Coronavirus: Indian variant cases in the UK rise to 400 and there are now three types

[ad_1] The proportion of UK Covid cases caused by the Indian variant spiked eight-fold in a fortnight at the start of April, MailOnline can reveal. Four hundred cases of the strain – linked to an explosion of cases in India – have now been detected in Britain since it was first spotted in February. While it […]

Coronavirus: UK orders 60million more doses of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine

[ad_1] Britain has bought another 60million doses of Pfizer‘s Covid vaccine as part of plans to launch a booster jab rollout this autumn, Matt Hancock revealed tonight. Ministers hope the extra supplies — which will take No10’s total order to 100million — will start to be delivered from September through to early 2022 so everyone […]

Matt Hancock gets his Covid jab from Professor Jonathan Van Tam

[ad_1] Matt Hancock gets his Covid jab… from Professor Jonathan Van Tam: Health Secretary, 42, reveals he was ‘in and out in eight minutes’ and it ‘didn’t hurt at all’ Matt Hancock received his first Covid vaccine at the Science Museum in London He described having the vaccine as a ‘privilege’ and says he ‘didn’t […]

How a SARS-CoV-2 variant sacrifices tight binding for antibody evasion — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] The highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 variant that recently emerged in South Africa, known as B.1.351, has scientists wondering how existing COVID-19 vaccines and therapies can be improved to ensure strong protection. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Medicinal Chemistry have used computer modeling to reveal that one of the three mutations that make variant […]

Why experts say there’s no need to panic about Covid variants… at least for now

[ad_1] It has been nearly two weeks since Britain’s pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and shops reopened and, so far, things appear to be going according to plan. Covid-19 cases are continuing to fall and deaths are below 40 a day. Last week, Government data showed that only 32 fully vaccinated people have been admitted to hospital with […]

Study of ‘breakthrough’ cases suggests COVID testing may be here to stay — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] In rare cases, people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID and are immune to the virus can nevertheless develop the disease. New findings from The Rockefeller University now suggest that these so-called breakthrough cases may be driven by rapid evolution of the virus, and that ongoing testing of immunized individuals will be important […]

Covid England: Cases fall in EVERY age group as daily death rate drops to 18

[ad_1] Coronavirus cases have fallen in every age group in England and just 18 deaths were announced across Britain today, according to more promising data that strengthens the argument for easing lockdown sooner.  Public Health England’s weekly Covid surveillance report found rates of the virus were down in all age groups for the third week […]

Covid vaccine boxes must be defaced before they are thrown away, official guidance warns

[ad_1] Coronavirus vaccine boxes must be defaced with permanent marker and destroyed before they are thrown away, official guidance warns. NHS England instructions say this is to stop thieves using the cartons to sell fake jabs on doorsteps and the dark web. They add that vials, which contain doses before they are put into syringes, […]

Covid is no longer the leading cause of death in England and Wales

[ad_1] Covid is no longer the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time since October and the number of people falling ill with the virus is at its lowest level on record, according to statistics which strengthen the argument for a quicker easing of lockdown. Office for National Statistics figures […]

Coronavirus: Experts find variant from Tanzania that ‘has more mutations than any known strain’

[ad_1] A Covid variant thought to carry more mutations than any other strain has been found in Tanzania, according to researchers.  Virologists said it looked further removed from the original Wuhan virus than any other strain known to science, including variants found in Kent, South Africa and India.  It was first picked up in three […]

Covid: UK falls out of 20 worst-hit countries for excess deaths thanks to vaccine rollout

[ad_1] Britain is no longer one of the 20 worst-hit countries for excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, figures show.  The UK has suffered 121,000 more deaths than expected since March last year — a rate of 183 excess fatalities per 100,000 people, according to analysis of official figures by the Economist, putting it at […]

Covid UK: Daily deaths fall 42% to 22 as cases fall 3.8% to 2,396

[ad_1] Covid deaths have fallen by more than 40 per cent over the last week — down to just 22 victims today, according to Department of Health data. Cases are also continuing to fall despite more testing being carried out and another 2,396 infections were posted today — a fall of 3.8 per cent from […]

Pfizer finds more than 80 fake doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico and Poland

