UK ‘confident’ of having 800,000 jabs by next week

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The government is “absolutely confident” the UK will have 800,000 coronavirus doses by next week, when the vaccination programme starts, the business secretary has said.

Alok Sharma said some of the Pfizer/BioNTech doses had arrived, with more expected by the end of the year.

He was unable to say how many that will be.

NHS Providers said the UK must work on the basis that more doses might not arrive “for some time”.

Its chief executive Chris Hopson tweeted that because of that it was “vital” hospitals sought to vaccinate as many people as possible in the highest priority groups.

He later added that with “every day that goes past, we become more confident we will get a lot more and get them soon”.

The first consignment of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has arrived in the UK, though the number of doses has not been confirmed.


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TRANSFORM how you feel in time for Christmas with the supplement range celebs LOVE!

How are you feeling right now? 

A bit under the weather? A bit stressed? Indulging in one too many glasses of wine?

If this sounds familiar then you’re not alone. The second lockdown may be behind us, but with restrictions still in place and a busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas to contend with, it’s no surprise we’re all feeling slightly frazzled.

And while this festive season won’t be quite as packed with parties and events as usual, there’s still a lot of planning and preparation to do. 

So how can we ensure we’re firing on all cylinders and feeling our best? 

Gabriela Peacock, a Nutritional Therapist with a long list of celebrity clients like Rosie Fortescue, Jodie Kidd and Piers Morgan, says getting our nutrition right is the  first step to feeling strengthened from within.

Gabriela Peacock likes to take Calm Me, Clean Me and GP

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States plan for vaccines as daily US virus deaths top 3,100

States drafted plans Thursday for who will go to the front of the line when the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine become available later this month, as U.S. deaths from the outbreak eclipsed 3,100 in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring.

With initial supplies of the vaccine certain to be limited, governors and other state officials are weighing both health and economic concerns in deciding the order in which the shots will be dispensed.

States face a Friday deadline to submit requests for doses of the Pfizer vaccine and specify where they should be shipped, and many appear to be heeding nonbinding guidelines adopted this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put health care workers and nursing home patients first.

But they’re also facing a multitude of decisions about other categories of residents — some specific to their states; some vital to their

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The Habits That Drive the Most Weight Loss of All, Say Experts

Let’s face it: When it comes to losing weight, your daily habits are everything. And according to several top doctors, celebrity trainers, and experienced weight loss specialists we spoke to, there are at least nine habits you should be incorporating into your daily life if you want to see significant results. Curious what they are? Read on, because what follows are some of the all-time best habits you can do that are associated with successful weight loss. And for a handy list of tips and tricks that will help you along your weight loss journey, see these Lazy Ways to Lose Weight All December Long, Say Experts.

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“‘I’m so lazy.’ ‘I just need more willpower.’ Negative thoughts like these are an impediment to lasting weight loss,” says physician Sylvia Gonsahn-Bollie, M.D.

She advises you to kick your negative self-talk to the side (“and anyone else’s for that matter”), and

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Joint pain supplement reduces premature death risk as effectively as exercise, study suggests

Watch: Glucosamine-chondroitin supplement may ward off early death

A daily glucosamine-chondroitin supplement may be as effective as exercise when it comes to warding off an early death, research suggests.

Working up a sweat has known benefits, with regular physical activity up to halving the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, to name a few conditions.

Glucosamine and chondroitin are naturally-occurring substances found in cartilage. The two compounds are often combined in over-the-counter supplements that are marketed to ease joint pain or osteoarthritis.

After examining the supplement intake of more than 16,000 adults, scientists from West Virginia University found those who took a glucosamine-chondroitin supplement every day for at least 12 months were 39% less likely to die from any cause over the next eight years.

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Results further suggested the daily pill cut the risk of heart disease deaths

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New Zealand Covid minister urges patience in wait for vaccine approval

New Zealand’s Covid-19 minister has called for patience in the country’s vaccine roll-out programme, saying he was unlikely to follow the UK in using emergency provisions to fast-track approval.

