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The new 12-week sting guideline will save MANY lives, says deputy chief doctor Jonathan Van-Tam


The scientist who leads the UK's coronavirus vaccination program has defended the decision to widen the gap between the two doses, insisting that this is "the way we save lives".

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam says waiting 12 weeks between bumps instead of the original three will protect those most at risk of Covid-19 and that the focus must be on getting as many people as possible to get their first vaccine doses as soon as possible to administer time window & # 39 ;.

With the first shipments of Oxford vaccine arriving in the UK yesterday, the deputy chief medical officer, who had become the trusted face of Downing Street press conferences during the crisis, predicted that "tens of millions of doses" will be available by the end March.

A senior government source said yesterday evening that the 15 million shocks needed to protect the most vulnerable could be delivered by mid-March. Vaccinating this vulnerable group is seen as crucial in freeing Britain from the crippling effects of the lockdown.

Writing exclusively in The Mail on Sunday, Prof Van-Tam denies criticism that changing the time interval between two doses of Oxford and Pfizer vaccines is confusing and potentially dangerous.

The use of this second vaccine is another great science and public health achievement in the global effort to fight Covid-19. Pictured: Assistant Technical Assistant Lukasz Najdrowski unpacks the doses of Oxford University / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as they arrive at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

The hard work of researchers and scientists and the selflessness of the volunteers during months of rigorous clinical trials will soon save lives. Pictured: A vial of doses of Oxford University / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is checked

The hard work of researchers and scientists and the selflessness of the volunteers during months of rigorous clinical trials will soon save lives. Pictured: A vial of doses of Oxford University / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is checked

"Simply put, every time we vaccinate someone a second time, we're not vaccinating someone else for the first time," he says. "It means we are missing out on the opportunity to significantly reduce the likelihood that the most at risk will become seriously ill with Covid-19."

In his article for the newspaper, Prof. Van-Tam said the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) found the Pfizer vaccine to be 89 percent effective against Covid-19 between 15 and 21 days after the first dose .

That rises to 95 percent after a second dose, but he argues that an additional six percent comes at the expense of halving the number that can achieve high levels of immunity with a single burst.

He adds, “When a family has two older grandparents and two vaccines are available, it is better to protect both of them 89 percent than to protect one 95 percent with two quick doses and the other grandparents no protection at all. The virus is spreading rapidly, unfortunately, and this is a race against time.

"My mother, as well as you or your elderly loved ones, may be affected by this decision, but it is still right for the entire nation."

His intervention came as:

  • Boris Johnson Hailed Oxford / AstraZeneca Vaccine as "a Triumph of British Science";
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock said more than a million shots have been administered to date, with a fifth of those over 80 having received their first dose.
  • Government sources said ministers planned to "step on the gas" by shipping up to 1.5 million vaccines this week and hit the 2 million-a-week goal by February.
  • The armed forces will deploy 150 mobile vaccination teams, including some with helicopters, to help deliver shocks as part of Operation Delta Force.
  • 57,725 new infections were recorded yesterday, up from 35,691 a week ago. Another 445 deaths have been reported, almost twice as many as last Saturday.
  • Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians, warned that the number of people in the hospital is currently "mild" compared to what he expects from the NHS this week.
  • School reopening stalemate deepened with unions telling elementary school teachers it was unsafe to return to work this week, and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson in an email article on Sunday urged staff to “Heaven and earth move to get kids back into the classroom & # 39 ;;
  • German company BioNTech said the EU failed to order more doses of the vaccine developed with Pfizer, as it turned out that France only delivered 352 shocks after European regulators were slow to approve its use.

In the UK, medical professionals will start using the first 530,000 doses of the Oxford / AstraZeneca batch starting tomorrow. The first is administered by the NHS Foundation Trust at Oxford University Hospitals.

By the end of the week, vaccines will be available in 160 hospital locations and 800 general practitioner offices. Community pharmacies are also used to deliver puffs.

The program cannot be rolled out quickly enough for schools and hospitals in crisis. Half of the major hospital trusts in England are handling more Covid-19 patients than at the height of the first wave in April, and 29 out of 39 NHS trusts have postponed most elective surgeries.

In the meantime, ministers are considering proposals to give teachers a higher priority on vaccines to end school break.

More left councilors said yesterday they would not allow classrooms to be reopened as the series caused new divisions within the Labor Party, with Corbynista MPs supporting the unions but party leader Sir Keir Starmer not advocating their stance.

The government last week changed its guidelines for delivering a second shock on the recommendation of the JCVI, which is assisted by chief medical officers across the UK.

However, the British Medical Association reiterated the concerns of some GPs that the move was misguided. On Friday, Dr. Richard Vautrey, Chair of the BMA's GP Committee: “The ongoing commitment of the NHS and local doctors to these patients should be respected.

"If general practitioners decide to keep these booked appointments in January, the BMA will support them."

Welcoming the arrival of the first batch of Oxford vaccines, Mr Johnson said, “We know there are challenges ahead in the weeks and months to come, but I am confident that this year we will beat coronavirus and build better again . & # 39;

Sir Simon Stevens, Executive Director of the NHS added: “The vaccination program – the largest in the history of the NHS – is off to a good start and by New Years Day we have vaccinated more people than the rest of Europe combined. Now we have a second, more varied batch in our armory. & # 39;

Meanwhile, security agencies have warned ministers that British enemies could use disinformation about the 12-week gap between bumps to create "panic".

