Daily Archives: January 16, 2021

Local councils will be able to boost social care staffing levels through an extra £120 million of funding, the Government has announced. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the new funds would help increase workforce capacity for care homes and domiciliary care providers hit by staff absences during the coronavirus pandemic. It comes on top of the £149 million announced in December to support the roll out of rapid Covid-19 testing and family and friend visits where possible. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This funding will bolster staffing numbers in a controlled and safe way, whilst ensuring…

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India launched the world’s largest vaccination campaign to date Saturday with 300 million doses planned, as the world’s number of coronavirus deaths topped 2 million on Friday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 30 million healthcare workers would be first in line to receive the vaccine, which is administered within the next 10 days. Public safety and sanitary workers would be next in line. To start, the campaign will administer 11 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine developed at Oxford University, along with 5 million doses of Indian-developed Covaxin from Bharat Biotech. But Covaxin has is still in a trial…

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