[ad_1] Pfizer Inc has identified the first confirmed instances of counterfeit versions of its COVID-19 vaccine being used abroad. Fake doses of the two-shot inoculation, developed with German partner BioNTech SE, were found in Mexico and Poland, according to The Wall Street Journal. The vials in Mexico had fraudulent labeling while those found in Poland […]

Britain records just FOUR Covid deaths in lowest daily toll since September

[ad_1] Britain today announced four coronavirus deaths in the lowest daily count since September 7 — when just three victims were added to the official toll. Department of Health figures showed there were also 2,963 new infections in the past 24 hours, down 17 per cent on last week’s figure of 3,568.  Today’s Covid deaths are the […]

Moderna’s vaccine booster shot that protects against South African variant will be ready by FALL

[ad_1] Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine booster shot that protects against South African variant will be ready by FALL, CEO says Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said the company has been testing three coronavirus vaccine booster shots in parallel Two-thirds of the volunteers will be given two different dose of the third dose, which codes for the spike protein […]

Covid England: SAGE drops R rate estimate and says figure may be as low as 0.7

[ad_1] England’s coronavirus R rate could now be as low as 0.7 and infections are continuing to fall, according to official estimates. No10’s scientific advisers predict the reproduction rate – the average number of people infected patients pass the virus on to – is no higher than 1.0. Last week SAGE said the figure was […]

Covid UK: Daily cases fall 20% in a week to 2,596 as deaths fall 43% to 34

[ad_1] Britain’s daily Covid cases fell again today as officials recorded just 2,596 positive tests — down 20 per cent in a week. Department of Health bosses also posted 34 daily deaths — down 43 per cent on last Friday’s figures.  And the most up-to-date hospital admission figures show the number of infected coronavirus patients […]

Infections of South African and Kent variants in those vaccinated have already been recorded

[ad_1] Infections of South African and Kent coronavirus variants have already been recorded in vaccinated people, NHS expert warns Cases of people getting South Africa and Kent variants after vaccine recorded Dr Susan Hopkins said vaccines acted as ‘primer’ for the immune system She said the cases were to be expected as vaccines aren’t 100 […]

Covid UK: India still not on travel ban list despite 77 new variant cases being found

[ad_1] India is not included on the UK’s travel red list even though 77 cases of a variant that emerged there and is linked to a surging outbreak have been found in Britain. Public Health England announced the dozens of new cases yesterday and said the strain was under investigation ‘due to sustained international transmission’. […]

Patients who are overweight or obese at risk of more severe COVID-19, study finds — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] Patients who are overweight or obese have more severe COVID-19 and are highly likely to require invasive respiratory support, according to a new international study. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Queensland and published in Diabetes Care, found obese or overweight patients are at high risk […]

Coronavirus: Just half of carers vaccinated in London borough with South Africa variant outbreak

[ad_1] Real name: B.1.351 When and where was it discovered?  Scientists first noticed in December 2020 that the variant, named B.1.351, was genetically different in a way that could change how it acts. It was picked up through random genetic sampling of swabs submitted by people testing positive for the virus, and was first found […]

Covid-19 UK: Nearly half of over-50s refuse the coronavirus vaccine in parts of England

[ad_1] More than half of people in England are now living in areas that are almost entirely free of coronavirus and have vaccine uptake rates above 90 per cent, MailOnline can reveal today in a fascinating set of interactive tools. Latest NHS England figures show nationally 89 per cent of over-50s had received at least […]

One year of SARS-CoV-2 evolution — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] A number of SARS-CoV-2 variants have emerged from immunocompromised hosts, research has identified. It is thought that variants of concern — including B.1.1.7, a variant first identified in Kent — were a result of long-term infection in people with a weakened immune system. Persistent infections in immunocompromised people could cause the virus to mutate […]

Woman with brain tumour fell pregnant before drugs would have made it impossible

[ad_1] A woman who delayed her chemotherapy and radiotherapy to travel the world fell pregnant naturally just months before her treatment would have made it impossible. Carly Beasley, 33, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, delayed her chemotherapy to travel the world with her husband Kris, 34, after her slow-growing, incurable brain tumour, called a oligodendroglioma, was removed. And […]

Is South Africa’s variant taking off in Britain? Cases of the mutant strain have rocketed by 20%

[ad_1] The South African coronavirus variant is persisting despite surge testing and tough travel quarantine measures, experts have warned.   Cases of the mutant strain have started picking up over recent weeks, even though targeted curbs aimed at flushing it out have been introduced in dozens of postcodes where it is spreading. Only 544 cases of […]