A government source said, "All the usual suspects will try to cast doubt."

"It is better to give two grandparents 89% protection than give one 95% protection and the other none at all."

By Jonathan Van-Tam

  • The use of a second vaccine is another science and public health achievement to fight Covid-19
  • The hard work of researchers and scientists and the selflessness of volunteers in studies will soon save lives
  • The priority is to give the first vaccine doses to as many people as possible on the priority list of phase 1 in the shortest possible time

Last week, the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, and this week we will be the first to start vaccinating people against Covid-19 – after giving more than a million people an initial first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.

The use of this second vaccine is another great science and public health achievement in the global effort to fight Covid-19.

The hard work of researchers and scientists and the selflessness of the volunteers during months of rigorous clinical trials will soon save lives.

The independent Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) has advised that at this stage of the pandemic, the priority should be to give as many people on the priority list of Phase 1 as possible first vaccine doses in the shortest possible time – and me and the four UK Chief Medical Officers agree to this recommendation.

Across the UK, the NHS will now give priority to giving the first dose of the vaccine to those in the risk groups, with a second dose to be given within 12 weeks of the first.

Last week, the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, and this week we'll be the first to start vaccinating people against Covid-19 - after giving more than a million people an initial The first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, writes Deputy Chief Physician JONATHAN VAN-TAM

Last week, the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, and this week we'll be the first to start vaccinating people against Covid-19 – after giving more than a million people an initial The first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, writes Deputy Chief Physician JONATHAN VAN-TAM

The flexibility to lengthen the time between the two doses was an important decision by the regulator – and one that will allow us to save more lives based on the latest advice from the JCVI's independent experts.

Their analysis shows that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is 89 percent effective against Covid-19 between 15 and 21 days after the first dose.

Science experts know that with a protection of up to 89 percent on the 21st day, it is not really possible that this would have decreased many times over after just 84 days or 12 weeks. When a vaccine is this good, antibody levels just don't go down that quickly.

The evidence clearly shows that vaccinated individuals receive almost complete protection after the first dose.

Simply put, every time we vaccinate someone a second time, we are not vaccinating someone else for the first time.

This means we are missing out on the opportunity to significantly reduce the likelihood of the most vulnerable people becoming seriously ill with Covid-19.

When a family has two older grandparents and two vaccines are available, it's better to protect both of them 89 percent than to protect one 95 percent with two quick doses and the other grandparents no protection at all.

The virus is spreading rapidly, unfortunately, and this is a race against time. My mother, as well as you or your elderly loved ones, may be affected by this decision, but it is still right for the nation as a whole.

The UK has taken steps to secure as many vaccine doses as possible and early access to 357 million doses of seven of the most promising vaccines. As of tomorrow, 530,000 quality-assured Oxford / AstraZeneca cans will be available in the UK. More are available in the tens of millions this month and through the end of March.

The independent Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) has advised that at this stage of the pandemic, the priority should be to give as many people on the priority list of Phase 1 as possible first vaccine doses in the shortest possible time - and me and the four UK Chief Medical Officers agree to this recommendation. Pictured: Key workers are waiting for the vaccine

The independent Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) has advised that at this stage of the pandemic, the priority should be to give as many people on the priority list of Phase 1 as possible first vaccine doses in the shortest possible time – and me and the four UK Chief Medical Officers agree to this recommendation. Pictured: Key workers are waiting for the vaccine

However, we know that the supply of all of these vaccines is under pressure worldwide.

By prioritizing the first dose, we can offer more people high levels of protection sooner without compromising their immunity in the long term.

This way we save most lives and avoid most hospital admissions – it's that simple.

This is especially important right now as we experience high levels of infection during the most difficult time of the year for our NHS.

Across the UK, the NHS will now give priority to giving the first dose of the vaccine to those in the risk groups, with a second dose to be given within 12 weeks of the first. Pictured: Employees at a vaccination center in Wickford, Essex

Across the UK, the NHS will now give priority to giving the first dose of the vaccine to those in the risk groups, with a second dose to be given within 12 weeks of the first. Pictured: Employees at a vaccination center in Wickford, Essex

Those who have worked on wards in the past week will know how serious this is and how right it is for us to protect as many people as possible who need it.

I understand that this decision may cause some inconvenience and concern for those who booked their second dose, but I can assure all Mail on Sunday readers that we did not take it lightly.

With what we have now, we must do our best to protect the greatest number of vulnerable people in the shortest possible time.

The decision we have made will literally double the number of people who will be protected in the next crucial months.

Boris Johnson hails the Oxford vaccine as a "triumph for British science" and says he is "confident that this is the year we will beat coronavirus".

  • The first batches of highly anticipated bumps arrived at UK hospitals yesterday
  • Hundreds of new vaccination sites will start injections this week
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the introduction of vaccines means the end is in sight.

By ANNA MIKHAILOVA and BRENDAN CARLIN and STEPHEN ADAMS FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

Boris Johnson hailed the arrival of the Oxford vaccine last night as a "triumph of British science" and said he was "confident this is the year we will beat coronavirus".

The first batches arrived at UK hospitals yesterday, including the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, where laboratory technician Lukasz Najdrowski carefully removed packs of vials from a carton.

With an initial availability of 530,000 doses as of tomorrow, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the addition of the Oxford vaccine to the Pfizer drug, which has been in use since Dec. 8, marks "the end in sight".

