Statement on U.K. authorization of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgStatement on U.K. authorization of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine From: Health CanadaHealth Canada is aware that the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued an authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca.December 30, 2020Ottawa, ONHealth CanadaHealth Canada is aware that the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued an authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca.Health Canada has been reviewing AstraZeneca’s vaccine since it was submitted on October 1, 2020, and is expediting the review of COVID-19 vaccines. This is being done through rolling submissions, where data is being reviewed as it becomes available from the manufacturer. Rolling submissions allow for shorter review times without compromising safety, efficacy and quality, as part of the Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19, which was signed on September 16, 2020.There is still information and data to be provided by AstraZeneca for review. Health Canada cannot provide a definite timeline for the completion of the review at this time.The Department is working closely with international regulators, including the U.K. MHRA, to share information and data on vaccines currently under review.Health Canada is working hard to give Canadians access to COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible without compromising its safety, efficacy and quality standards. Protecting the health and safety of Canadians is a top priority.On December 9, Health Canada authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Health Canada subsequently authorized a second COVID-19 vaccine, on December 23, manufactured by Moderna. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, coronavirus, covid-19, Government, health, health and safety, healthcare, quality, Safety, sale, United Kingdom, vaccine, Vaccineslast_img read more

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MOE and VOUCH to Provide Diagnostic Services For Special Needs Children

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (left) views the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) Child Protection Committee’s Annual Child Month Exhibition and speaks with Paediatrician, Dr. Cecilia Henny-Harry, (centre) and Resident, Dr. Shari Young. Minister Thwaites challenged the members of the CRH Child Protection Committee to provide the necessary referral and intervention services for the children access treatment at CRH. The Ministry of Education is partnering with the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH) to provide diagnostic services for children with special needs in Kingston.Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites says VOUCH is to become a diagnostic, assessment, and treatment centre for children with special needs at the early childhood level, particularly from age two to eight.Initially the service will be limited to the Kingston Metropolitan Area, with plans to expand the project into Montego Bay.Minister Thwaites was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) Child Protection Committee’s Child Month Exhibition at the hospital in Montego Bay recently.The annual exhibition was themed ‘Parents take responsibility:  Break the cycle.Additionally preparation is advance to establish three new diagnostic centres during this financial year, to cater to children with special needs in rural communities.  Rev. Thwaites said funds have already been committed to the projects, which are now going through the tendering process.The centres will be established at Sam Sharpe Teachers College in Montego Bay; in Portland near the College of Agriculture Science, and Education (CASE); and at Churches Teachers College in Mandeville.They are being set up to supplement the diagnostic work being done by the Mico Care Centre.Children with behavioural challenges as a result of special educational needs, who are undiagnosed, or are without access to special facilities will benefit from 20 “pull-out” classrooms, which are to be established in schools across the island.He challenged the members of the CRH Child Protection Committee to provide the necessary referral and intervention services for the children who present for treatment at the CRH.Minister Thwaites said the institution should become the nexus between the Ministries of Education, and Health as, well as the relevant governmental agencies.“It may mean a pair of glasses…hearing aid…some structured nutrition where the family cannot afford this… it may mean some serious counselling with parents or guardians or intervention by the state. But let us try and deal with our little children’s challenges from as early as possible. It is part of doing it right the first time,” Minister Thwaites stated. RelatedYouth Innovators Competition Attracts Impressive Inventions FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MOE and VOUCH to Provide Diagnostic Services For Special Needs Children EducationMay 20, 2014Written by: Sharon Earle MOE and VOUCH to Provide Diagnostic Services For Special Needs ChildrenJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Education is partnering with the VOUCH to provide diagnostic services for children with special needs in Kingston.VOUCH is to become a diagnostic, assessment, and treatment centre for children with special needs at the early childhood level.Initially the service will be limited to the Kingston Metropolitan Area, with plans to expand the project into Montego Bay. RelatedQuality Early Childhood Education Critical – Rev. Thwaites RelatedMinistry Ramps up School Feeding Programme Advertisementslast_img read more

