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UK approves another antibody treatment for Covid
The UK has approved another antibody treatment for people with Covid that cuts the risk of severe illness.
Low Vaccine Cover, Low Testing Rates "Toxic Mix", Says WHO
"Globally, we have a toxic mix of low vaccine coverage and very low testing -- a recipe for breeding and amplifying variants," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference.
US, Other Countries Tighten Travel Rules Over New Variant Concerns
A World Health Organization official said 24 countries may have reported cases of the variant so far but that some of the early indications were that most cases were mild, with none severe.
South Korea Reports 5 Omicron Cases On Flight From Nigeria
A fully vaccinated couple tested positive for the variant after arriving last week from Nigeria, followed by two of their family members and a friend, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
The world’s most expensive cities to live in right now
Israel’s Tel Aviv has leapfrogged Hong Kong and Singapore to become the world’s most expensive city to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Olaf Scholz wants mandatory coronavirus vaccination for Germans by February
Incoming German Chancellor ‘signaled his sympathy for such a regulation,’ official says.
Netherlands says Omicron variant was already in country earlier than previously thought
The Covid-19 Omicron variant was present in the Netherlands a week before two flights arrived from South Africa carrying the virus, Dutch health officials said Tuesday, throwing the timeline of the variant's spread in Europe into question.
Making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory was once unthinkable. But European countries are showing it can work
Earlier this month, Austria took a step once unthinkable for a Western democracy: It announced that Covid-19 vaccinations would become compulsory for its entire population.
UK to put booster jab programme ‘on steroids’ in wake of Omicron
British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the country will intensify its vaccination campaign in response to the arrival of the potentially more contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Moderna chief predicts existing vaccines will struggle with Omicron
The chief executive of Moderna has predicted that existing vaccines will be much less effective at tackling Omicron than earlier strains of coronavirus and warned it would take months before pharmaceutical companies could manufacture new...
Omicron: How do you detect it?
The first cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus have now been detected in the UK, after it was highlighted by scientists in South Africa as a potentially worrying new strain.
Cause For Concern, "Not Panic": What Joe Biden Said On New Covid Variant
US President Joe Biden said the virus variant Omicron, first detected in South Africa but already appearing in multiple countries, "is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."
US Dictionary Merriam-Webster Declares 'Vaccine' As Word Of The Year
"The word vaccine was about much more than medicine in 2021," the dictionary -- which based its decision on surging interest in the term's definition -- said in a post on its website.
Highly Transmissible 'Omicron' Covid Variant Requires 'Urgent Action': G7
"The global community is faced with the threat of a new, at a first evaluation, highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, which requires urgent action," the health ministers said in a statement following an emergency meeting.
Pfizer Already Working On Covid Vaccine Targeting 'Omicron': CEO
The current vaccine is "very effective" against Delta, the executive said, adding that the companies expect to be able to produce four billion vaccine doses in 2022.
Developing New Version Of Sputnik Vaccine Adapted To 'Omicron': Russia
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which supported the vaccine's development by the state-run Gamaleya Center, said that the centre "has already begun developing the new version of Sputnik vaccine adapted to Omicron."
WHO: Omicron poses 'very high' global risk, countries must prepare
The Omicron variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a "very high" global risk where Covid-19 surges could have "severe consequences" in some areas, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.
Swiss get to choose whether to keep vaccine passports in place
Despite months of protests, Swiss citizens have overwhelmingly voted to keep the country’s system of Covid vaccination certificates in place. The deal was sweetened for voters by the promise of financial assistance.
Morocco suspends air traffic due to Omicron
Morocco has announced the suspension of all “direct” passenger flights due to the new coronavirus variant, Omicron. The measure comes into effect Monday and will be in place for at least two weeks.
Can 'Omicron' Covid Variant Be Detected Using PCR Testing? WHO Says...
Omicron Covid Variant: The WHO has said studies into various aspects of the new variant would take several weeks to reach conclusions.
Some Scientists Worry The Africa Travel Restrictions Will Discourage Other Nations From Reporting New COVID Variants
"What is the incentive for the next country that identifies the next important variant if their reward is what President Biden did to South Africa?"
First Image Of 'Omicron' Covid Variant Shows Many More Mutations Than Delta
The new Covid variant Omicron has many more mutations than the Delta variant, according to a first "image" of this new variant initially detected in South Africa, produced and published by the prestigious Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome.
We Know Almost Nothing About the Omicron Variant
Here’s everything we do.
How To Deal With The Next Pandemic? Countries To Talk On WHO Treaty
Countries agreed to set up an intergovernmental body charged with drafting and negotiating a WHO accord on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.
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