About two-thirds of the million doses dispensed across the UK by New Year's Eve were used to vaccinate people over 80, meaning roughly one-fifth of this high-risk age group received their first sting.

Boris Johnson hailed the arrival of the Oxford vaccine last night as a "triumph of British science" and said he was "confident this is the year we will beat coronavirus".

Boris Johnson hailed the arrival of the Oxford vaccine last night as a "triumph of British science" and said he was "confident this is the year we will beat coronavirus".

Mr. Hancock added, "The vaccine is our way out and this tremendous achievement brings us one step closer to normality that we have all worked hard to get back."

Hundreds of new vaccination sites will be offering injections this week, 700 of which are already up and running.

"The Oxford vaccine is a triumph for British science and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in its development and manufacture," said the Prime Minister.

"Starting tomorrow, the NHS will use the Oxford vaccine to protect against Covid-19."

The use of the Oxford vaccine will speed up the program because, unlike the Pfizer drug, it does not need to be stored in very cold temperatures and is therefore much easier to distribute.

The first doses of Oxford Jab will be given at the NHS Foundation Trust at Oxford University Hospitals. Five more trusts – Brighton, Nuneaton, Lancaster and two in London – will also provide injections starting tomorrow before rolling them out to other hospitals and general practitioners' practices.

By the end of this week, 160 hospital locations across England and more than 800 general practitioners' practices should be offering Covid vaccinations. Jabs are also being administered at dozens of other hospitals, and more operations are being performed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Ministers are keen to step on the gas to ensure the 15 million people most at risk from Covid-19 receive their dose within the next ten weeks. According to a source, the government was hoping to deliver up to 1.5 million vaccines this week alone – including the 530,000 Oxford cans and a million Pfizer shots.

That should climb to two million a week by early February – the rate believed to be necessary to prevent a devastating third wave.

In order to accelerate the process, pharmacies will also be used in the community from next week in addition to hospitals and general practitioners' practices.

Sir Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, said the arrival of the Oxford vaccine was "an important milestone in humanity's fight against coronavirus".

He added: “The vaccination program – the largest in the history of the NHS – is off to a good start and by New Years Day we have vaccinated more people than the rest of Europe combined. Now we have a second, more versatile stab in our armory, and the NHS staff will expand the program as additional vaccines come on stream. The arrival of the Oxford Sting coupled with the availability of more Pfizer vaccines will enable us to protect many more people, faster. & # 39;

The first shipments of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines were made by a company called Halix in the Netherlands.

Once the vaccine is made in bulk, it will be shipped to a facility in Wrexham operated by an Indian company called Wockhardt. There it is decanted into vials using a process known as “fill and finish”. The plant can fill at least 150,000 cans per day.

The team at Oxford's specialized vaccine and immunology center, the Jenner Institute, developed the Covid-19 vaccine by adapting a vaccine to a related coronavirus that they were already working on.

Meanwhile, Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi has criticized a Labor MP for attacking the decision to change the policy on second dose administration.

After the government announced that the second burst would come 12 weeks after the first instead of three, Clive Lewis tweeted, "Next, they suggest that bleach can be substituted for the second dose of vaccine." Mr. Zahawi replied, "Clive, this is irresponsible of you."

The first batches arrived at UK hospitals yesterday, including the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, where laboratory technician Lukasz Najdrowski carefully removed packs of vials from a carton

The first batches arrived at UK hospitals yesterday, including the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, where laboratory technician Lukasz Najdrowski carefully removed packs of vials from a carton

The UK sees more than 50,000 coronavirus cases for the FIFTH day in a row – but the death toll drops to 445 – as doctors warn the crisis will get worse and the situation in overcrowded London hospitals will be "MILD compared to the next." Week "is.

By James Gant for MailOnline

The UK has registered more than 50,000 Covid-19 cases for the fifth straight year, but the hospital death toll from the virus has fallen to less than 500.

Another 57,725 had positive test results in the last 24 hours, meaning 2,599,789 have had the disease in the UK since the pandemic started.

The country recorded an additional 445 deaths, bringing the official total to 74,570. However, a total of 90,000 people with Covid-19 have died on their death certificates.

And experts warn jam-packed hospitals that the current number of coronavirus cases is "mild" compared to next week – as the new, more contagious strain of Covid continues to wreak havoc in the UK.

The President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Andrew Goddard, also noted that healthcare workers in the UK are "really concerned" about the fight against the virus over the next few months.

Today's dismal numbers come as the first batches of the newly approved coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca arrive in UK hospitals tomorrow ahead of the stab's introduction.

About 530,000 doses of the bump will be available as of Monday – with priority given to those in need of protection – Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the vaccination campaign is accelerating.

One of the first hospitals to pick up a batch on Saturday morning was the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, which is part of the NHS Trust of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

However, Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University and a member of SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies), said insufficient investment in vaccine manufacturing capability left Britain unprepared.

He also said the country lacks medical supply companies to build essential components for making the stitch, forcing Oxford scientists to import parts from overseas.

UK chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty warned this week that vaccine availability problems "will persist for several months" – as the 530,000 doses available for distribution are a fraction of what was promised.

Officials initially said 30 million cans would be ready by the end of the year. The British vaccine czar lowered the estimate to 4 million in November, citing manufacturing problems.

India, on the other hand, is preparing to ship 50 million doses of the Oxford vaccine it manufactured and stored.