Covid UK: Daily cases rise 4% in a week to 2,472 with 23 deaths as lockdown eases

[ad_1] Covid cases and deaths in the UK rose slightly today, with another 2,472 infections and 23 deaths confirmed by Department of Health officials. The numbers mark increases of 3.9 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively, on last Tuesday’s figures but the daily average remains significantly lower than this time last week. Although rising […]

Weekly Covid deaths in England and Wales fall to lowest levels in six months

[ad_1] Coronavirus deaths in England and Wales have plunged to their lowest level in six months, official figures revealed today amid tumbling infections and a successful vaccine roll-out. Office for National Statistics data showed 400 death certificates that mentioned Covid were registered during the week ending April 2, the latest available.  This was the equivalent […]

The structural revelation could have implications as a therapeutic target in all SARS-CoV-2 variants — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] A tiny protein of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that gives rise to COVID-19, may have big implications for future treatments, according to a team of Penn State researchers. Using a novel toolkit of approaches, the scientists uncovered the first full structure of the Nucleocapsid (N) protein and discovered how antibodies from COVID-19 patients interact with […]

England ‘shouldn’t be hit by a Covid third wave this summer’

[ad_1] England shouldn’t be hit by a third wave of coronavirus this summer, Government advisers have admitted. Bleak modelling submitted to ministers warned the country could face a brutal third wave when restrictions are lifted on June 21.   But senior experts now believe any resurgence of Covid is more likely in the autumn, it was […]

Covid US: At least three fully-vaccinated Hawaiians caught infection

[ad_1] At least three Hawaii residents have been infected with COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated against the disease.  Vaccine trials showed that the three vaccines approved in the US prevent between 66 and 95 percent of symptomatic infections, but we still do not know how well the vaccines prevent people from catching or spreading coronavirus.  So it’s […]

More than HALF of people in England now have Covid antibodies thanks to huge vaccination drive

[ad_1] Almost 55 per cent of people in England now have Covid antibodies, suggesting at least half of the population now has some immunity against the disease. A major Office for National Statistics (ONS) testing survey today revealed 54.7 per cent of people in England had the virus-fighting proteins in the week ending March 14, […]

New York health officials are worried South African and Brazil Covid variants will REINFECT people

[ad_1] New York health officials are worried that some coronavirus variants will reinfect people who have had COVID-19 before. At a press conference on Tuesday, Dr Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, said that reinfection appears to be rare. However, he noted that the coronavirus variants that were first identified in South Africa and Brazil […]

Covid variants will make vaccines ineffective within ONE YEAR, 66% of disease experts believe

[ad_1] Two-thirds of disease experts believe coronavirus variants will render vaccines ineffective within one year, a new survey finds. Conducted by the People’s Vaccine Alliance, about 66 percent of epidemiologists, virologists and infectious disease specialists say they think that within 12 months, the virus will mutate to such a degree that first-generation vaccines will be […]

Coronavirus: Pfizer vaccine ‘WILL protect against the Brazilian and South African Covid variants’

[ad_1] Pfizer‘s Covid vaccine still works against the South African and Brazilian variants of the virus and protection lasts for at least six months, studies suggested today. The jab prevented 100 per cent of infections in a study run by Pfizer in South Africa and UK lab tests on the P1 Brazilian strain of the […]

Covid UK: Record 404,922 people given second vaccine dose on Wednesday

[ad_1] UK dishes out record 400,000 second doses of Covid vaccines as figures show England has now reached 93% of all over-50s 404,922 people given second shot on Wednesday, up from 270,000 day prior NHS also administered 241,000 first doses, taking total jabs deployed to 35.6m Marks the second day in a row more follow-up […]

Covid US: 15m doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine ruined by ingredient mix-up by its contractor

[ad_1] The Biden administration knew more than a week ago that 15million doses of Johnson & Johnson had been ruined by its contractor – potentially causing significant delays in the vaccine rollout, senior administration officials said.   Two senior officials on the government’s Covid-19 response team told Politico that it was clear there were serious problems at […]

Average daily Covid deaths in the US fall below 1,000 for the first time in nearly five MONTHS

[ad_1] The seven-day rolling average of daily COVID-19 deaths fell below 1,000 for the first time in nearly five months on Wednesday, a analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.  It comes after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr Rochelle Walensky said Monday she was ‘scared’ and had ‘a feeling of […]