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Covid-19 minister Chris Hipkins said: “We are in a slightly different position to other countries who are using emergency provisions to approve the vaccine, and in many cases those countries are doing that because they are suffering hugely from Covid, with thousands of people dying every day.”

New Zealand’s Covid minister said he was working to pre-approve a vaccine by the time doses reached the country’s shores.

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New Zealand’s Covid minister said he was working to pre-approve a vaccine by the time doses reached the country’s shores.

New Zealand faced a different situation, he said, but added: “We are getting ready, getting geared up so that when vaccines arrive in New Zealand they are pre-approved.”

New Zealand experts agree the country, like Australia, can sustain a longer

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How FACE yoga make you look less stressed

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One of the many side effects of going through the Covid-19 pandemic is the impact on your skin, caused by stress, increased screen time and wearing face masks.

While government guidelines have encouraged us to keep our bodies active to stay healthy physically and mentally, there hasn’t been a solution for the damage additional stress and anxiety has caused to our faces – until now.

Leading British ‘face yoga’ expert Danielle Collins, 38, has devised a simple five step routine that she claims will not only boost your complexion, but also lower levels of cortisol and adrenaline in your body.

The exercises take minutes to complete and Danielle insists you’ll notice a difference in just 10 days, with frown lines less intense, reduced puffiness around the eyes and an easing of the dreaded ‘turkey neck’ aggravated by hunching in front of a laptop. 

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County Moves to Protect Health Staff After Deadly Outbreak | Political News

A Maryland health department is taking new steps to protect its workers six months after a coronavirus outbreak killed a veteran employee who was twice denied permission to work from home.

Chantee Mack, 44, died in May. More than 20 colleagues also caught the coronavirus, and some suffer lasting problems.

Now, after a KHN and Associated Press story in July spurred an investigation, Prince George’s County officials say they have added an appeals process to their work-at-home policy and hired a consultant to identify “operational and management needs for improvement” in the department. Union officials say the county has also made personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, more available in recent months and put a greater emphasis on social distancing.

”We’re getting somewhere,” said Rhonda Wallace, leader of a local branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “But we’re not there yet.”

In an

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Fermenta Biotech Limited’s US-subsidiary acquires majority stake in AGD Nutrition LLC

Fermenta Biotech Limited (FBL), India has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Fermenta Biotech USA LLC (FBU), Wilmington, DE, has acquired a 52% stake in a US-based vitamin company, AGD Nutrition LLC (AGD), headquartered in Nacogdoches, Texas. The deal would combine the expertise of both companies and result in synergies that will bring in greater operational capabilities to enhance FBL’s footprint in the US market.   

This collaboration will couple FBL’s competence in manufacturing and customer-driven innovation with AGD’s distribution strength in the US, which is a geography that commands a significant share of the global human and animal nutrition market. AGD, an established player in the vitamin market since 2002, will be instrumental in paving the way for FBL to gain greater customer access through its deep understanding of the North American market.

Commenting on the development, Mr Krishna Datla, Managing Director, Fermenta Biotech Ltd. said: “AGD has been our

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How the Pandemic Is Changing Our Diet and Exercise Habits, According to Research

Since the start of the pandemic has your lifestyle grown more or less healthy? I don’t know about you, but I know when I try to think through this question, the answer is complicated. 

Being stuck at home more means I cook more, which is probably a health win, but then I have to confess to enjoying more wine since this whole thing began too. I don’t go to the gym but I have started running more and squeezing in the odd online exercise class. My mental health is definitely down, but I am very fortunate to be able to say not dramatically. 

So do all these changes add up to a more or less healthy lifestyle? And am I typical? Are most of us reacting to work from home by cooking healthful meals and doing yoga, or binging on junk food and Netflix? Data is just starting to come

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