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Day: 3 February 2021

US to Send Some Vaccines Straight to Pharmacies

US to Send Some Vaccines Straight to Pharmacies

NEWS
  The Biden administration will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccine doses directly to retail pharmacies in an effort to expedite vaccinations across the nation. White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said the program will start with about 1 million doses sent to 6,500 pharmacies beginning next week. The number of pharmacies could ultimately each 40,000. "This will provide more sites for people to get vaccinations in their communities," Zients said. "And it's an important component to delivering vaccines equitably." Zients said 10.5 million doses will be distributed to states this week, up 5% from last week and a 22% increase in weekly doses since President Joe Biden took office Jan. 20. COVID-19 has killed more than 445,000 Americans, and infections...
New Cancer Cases Double From 338,000 To 846,000 (2002 – 2020)

New Cancer Cases Double From 338,000 To 846,000 (2002 – 2020)

NEWS
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti on Wednesday revealed that new cancer cases have more than doubled in the African Region, from 338,000 cases reported in 2002 to almost 846,000 cases in 2020, over the past 20 years. While adding that, the rising cancer burden will place additional pressures on resource-constrained health systems and on patients and their families who incur catastrophic costs to access services. She hinted that, “The African Region also bears the highest burden of cervical cancer among WHO regions, and so the World Health Assembly’s adoption in 2020 of the Global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem was of key relevance to African countries. As part of the first wave countrie