New Delta COVID-19 Virus Mutation Reported in the UK

The UK government is monitoring a new mutation of the Delta COVID-19 strain called AY.4.2 or “Delta Plus.” According to the UK Health Security Agency’s report, 6% of Covid local cases that have been genetically sequenced were identified as AY.4.2. …

Read more

WHO Endorses World’s First Malaria Vaccine for At-Risk Children in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed on Oct. 6 the widespread use of the world’s first malaria vaccine for at-risk children across Africa. “This is a historic moment. The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, …

Read more

Johnson & Johnson Seeks FDA Clearance for Booster Doses

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to approve a booster shot of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years and older. J&J’s application indicatded that a late-stage study shows that a booster dose given …

Read more

At least Seven People Infected with Novel Tick-borne Yezo Virus in Japan

Japanese scientists have discovered the Yezo virus, a new tick-borne zoonotic virus in Hokkaido. “At least seven people have been infected with this new virus in Japan since 2014,” said Dr. Keita Matsuno, a virologist in the International Institute for …

Read more

Novavax Applies for WHO Emergency Use Listing of COVID-19 Vaccine

Biotechnology firm Novavax, Inc. and its partner Serum Institute of India has applied to the World Health Organization (WHO) for an emergency use listing of its COVID-19 vaccine. The WHO’s emergency use listing is an assurance to national regulatory authorities …

Read more

China Says It Has Fully Vaccinated Over One Billion People Against COVID-19

China’s National Health Commission announced on Thursday that it has fully vaccinated over one billion people against COVID-19. The Commission announced that nearly 2.16 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered, accounting for about 72% of its population of …

Read more

IAC Advises Senior Citizens to Avoid Social Interactions Amid COVID-19 Surge

The Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) advised senior citizens in Singapore to avoid social interactions for the next two weeks amid a surge in COVID-19 community cases. “Seniors are at a higher risk of developing serious health complications if they …

Read more

Schools Across Europe and Central Asia Must Stay Open, UNICEF and WHO Say

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef on Monday have demanded in a press release that schools across Europe and Central Asia must remain open and be made safer. “The pandemic has caused the most catastrophic disruption to education in …

Read more