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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US single day COVID deaths top 3,100 for the first time


The U.S. recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans in the hospital with the virus has eclipsed 100,000 for the first time and new cases have begun topping 200,000 a day, according to figures released Thursday.

The three benchmarks altogether showed a country slipping deeper into crisis, with perhaps the worst yet to come, in part because of the delayed effects from Thanksgiving, when millions of Americans disregarded warnings to stay home and celebrate only with members of their household.

Across the U.S., the surge has swamped hospitals and left nurses and other health care workers shorthanded and burned out.

“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they are going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” Dr. Robert Redfield,

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Natural Grocers Predicts Top 10 Nutrition Trends For 2021


LAKEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Natural Grocers™, America’s Nutrition Education ExpertsSM, announced the fifth annual Top 10 Nutrition Trends1 predictions, a composite of the most anticipated and unexpected health, nutrition, and food trends for the coming year.

Natural Grocers’ Nutrition Education team, made up of health and wellness experts ranging from Registered Dietitians to Certified Natural Foods

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The U.S. Has Spent Billions Stockpiling Ventilators, but Many Won’t Save Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients | Top News


(Reuters) – With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across its shores earlier this year, the U.S. government in April announced orders for almost $3 billion of ventilators for a national stockpile, meant to save Americans suffering from severe respiratory problems brought on by the disease.

But of the 140,000 machines added since then by the government to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile, almost half were basic breathing devices that don’t meet what medical specialists say are the minimum requirements for ventilators needed to treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, the main cause of death among COVID-19 patients, according to a Reuters review of publicly-available device specifications and interviews with doctors and industry executives.

Only about 10% are full intensive care unit (ICU) ventilators of a type that doctors and ventilator specialists say they would normally use to intubate patients suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome or ARDS, the Reuters review found. The

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Probiotic Dietary Supplement Market Size Global Industry Analysis, Segments, Top Key Players, Drivers and Trends to 2025


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Dec 01, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
Selbyville, Delaware. Market Study Report LLC: The Report Global Probiotic Dietary Supplement Market Report explores the essential factors of the Probiotic Dietary Supplement market considering such as industry situations, market demands, market players adopted business strategies and their growth scenario. The Global Probiotic Dietary Supplement market has been separated by this report based on the key players profiles, Type, Application and Regions

This study specially analyses the impact of Covid-19 outbreak on the Probiotic Dietary Supplement, covering the supply chain analysis, impact assessment to the Probiotic Dietary Supplement market size growth rate in several scenarios, and the measures to be undertaken by Probiotic Dietary Supplement companies in response to the COVID-19 epidemic

Global Probiotic Dietary Supplement market will register a 8.0%% CAGR in terms of revenue, the global market size

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UK Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, First in the World | Top News


By Guy Faulconbridge and Paul Sandle

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, jumping ahead of the United States and Europe to become the West’s first country to formally endorse a jab it said should reach the most vulnerable people early next week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson touted the medicine authority’s approval as a global win and a ray of hope amid the gloom of the novel coronavirus which has killed nearly 1.5 million people globally, hammered the world economy and upended normal life.

Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) granted emergency use approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which they say is 95% effective in preventing illness, in record time – just 23 days since Pfizer published the first data from its final stage clinical trial.

“It’s fantastic,” Johnson said. “The vaccine will begin to be made available across the UK from next week. It’s

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Scarce Early Vaccine Supply Should Go to Health Workers, Nursing Homes: U.S. Health Advisers | Top News


By Julie Steenhuysen and Manojna Maddipatla

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday voted 13-to-1 to recommend that healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities should be first in line to receive initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines when they become available.

The vote occurred at an emergency meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which has been meeting for months to study and recommend who in the United States should get the first scarce doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

There are an estimated 21 million healthcare workers and an additional 3 million nursing home residents in the United States.

Although panel members universally endorsed the recommendation to include frontline healthcare workers in the initial allocation, several members of the panel voiced concerns about the inclusion of long-term care residents. They noted that neither of the

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Analysis: Could COVID Knock Out Flu in Europe This Winter? | Top News


PARIS (Reuters) – As Europeans brace for a grim winter with the threat of rising COVID-19 infections, minimal numbers of flu cases recorded so far point to a possible silver lining.

Data available for Europe since the beginning of October, when flu case numbers usually start to ramp up, mirror shallow figures seen in the Southern Hemisphere earlier this year.

Some doctors say a combination of lockdowns, mask wearing and handwashing appear to have hampered transmission of the flu, while warning that the data should be treated with caution because the peak of the season is weeks or even months away.

According to Flu News Europe, a joint monitoring platform of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization which collects samples in 54 European regions, only one person was diagnosed with flu out of 4,433 sentinel tests during Sept. 28-Nov. 22.

This sentinel-source data

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Pfizer-BioNTech Seek EU Emergency Approval for COVID-19 Vaccine, Target December Rollout | Top News


FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine could be rolled out in Europe this month, the companies said on Tuesday after they applied for EU emergency approval for the shot.

The application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) comes days after the companies applied for emergency use of their vaccine in the United States. They said their candidate, BNT162b2, could be launched in the European Union this month.

“If EMA concludes that the benefits of the vaccine candidate outweigh its risks in protecting against COVID‑19, it will recommend granting a CMA (conditional marketing authorization)that could potentially enable use of BNT162b2 in Europe before the end of 2020,” they said in a joint statement.

In their pursuit of a European launch, the partners are neck-and-neck with rival Moderna, which said on Monday it would ask the EU regulator to recommend conditional approval for its shot.

An effective immunization is

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Smooth start to new mask distribution exercise, Singapore News & Top Stories


Collecting the new reusable face masks was a smooth process for many Singapore residents on the first day of distribution by Temasek Foundation yesterday.

Those whom The Straits Times spoke to said the vending machines were easy to use as they simply had to select their mask size and scan their identification card. Each person is entitled to one free mask kit, which contains a pair of reusable masks and three mask filters.

A total of 1,200 vending machines are located islandwide at more than 800 locations, including bus interchanges, community centres and residents’ committee centres, as well as Temasek Shophouse and Plaza Singapura, in this third round of mask distribution by the foundation.

When ST visited Chong Pang Community Centre and Nee Soon Central Community Centre yesterday morning, there were small queues of five to six groups of people at each vending machine.

Staff and volunteers were also deployed

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