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COVID-19: Top news stories about the coronavirus pandemic on November 10

  • This daily news feed provides you with a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and resources to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top Stories: WHO Warns of Syringe Shortage; health workers in England should be required to receive COVID-19 vaccine; Canada approves COVID-19 booster dose.

1. How COVID-19 Is Affecting the World

According to Johns Hopkins University, the worldwide 250.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed. The number of confirmed deaths has now passed 5.06 million. More than 7.34 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data.

The United States government plans to buy an additional $1 billion worth of the COVID-19 pill made by Merck and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, the companies announced yesterday.

AstraZeneca is creating a separate division for vaccines and antibody therapies, the drugmaker said Tuesday, to focus on its COVID-19 injection and the development of coronavirus treatments.

Moderna has applied for European authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 6-11, weeks after it delayed a similar application in the United States.

Guinea will begin vaccinating children aged 12-17 against COVID-19 on Wednesday with a shipment of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the health ministry said. Most African countries have depended on the COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative for dose-sharing and have vaccinated only a small fraction of their populations.

Canada has approved a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years and older.

Vietnam will have enough vaccines to cover its population against COVID-19 by the end of this month, a deputy prime minister said Wednesday.

Russian authorities have said the nationwide workplace shutdown last week helped turn the tide of rising COVID-19 cases, but the country reported its largest one-day death toll from the pandemic to date on Tuesday.

A group of hospitals in the southern Dutch province of Limburg on Tuesday called on the government to take new measures to curb rising COVID-19 cases, as they lack space or staff to treat more coronavirus patients.

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries

Image: Our world in data

2. WHO warns of a shortage of syringes

The World Health Organization is warning of a syringe shortage next year, which could affect not only COVID-19 vaccinations, but routine immunizations and undermine needle safety.

The WHO said the deficit could reach between one and two billion. National health authorities must plan their needs well in advance to avoid the “hoarding, panic buying and the kind of situation” seen early in the pandemic with the lack of personal protective equipment, said WHO expert Lisa Hedman.

“We could have a global shortage of immunization syringes, which in turn could lead to serious problems, such as slowing immunization efforts and safety concerns,” she told a UN briefing.


3. Health workers in England must receive a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine

Health workers in England must receive a COVID-19 vaccine by April 1, Health Minister Sajid Javid announced yesterday. He made it a mandatory benefit for those on the front lines of the National Health Service.

Javid said he had to weigh the benefits to patients and colleagues with concerns that workers might decide to quit their jobs rather than get the injections. He said workplace pressures were one reason why the measure would not be introduced until the spring.

“All those who work in the NHS and social care need to be vaccinated. We need to prevent avoidable harm and protect patients in the NHS, protect colleagues in the NHS and of course protect the NHS itself,” Javid told parliament. “Enforcement of this condition is planned to begin on April 1.

The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship is a coalition of 85 global leaders organized by the World Economic Forum. Its mission: to join forces to support social entrepreneurs around the world as essential first responders to the pandemic and as pioneers of a green, inclusive economic reality.

The COVID Social Enterprise Action Agenda outlines 25 concrete recommendations for key stakeholder groups, including financiers and philanthropists, investors, government agencies, support organizations and businesses. In January 2021, its members launched its Roadmap 2021, with which its members will roll out an ambitious series of 21 action projects in 10 work areas. Including access to businesses and policy change to support a social economy.

For more information, see the Alliance website or the “impact story” here.

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