Portable test can diagnose COVID-19 in just 15 minutes and determine if it is a variant in 3 hours

[ad_1] Scientists say they have created a new, portable test that can detect coronavirus in just minutes and even identify if it is a highly infectious variant. Developed by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, in La Jolla, California, the test is called NIRVANA (nanopore sequencing of isothermal rapid viral amplification for near real-time analysis). […]

NIH begins dosing people with Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine booster shot

[ad_1] NIH begins dosing people with Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine booster shot to see if it protects against the South African variant The NIH has begun clinical trials testing a booster shot of Moderna Inc’s COVID vaccine to see if it will protect against the South African variant Approximately 210 healthy adult volunteers will be enrolled […]

Chris Whitty warns Britain will be vulnerable to Covid for another two years

[ad_1] Britain will be vulnerable to coronavirus for another two years but the illness should become as manageable as the flu in the future, Chris Whitty claimed today. England’s chief medical officer said vaccine manufacturers were still struggling to get basic supplies distributed around the world and were not yet fully equipped to deal with […]

CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel internationally safely

[ad_1] Americans who are fully vaccinated can safely travel both domestically and internationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.    Fully vaccinated people of any nationality arriving to the U.S. from other countries no longer have to quarantine upon arrival, and Americans can leave the U.S. without testing negative before boarding an international […]

More than 100 MILLION Americans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

[ad_1] The U.S. has now vaccinated more than 100 million people with at least one dose of COVID-19 shots, a historic milestone in effort to end the pandemic.  Almost a third of American adults now have or will soon have some degree of protection against COVID-19.  About 17.5 percent of Americans are now fully vaccinated […]

Britons will be allowed to holiday in countries with high vaccination rates, PM to announce

[ad_1] What will Boris Johnson announce at today’s 5pm press conference? The next step of easing lockdown will go ahead as planned: The PM is expected to confirm that non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and libraries will reopen from April 12 while pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers outdoors.  A mass-testing scheme: Everyone […]

Brazil coronavirus variant is now second most common in the US

[ad_1] PFIZER WHEN WAS IT APPROVED? December 11, 2020  WHO CAN GET IT? Anyone 16 or older DOSAGE: 2 doses, given 21 days apart  HOW DOES IT WORK? Uses messenger RNA to deliver a tiny bit of genetic code from the virus to ‘teach’ the body to make a protein that provoke antibody production   HOW […]

Fauci: One-dose vaccination could be ‘tenuous’ protection against variants

[ad_1] Dr Fauci warns that delaying second doses of Covid vaccines would give only ‘tenuous’ protection against variants that may weaken the shots UK health officials allow second doses to be delayed up to 12 weeks Dr Fauci has stood against this strategy in the U.S., buy Monday said there is not a ‘right or […]

Moderna jab to be deployed in a fortnight, minister reveals as experts behind Valneva’s vaccine

[ad_1] The long-awaited Moderna coronavirus vaccine will be dished out in Britain within the next two weeks, No10’s vaccine minister revealed today.  Nadhim Zahawi said the first batch of the jab — approved by regulators in January — is set to arrive in the third week of this month, with ‘more volume’ expected in May.  […]

First US case of more infectious ‘double mutant’ Indian covid variant is identified in California 

[ad_1] The first case in the U.S. of a coronavirus variant that emerged in India has been found in California. Researchers at Stanford University’s Clinical Virology Laboratory confirmed one case last week and have seven presumed cases that are being screened. The variant, which has been called a ‘double mutant’ by India’s Ministry of Health, […]

An oral vaccine against coronavirus is being developed an owner of the LA Lakers 

[ad_1] One of the owners of the Los Angeles Lakers is developing an oral coronavirus vaccine that would ease the process of giving shots by ditching the injections.  Lakers co-owner and drug inventor Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong and his team of researchers are testing whether oral pills could work in conjunction with – or even better […]

Covid Brazil: Death rate TRIPLED among people in their 20s in February

[ad_1] Brazil‘s coronavirus death rate tripled among people in their 20s in February as the country’s dangerous new variant took over, a study has found. Researchers investigated the ratio of Covid cases to deaths in Brazil last month and found it surged in young people. Even though the numbers of cases across the country were […]