In other Covid news:

  • Pfizer and AstraZeneca rejected government warnings of month-long vaccine supply gaps, claiming there would be enough doses to meet the ambitious goals.
  • Coronavirus vaccine manufacturers have beaten up the EU for being too slow to secure stocks of the sting as pressure mounts on France and Germany to speed up immunization.
  • A teachers' union has called for all schools across the country to close at the beginning of the new semester.
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock thanked "everyone who plays their part" when he found more than a million people had been vaccinated.
  • The UK today announced an additional 57,725 cases – more than 50,000 positive tests were taken for five days in a row.
Medics transport a patient from an ambulance to the Royal London Hospital as coronavirus disease spreads in London today

Medics transport a patient from an ambulance to the Royal London Hospital as coronavirus disease spreads in London today

London Ambulance staff are taking a patient from the ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in east London on Saturday

London Ambulance staff are taking a patient from the ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in east London on Saturday

It comes as a nurse sketched the desperate situation in hospitals where patients run out of oxygen and are left behind in ambulances and corridors. Pictured: The Royal London Hospital

It comes as a nurse sketched the desperate situation in hospitals where patients run out of oxygen and are left behind in ambulances and corridors. Pictured: The Royal London Hospital

Teachers will refuse to go back to school: the union will tell its members to stay home

Teachers will refuse to go back to school under plans by the UK's largest teachers' union to tell members to stay home.

The National Education Union (NEU) said it would advise members of their legal right not to work in an unsafe environment.

Dr. Mary Bousted, the union's joint general secretary, said: “While we are calling on the government to take the right steps as a responsible union, we cannot simply agree that the wrong government steps should be taken.

"That is why we do our job as a union by informing our members that they have the right to refuse to work in unsafe conditions that are dangerous to their health, the health of their school communities and more generally."

The Secretary General of the NASUWT Union, Dr. Patrick Roach, also called for an immediate nationwide switch to distance learning for security reasons.

In the meantime, the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) has taken preparatory steps in legal proceedings against the Department of Education and is awaiting the government's response.

The union is also preparing to advise school principals not to take action against employees who refuse to return to work, reports The Observer.

Sir John accused successive governments of failing to build onshore medical device manufacturing capabilities. Oxford / AstraZeneca used outsourced companies to manufacture cans, such as Halix in the Netherlands, Cobra Biologics in Staffordshire and Oxford Biomedica.

Speaking of governments over the past decade, Sir John told The Times, "The government has been completely disinterested in building onshore manufacturing capacity for any of the life science products."

On vaccine production, he added, “When the pandemic started we weren't in good shape and I think we're probably paying the price for it.

"It's not AstraZeneca's fault – it's a national legacy problem and it's one of the things we need to fix."

In the meantime, most of the planned surgeries in London hospitals have been halted to allow medical professionals to cope with the rising numbers of Covid patients.

A staggering 29 out of 39 NHS hospital trusts have postponed elective surgery – barring cancer-related issues and emergencies – with areas like Kent on hold as well.

Neil Mortensen, president of the Royal College of Surgeons in England, said the problems facing health centers were "like a car accident in slow motion".

He told the Times: At the same time as people were returning to work, restaurants and shops, the new, more contagious variant was insidiously gaining ground in the south and east of England.

“The effects became apparent in hospitals from mid-December, and in many parts of the country planned operations for hip or knee replacements or operations on the ears, nose and ears had to be canceled.

"Thousands of people who have been waiting in pain or immobility for months will be very disappointed this Christmas that their surgery has been canceled or postponed."

One nurse also described the desperate situation in hospitals, where patients run out of oxygen and are left in ambulances and corridors.

And a junior A&E doctor was “broken” after being met by a crowd of maskless night owls singing “Covid is a Hoax” in London after his New Year's Eve shift.

Of the 445 new Covid-19 deaths in the UK, 383 were recorded in England.

Die Opfer waren zwischen 27 und 100 Jahre alt, nur 11 waren nicht 36 und 95 Jahre alt und hatten gesundheitliche Probleme.

In Wales wurden 2.764 Neuinfektionen registriert, die Gesamtzahl betrug 151.300.

Public Health Wales gab an, dass es auch 70 Todesfälle gab, was bedeutet, dass die Gesamtzahl seit März 3.564 beträgt.

In Nordirland gab es in den letzten zwei Tagen 3.576 Menschen mit 26 Todesfällen.

Professor Goddard told BBC Breakfast: “There is no doubt that Christmas will have a big impact, the new variant will have a big impact too.

“We know this is more contagious and transferable. I think the big numbers we see in the South East, London and South Wales are now going to be reflected in the rest of the country for the next month, even two months later. & # 39;

He added, “This new variant is definitely more contagious and is spreading across the country.

"It is very likely that wherever people work in the UK we will see more and more cases and we need to be prepared for that."

London trusts that have ceased operations are among the largest in the UK.

These include the Barts Health Trust and Imperial College Trust, as well as Croydon Health Services, which have announced that they will end elective surgeries starting next week.

As a sign of the growing danger for the capital, the Nightingale Hospital in the Excel Center has been "reactivated" to accept patients.

However, the vice president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Adrian Boyle, pointed out that the field hospital was "useless" if there were no staff to manage it.

He told LBC, "The thing about the nightingale hospitals and their limitations is that you need the staff to run them." With no workers, he added, "It's useless."

