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COVID-19 continues to take its toll. Now a senior member of Jamaica’s health infrastructure has passed away from COVID-19 complications – a man whom Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton described this evening as a friend and a “hands-on Chairman,” whose advice and guidance he greatly valued. Here is the Ministry’s press release:
Health Ministry, NERHA mourn loss of Tyrone Robinson
KINGSTON, Jamaica. Saturday, January 2, 2021: Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is expressing deep sorrow and loss at the news of the passing of Chairman of the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), Mr. Tyrone Robinson, JP.
“Mr. Robinson was a visionary leader, who brought his expertise to public health, especially to the north eastern side of the island. We have benefitted tremendously from his leadership and his passion for service. He was very steadfast about improving the infrastructure and aesthetics of our…
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According to the county health care agency, the tally of new cases was at 4,406 for Friday, a big increase from Thursday’s total of 610, but in line with previous days, as numbers approached record highs.
We must act now to increase surveillance and monitoring for signs of new K13 mutations, even as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to basic tactics like increasing people’s access to insecticide-treated mosquito nets, here’s what can help make a difference: Source: A New Strain of Drug-Resistant Malaria Has Sprung Up in Africa – Scientific American
The United Kingdom has recorded more new coronavirus infections in a single day than ever before for a fifth consecutive day, registering more than 57,700 cases within 24 hours. Source: Coronavirus digest: UK sees record rise as mutant strain spreads | News | DW | 02.01.2021
Dr Mary Ramsay, Public Health England’s head of immunisations, said: “We do not recommend mixing the Covid-19 vaccines – if your first dose is the Pfizer vaccine you should not be given the AstraZeneca vaccine for your second dose and vice versa.”
Dr Ramsay added that on the “extremely rare occasions” where the same vaccine is unavailable or it is unknown which jab the patient received, it is “better to give a second dose of another vaccine than not at all”.
Ms Godlee urged the New York Times to print a “highly visible correction” as soon as possible.