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Australian politics live: Queensland border reopens; Morrison condemns China tweet

Queensland tourism operators hope reopening of border to Victoria and Sydney will help economic recovery; MPs hit back at China over provocative tweet; Reserve Bank board to meet – follow latest updatesPoll: three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030China rejects Australian PM’s call to apologise for ‘repugnant’ tweet Follow our global coronavirus live blogAustralia’s coronavirus restrictions explained: state by state 9.23pm GMT Penny Wong appeared on ABC News Breakfast th...
Tags: Health, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison


California To Receive 327,000 Doses Of Pfizer COVID Vaccine In Next Few Weeks

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Tags: Health, News, California, Local, California News, Sacramento, Pfizer, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, Moderna, Coronavirus, Covornavirus


COVID Tests Now Mandatory For Patients Admitted To California Acute-Care Hospitals

SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) – Starting Monday, patients admitted to California hospitals will have to be tested for COVID-19, and soon, so will health care workers who come in contact with them. The California Department of Public Health informed hospitals last week that all patients admitted to acute-care hospitals, starting Monday, must be tested for COVID-19, according to a statement from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. Starting December 14, all health care workers at hosp...
Tags: Health, News, California, California News, Sacramento, National Nurses United, CNA, California Department of Public Health, CBS13 AP, Cathy Kennedy, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Health, Coronavirus Battle, California Acute Care Hospitals


Protecting others and record of vaccines main reasons to get Covid jab, poll shows

Survey suggests almost one in two British people expect life to return to normal in a year Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePreventing others from catching coronavirus and immunisation’s proven success against disease are the main reasons people see for taking the new vaccine, research has shown.In a survey of 1,049 Britons, the top two reasons for having it – each cited by 77% – were to protect others from the virus and because vaccines have a long track record of wor...
Tags: Health, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


3 coronavirus vaccines so far seem to prevent COVID-19. Here's how their efficacy compares to vaccines for flu, measles, and more.

A healthcare worker injects a patient with the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine during the phase 3 trial in Turkey in October. Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images AstraZeneca reported last week that its coronavirus vaccine candidate was 70% effective, on average, in preventing COVID-19 in clinical trials. Moderna and Pfizer's vaccine candidates were found to be 94% and 95% effective, respectively.  The chart below shows how the efficacy of those vaccine candidates co...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Massachusetts, Trends, Turkey, MMR, Food And Drug Administration, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Fda, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Pascal Soriot, Johnson Johnson


Australian politics live: Twitter flags tweet about ADF as Chinese state media ridicules apology demand

Scott Morrison had called on China to apologise and sought removal of tweet; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow all the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 6.26am GMT The ASX200 has had its best month on record, with gains of 9.96 per cent coming amid optimism for a coronavirus vaccine and US election results.The record, set af...
Tags: Health, Energy, Australia, China, US, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Tasmania


Australian politics live: Twitter flags Chinese government's tweet with fake image of ADF soldier

Prime minister calls on China to apologise and seeks removal of tweet; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow all the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 5.33am GMT Elaine Pearson, the director of Human Rights Watch in Australia, told Guardian Australia the tweet is “breathtakingly, gobsmackingly hypocritical”.Obviously war crimes ...
Tags: Health, Energy, Hong Kong, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Un, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party


Australian politics live: Scott Morrison says Chinese government should be ashamed of 'repugnant' tweet on ADF soldiers

Prime minister calls on China to apologise and seeks removal of tweet; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow all the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 3.29am GMT The Labor opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, backed Morrison’s stand, arguing the tweet was gratuitous, inflammatory and deeply offensive. “Australia’s condemnation ...
Tags: Health, Energy, Labor, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra


Australian politics live: Scott Morrison says Chinese government should be 'ashamed' of tweet on Afghan killings by Australian soldiers

China foreign ministry says it is ‘shocked’ by Brereton report’s findings; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 2.29am GMT “The only thing that has brought shame today is this appalling post by the Chinese government,” says Scott Morrison.Morrison is having audio problems, so there is a del...
Tags: Health, Energy, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison, National party


Record Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported In California

LOS ANGELES (AP/CBS13) — California broke a record Sunday with more than 7,400 coronavirus hospitalizations as counties statewide prepared for stricter COVID-19 restrictions to take effect amid surging cases and Thanksgiving travel. Health officials are preparing for a wave of cases in the next two or three weeks that could be tied to Thanksgiving gatherings. Authorities had urged residents to stay home and keep their interactions with others limited, yet millions nationwide defied that advice. ...
Tags: Health, News, California, Local, Syndicated Local, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ap, United States, Cbs, Silicon Valley, Arden Fair Mall, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Times


Australian politics live: Chinese foreign ministry condemns 'murder' of Afghan civilians by Australian soldiers

