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COVID-19 cases rise across Europe

Another wave of COVID-19 infections may have begun in Europe as cases begin to tick up across the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said last Wednesday. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/982296?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=398271FG&impID=4751294&faf=1 “Although we are not where we were one year ago, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is […]

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Indonesia launches domestic COVID-19 vaccination

Indonesia launched its first home-grown COVID-19 shot Thursday to help reduce the world’s fourth most populous nation’s dependency on imported vaccines. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/982435?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=398271FG&impID=4751294&faf=1 President Joko Widodo announced the vaccine brand, IndoVac, as a new milestone for Indonesia’s pharmaceutical industry that will manufacture primary series vaccines, booster vaccines and vaccines for children, which have been in development

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Omicron subvariants becoming dominant strains

The subvariants known as BQ.1.1, BQ.1, BQ.1.3, BA.2.3.20 and XBB are among the fastest spreading of the main Omicron lineages. Based on UK data, the BQ variants, as well as BA.2.75.2 and BF.7 are the most concerning due to their growth advantage and immune evasiveness, the US health security agency has said. BF.7 has also

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Most common current COVID lineages now derive from Omicron strain

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) began assigning Greek letters to worrying new variants of the coronavirus. The organization started with Alpha and swiftly worked its way through the Greek alphabet in the months that followed. When Omicron arrived in November, it was the 13th named variant in less than a year. But 10

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Countries across Asia open borders post-COVID

After two-and-a-half years of tight pandemic controls, some of Asia’s last holdouts are opening their borders, as they move to bolster their economies and play catch-up with a world that has largely learned to live with COVID. Hong Kong said on Friday that it would abandon mandatory hotel quarantine for people coming to the city starting next week,

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A new generation of inhaled COVID vaccines

A new generation of COVID-19 vaccines that can be inhaled or sprayed up the nose—instead of taken by injection—will begin rolling out in Asia, though just how effective they are remains to be seen. Regulators in China and India have greenlighted distribution of vaccines delivered through the mouth or nose, a delivery that scientists say

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Khosta-2, the next pandemic?

A Covid-like virus lurking in Russian bats could jump to humans, scientists warned today. American virologists who carried out experiments on the pathogen — called Khosta-2 — fear it is ‘completely resistant’ to vaccines deployed during the pandemic. They found it was able to latch onto human cells with ease in the same way as

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