Russia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout draws wary mixed response

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Jessica Daniels, right, immunization program coordinator for Legacy Emanuel, first-bumps Kelley Callais after Callais administered her COVID-19 vaccination shot at at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

The first shipment of Pfizer's approved Covit-19 vaccine ship from MI is expected to arrive in Los Angeles County this week in about 83,000 doses.

California as a whole expects to receive 327,000 doses in the first package.

The COVAX plan, co-led by the World Health Organisation and GAVI, aims to provide poor and middle-income countries with diagnostic tests, drugs and vaccines through a fund known as the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, set up last April.

Those receiving the Pfizer vaccine will be given a booster jab 21 days after their first dose to ensure the best chance of being protected against the virus.

"Bringing rapid point-of-care testing directly to the locations where it can help protect the health of the most vulnerable Albertans is an important addition to our provincial testing system", said Alberta's Health Minister Tyler Shandro. "I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine", he was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

BC SPCA calling for ban on mink farming following COVID-19 outbreak
Several animals from different wildlife species were sampled and all tested negative, the USDA added. As a result, Denmark made a decision to cull its entire mink stock: more than 15 million mink.

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday that it will start removing false or misleading tweets about COVID-19 vaccinations that could be harmful, including false claims the vaccines will intentionally cause harm or control populations or that invoke "a deliberate conspiracy".

What comes next is not clear, with no grasp of when the state will receive more doses from the federal government after the initial shipments.

It grants New Zealand access to more than 18 million doses - enough for almost 13 million people.

Dr. Leonardo Seoane, chief academic officer for Ochsner Health, was one of the first employees to get vaccinated.

The vaccines will first be given to frontline healthcare workers, including hospital employees, emergency medical services personnel, and long-term care facility employees. The country has reported more than 460,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

"What we just witnessed is history in the making", Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a ceremony at Loretto Hospital in the city's hard-hit Austin neighborhood.

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