Covid US: Army starts clinical testing trial for its OWN vaccine

[ad_1] The U.S. Army has launched clinical testing for its ‘next-generation’ COVID-19 vaccine that’s designed to protect against the pandemic virus, its variants and other coronaviruses.  In early tests, the shot appears to prompt high levels of antibodies that should block the older ‘wild-type’ coronavirus, three major variants and even SARS-CoV-1, the similar pathogen that […]

Studimi/ Ky është vendi më i lumtur në botë! Ja në cilin vend renditet Shqipëria, Kosova më e lumtur se ne

[ad_1] Finlanda është vendi më i lumtur në botë. Kombet Nordike dominojnë listën globale ndërsa Mbretëria e Bashkuar bie pesë vende në vendin e 18-të – ndërsa Zimbabve vjen i fundit në listë. Ndërkohë për sa i përket Shqipërisë, vendi ynë rendit i 63. ndërsa për sa i përket Kosovës renditet në vendin 31. Shumë […]

Doctor: I’m worried the Olympics can’t be made safe against Covid

[ad_1] I, like many other public health professionals, am concerned that these measures may be both too little and too late. I worry deeply about the implications of the Games for the health of three groups: the athletes and staff; the spectators and their home country; and the host community itself. Currently, there are simply […]

These international destinations are open to US tourists

[ad_1] Editor’s Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on February 27. The US State Department advises that travelers consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC’s latest guidance. Before you make any international travel plans, check these sites first and again before you […]

Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine gets emergency use authorization from FDA

[ad_1] With more than 28.5 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and over 511,000 reported deaths in the US since the start of the pandemic, and while the demand for vaccine still far exceeds supply, these vaccines can’t come soon enough. “A third safe and effective vaccine is very welcome news,” Andy Slavitt, the White House’s senior […]

Coronavirus vaccines: How J&J’s is different from the others

[ad_1] Two vaccines are already being distributed in the US — one made by Moderna and another made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The new vaccine, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine division, is a little different. Here’s how. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is designed to be given as a single dose. […]

Why Japan took so long to start Covid-19 vaccinations, even with the Olympics looming

[ad_1] In Japan, only about 18,000 doses have been administered, according to the Japanese government. Like the US, Japan is using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of its program. Yet Japanese regulators took two more months to approve its use. The government says it has been deliberately cautious. After a series of vaccine scandals stretching […]

FDA vaccine advisers recommend authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine

[ad_1] The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) voted unanimously to recommend EUA of the vaccine in people 18 and older. If the FDA acts on the recommendation — and it’s expected to do so quickly — the vaccine will become the third authorized for use in the United States. It will […]

Here’s what action is expected today on the latest US Covid-19 stimulus bill 

[ad_1] A health care worker fills a syringe from a vial with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus as South Africa proceeds with its inoculation campaign at the Klerksdorp Hospital on February 18. Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine “checks nearly all the boxes” on a list […]

Johnson & Johnson vaccine: Why Americans shouldn’t turn their noses up at J&J’s coronavirus vaccine

[ad_1] For several months, public health experts have praised the approximately 95% efficacy seen in vaccines by Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna. But the data surrounding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, developed by the company’s vaccine arm, Janssen, falls short of that figure. But those comparisons aren’t fair, experts say. They say the Johnson & Johnson vaccine […]

Fully vaccinated people can gather individually with minimal risk, Fauci says

[ad_1] A medical worker inoculates a municipal worker with a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in New Delhi, India, on February 22. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images India has supplied more than 36 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to various countries, of which 6.75 million doses have been provided as grant assistance, a spokesperson for the […]

“We still have too much vaccine in the fridge,” says German health minister

[ad_1] A medical worker inoculates a municipal worker with a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in New Delhi, India, on February 22. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images India has supplied more than 36 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to various countries, of which 6.75 million doses have been provided as grant assistance, a spokesperson for the […]

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta answers your questions about Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine

[ad_1] Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel attends the Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York in December 2019. Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Moderna’s current vaccine production numbers “are far from indicative” of future production, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said during an EU virtual summit Thursday.  “The numbers we are producing today are far from indicative of what we can produce […]

Global coronavirus death toll surpasses 2.5 million

[ad_1] Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel attends the Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York in December 2019. Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Moderna’s current vaccine production numbers “are far from indicative” of future production, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said during an EU virtual summit Thursday.  “The numbers we are producing today are far from indicative of what we can produce […]

Why have India’s Covid-19 cases plummeted?