Stuart Tuckwood, ein nationaler Unison-Krankenpfleger und Intensivpfleger im Südosten, sagte, die Situation in Krankenhäusern sei "äußerst schwierig".

Er sagte gegenüber MailOnline: „Es ist äußerst schwierig, sehr, sehr herausfordernd. Die Belegung von Patienten in Krankenhäusern mit Covid steigt dramatisch an.

"Gleichzeitig versucht der NHS, einen Großteil des Rückstands zu bewältigen, der sich aufbaut, während andere Dienste reduziert wurden."

Er fuhr fort: „Viele, viele Mitarbeiter fühlen sich einfach erschöpft. Sie haben den größten Teil des Jahres chronisch unter großem Stress gearbeitet.

The first batches of the newly approved coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca have arrived in UK hospitals ahead of the jab's launch. Im Bild: Dosen des Impfstoffs der Universität Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 im Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

The first batches of the newly approved coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca have arrived in UK hospitals ahead of the jab's launch. Im Bild: Dosen des Impfstoffs der Universität Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 im Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

One of the first hospitals to pick up a batch on Saturday morning was the Princess Royal Hospital (pictured) in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, which is part of the NHS Trust of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

One of the first hospitals to pick up a batch on Saturday morning was the Princess Royal Hospital (pictured) in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, which is part of the NHS Trust of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine rollout began nearly a month ago, when more than a million people had already received their first coronavirus sting. Im Bild: Die Leute stehen heute im Sussex House in Brighton an, um einen Covid-19-Impfstoff zu erhalten

The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine rollout began nearly a month ago, when more than a million people had already received their first coronavirus sting. Im Bild: Die Leute stehen heute im Sussex House in Brighton an, um einen Covid-19-Impfstoff zu erhalten

The second dose of either vaccine is now delivered within 12 weeks instead of the 21 days originally planned with the Pfizer / BioNTech surge. Pictured: People queue to get a Covid-19 vaccine at Sussex House in Brighton

The second dose of either vaccine is now delivered within 12 weeks instead of the 21 days originally planned with the Pfizer / BioNTech surge. Pictured: People queue to get a Covid-19 vaccine at Sussex House in Brighton

Stuart Tuckwood, ein nationaler Unison-Krankenpfleger und Intensivpfleger im Südosten, sagte, die Situation in Krankenhäusern sei "äußerst schwierig".

Stuart Tuckwood, ein nationaler Unison-Krankenpfleger und Intensivpfleger im Südosten, sagte, die Situation in Krankenhäusern sei "äußerst schwierig".

"Sie hatten nicht viel Freizeit, viele sind krank, was ihre noch arbeitenden Kollegen noch mehr belastet hat."

Er sagte: „Krankenhäuser mussten ihre Intensivstationen erweitern, aber sie können nicht mehr Intensivpersonal schaffen.

"Obwohl sie die Anzahl der angebotenen Betten erhöhen können, bedeutet dies nur, dass diese Mitarbeiter immer weiter gedehnt werden, was es viel schwieriger macht, die richtige Versorgung zu bieten, die diese Patienten benötigen."

Der Mangel an Investitionen der Regierung "schuld an der langsamen Einführung von Impfstoffen": Wissenschaftler zeigen mit dem Finger auf die Vernachlässigung der Herstellung

Wissenschaftler haben die langsame Einführung des Impfstoffs auf die mangelnden Investitionen der Regierung und die Vernachlässigung der Herstellung zurückgeführt.

Sir John Bell, ein Regius-Professor für Medizin an der Universität Oxford und Mitglied der SAGE (Wissenschaftliche Beratergruppe für Notfälle), sagte, dass unzureichende Investitionen in die Fähigkeit zur Herstellung von Impfstoffen Großbritannien unvorbereitet gelassen haben.

He accused successive governments of failing to build onshore medical device manufacturing capabilities, and Oxford / AstraZeneca relied on outsourced companies to make cans such as Halix in the Netherlands, Cobra Biologics in Staffordshire and Oxford Biomedica.

After the vaccine is manufactured by these companies, it will be shipped to a facility in Wrexham operated by an Indian company, Wockhardt, where it will either be shipped to another facility in Germany or transferred to vials.

UK chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty warned this week that vaccine availability problems "persist for several months" as companies struggle to keep up with global demand.

To ration food supplies, the government has pledged to give single doses of the Pfizer vaccine to as many people as possible, rather than giving a second dose to those already vaccinated.

However, the makers of the Pfizer and Oxford / AstraZeneca jabs have concerns that there is no problem with the supply.

Sir Richard Sykes, who led a review of the government's vaccines task force in December, added that he was "unaware" of a supply shortage.

Herr Tuckwood sagte, dass Patienten, die in Krankenwagen außerhalb von überfüllten Krankenhäusern in Korridoren sitzen, es für Krankenschwestern schwierig machen, die richtige Versorgung zu gewährleisten.

Er fuhr fort: „Wenn die Dinge überlastet werden, besteht die Gefahr, dass wichtige Beobachtungen übersehen oder Behandlungen verzögert werden und die Situation dadurch viel gefährlicher wird.

"Und offensichtlich ist es für die Krankenschwestern und das Gesundheitspersonal, die versuchen, unter den gegebenen Umständen Pflege zu leisten, viel anstrengender und stressiger."

Er fügte hinzu, dass NHS-Mitarbeiter die Regierung brauchen, um angesichts der "Moral und des Drucks" für sie eine Lohnerhöhung für die Arbeitnehmer einzuführen.

