NHS staff no longer at front of queue for Covid vaccine after rethink


NHS staff will no longer be among the first people to be vaccinated against Covid-19 after a rethink about who should be given priority.



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The change is likely to disappoint and worry health service staff, some of whom had already booked appointments to get immunised.

Frontline personnel were due to have the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine when the NHS starts rolling it out, probably next Tuesday, after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency approved it on Wednesday.

Separately, NHS bosses warned the 800,000 doses that comprise the UK’s first consignment from Pfizer’s manufacturing plant in Belgium may be “the only batch we receive for some time”, raising questions about how soon further supplies will arrive.

NHS Providers, which represents health service trusts in England, on Thursday confirmed health service staff had been moved back in the queue for who gets immunised in the

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Exercise 11 Minutes a Day for a Longer Life


Some past research had suggested the answer is no. A 2016 study involving more than a million people found, instead, that men and women needed to exercise moderately for about 60 to 75 minutes a day in order to diminish the undesirable effects of sitting.

That study, though, like most similar, earlier research, asked people to remember how much they had moved or sat, which can be problematic. We tend to be unreliable narrators of our lives, overestimating physical activity and underestimating how much we sit. But if large numbers of people misremember this way, the paradoxical result is that exercise looks less potent than it is, since the studies’ “active” people appear to have needed plenty of exercise to gain health benefits, when the objective amount of exercise they actually completed was less, and this smaller amount produced the gains.

So, for the new study, which was published last

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Exercise for This Many Minutes for a Longer Life, Says Science


For many of us, it’s been a tough year for maintaining healthy habits. As our living situations change and our options for exercising outside the house decrease with the recent country-wide spike in cases, it can be tough to figure out what our usual workout routine looks like. Good news: it turns out, working the benefits of regular exercise into your life may be easier than you thought. A study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation has found that bursts of exercise as short as twelve minutes can increase your life expectancy and decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, looked at the levels of hundreds of different metabolites in 411 middle-aged men and women before and after about twelve minutes of strenuous exercise. They found that the amount of DMGV, a biomarker linked to increased

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Costco Mask Policy Explained as Customers With Medical Condition No Longer Exempt from Wearing Face Covering


Costco customers who are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition are required to wear a face shield at all stores from Monday, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.



a man riding a skateboard up the side of a building: The storefront of a Costco in Washington, D.C. pictured on April 5. From Monday, all Costco customers who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition will be required to wear a face shield at all locations.


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The storefront of a Costco in Washington, D.C. pictured on April 5. From Monday, all Costco customers who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition will be required to wear a face shield at all locations.

“Effective Nov. 16, 2020, we will require all members, guests and employees to wear a face mask or face shield at Costco locations,” Costco’s president and chief executive officer, Craig Jelinek, wrote in a statement. The policy does not apply to those aged under two.

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A mask requirement has been in place at all Costco stores since May 4. However, those with a medical condition were previously exempt from the rule.

“This [exemption]

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