster vaccines for individuals aged 65 and over, individuals at excessive danger of extreme illness and those that are repeatedly uncovered to the virus, comparable to healthcare staff. The choice signifies that these teams can begin to obtain a 3rd dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine 6 months after their second dose. Those that have had different vaccines should watch for additional approvals.

Pfizer had requested the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) to permit further doses for all individuals aged 16 and over, however the FDA panel concluded that there was inadequate proof to help boosters for the broader inhabitants past high-risk teams. A separate advisory committee for the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, which determines US vaccine coverage, is predicted to situation steering immediately which can embody suggestions on which teams ought to qualify as excessive danger. The US has already given further vaccines to over 2 million individuals with compromised immune programs.

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The US will donate 500 million extra covid-19 vaccines to different nations, president Joe Biden has introduced at a digital summit on the pandemic, bringing the nation’s complete donations to over 1 billion doses. Supply of the brand new tranche will start in January. At a United Nations Normal Meeting assembly yesterday, leaders from growing nations together with the Philippines, Peru and Ghana condemned wealthier nations for failing to share vaccines equitably.

New journey guidelines for England that require travellers from some nations to quarantine even when they’re absolutely vaccinated have sparked outrage and bewilderment, The Guardian studies. Below the foundations, travellers to England who’ve been absolutely vaccinated with Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines within the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea or a European Union nation are exempt from quarantine, however individuals who acquired the identical vaccines in different nations should quarantine for 10 days after arrival. Medical doctors and politicians from India, Brazil and Nigeria are amongst those that have expressed anger concerning the guidelines.

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22 September

A couple of in 100 college kids in England have covid-19, however absences are decrease than in July as a result of complete lessons now not isolate

About 1.2 per cent of college kids in England had been absent on account of confirmed or suspected covid-19 on 16 September, in accordance with new figures from the UK’s Division for Schooling. This compares with 1.0 per cent in July earlier than colleges closed for the summer time holidays. Most faculties reopened in September having eliminated some social distancing restrictions, together with mask-wearing and protecting kids inside “bubbles” – small teams often consisting of 1 or a number of lessons. Below this method the entire bubble would bel despatched residence to isolate if one member examined constructive. Now, under-18s shouldn’t have to remain at residence and isolate if they’ve been in touch with somebody who has examined constructive – provided that they themselves develop signs or have a constructive check end result.

The brand new guidelines imply that whereas there may be at present a better fee of covid-19 infections amongst under-18s, fewer kids should miss college due to isolation guidelines. The overall fee of covid-19-related absences was 1.5 per cent on 16 September, in contrast with 14.3 per cent in July. “These nationwide figures masks some vital points arising at a neighborhood stage, and we already know of faculties which might be struggling to maintain lessons open on account of outbreaks occurring,” Paul Whiteman, basic secretary of the Nationwide Affiliation of Head Academics informed The Guardian.

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Australia will reopen its borders for worldwide journey by Christmas on the newest, the nation’s Tourism Minister Dan Tehan stated immediately. In the meantime within the state of Victoria, academics and childcare staff have been informed that they have to be absolutely vaccinated in opposition to covid-19 earlier than they return to work subsequent month.

The Johnson & Johnson “single-dose” covid-19 vaccine is simpler after two doses, the agency stated yesterday. A second dose of the jab given eight weeks after the primary led to individuals being 94 per cent much less prone to get a symptomatic an infection in contrast with those that had been unvaccinated, in a US trial. Only one dose was 66 per cent efficient within the first month after vaccination. Giving the second dose six months after the primary led to an even larger rise in antibodies.

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