Here's an authoritative Q&A about the current rage -- the COVID-19 vaccines -- from no less than the European Union's European Medicines Agency. You can't give it a miss, can you now?
Maggie: “I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19. If I can have it at age 90 then you can have it too!”
Suddenly there is a light at the end of the long, dark, scary tunnel – and it isn’t a flickering light either. It is bright and will probably get brighter in the days to come. You could almost hear the world breathe a sigh of relief. But at the same time, there’s some understandable reticence to embrace it with no questions asked. It is the fear of the still-unkown that’s making people hold back, though the scientific community is quite upbeat about them, about the coronavirus vaccines. The CDC answers the questions that plague you so you could have the right idea and make the right decisions about the vaccines.
The role of the mask in the advent of the COVID-19 vaccine: Get your answer to questions like "When can I stop wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others after I have been vaccinated?"
The main objective of the COVID-19 vaccination strategy in Spain is to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by this disease through vaccination against COVID19, in a context of progressive availability. The vaccines will be administered free of charge through the National Health System.
Residents and healthcare workers in nursing homes for the elderly, and people with disabilities will be the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine is safe, effective and its administration will be voluntary and free of charge. All the COVID-19 vaccines will have the same levels of safety as any of the other vaccines habitually used to prevent other diseases. All in all, Spain will receive 140 million doses to immunize some 80 million people.
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GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: THE UK AND GERMANY LOOK TO THE CANARY ISLANDS FOR A GREAT WINTER’S HOLIDAY »
Brits are allowed by their government to go sun themselves in the balmy Canary Islands starting 25 October 2020. Same goes for the Germans. The opening up of the “travel corridor” between England and the Canaries, and between Germany and the Canaries, is “excellent news which gives the Islands a new opportunity to start their winter tourist season with a better outlook," says the Spanish Minister of Tourism. But if you're going to the Canaries, check out the updates just to make sure.
In compliance with the European Union directive 2000/84/EC, the clock is turned back one hour at 3:00 AM on Sunday, 25 October 2020. This signals the end of the Daylight Saving Time which began last March. However, the life of the 20-year old directive may now be at an end as the Member States will be allowed to opt out or remain practicing DST starting 2021. There are no clear-cut pros and cons of either choice.