First blood clot case  linked to AstraZeneca vaccine reported in Quebec
Canada has reported its first case of blood clots linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The patient, a Quebec woman, is now recovering at home, according to CTV News. Quebec’s Ministry of Health did not confirm the age or location of the patient, but Health Minister Christian Dubé later identified... Read more
U.S. halts Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine due to rare clot risk
(REUTERS) – U.S. federal health agencies have paused the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. The decision follows the cases of six women under the age of 50 who developed rare blood clots after receiving their shots and deals a fresh setback in efforts to tackle the pandemic.... Read more
Coronasomnia: How the pandemic 
 is affecting our sleep

Are you tossing and turning at night? The pandemic may be playing a role in your lack of sleep.

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Pfizer arthritis drug probe by Health Canada for possible risks
(REUTERS) Canada’s health regulator is launching a probe into Pfizer’s arthritis drug, Xeljanz, after a trial by the company identified an increased risk of serious heart-related issues and cancer in the participants. The trial investigated the long-term safety of Xeljanz at two doses in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who... Read more
Sweden has lower COVID mortality rate despite avoidance of strict lockdowns
(Reuters) – Sweden has avoided the strict lockdowns that negatively affected most countries, but has managed to emerge from 2020 with a smaller rise in its mortality rate than most European countries, an analysis of official data sources showed. Infectious disease experts alert the results should not be perceived... Read more
Taiwan to help allies buy vaccines but not from China
Taiwan is willing to help its few remaining diplomatic allies to buy COVID-19 vaccines but on the condition that Taiwanese money is not spent on Chinese vaccines, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday. China claimed Taiwan has official ties with only 15 countries. According to China these are... Read more
Portugal to send some  COVID-19 vaccines to former African colonies
Portugal will contribute five per cent of COVID-19 vaccines to its former African colonies. “Supporting international vaccination is essential for the eradication of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said during an online event. “No country in the world will be safe until everyone is safe.” The... Read more
New one-shot Covid vaccine appears safe and effective, company says

Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Covid-19 had a successful trial, according to the FDA. Experts will meet on Friday to decide whether or not to approve the shot.

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Mexico demands UN look at inequity of  low COVID-vaccine rates

Mexican government officials are asking the United Nations Security Council to assess the unequal distribution of vaccines.

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Coronavirus update: Jan. 23, 2020
The deadly coronavirus is rapidly spreading despite the Chinese Government’s best efforts to contain it.  As of Thursday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. three Chinese cities are on lockdown, impacting 18 million people among them. Seventeen people are confirmed dead and there have been around 600 confirmed cases of the... Read more