Covid live: UK records 207 deaths and 43,941 new situations; Novavax files …

Covid live: UK records 207 deaths and 43,941 new situations; Novavax files …

6.17pm EDT18:17

Hi there I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll be taking over from Nadeem Badshah for the next short while.

I’ll be reporting from Australia to bring you some of the latest news from the Pacific as we’re waking up this morning.

First up, New Zealand’s biggest South Island city has recorded its first Covid case in over a year and Hong Kong answers pleas for easier movement amid harsher rules as it strives for Covid-zero.

5.59pm EDT17:59

The head of the New York City firefighters union said on Wednesday he had instructed unvaccinated members to keep working, already though they feel “insulted” by mayor Bill de Blasio’s order to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination by Friday or be placed on unpaid leave.

“I have told my members that if they choose to keep unvaccinated they must nevertheless report for duty,” Andrew Ansbro, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, told a news conference.

“And if they are told they cannot work, it will be the department and city of New York that sends them home. And it will be the department and the city of New York that has failed to protect the citizens of New York,” Ansbro said.

Last week, de Blasio gave city employees a deadline of 5pm on Friday to submit proof of vaccination against Covid-19. Those who fail to show proof could be sent home without pay, Reuters reports.

Updated at 6.04pm EDT

5.29pm EDT17:29

Vaccinated tourists will be allowed into Israel from 1 November, the government said.

Israel was the first country to set afloat a mass booster campaign, with more than 3.9 million getting a third measure since the summer, AFP reports.

The government said visitors from any country would be able to go into if they can show a vaccine certificate that is less than six months old.

Travellers will also nevertheless need to take a virus test before departure and another on arrival.

Updated at 5.35pm EDT

4.59pm EDT16:59

An advisory panel of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet on 2 November to discuss the use of Covid-19 vaccines in children aged between 5 and 11 years, Reuters reports.
Advisors to the US Food and Drug Administration had on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to recommend that the regulator authorise Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for younger children. The jab has been authorised for ages 12-15 since May and it was cleared for those aged 16 and above in December last year.

Updated at 5.11pm EDT

4.43pm EDT16:43

The US administered 416,154,424 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Wednesday morning and distributed 507,637,305 doses, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Those figures are up from the 415,012,026 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by 26 October out of 504,584,715 doses delivered. The agency said 220,936,118 people had received at the minimum one measure while 190,990,750 people are fully vaccinated as of 6.00am ET on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Updated at 5.09pm EDT

4.23pm EDT16:23

Here are the latest Covid developments in Australia:

Updated at 5.07pm EDT

3.06pm EDT15:06

The CDC says the seven day average of Covid situations in the U.S is down 16% to 765,900 per day, Reuters reports.

2.51pm EDT14:51

Another In-N-Out restaurant in California was forced to close after refusing to enforce Covid-19 vaccination rules.

Health officials in Contra Costa county indefinitely shut the Pleasant Hill location of the popular burger chain on Tuesday after it ignored repeated warnings to verify that customers who wanted to dine indoors had vaccination cards or proof they had tested negative for the virus in the past 72 hours.

Public health authorities see vaccination enforcement requirements as vital tools in slowing Covid-19 at a time when 1,500 or more Americans are dying each day from the virus. However, In-N-Out, based in Irvine, in southern California, has consistently refused to notice the requirements in the Bay Area, which are some of the strictest in the state.

“We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government. It is unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe to force our restaurant associates to segregate customers into those who may be served and those who may not,” In-N-Out said in a statement.

2.35pm EDT14:35

The persistent syndrome of Covid-19 after-effects can develop after “breakthrough” infections in vaccinated people, a study shows.

Researchers at Oxford University in the UK reviewed data on nearly 20,000 US Covid-19 patients, half of whom had been vaccinated.

Compared to unvaccinated patients, people who were fully vaccinated – and in particular those under age 60 – did have lower risks for death and serious complications such as lung failure, need for mechanical ventilation, ICU admission, life-threatening blood clots, seizures, and psychosis.

“however,” the research team reported on medRxiv ahead of peer review, “past vaccination does not appear to protect against several before proven outcomes of Covid-19 such as long Covid features, arrhythmia, joint pain, kind 2 diabetes, liver disease, sleep disorders, and mood and anxiety disorders.”

The absence of protection from long Covid “is concerning given the high incidence and burden” of these lasting problems, they additional, Reuters reports.