China ‘shocked’ by Brereton report’s findings; Daniel Andrews announces department of health to be split; NSW reaches 23rd day in a row with no new infections; PM remains at the Lodge after trip to Japan. Follow the latestFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 1.17am GMT After the news that Russia had raised concerns about Australian special forces’ actions in Afghanistan, China too is speaking up over the findings of the Brereton report.Zhao Lijian, a ...
Tags: Health, Energy, Japan, Abc, China, Russia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party


Australian politics live: emissions figures released as NSW approaches Covid elimination

State reaches 23rd day in a row with no new infections; PM remains at the Lodge after trip to Japan; international students return to Darwin; pressure grows for tougher anti-corruption body. Follow all the latest updatesFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 12.26am GMT There is about to be a cabinet reshuffle, so all the government MPs are being a little more sensitive, and bolshy, than usual. It’s like all the worst drama kids are fighting to be the u...
Tags: Health, Energy, Japan, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison


Covid infections in England down by nearly a third since second lockdown

R number now stands below 1 after 30% drop in cases across country over almost a fortnightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Coronavirus infections in England have fallen by nearly a third since the country entered its second lockdown, swab tests on 105,000 volunteers have shown.There was a 30% drop in cases across the country over almost a fortnight this month, with 96 people infected per 10,000 between 13-24 November, down from 132 per 10,000 between 26 October and 2 ...
Tags: Health, England, UK News, Yorkshire, Imperial College London, Coronavirus


Australian politics live: Morrison still in isolation as parliament returns for final 2020 sitting

PM remains at The Lodge after trip to Japan; pressure grows for tougher anti-corruption body; 2020 emissions figures to be released; and office workers return in limited numbers in Melbourne. Follow all the latest updates Follow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 9.18pm GMT Asked about just speaking to his counterparts in China, Simon Birmingham says:Well, I can pick up the phone, but they’re not choosing to do so. If you’re calling and no one is answering...
Tags: Health, Energy, Japan, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra


NHS to enlist 'sensible' celebrities to persuade people to take coronavirus vaccine

Exclusive: People who are ‘known and loved’ will front campaign amid fears of low take-upCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNHS bosses plan to enlist celebrities and “influencers” with big social media followings in a major campaign to persuade people to have a Covid vaccine amid fears of low take-up.Ministers and NHS England are drawing up a list of “very sensible” famous faces in the hope that their advice to get immunised would be widely trusted, the Guardian has lear...
Tags: Health, England, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, NHS england, Coronavirus


Nearly a third of English hospital trusts exceed first peak of Covid patients

Scientists warn that scrapping or relaxing tier system too quickly could imperil NHSCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNearly a third of England’s hospital trusts have exceeded their first wave peak of Covid patients undergoing treatment, as scientists warned that relaxing or scrapping the three-tier system too quickly could further hamper the NHS.Hospital trusts in south Somerset and Devon last week treated more than twice as many Covid patients as they did at the peak ...
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, Health policy, Devon, Somerset, Coronavirus, NHS hospital


UK universities fine students £170,000 for Covid rule breaches

Exclusive: 28 institutions issued fines, with Nottingham University students alone hit for £58,865Universities fined students more than £170,000 for breaching coronavirus safety rules in the first weeks of the new academic year, a Guardian analysis has found, as students told of struggling to make friends without flouting restrictions.Twenty-eight institutions fined students for breaking university, local and national Covid rules, including on household mixing, mandatory face coverings and socia...
Tags: Health, UK, Students, Education, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Higher Education, Universities, Nottingham University, Coronavirus


Working in the NHS, it doesn't feel like any end to Covid is in sight

The news about a vaccine doesn’t feel real to stressed and exhausted hospital staff, says a consultantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt turns out that a pandemic really is a marathon, not a sprint to a finish line. I guess that was obvious really.It’s not all bad. We are no longer dealing with an unknown threat that we are having to discover as we go along. The disease is known, its presentation recognised, its complications understood. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, UK News, NHS, Coronavirus


China hopes ‘vaccine diplomacy’ will restore its image and boost its influence

Trading allies such as Brazil are at the head of the queue for Beijing’s huge drug distribution programme Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere was no VIP on board the plane from China that arrived in São Paulo airport earlier this month, but the state governor, João Doria, nonetheless led a high-level welcome delegation gathered on the tarmac.The masked dignitaries were there to mark the arrival of seven refrigerated containers of vaccines, posing for official photos...
Tags: Health, China, Americas, Society, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Sao Paulo, Doria, João Doria, Coronavirus


Long Covid: ‘Is this now me forever?’

Months after coming down with the virus, Eleanor Morgan is still struggling with ‘long Covid’. What is it and how can the burden be eased?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne night in early March, I had a fever that reminded me of being a child. My pyjama top stuck to me with sweat, my joints ached and, at some point, the walls looked like they were breathing. The next morning I started coughing and didn’t stop. It was pre-lockdown and, taking pity on me (I live alone ...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Eleanor Morgan, Paddington Station, Coronavirus


Life after Covid: will our world ever be the same?