[ad_1] This has all happened without drastic measures such as circuit-breaker lockdowns, which have been used in places like New Zealand and Australia to get outbreaks under control. The Indian government is still implementing certain social distancing restrictions and has scrambled to assist overstretched hospitals — but the economy has reopened, domestic travel has resumed, […]

Researchers find worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City

[ad_1] Genomics researchers have named the variant B.1.526. It appears in people affected in diverse neighborhoods of New York City, they said, and is “scattered in the Northeast.” One of the mutations in this variant is the same concerning change found in the variant first seen in South Africa and known as B.1.351. It appears […]

Moderna designs updated Covid-19 vaccine to combat South Africa coronavirus variant

[ad_1] Moderna has designed an updated version of its Covid-19 vaccine to help it combat the South Africa coronavirus variant, the company announced Wednesday. Initial doses have been shipped to the US National Institutes of Health for a clinical study. The new vaccine, called mRNA-1273.351, will be evaluated as a booster shot for people who have already been vaccinated against […]

Latest Covid-19 vaccine and world news

[ad_1] Moderna has designed an updated version of its Covid-19 vaccine to help it combat the South Africa coronavirus variant, the company announced Wednesday. Initial doses have been shipped to the US National Institutes of Health for a clinical study. The new vaccine, called mRNA-1273.351, will be evaluated as a booster shot for people who have already been vaccinated against […]

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective, FDA analysis finds

[ad_1] The efficacy of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against moderate to severe/critical Covid-19 across all geographic areas was 66.9% at least 14 days after the single-dose vaccination and 66.1% at least 28 days after vaccination, according to the analysis, which is meant to brief the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. The […]

US Coronavirus: Experts worry variant-fueled surge of Covid-19 could be weeks away but cases will likely fall again by summer

[ad_1] Several experts predicted Tuesday the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant that was first detected in the UK is likely to fuel another surge of cases in just a matter of weeks. “It could result in more of a wave in, say, April or May than we would have expected otherwise,” Trevor Bedford of the University […]

UK variant likely to drive new wave of US transmission in spring, experts say

[ad_1] Two studies due to come out soon raise concerns about a new coronavirus variant that scientists have been keeping an eye on in California.   They hint that the variant might not only be more contagious, but may cause more severe disease, as well. The research is in its very early stages, has not been published […]

Report calls for delaying second doses of vaccine, warns of surge fueled by coronavirus variant

[ad_1] Two studies due to come out soon raise concerns about a new coronavirus variant that scientists have been keeping an eye on in California.   They hint that the variant might not only be more contagious, but may cause more severe disease, as well. The research is in its very early stages, has not been published […]

Fauci says CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people could come soon

[ad_1] UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock is seen during a visit to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, on February 17. Molly Darlington/WPA Pool/Getty Images “New variant” cases of Covid-19 are falling across the UK, according to the country’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, who credits extra border measures for the drop. British people arriving […]

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine: FDA committee to consider authorization for single-dose shot this week

[ad_1] The vaccine is the third under consideration for the US market, and would be the first single-dose Covid-19 shot available here. Like the earlier Covid-19 vaccines, it was developed and tested at a remarkable pace, condensing into months what might have taken years before the pandemic. But there are few answers on what will […]

US coronavirus: Officials are hopeful the US is getting closer to the end of the pandemic. But there are road bumps ahead

[ad_1] Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Sunday Covid-19 hospitalizations dropped below 1,000 for the first time since November 16 and are now down by more than half from their January peak. “With each day we are moving one step closer to eliminating and eradicating this pandemic,” Hogan said in a statement. “But we need to […]

As 500,000 Covid death looms, US reaches pivotal moment

[ad_1] A warning from Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN Sunday that Americans could be wearing masks into 2022 came as leading medical associations pleaded for extended vigilance from people exhausted by months of self-isolating and the punishing economic impact of the worst public health calamity in 100 years. But the national dichotomy between fear and […]

A drop in Covid-19 cases can be deceptive, official warns. Here’s how the US can stay ahead of a variant-driven surge

[ad_1] “We are used to mutations with the flu. This is a much higher percentage of success than the flu,” Slavitt, who is responsible for the Covid response, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday. The US has witnessed a 26% decline in new cases from this time last week, continuing the trend of the steepest […]