Updated at 2.55pm EDT

2.06pm EDT14:06

That is it from me, Hannah Ritchie, this evening. Nadeem Badshah is taking over shortly to bring you more coronavirus updates from the UK and around the world.

Here’s a quick summary of today’s meaningful stories before I go:

  • The UK recorded 43,941 new Covid-19 situations Wednesday and 207 more people have died within 28 days of a positive test, official figures show.
  • Opposition leader Keir Starmer missed PMQs and his chance to respond to the government’s new budget after testing positive for coronavirus this morning.
  • Europe was the only vicinity in the world to report an increase in both Covid-19 situations and deaths this week, according to the WHO’s latest epidemiological update.
  • Covid-19 infections continue to surge across Eastern Europe in particular, with reported situations rising in Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic today.
  • Novavax Inc. has filed for authorisation of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the UK.
  • A landmark licensing deal between Merck and the UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool could expand access to the company’s antiviral Covid-19 pill throughout the developing world.

1.47pm EDT13:47

Labour leader Keir Starmer has posted a video update on Twitter after testing positive for Covid-19 Wednesday and missing his chance to respond to the government’s new budget.

“I’m fine but it is clearly important we all follow the rules. But wasn’t Ed Miliband at PMQs and Rachel Reeves in the Budget response just bright?,” he told his followers.

Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer)

I am self isolating after testing positive for COVID.

Today, @RachelReevesMP and @Ed_Miliband held the Conservatives to account over their failures to tackle the climate crisis and to create an economy fit for the future.

Only Labour stands up for working people.

October 27, 2021

Updated at 1.48pm EDT

1.37pm EDT13:37

Children and teenagers across the US could receive Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine within the coming weeks, the company’s CEO Stéphane Bancel told Reuters Wednesday.

Bancel said children aged 6 by 11 could get Moderna shots by the end of this year, and that the company plans to apply for US regulatory clearance for that age group “very soon”.

“It’s thoroughly possible that this side of Christmas, children 6 to 11 years of age would have access to Moderna’s vaccine,” Bancel told Reuters.

In June, Moderna applied for US authorisation of its vaccine for children and teenagers aged 12 to 17, a course of action which is nevertheless current.

Updated at 1.41pm EDT

1.11pm EDT13:11

Novavax files for authorisation of its Covid-19 vaccine in the UK

Novavax filed for authorisation of its Covid-19 vaccine in the UK Wednesday. Photograph: Dado Ruvić/Reuters

Novavax Inc. announced Wednesday it had completed its rolling regulatory submission to the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for authorisation of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate.

The application is based on clinical data from a phase 3 trial involving 15,000 volunteers in the UK, in which the vaccine “demonstrated efficacy of 96.4% against the original virus strain, 86.3% against the Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant and 89.7% efficacy overall.”

The submission also includes supporting data from a 30,000-person clinical trial in the US and Mexico, which demonstrated “100% protection against moderate and harsh disease and 90.4% efficacy overall,” according to Novavax.

If approved, Novavax will be the first protein-based vaccine obtainable in the UK.

Updated at 1.13pm EDT

12.55pm EDT12:55

Europe was the only vicinity in the world to report an increase in both Covid-19 situations and deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

Europe reported a rise in situations for the fourth consecutive week, amounting to a 18% increase in infections compared with the past week. The vicinity also saw a 14% increase in deaths week on week, according to WHO’s weekly epidemiological update.

The figures represent more than 1.6 million new situations across Europe and over 21,000 deaths.

With over 513,000 new situations, the United States reported the highest number of infections last week, the UK was second, followed by Russia.

12.28pm EDT12:28

Singapore’s health ministry reported 5,324 new situations Wednesday, and 10 more coronavirus related deaths. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock

Singapore has reached a grim meaningful development, reporting its highest single-day rise in Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began.

The health ministry reported 5,324 new situations Wednesday, and 10 more coronavirus related deaths.

Infections have surged in Singapore following the relaxation of some restrictions earlier this month, prompting the country to pause plans for a complete reopening.

Last week, public health officials warned that Singapore’s hospitals are at risk of being “overwhelmed”, after the country reported its highest ever daily death toll.

Of the country’s 366 ICU beds in public hospitals, 306 have occupants and 171 of those patients are being treated for coronavirus, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health Monday.

Over 80% of Singapore’s total population are fully vaccinated against the virus.

Updated at 12.35pm EDT

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