From cities, to science, to politics, six Observer writers assess how a post-pandemic world will emerge into a new normalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHere are some things that the pandemic changed. It accustomed some people – those whose jobs allowed it – to remote working. It highlighted the importance of adequate living space and access to the outdoors. It renewed, through their absence, an appreciation of social contact and large gatherings. It showed up mass da...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Cities, Culture, Vaccines and immunisation, Ts Eliot, Coronavirus


South Australians urged to get Covid tests after man with virus goes 'out and about' in Adelaide

Flinders University and three other locations considered ‘high risk’ after Covid-19-positive man breaks home quarantine • Follow the global coronavirus live blogSouth Australian health authorities are urging anyone who visited Flinders University and three other “high-risk” locations to get tested for coronavirus immediately after a Covid-19-positive man broke his required home quarantine and wandered “out and about” in Adelaide.While there were no new coronavirus cases to announce on Sunday, SA...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, New South Wales, Adelaide, Victoria, Melbourne, South Australia, Western Australia, Flinders University, Coronavirus, Nicola Spurrier


Australia's Covid vaccines: everything you need to know

Analysis: As pharmaceutical companies release trial results, many questions remain about controlling coronavirus. Here is what we knowAround the world about 200 Covid-19 candidate vaccines are being developed, with more than 40 in human clinical trial stage. The Australian government has agreements to secure four of the most promising vaccines, and will roll them out if they prove to be safe and effective.All four vaccines require two doses, spaced a few weeks apart. As the pharmaceutical compan...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Nadhim Zahawi appointed minister in charge of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

UK business minister to take on additional role as NHS prepares for mass deploymentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNadhim Zahawi, the minister for business and industry, has been placed in charge of overseeing the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine, Downing Street has announced.No 10 said the Stratford-on-Avon MPwould take on the role until at least next summer. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Avon, Stratford, Nadhim Zahawi


Extremely vulnerable in UK given high priority for coronavirus vaccine

Those with conditions such as blood, bone or lung cancer put in same category on interim guidance list as over-70sCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople at very high risk of contracting coronavirus due to health problems, who were made to shield during the pandemic, have been given the same priority as the over-70s to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.People aged 18 or older deemed “clinically extremely vulnerable” are in the same priority group as those aged 70 and over, ac...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Public Health England Continue


No 10 wanted union flag on Oxford coronavirus vaccine kits

Plan hatched by new ‘Union unit’ to counter rise in Scottish nationalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDowning Street tried to get doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine labelled with an image of the union jack, it has emerged, as scientists and statisticians raised more questions over the press release that proclaimed the trial’s success.The request for injection kits to bear the flag was driven by No 10’s newly formed “Union unit”, which is ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Scotland, Conservatives, UK News, Oxford, Health policy, Scottish Independence, ` Union, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Oxford University AstraZeneca


Hospitals in England told to prepare for Covid vaccine rollout in 10 days' time

Exclusive: NHS could receive first deliveries of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as soon as 7 December Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHospitals have been told to prepare for the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine in as little as 10 days’ time, with NHS workers expected to be at the front of the queue, the Guardian has learned.NHS bosses said hospitals in England could expect to receive their first deliveries of a vaccine produced by Pfizer/BioNTech as soon as Monday 7 December...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, Health policy, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Pfizer BioNTech


UK medical clinics are selling controversial 'virginity tests', even though the WHO says they don't work and can traumatize women

A woman at a medical clinic (posed by model). Shutterstock "Virginity tests," in which a woman's hymen is examined, are available at least seven UK medical clinics, an investigation by BBC Newsbeat and 100 Women has found. The tests are legal in the UK, but the WHO and UN say they violate human rights and should be banned. "Failing" the test can result in violence, sexual assault, banishment from their community, and even "honor killing." France is currently mulling a ban of the tests, but...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, France, Germany, Trends, UK News, Bbc, Vagina, Virginity, NHS, Healthcare, United Nations, Who, Virgin


Escaped infected Danish mink could spread Covid in wild

Scientists fear fur farm animals in wild could create ‘lasting’ Covid reservoir that could then spread back to humansEscaped mink carrying the virus that causes Covid-19 could potentially infect Denmark’s wild animals, raising fears of a permanent Sars-CoV-2 reservoir from which new virus variants could be reintroduced to humans.Denmark, the world’s largest exporter of mink fur, announced in early November that it would cull the country’s farmed mink after discovering a mutated version of the vi...
Tags: Health, Europe, Animals, Environment, World news, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Animal Welfare, Microbiology, Denmark, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Will everyone in the world have access to a Covid vaccine? – video explainer

The hunt for a coronavirus vaccine is showing promise but it is premature to say the end of the pandemic is nigh. Several rich countries have signed a 'frenzy of deals' that could prevent many poor nations from getting access to immunisation until at least 2024. Also, many drug firms are potentially refusing to waive patents and other intellectual property rights in order to secure exclusive rights to any cure.Michael Safi, the Guardian's international correspondent, explains why 'vaccine nation...
Tags: Health, China, India, Africa, UK News, World news, US news, Poverty, Medical Research, Canada, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, World Health Organization, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation



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