Pfizer, Moderna vaccines can protect against coronavirus variant, lab studies suggest

[ad_1] For the study, researchers at Pfizer and the University of Texas Medical Branch genetically engineered versions of the virus to carry some of the mutations found in B.1.351. They tested them against blood samples taken from 15 people who had received two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as part of a clinical trial. While […]

New CDC reports warn that variants could lead to “rapid rise” in Covid-19 cases

[ad_1] Two new reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that new coronavirus variants could lead to a rapid rise in the numbers of Covid-19 cases. In one report released Wednesday, researchers from the CDC and Minnesota health department detailed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the United Kingdom. […]

How Russian vaccine Sputnik V spread through Latin America

[ad_1] Eduardo Valdes, a former diplomat and member of government coalition Frente de Todos, who now serves in as chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies, says there’s a clear line between vaccine negotiations and external factors. “Now is not the time to do ideology. Our goal is for the Western […]

New York attorney general sues Amazon over “deficient” Covid-19 response

[ad_1] South Africa has received its first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, the country’s health minister announced Tuesday, putting it on target to become the first in the world to administer the shot.  Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Twitter that South Africa had secured a total 9 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with […]

Here’s why some Covid-19 numbers keep improving. (Hint: It’s not widespread vaccinations)

[ad_1] Researchers reported Sunday that they identified seven troubling new coronavirus variants circulating in the US, according to Dr. Wilbur Chen, an infectious diseases specialist at the University of Maryland Medical School. “We certainly want to preserve the full efficacy of these vaccines by preventing more variant viruses, but again, these vaccines are effective and […]

Africa needs COVID-19 vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years

[ad_1] Volunteer Thabisle Khlatshwayo, who received her first shot for a COVID-19 vaccine trial, receives her second shot at a vaccine trial facility set at Soweto’s Chris Sani Baragwanath Hospital outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday Nov. 30, 2020. Over 2000 South African volunteers are on AstraZeneca’s experimental coronavirus vaccine trial. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) Africa’s top […]

South Africa fears virus comeback as cluster outbreaks flare

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Localised coronavirus outbreaks in parts of South Africa have raised fears that the country could see a resurgence in cases compounded by gatherings during the upcoming festive season. Officials in Africa’s hardest virus-hit country are scrambling to contain infections after a flare-up was reported in the impoverished Eastern Cape province […]

Child HIV treatment cost slashed: Unitaid

[ad_1] A strawberry-flavoured HIV treatment for the 1.7 million children living with the virus will slash the cost of yearly paediatric treatment by three quarters, Unitaid announced on World AIDS Day. The dispersible treatment is the first specifically made for children and will initially be available in six African countries in the first half of […]

Warning signs over effectiveness of HIV ‘wonder drug’ in sub-Saharan Africa

[ad_1] Scanning electromicrograph of an HIV-infected T cell. Credit: NIAID Dolutegravir, the current first-line treatment for HIV, may not be as effective as hoped in sub-Saharan Africa, suggests new research published on World AIDS Day. The study finds that this so-called ‘wonder drug’ may be less effective in patients resistant to older drugs. As HIV […]

AIDS prevention progress brings hope for women, children in South Africa

[ad_1] Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 09:18 Tuesday is World AIDS Day and, despite the virus fading into the background of public discourse in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, an estimated 38 million people live with HIV or AIDS around the world. In this video dispatch, FRANCE 24 reports on the continuing fight against AIDS in […]

Study identifies countries and states with greatest age biases

[ad_1] Two studies from Michigan State University pinpoint where in the world you’ll find the most age bias, and where the “golden years” are considered truly golden. Credit: Creative Commons via PxHere Elders are more respected in Japan and China and not so much in more individualistic nations like the United States and Germany, say […]

Ethiopian military has taken ‘full control’ of Tigray capital, chief of staff says

[ad_1] Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 18:01Modified: 28/11/2020 – 18:15 Ethiopian federal forces have taken “full control” of the Tigray region’s capital Mekelle, the military’s chief of staff Birhanu Jula said in a statement posted on the military’s official Facebook page on Saturday evening. Authorities had said earlier that government forces were in the final stages of an offensive in the […]

