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Quarter of S.Koreans get at least one vaccine dose ahead of schedule

FILE PHOTO: A health worker gets a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Seoul, South Korea, March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo/File PhotoSEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has inoculated 25% of its population with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine two weeks ahead of schedule, authorities

EU wants faster vaccine production in "age of pandemics"

FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen sticks an EU flag label during a visit at the factory of U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer in Puurs, Belgium April 23, 2021. John Thys /Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoBRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union plans to boost its early warning system and have a permanent capacity to

Vietnam approves China's Sinopharm vaccine for use against COVID-19 -media

FILE PHOTO: A nurse holds a box of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine made by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, a unit of Sinopharm subsidiary China National Biotec Group (CNBG), at a vaccination center during a government-organized visit, in Beijing, China, April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas PeterHANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has approved China’s Sinopharm vaccine

How to Travel With Unvaccinated Kids This Summer

The minute the CDC announced that vaccinated people could go without a mask indoors, many parents must have thought the same as I did: Welp, there go all our summer travel plans. The world seems so much safer for the inoculated, and so much more questionable for our children 11 and under — what with

Researchers repurpose pre-existing anti-SARS-CoV antibody to develop potent neutralizing antibody against SARS-CoV-2

A team of scientists from the United States has recently engineered a pre-existing anti-severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) neutralizing antibody to increase its binding affinity for the spike receptor-binding domain (RBD) of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The engineered antibody demonstrates high potency in neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 and preventing infection in animals. Study:

WHO expert say new research mission to China would be helpful

FILE PHOTO: Marion Koopmans, a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), speaks at the WHO-China joint study news conference at a hotel in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Aly SongAMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A leading scientist on the WHO’s COVID-19 mission to

Australia Seeks Domestic Capability to Produce mRNA Vaccines

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia has invited proposals from pharmaceutical firms to establish domestic manufacturing of mRNA vaccines, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, as Canberra seeks to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to future pandemics. Earlier this month, the government announced it was in talks with Moderna to establish mRNA vaccine production, and on Friday

Mexico reports lowest daily coronavirus death toll in over a year

FILE PHOTO: School workers line up before receiving a dose of China’s CanSino COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination for teachers and school staff against coronavirus disease in Mexico City, Mexico May 18, 2021. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Sunday registered 50 new confirmed deaths from COVID-19, the lowest daily increase

Fragrance expert helps COVID-19 patients learn to smell again

NEW YORK (Reuters) – After 13-year-old Sahil Shah lost his sense of smell to COVID-19 in November, his parents looked everywhere for help.Slideshow ( 5 images )“We met with neurologists, neurosurgeons, ENT specialists, and all of them said if it was supposed to come back, it would have come back by now,” said Sahil’s father,

Florida Governor to Pardon COVID Offenses

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has vowed to pardon anyone charged with violating a COVID-19 restriction in the state. In an executive order Thursday, DeSantis said the pardons would apply to anyone who “has been or could be arrested for, charged with,

South Africa targets 5 million elderly people in phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

FILE PHOTO: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa receives the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination at the Khayelitsha Hospital near Cape Town, South Africa, February 17, 2021. Gianluigi Guercia/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa will launch phase two of its vaccine rollout on Monday with the aim of inoculating five million citizens

England's estimated COVID R number edges up

FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians walk near public health signs, whilst the reproduction “R” number of COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom has risen and may be above 1, the Government Office for Science said on Friday, indicating a risk that the overall epidemic is growing, London, Britain, September 11, 2020. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) – The estimated

Tanzanian president ditches predecessor's rejection of masks

Slideshow ( 2 images )NAIROBI (Reuters) – Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Friday stressed the importance of face masks in fighting COVID-19, ditching one of the most controversial policies of her late coronavirus-sceptic predecessor. Hassan took office in March after the death of John Magufuli, who had urged Tanzanians to shun masks and

Ventilated COVID Patient Gets Ivermectin After Court Order

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A 68-year-old woman with COVID-19, who has been in intensive care in an Illinois hospital for a month, started receiving the controversial drug ivermectin (Stromectol) this week after her family sued the hospital to have someone administer it, according to a

COVID Impact on Breast Cancer: Upfront Endocrine Rx Increased

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The use of neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) increased significantly during the first 8 months of the COVID-19 pandemic for women with estrogen receptor–positive (ER+) breast cancer. These patients would normally undergo surgery first, but because of operating room restrictions, those surgeries