Herr Tuckwood forderte auch eine bessere Unterstützung der Mitarbeiter an vorderster Front, um ihnen die richtige PSA und den Zugang zu psychiatrischen Diensten zu ermöglichen.

Er sagte, es müsse besser in die Zahl der Beschäftigten investiert werden, damit Großbritannien nicht wieder in die gleiche Position komme.

Eine andere Krankenschwester beschrieb die „unerträglichen“ Zustände in ihrem Krankenhaus, da die Patientenzahlen mit dem Virus weiter steigen.

The nurse, who works at Whittington Hospital in north London, said patients were left in corridors.

She said some also spend up to three hours in ambulances due to lack of beds, and one was without oxygen when the cylinder was empty.

The nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “I am concerned about patient safety because if these little things happen now, when we are small and busy, it will only get worse.

"I don't know what else will happen – it worries me."

The number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals is at record levels in many regions of England – including London, the South West and the Midlands – with admissions rising above the level of the first wave.

And the staff of some hospitals have problems coping with it. The nurse said, “There are not enough nurses to care for patients, patient safety is compromised.

“Some are located in corridors and are looked after in temporary areas. Temporary wards have been set up for Covid patients, and space is running out in the intensive care units.

"Employee morale is low – we didn't even get over the first wave physically, emotionally, and mentally, and now we have to deal with this second wave."

The nurse described how she found a Covid patient with "multiple health conditions" who was left on an oxygen cylinder after leakage.

They said, “He thought he was getting oxygen, but the whole cylinder had gone out. Because of a lack of staff and because the nurses are tired, no one checked him.

Oxford University / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses are logged as soon as they arrive at the Princess Royal Hospital

Oxford University / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses are logged as soon as they arrive at the Princess Royal Hospital

The vaccine can be stored at normal refrigerator temperature, which he believes is "much easier" to administer than Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine, which requires refrigeration at around -70 ° C. Pictured: Deputy Technical Assistant Lukasz Najdrowski unpacks the doses of the Oxford University / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

The vaccine can be stored at normal refrigerator temperature, which he believes is "much easier" to administer than Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine, which requires refrigeration at around -70 ° C. Pictured: Deputy Technical Assistant Lukasz Najdrowski unpacks the doses of the Oxford University / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

According to Dr. Findlay is projected to vaccinate hundreds of people per day at the Princess Royal Hospital site, with efficiencies expected to increase after the first few days of the program

According to Dr. Findlay is projected to vaccinate hundreds of people per day at the Princess Royal Hospital site, with efficiencies expected to increase after the first few days of the program

"He was in a room with an oxygen connection on the wall, but he was left on a bottle and no one had gone back to check on him."

They said the nurses were overwhelmed with six beds being placed in bays that were typically four beds and patients would have to be checked in in other rooms that were being converted into makeshift wards.

EU-Coronavirus-Impfungen bleiben zurück: Pfizer und Biontech sagen, der Block sei zu langsam gewesen, um die Bestände an Jab zu sichern

Hersteller von Coronavirus-Impfstoffen haben die EU verprügelt, weil sie zu langsam ist, um die Bestände des Stichs zu sichern, da der Druck auf Frankreich und Deutschland steigt, um die Immunisierung zu beschleunigen.

The founder of BioNTech Uğur Şahin warned a 'gap' had emerged after EU leaders bet on other vaccines' approval rather than ordering from those already available.

He told Der Spiegel: 'It doesn't look so rosy right now, a gap has emerged, because there's a lack of other vaccines that have received approval and we have to fill this gap with our vaccine.'

The EU only ordered 200million doses until last week, when a further 100million were secured. But it is not enough to provide the EU's 446million population with a single jab each reported the Daily Telegraph.

The UK, meanwhile, has 30million doses as well as 100million of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, enough to immunise everyone.

President Emmanuel Macron has been under mounting pressure to inoculate medical staff over the age of 50 but so far just a few hundred doses have been administered, reported the Financial Times.

Medical staff aged 50 and older will receive the shots from Monday.

It comes as the situation in the Netherlands was labeled a 'national disaster' as the rollout is delayed until January 8 because a computer system still needs to be set up.

In Germany, meanwhile, tens of thousands have so far been immunised and in the UK the number of doses given has almost reached a million.

They continued, “You have patients in cast rooms on hospital beds and patients being oxygenated in corridors waiting to be returned to their room.

"It was so, so briefly over Christmas and it's really worrying because patient safety is already compromised."

The nurse said that some patients received all of their treatment in the ambulance they arrived in because there was no room for them in the hospital.

"A paramedic told me on Boxing Day that there were over 500 calls waiting for him, but he was stuck in our emergency room with a patient in his ambulance for three hours," they said.

"It's such things that I wonder if if they keep happening it will hurt anyone."

They said the hospital was recently rerouted, which meant ambulances were ordered not to bring patients there because they were no longer able.

And while patients are being treated in ambulances outside of the hospital, the paramedics cannot do any other missions.

With a climax expected in the coming weeks after Christmas and New Years, the nurse urged the government to initiate a "complete lockdown".

They said the public may not be as strict about Covid restrictions as they were before and it was important that people stay home.

"I don't necessarily blame the public when this government's messages are so mixed," they said.

"But I just want them to hear us and what we say because it is really unbearable."

A Whittington Health spokesperson said, “While we are not commenting on anonymous claims, we take these allegations very seriously.

