African nations queue up for COVID-19 vaccines from AU

African nations queue up for COVID-19 vaccines from AU

A nurse prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The site, located in Exhibit Hall B of Cashman Center, 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd, offers appointment-only, first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations to people age 70 and older, and other individuals now eligible to receive the vaccine in the health care workforce, public safety and security, and frontline community support groups.

It comes as the United Kingdom plans to fast-track new Covid-19 treatments through clinical trials, meaning they could be available on the NHS in months rather than years.

British researchers will use 300 volunteers to assess whether the jab - known as the the ChAdOx1 nCOVID-19 vaccine - will produce a strong immune response in children aged between six and 17.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary, said this would add about 4-6 million people to the approximately 13 million Californians already eligible to receive the vaccine.

Although children are generally at less risk of severe disease after contracting the coronavirus, a pediatrician and clinician-scientist at the Oxford Vaccine Group said that it was important to test the vaccine on children due to the negative effect of the pandemic on their education and emotional wellbeing.

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She said people can go home if they live in Auckland - a border will be put in place, but there is an exemption regime. She says it's a "good, timely reminder too, to everyone, please turn on the Bluetooth function and keep scanning".

The funding, £3.7 million over two years, has been awarded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and co-funded though the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

300 volunteers will take part in the research in the United Kingdom to assess whether the coronavirus vaccine will produce a strong immune response in children aged between six and 17.

Guleria also emphasised the importance of every country having a vaccine, saying that people travel and become carriers of viruses.

"The donation of 200,000 doses and an initial batch of 600,000 doses which the Zimbabwe government has purchased are expected in the country by February 15 2021 and the first week of March 2021 respectively", she said.

COVID-19 can also cause death or serious illness in children, but the British Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says this is rare.

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