London, July 20
A Covid vaccine created by the University of Oxford appears safe and induces a strong immune response within the body, scientists announced on Monday after the first phase of human trials.
Doses of the vaccine were given to 1,077 healthy adults aged between 18 and 55 in five UK hospitals in April-May as part of the Phase I clinical trial and results published in the ‘Lancet’ medical journal.
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- Phase I and II data for the vaccine shows it did not lead to any unexpected reactions and had a similar safety profile to previous vaccines of this type.
- The immune responses observed are in line with what previous studies have shown are associated with protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The results showed these induced strong antibody and T-cell immune responses for up to 56 days. “There is still much work to be done before we can confirm if our vaccine will help manage the Covid-19 pandemic, but these early results hold promise,” said Prof Sarah Gilbert, co-author of the study.
“As well as continuing to test our vaccine in Phase III trials, we need to learn more about the virus – for example, we still do not know how strong an immune response we need to provoke to effectively protect against SARS-CoV-2 infection,” she said. Scientists behind the trials found the response could be even greater after a second dose. — PTI
76 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta on Thursday, 3 additional deaths – Global News
Alberta Health said Thursday that an additional 76 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the province, as well as three additional deaths.
A woman in her 80s from the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre has died, marking the 29th death at that location.
A man in his 90s from Heimstaed Seniors Lodge in the North zone and a man in his 90s from Central zone also died. The man from the Central zone was not linked to a continuing care centre, Alberta Health said.
Alberta has now had 220 deaths related to COVID-19.
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The Edmonton zone continues to have more cases than any other zone in the province as the number of active cases in that city climbed slightly to 475 on Thursday.
There were 314 active cases reported in the Calgary zone, 88 cases in the Central zone, the South zone had 52 cases and there were 104 cases reported in the North zone.
Three active cases weren’t assigned to a particular zone.
There were 50 Albertans in hospital, with many of those (21) in the Edmonton zone. Of those in hospital, 12 were in intensive care.
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To date, the province has performed 793,114 coronavirus tests and 10,713 Albertans have recovered from the virus.
The numbers reflect results reported by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
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New COVID cases fall to 76 in Alberta, three in South Zone – Lethbridge News Now
Aug 13, 2020 3:40 PM
LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Government of Alberta has released Thursday’s report on COVID-19, detailing the numbers over the past 24 hours.
76 new cases were confirmed across the province, bringing the total to 11,969. Of those, 1,036 cases are active while 10,713 people have recovered.
That includes just three more infections in the South Health Zone with one each in Brooks and the Counties of Newell and Forty Mile.
Active cases in the region have fallen to 52.
Vancouver Coastal Health warns of coronavirus exposure at IVY Lounge in Trump hotel – Global News
Health authorities have warned of new potential exposures to the coronavirus in Metro Vancouver.
Vancouver Coastal Health says people who visited IVY Lounge at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver between 10 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 2 a.m. on Aug. 8 were potentially exposed to the virus and should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
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Fraser Health warned staff at the Cactus Club Cafe on 120 Street in Delta of a possible exposure on Aug. 5 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Aug. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Health officials on Wednesday reported 85 new cases of the virus, two of them epi-linked — the highest since April 25.
B.C. officials report 85 new cases of COVID-19, one additional death
The majority of the new cases involve young people in Metro Vancouver.
More than 1,900 people are in isolation due to potential exposures.
B.C Premier John Horgan hinted Wednesday that the province could get tougher on those flouting existing regulations.
— With files from Simon Little
© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
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