NY to Send First Rounds of COVID-19 Vaccine to Nursing Homes | New York News

By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York plans to prioritize nursing home residents and staff when it begins distributing the first doses of coronavirus vaccine, hopefully later this month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the state expects to receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine by Dec. 15, if the pharmaceutical company gets the federal government’s OK to make it available to the public on an emergency basis.

The governor said New York expects at a later date to receive at least 40,000 more doses of a vaccine made by Moderna, if it gets federal authorization.

That would be enough to cover the state’s roughly 85,000 nursing home residents and 130,000 staff members, though Cuomo said he expects not all residents and staff members will agree to take the vaccine.

Remaining doses could then go to New York’s next priority: congregate care facilities and then some

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Euro Zone Producer Prices up in October, Unemployment Falls | Investing News


FILE PHOTO: A worker at the Liebherr manufacturing company, which produces gear cutting tools, wears gloves as he works in the factory a day after its re-opened, as Italy begins a staged end to a nationwide lockdown due to a spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Collegno, Italy, May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/File PhotoReuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro zone producer prices rose more than expected month-on-month in October and unemployment fell as the economy continued to recover before the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic struck, data showed on Wednesday.

The European Union’s statistics office Eurostat said prices at factory gates in the 19 countries sharing the euro rose 0.4% month-on-month for a 2.0% year-on-year decline. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 0.2% monthly increase and a 2.4% annual fall.

Producer prices are an early indication of final prices paid by consumers, which the European Central Bank

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US Panel: 1st Vaccines to Health Care Workers, Nursing Homes | Health News

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Health care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line when the first coronavirus vaccine shots become available, an influential government advisory panel said Tuesday.

The panel voted 13-1 to recommend those groups get priority in the first days of any coming vaccination program, when doses are expected to be very limited. The two groups encompass about 24 million people out of a U.S. population of about 330 million.

Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will consider authorizing emergency use of two vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna. Current estimates project that no more than 20 million doses of each vaccine will be available by the end of 2020. And each product requires two doses. As a result, the shots will be rationed in the early stages.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

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Oil Prices Drop on U.S. Stock Build, Delay in OPEC+ Meeting | Investing News

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices extended losses on Wednesday, hit by a surprise build in oil inventories in the United States and as OPEC and its allies left markets in limbo by delaying a formal meeting to decide whether to increase output in January.

Brent crude oil futures were down by 27 cents, or 0.6%, at $47.15 a barrel by 0131 GMT, while West Texas Intermediate crude was down by 29 cents, or 0.7%, at $44.26.

Industry data from the American Petroleum Institute showed U.S. crude inventories rose by 4.1 million barrels last week, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a draw of 2.4 million barrels.

The numbers came after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other allies, a group known as OPEC+, postponed talks on next year’s oil output policy to Thursday from Tuesday, sources said.

Earlier this year the group imposed

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Cops book Metro contractor over worker’s death in Sept | Pune News

Pune: The Koregaon Park police on Monday booked a contractor for negligence following an investigation into the death of a 23-year-old worker at a Metro site in September.
The worker — Abhinandkumar Nandkishor Ramani of Bihar — had fallen to his death from a 10-metre-high pillar near Bund Garden on the evening of September 28.
Ramani, who was living at Nagpur chawl in Yerawada, was among workers deployed to remove bolts from the pillar, when the accident occurred.
TOI visited the site of the accident on Tuesday and learnt that Ramani was about to put on a safety harness, when he lost his balance and fell. “There was no safety net around the pillar,” one worker said.
Sub-inspector Manisha Tule of the Koregaon Park police registered the complaint on Monday, and sub-inspector Bhagwat Shendge is investigating the case.
Police said the contractor did not put in place safety measures at

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Canada Plans to Clamp New Tax on Foreign Home Buyers | Investing News

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is readying a new tax on foreign home buyers to help tamp down on speculative purchases from overseas, cited as a factor behind sharp rises in housing prices in some markets that have left many Canadians unable to afford homes.