Eritrea hit by rocket fire as Ethiopia presses ahead with Tigray offensive

[ad_1] Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 11:51 Eritrea’s capital came under fire from Ethiopia’s breakaway Tigray region Friday, raising fears that Ethiopia’s internal conflict could spread as leader Abiy Ahmed resisted calls for dialogue. For more than three weeks now, Ethiopia and Tigray have engaged in fierce fighting that the International Crisis Group said Friday had […]

McKinsey Proposed Paying Pharmacy Companies Rebates for OxyContin Overdoses

[ad_1] When Purdue Pharma agreed last month to plead guilty to criminal charges involving OxyContin, the Justice Department noted the role an unidentified consulting company had played in driving sales of the addictive painkiller even as public outrage grew over widespread overdoses. Documents released last week in a federal bankruptcy court in New York show […]

Ethiopia’s Abiy meets African Union envoys, rejects talks with Tigray leaders

[ad_1] Issued on: 27/11/2020 – 22:30 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed again ruled out dialogue with the leaders of the defiant Tigray region Friday, but said he was willing to speak to representatives “operating legally” there during a meeting with African Union special envoys trying to end the deadly conflict between federal troops and the […]

Global Covid-19 lockdowns inflame violence against women

[ad_1] Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 07:47 No country has been spared the coronavirus, nor the scourge of domestic violence which has surged during lockdowns, as the world marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Wednesday. From a spike in rapes in Nigeria and South Africa, increased numbers of women missing in […]

Oxford AstraZeneca trials show Covid vaccine is ‘highly effective’, drugmaker says

[ad_1] Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 11:07 A coronavirus vaccine developed by drug firm AstraZeneca and Oxford University has shown 70 percent effectiveness in trials involving 23,000 people, they said in a statement on Monday. The announcement comes after other trials of drugs developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna announced effectiveness above 90 percent. The results ranged between […]

Bill Gates, the Virus and the Quest to Vaccinate the World

[ad_1] So far, it has pulled in only $3.6 billion in funding for research, manufacturing and subsidies for poor countries. Three companies have promised to deliver vaccines, but it is not yet known whether they will be effective. And it may be difficult to secure the necessary billions of doses in an affordable, timely way […]

Covid-19 pandemic triggers global spike in violence against women

[ad_1] No country has been spared the coronavirus epidemic, nor the scourge of domestic violence, which has surged during lockdowns as the day marking such violence approaches on Wednesday. From a spike in rapes in Nigeria and South Africa, increased numbers of women missing in Peru, higher rates of women being killed in Brazil and […]

Ethiopia rebuffs mediation attempts as Tigray offensive continues

[ad_1] Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 19:12 The Ethiopian government rebuffed an African effort to mediate on Saturday, saying its troops had seized another town in their march towards the rebel-held capital of northern Tigray region. More than two weeks into Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed‘s offensive, the government says Tigrayan forces are bulldozing roads and destroyed […]

Coronavirus pandemic, economic crisis set to dominate Saudi-hosted G20 summit

[ad_1] Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 07:42 Saudi Arabia hosts the G20 summit Saturday in a first for an Arab nation, with the downsized virtual forum dominated by efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and a crippling economic crisis. The two-day meeting of the world’s wealthiest nations comes as President Donald Trump refuses to concede a […]

Top US diplomat Pompeo’s planned visit to occupied Golan Heights angers Palestinians

[ad_1] Issued on: 19/11/2020 – 10:59 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was Thursday set to make the first visit by an American top diplomat to the Israel-occupied Golan Heights after an expected stop in a West Bank Jewish settlement, infuriating Palestinians. The envoy of US President Donald Trump, who has made a staunchly pro-Israel […]

How the Out-of-Control Pandemic Is Speeding the Hunt for Vaccines

[ad_1] The coronavirus is spreading out of control in the United States, overwhelming health systems and killing more than 1,100 Americans a day. But there is a slender silver lining: It is hastening the testing of vaccines that could eventually end the pandemic. The surging virus has already allowed Pfizer and Moderna to accelerate the […]

Why are so many still dying?

[ad_1] Early diagnosis and treatment are key in the fight against HIV. Credit: Peter Casaer Twenty years ago, treatment for HIV was a rare luxury in South Africa. Exorbitant costs and President Thabo Mbeki’s government’s fierce opposition to providing antiretroviral treatment (ART) kept it out of the public sector. They were terrible days. Many lives […]