Category: World Health

WHO says it may be ‘last chance’ to find COVID origins

GENEVA, Oct 13 – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be “our last chance” to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and called for cooperation from China. The first human cases of COVID-19 were reported in […]

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

Oct 11 – Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Merck seeks first U.S. FDA authorization for COVID-19 tablet Merck & Co said on Monday it has applied for U.S. emergency use authorization for its tablet to treat mild-to-moderate patients of COVID-19, putting it […]

Should vaccinated people mask up with COVID-19 cases rising?

Should vaccinated people mask up with COVID-19 cases rising? It depends on your situation, but masking in public can provide another layer of protection and help prevent the virus from spreading to others who aren’t protected. An easing of safety precautions and the large number of people who […]

WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by the tally of COVID-19 cases that arise because eliminating risk is impossible, the head of the World Health Organization told sports officials Wednesday as events began in Japan. How infections are handled is what matters most, WHO director […]

AstraZeneca says antibody treatment failed in preventing COVID-19 in exposed patients

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca (AZN.L) said on Tuesday a study of its monoclonal antibody treatment, AZD7442, did not meet the main goal of preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in people recently exposed to the novel coronavirus. The company said the participants in the trial were unvaccinated adults older than 18 years with confirmed […]

EXPLAINER: How will insurers cover a new Alzheimer’s drug?

Federal regulators have approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, leaving patients waiting to see how insurers will handle the pricey new treatment. Health care experts expect broad coverage of the drug, which was approved Monday. But what that means for patients will […]

Current COVID vaccines appear protective against variants, WHO Europe says

COVID-19 vaccines currently being deployed in the fight against the pandemic in Europe appear able to protect against all variants that are circulating and causing concern, the World Health Organization’s regional director said on Thursday. Hans Kluge said health authorities should remain vigilant on the rising number of […]

WHO says COVID-19 origins study was not extensive enough, cites data access ‘difficulties’

A World Health Organization team probing the new coronavirus’s origins cited problems accessing raw data, the health agency’s chief said on Tuesday,as he called for further studies because the assessment, so far, has not been extensive enough. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the comments to the agency’s […]

Germany warns vaccinations alone will not contain COVID-19 third wave

Germany’s health minister warned on Friday there was not enough vaccine in Europe to contain the COVID-19 third wave, as the country sought to get its rollout back on track following a three-day pause in using the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) shot. Case numbers have been rising in Germany, driven by an […]

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