'Like the entire NHS, Whittington Health is currently under pressure as the number of Covid-positive patients soars.

"However, the safety of our patients remains our number one priority and our staff work tirelessly to ensure that we can continue to provide safe, effective, and compassionate care to those who need it."

Another nurse named Naomi, who works in a London hospital, said on Twitter, "I literally don't think my hospital has any more clean wards left."

She added, “Everyone, Covid. I'm a tired man, it's too emotionally exhausting. & # 39;

And Dave Carr, an intensive care nurse at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, added to the Guardian, “The public needs to know what is happening.

& # 39; This is worse than the first wave; We have more patients than in the first wave and these patients are just as sick as in the first wave.

"Of course we have additional treatments that we can apply now, but the patients are still dying and they will die."

Dave Carr, an intensive care nurse at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, said, “The public needs to know what is happening. & # 39; This is worse than the first wave; We have more patients than in the first wave and these patients are just as sick as in the first wave. & # 39;

Dave Carr, an intensive care nurse at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, said, “The public needs to know what is happening. & # 39; This is worse than the first wave; We have more patients than in the first wave and these patients are just as sick as in the first wave. & # 39;

Exhausted NHS staff will focus on introducing vaccines to contain the tsunami of hospital stays along the way.

Pfizer and AstraZeneca have announced that there will be enough doses to meet the country's ambitious goals.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty warned this week that vaccine availability issues "will persist for several months" as companies struggle to meet demand.

The government has promised to give single doses of the Pfizer vaccine to as many people as possible, rather than giving a second dose to those already vaccinated.

However, the makers of the Pfizer and Oxford / AstraZeneca jabs have concerns that there is no problem with the supply.

Sir Richard Sykes, who led a review of the government's vaccines task force in December, added that he was "unaware" of a supply shortage.

Another pressing issue for ministers is whether all elementary and secondary schools should remain closed in classrooms due to a Covid tsunami.

A teaching union called for all facilities across the country to close at the beginning of the new semester.

It came after the government flipped its decision to keep some London primaries open despite increasing cases of Covid.

Many of the London boroughs that have been told to keep elementary schools open are seeing increases in Covid cases

Many of the London boroughs that have been told to keep elementary schools open are seeing increases in Covid cases

Ministers bowed to protests, legal pressure and scientific advice on New Year's Day after some districts of the capital were initially excluded from the forced closings.

Dr. Mary Bousted, joint secretary general of the National Education Union, said the U-turn was necessary but it was "confusing" by then.

She asked why the same restrictions are not being put in place across the country, saying the way the transferred powers have dealt with the mutated virus in schools has resulted in less chaos.

Dr. Bousted also criticized the government's "ruthlessness" in seeking the health of teachers and children, calling it "inexplicable".

Gavin Williamson this week published a list of London elementary schools in coronavirus hotspots that would be closed for two weeks after the start of the semester next week.

The list didn't include areas where Covid rates are high, like Haringey, whose leaders said they would oppose the government and support schools that decided to close.

It comes after a junior A&E doctor was "heartbroken" after being met with a large crowd of maskless night owls in London after his New Years Eve shift.

Dr. Matthew Lee was "disgusted" after a crowd gathered outside St. Thomas' Hospital – some sang, "Covid is a hoax" – where tireless doctors fought to save Boris Johnson's life after he died last year Covid had signed.

Dr. Hong Kong's Lee filmed the group after finishing his senior house officer (SHO) shift in the A&E department.

A junior A&E doctor was “broken” after being met by a crowd of maskless night owls singing “Covid is a Hoax” in London after his New Year's Eve shift

A junior A&E doctor was “broken” after being met by a crowd of maskless night owls singing “Covid is a Hoax” in London after his New Year's Eve shift

Dr. Hong Kong's Lee filmed the group (pictured) after finishing his senior house officer (SHO) shift in the A&E department

Dr. Hong Kong's Lee filmed the group (pictured) after finishing his senior house officer (SHO) shift in the A&E department

He claimed some of the people were conspiracy theorists of the Covid-19 when he asked why many Britons are still not realizing the severity of this pandemic.

The footage of the crowd came when an additional 53,285 people in the UK were diagnosed with Covid-19. There were more than 50,000 cases for four consecutive days.

Dr. Lee shared the clip on Twitter with the caption, “Worked the A&E SHO late shift on New Year's Eve and came up with it.

Hundreds of maskless, drunk people in large groups shout "Covid is a joke" literally outside the building where hundreds are sick and dying.

"Why are people still not realizing the gravity of this pandemic?"

He later added, “I am disgusted, but mostly heartbroken. I wish people could see the amount of Covid-19 (cases) and deaths in hospitals, and the sacrifices that healthcare workers make.

& # 39; This week alone was so tough. Your ignorance hurts others. I really wish people would protect themselves. & # 39;

His footage sparked outrage online, and countless Britons rushed to condemn Covid's conspiracy theorists.

Piers Morgan informed Dr. Lee's clip and wrote: “This is so gross. These idiots put Britain to shame. & # 39;

The crowd footage (pictured) was released when an additional 53,285 people in the UK were diagnosed with Covid-19. More than 50,000 positive tests were announced for four consecutive days

The crowd footage (pictured) was released when an additional 53,285 people in the UK were diagnosed with Covid-19. More than 50,000 positive tests were announced for four consecutive days

Dr. Lee shared the clip on Twitter with the caption, "Worked the A&E SHO late shift on New Years Eve and came out to it."