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Australia retain Ashes

first_imgCricket Australia has broken an 18-year Ashes hoodoo, winning the urn on English soil for the first time since 2001 with a thrilling 185-run victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford. The Aussies have taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series with one match left to play. Even an English win at The Oval and a 2-2 final result will see the tourists leave British shores with bragging rights because they won the last series Down Under in 2017-18. Not since Steve Waugh was captain just after the turn of the century have Australian cricket fans had the chance to celebrate an away Ashes triumph. Now captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer will forever be remembered as the brains trust that masterminded a historic chapter in Australia’s cricket history after four straight Ashes series losses overseas in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015. “That feels amazing to know the urn’s coming home now,” Steve Smith told Sky Sports. “It was always one I wanted to tick off my bucket list to get the urn over here … to know that’s coming home is extremely satisfying.” An elated Paine told the BBC: “I didn’t think it would be this emotional. The amount of work that’s gone into retaining the Ashes has been enormous and I’m really proud of this group and how we bounced back from Headingley.” Most expected the tourists to stroll to victory on day five but as we saw in Leeds anything can happen in cricket, and the nerves would have been churning when Australia went to tea still needing four more wickets after England showed plenty of fight earlier in the day. The final session was full of drama as Josh Hazlewood delivered an absolute beauty straight after the break that seamed back a mile and hit Jos Buttler’s off stump when he shouldered arms and next over Nathan Lyon trapped Jofra Archer LBW for a single. That came after Archer narrowly avoided accidentally kicking the ball onto his own stumps and the thrills continued when Craig Overton survived a desperately close LBW shout when Hazlewood’s toe crusher was shown to just be missing leg stump. With the Aussies needing two wickets to win, Overton and Jack Leach revived memories of Cardiff in 2009, when Jimmy Anderson and Monty Panesar blocked things out for an incredible draw. The pair stood firm and even after taking the second new ball Australia still couldn’t break the partnership and fears bad light might stop play started creeping into Australian supporters’ heads. Stalling tactics came out too. Leach was wiping his glasses and Overton called for a new bat then took his time shaking off a blow to the body as they tried every trick in the book to take time out of the game. The noise coming from the western stand – the unofficial party stand at Old Trafford – was deafening as the punters willed England to hold on. Tim Paine’s next move was a shock that proved to be a stroke of genius as he brought part-time leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne into the attack with 16 overs left in the day. He ripped a ball into Jack Leach from the footmarks outside off stump and it caught Leach’s glove and popped up to a close-in fielder. Hazlewood then trapped Overton LBW for 21 with 81 balls left in the day and the match was over, sparking jubilant scenes of celebration from the Aussies. England started day five at 2/18 needing to do one of two things to send the series to a decider in London later this week. It either needed to chase down the 383 runs needed for victory – a feat that was always going to prove nearly impossible – or survive until stumps on a wearing wicket. That was the more realistic goal but one few gave England any chance of achieving given the brittle nature of its batting performances this summer. Joe Denly and Jason Roy knuckled down to defy the bowlers in the opening hour, giving the locals hope a similar miracle to the one that saw them claim victory in the third Test at Headingley was on the cards. Roy, moved down the order to No. 4 after a horror time opening the batting in the first three matches, played his best innings of the series but as has been the case so often this summer, he had his stumps rattled when his technique was exposed. A brilliant Pat Cummins delivery that angled in and seamed back further screamed through a huge gap between bat and pad to rattle the woodwork and get the Aussie charge started. From 3/66 England soon stumbled to 4/74 when Cummins had Ben Stokes caught behind. The hero of Headingley, who scored a matchwinning 135 not out to single-handedly win the third Test, was unable to repeat his heroics and walked off for one when he feathered a ball through to wicketkeeper Paine after being caught in two minds about whether to play or leave.last_img read more

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