The new tax was mentioned in a fiscal document published on Monday, though few details were given. The timing and scope of the measures would likely be outlined in the spring budget, expected in March or April, a senior government source said.

“Speculative demand from foreign, non-resident investors contributes to unaffordable housing prices for many Canadians,” the government said in its Fall Economic Statement.

“The government is committed to ensuring that foreign, non-resident owners, who simply use Canada as a place to passively store their wealth in housing, pay their fair share.”

Foreign speculators were blamed for driving up home prices in Vancouver and Toronto earlier

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New solar project to power 11K homes in Washington state | St. Louis business news

SEATTLE (AP) — A public utility company in Washington state has announced a partnership to develop a new solar project near Richland that would generate enough electricity for more than 11,000 homes, officials said.

Energy Northwest will partner with Tucci Energy Services to build the 300-acre (120-hectare), 75-megawatt solar farm on leased land, The Seattle Times reported Monday. Construction is planned for 2022.

“This underscores Energy Northwest’s commitment to affordably and reliably meeting the region’s electricity needs,” Energy Northwest CEO Brad Sawatzke said.

The project is part of an effort under a 2019 state law that calls for zero greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels to be emitted in the Pacific Northwest by 2045, officials said.

Solar projects in Yakima and Spokane counties are already operational, and Portland-based Avangrid Renewables has proposed a 150-megawatt project on 1,700 acres (690 hectares) in Klickitat County.

The recently announced project site was once

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COVID-19 deaths, now past 500, are increasing in Lancaster County and spreading more broadly beyond nursing homes | Local News

Lancaster County hit a grim milestone this week, surpassing 500 coronavirus deaths as the loss of life picked up speed and spread more broadly beyond nursing homes.

The county’s 56 new COVID-19 deaths in November marked the highest monthly total since May, and raised the pandemic’s local toll to 504 as of Monday, Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni reported.

Diamantoni said he expects the pace of deaths to continue to increase, but doesn’t believe it will rise as high as April’s record of 183 deaths in one month.

And while the death rate remains below the spring peak, the loss of life is now spread more broadly in the community, he noted.

Here are some of the 500 lives we've lost to the coronavirus pandemic in Lancaster County

In April, 85% of COVID-19 deaths here were residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. In recent weeks, that portion was much smaller.

“In the current wave, greater than 50% are at-home deaths,

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Five WNY nursing homes among top 25 in New York for most Covid-19 cases | Local News

New York State had an average of 169 confirmed Covid-19 cases per 1,000 nursing home residents – the eighth lowest rate in the nation.

A News examination of the data also found:

• Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in East Aurora had the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Western New York and the 12th highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the state, with 62. Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New York City had the most Covid-19 deaths in the state through Nov. 15, with 95. Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Lancaster was at No. 22, with 51 residents who died of Covid-19.

• More than 120 facilities in the state reported that they had no confirmed Covid-19 cases since May, including 14 nursing homes in Western New York. Some of them indicated they had suspected cases, however. 

• Terrace View Long Term Care Facility in

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TwinStrand Biosciences Licenses Duplex Sequencing Technology to Foundation Medicine | State News

SEATTLE, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — TwinStrand Biosciences today announced it has entered into a worldwide non-exclusive agreement to sublicense two foundational patent families to Foundation Medicine and its affiliates relating to TwinStrand Duplex Sequencing™ error-correction technology. Duplex Sequencing increases the accuracy of next-generation sequencing as much as 10,000 times, allowing the detection of ultra-low frequency mutations that would otherwise be hidden by technical noise inherent to the sequencing process.

“Staying at the forefront of innovative solutions to advance cancer care is central to our commitment to patients,” said Cindy Perettie, chief executive officer at Foundation Medicine. “We are excited to partner with TwinStrand to support doctors in making genomically-informed treatment decisions.”

“This agreement validates the strength of TwinStrand’s technology and intellectual property portfolio,” said Dr. Jesse Salk, chief executive officer at TwinStrand Biosciences. “We are pleased that Foundation Medicine has partnered with us to use our patented

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