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World Health Organization outlines who should have the coronavirus vaccine first - 7NEWS.com.au
The WHO director-general warned 'vaccine nationalism' should be prevented and outlined how a vaccine for COVID-19 should be distributed.
The director-general of the World Health Organization has warned countries will need to work together once a coronavirus vaccine has become available. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a media briefing on Tuesday vaccine nationalism should be prevented and outlined how a vaccine for COVID-19 should be distributed. Scott Morrison talks about the COVID-19 vaccine deal in the video above Ghebreyesus said the WHO proposes the vaccine be rolled out in two phases. In phase 1, doses will be allocated proportionally to all participating countries simultaneously to reduce overall risk, Ghebreyesus said. In phase 2, consideration will be given to countries in relation to threat and vulnerability. The WHO director-general has warned against "vaccine nationalism". Credit: Tang Ming Tung/Getty Images Front line workers in health and social care settings are prioritised as they are essential to treat and protect the population and come in close contact with high-mortality risk groups. Initial data has shown that adults over 65 years old and those with certain comorbidities are at the highest risk of dying from COVID-19. For most countries, a phase 1 allocation that builds up to 20 percent of the population would cover most of the at-risk groups. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Credit: Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP If we dont protect these highest risk people from the virus everywhere and at the same time, we cant stabilise health systems and rebuild the global economy. Ghebreyesus said every member country needs to work in solidarity to ensure a vaccine is given to We are all so interconnected, the director-general said. Said he encourages every member to join the COVAX Global Vaccines Facility, which is the critical mechanism for joint procurement and pooling risk across multiple vaccines. Like an orchestra, we need all instruments to be played in harmony to create music that everyone enjoys, he said. One or two instruments playing by themselves just wont suffice when the world is waiting and listening intently. We will work to bring the band together, to promote science, solutions and solidarity because we believe to our core that we do it best, when we do it together. Ghebreyesus added the world needed to learn lessons after a rush to acquire personal protective equipment left some countries without essential supplies. The director-general added the same should not happen with a vaccine. While there is a wish amongst leaders to protect their own people first, the response to this pandemic has to be collective, Ghebreyesus said. Chevron Right Icon We are all so interconnected. This is not charity, we have learned the hard way that the fastest way to end this pandemic and to reopen economies is to start by protecting the highest risk populations everywhere, rather than the entire populations of just some countries. Sharing finite supplies strategically and globally is actually in each countrys national interest. No one is safe until everyone is safe. No one country has access to research and development, manufacturing and all the supply chain for all essential medicines and materials. If a promising trial proves successful, every Australian could receive a free coronavirus vaccination early next year. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is hopeful but also naturally cautious a drug being tested at Oxford University will be safe and effective. He expects it could be rolled out early next year. If we can get it done earlier than that, we will, Morrison told Sunrise on Wednesday. The Oxford trial is being run in conjunction with British drug company AstraZeneca. We are not putting everything in the AstraZeneca basket but it is one of the most advanced and the most likely, based on the expert advice we have, the prime minister said. Morrison believes two-thirds of Australians would need to be vaccinated for a national immunisation program to be effective. But the prime minister wants about 95 per cent of people to take the jab. The Oxford University trials are underway in the UK, Brazil and South Africa and are due to soon start in the US, running into early 2021.
Harry Potter star wanted British PM to die from coronavirus - 7NEWS.com.au
The comments were made during a TV show hosted by Australian comedian Adam Hills.
Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes appeared on The Last Leg Locked Down Under telling the socially-distant panel that she hoped British PM Boris Johnson had died from coronavirus. The show is hosted by Australian comedian Adam Hills. During the program Margolyes was asked how she thought the government had handled the COVID-19 pandemic, she replied: Appallingly, of course, appallingly. Its a disgrace, its a scandal. Its a public scandal. I had difficulty not wanting Boris Johnson to die. Watch the full video above The controversial actress continued saying, I wanted him to die. Then I thought that will reflect badly on me and I dont want to be the sort of person that wants people to die. So then I wanted him to get better, which he did do, he did get better. Miriam Margolyes at the UK Film Premiere of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 2, Trafalgar Square, London 7 July 2011 Credit: Paul Cunningham - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images Adam Hills attending the UK Premiere of True History of the Kelly Gang held at the Picturehouse Central, London. Credit: Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images Boris Johnson battled coronavirus last month, ending up in intensive care before making a full recovery. The comments have created a storm in the UK where Piers Morgan has slammed them as disgusting and toxic tribalism.
Pictured: ‘Hero’ New York doctor who took her own life after fighting on COVID frontline - 7NEWS.com.au
‘She went down in the trenches and was killed by the enemy on the front line’.
A New York City emergency room doctor who took her own life after recovering from Covid-19 and continuing to treat coronavirus patients has been pictured. Dr. Lorna Breen, 49, died a hero, said her father, Philip Breen. Watch the video above She was in the trenches, he said. She was a hero. Lorna Breen died Sunday morning in Charlottesville, Virginia, her father said. Chevron Right Icon She went down in the trenches and was killed by the enemy on the front line Breen worked in the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian hospital system. She went down in the trenches and was killed by the enemy on the front line, Philip Breen said. She loved New York and wouldnt hear about living anywhere else. She loved her coworkers and did what she could for them. I just want people to know how special she was, he added. Lorna Breen died Sunday morning in Charlottesville, Virginia, her father said. Credit: Supplied Philip Breen is a retired trauma surgeon, and he and his daughter would speak frequently about work, he said. Lorna Breen told her father that her colleagues were putting in 18-hour days and sleeping in hallways, and that ambulances couldnt get in because it was so busy. She worked in the emergency department and had been on the front lines for weeks, handling the onslaught of cases, her father said. New York City has been the US pandemic epicenter, recording nearly 300,000 cases and more than 22,000 deaths as of Tuesday morning. Breen contracted Covid-19 and took a week and a half off to recover, but when she went back to work, she couldnt last through a 12-hour shift, her father said. Still, she felt like she had to get back in there to help her colleagues. Then, a doctor friend visited Breen at home and told her she should go home to Virginia, where most of her family is based, Philip Breen said. Some friends and relatives helped get her to Charlottesville. Lorna Breen took her own life. Credit: Supplied Lorna Breen soon was admitted to the hospital at the University of Virginia for exhaustion, her father said, adding that her mother is a doctor in the ward where she was treated. After about a week, Lorna Breen left the hospital to stay with her mom, her father said. Then, last weekend, she went to stay with her sister, and that is where she died. Officers responded Sunday to a call for medical assistance and identified the victim as Breen, the Charlottesville Police Department said in a news release. She was taken to University of Virginia Hospital for treatment and later succumbed to self-inflicted injuries, police said. For more on 7NEWS.com.au Frontline healthcare professionals and first responders are not immune to the mental or physical effects of the current pandemic, said Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney. On a daily basis, these professionals operate under the most stressful of circumstances, and the Coronavirus has introduced additional stressors. Words cannot convey the sense of loss we feel today, the New York City hospitals where Breen worked said in a statement. Dr. Breen is a hero who brought the highest ideals of medicine to the challenging front lines of the emergency department, they said. Our focus today is to provide support to her family, friends, and colleagues as they cope with this news during what is already an extraordinarily difficult time. If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.