Dr. Lee shared the clip on Twitter with the caption, "Worked the A&E SHO late shift on New Years Eve and came out to it."

Mr Johnson spoke of self-isolation on April 3 - just days before he was taken to the hospital with Covid

Mr. Johnson's video message from inside # 10 after he was released from the hospital

Mr Johnson spoke of self-isolation on April 3 – just days before he was taken to hospital with Covid (left). After he was released, he posted a video message from # 10 (right).

He later added, “I'm still bubbling over it. If it's a joke, we'll take all these fools to the Covid ward without PPE.

"See how brave they feel when faced with the reality of people suffocating."

Pediatrician Sarah Hallett wrote: "And ironically, as NHS staff, ironically, if any of them needed our help (maybe intubation and ventilation, for example) we would do it right away."

Another viewer added, "I would love to drag them around the hospital and go from ward to ward to show them the havoc Covid is causing.

“Maybe end the tour with a quick visit to the morgue. Absolute fools. & # 39;

His footage sparked outrage online, and countless Britons rushed to condemn Covid's conspiracy theorists

His footage sparked outrage online, and countless Britons rushed to condemn Covid's conspiracy theorists

The daily case count in the UK is up 63 percent in one week, up from 32,275 last Friday, meaning 253,720 people have received positive test results since Monday.

And 613 more people have died from the virus – including an eight-year-old child – and the official death toll is 74,125.

The eight-year-old died in England on December 30 and had other health problems, the NHS said.

Health ministry records show 23,823 people were hospitalized with the virus as of December 28, the latest update.

The death toll was unpredictable this week after a string of public holidays that hospitals don't keep recording them as reliably.

Death certificates were lower than usual over the long Christmas weekend, falling to 230 deaths on Boxing Day, then higher than expected by midweek and rising to 981 on Wednesday December 30th. The weekly average is 554 deaths per day.

Coronavirus infections have spiked over the Christmas holidays, with the toughest lockdown measures for most of the country suspended until Boxing Day or even later, allowing thousands of families to mingle on December 25.

The cases are being driven by the new superinfectious variant of the coronavirus that emerged in the southeast and has since spread across the country.

And with London, Kent and Essex now at the epicenter of England's second wave – two-thirds of yesterday's cases (33,573) came from these three regions alone – the pressure on hospitals in the area is mounting, and some are saying they are are already in "disaster mode". even dealing with admissions from a week or two ago when the cases were lower.

London has once again become the center of the English crisis. 15,089 of the cases confirmed yesterday have been diagnosed in the capital, and local hospitals report that their wards are bursting at the seams.

Second worst hit was the southeast, where a further 10,844 cases were confirmed yesterday, followed by the east of England with 7,640.

It was in these regions that the new variant emerged, which is possibly 56 percent more contagious and spreads so quickly that normal blocking measures do not work, and in which it now accounts for the majority of infections.

In the other regions, where the new variant does not seem to have gained a foothold, the infections are significantly lower, possibly because they were already blocked at the time they developed.

Medics transported a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance to the Royal London Hospital yesterday

Medics transported a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance to the Royal London Hospital yesterday

Medics are picking up a patient from an ambulance at Royal London Hospital this morning, January 1st

Medics are picking up a patient from an ambulance at Royal London Hospital this morning, January 1st

For the Northwest, 5,164 cases were announced yesterday, including 3,079 in the East Midlands, 2,860 in the West Midlands, 2,175 in Yorkshire and Humber, 2,104 in the Southwest and 1,340 in the Northeast.

So far, there is no evidence that the UK's second wave is slowing or likely to end anytime soon.

Although the number of infections and hospital admissions fell during the November national lockdown, they rose again when the restrictions were lifted.

The animal system appears to have worked in the north of England, which was the focus of the outbreak in the fall, but it came too late in the southeast, east and London, where cases got out of hand over Christmas.

Widespread rules were only introduced this week. As of Wednesday, December 30, a total of 44 million people had been made Tier 4 and the rest of the country except the remote Isles of Scilly Tier 3.

It will now take two or three weeks for these measures to take effect and, if they work, reduce the transmission of the virus.

But even if the lockdown rules work and reduce infection rates, hospitals will still have to deal with the consequences of people who have already caught Covid-19. It may take two to three weeks for you to be hospitalized.

A doctor in London has warned that coronavirus patients in NHS intensive care units are already “competing” for ventilators to keep them alive.

Dr. Megan Smith of Guy & # 39; s and St Thomas & # 39; Hospital Trust in the capital said medical professionals are faced with "dire" decisions as they have to decide which patients will have access to life-saving treatment for Covid-19 and which Not.

And she warned that an expected surge in patients triggered by people mingling with family and friends over Christmas has not even begun. The situation is likely to worsen later this month and in February.

Official NHS figures show intensive care units across the country are facing more problems this winter, despite an average of 743 extra beds being made available per day to cope with Covid patients.

Data from NHS England shows 743 critical care beds were available in the last week of December than the same week of 2019 – 4,394 versus 3,651.

In the same week, an average of 828 patients were in intensive care – 3,340 up from 2,512 in December 2019 – suggesting that the Covid-19 strain is larger than the hospitals prepared. Many of the rollaway beds are in London – 253 of them – but even that wasn't enough to stave off the surge in coronavirus patients.

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