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Close to 1,000 vaccine doses likely thrown out by Tennessee county

Public health officials in eastern Tennessee announced Wednesday that 975 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that went missing were likely thrown out by accident.

Knox County—which encompasses Knoxville—says the state’s Department of Health confirmed that the doses were shipped to the region last week, but local officials said they have no record of receiving them.

Knox County Health Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan said that based on GPS data, she believes the box containing the doses was probably discarded by someone who thought they were throwing out dry ice. Due to security reasons, vaccine doses are shipped without any readily identifiable information attached.

“It was a kick in the gut for all of us,” Buchanan said through tears. “I apologize. Vaccinating our community is very important to us.”

County officials have asked for a state investigation even though Buchanan said there was no indication of foul play.

A spokesman for

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More deaths in England and Scotland may be due to obesity and excess body fat than smoking

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Obesity and excess body fat may have contributed to more deaths in England and Scotland than smoking since 2014, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.

Between 2003 and 2017 the percentage of deaths attributable to smoking are calculated to have decreased from 23.1{f771d91d784324d4be731abc64bffe0d1fd8f26504ceb311bcfd8e5b001778f4} to 19.4{f771d91d784324d4be731abc64bffe0d1fd8f26504ceb311bcfd8e5b001778f4} while deaths attributable to obesity and excess body fat are calculated to have increased from 17.9{f771d91d784324d4be731abc64bffe0d1fd8f26504ceb311bcfd8e5b001778f4} to 23.1{f771d91d784324d4be731abc64bffe0d1fd8f26504ceb311bcfd8e5b001778f4}. The authors estimate that deaths attributable to obesity and excess body fat overtook those attributable to smoking in 2014.

Jill Pell, at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, the corresponding author said: “For several decades smoking has been a major target of public health interventions as it is a leading cause of avoidable deaths. As a result, the prevalence of smoking has fallen in the United Kingdom. At the same time the has

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