Moderna Says COVID Vaccine Safe for Children Under 6

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American pharmaceutical company Moderna confirmed that their COVID-19 vaccine is effective and safe to use for children under the age of 6. Nearly 7,000 children aged six months to six years were given two doses of Moderna’s mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccination …

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World’s First Malaria Vaccine Rolled Out in Africa

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At least 1 million children in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi have received one or more doses of the world’s first malaria vaccine. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, contributed more than $155 million to support the introduction, procurement, and distribution of the …

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Amnesty International Says Detained Bahraini Human Rights Defender “Al-Khawaja” at Risk of Blindness

Fourth EstateAmnesty International Says Detained Bahraini Human Rights Defender “Al-Khawaja” at Risk of Blindness

The Amnesty International on Friday expressed concerns over the health condition of detained Bahraini human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja after being denied medical care. Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Lynn Maalouf, said Al-Khawaja …

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Millions of Children in Southern Africa to be Vaccinated for Polio

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At least 23 million children are to be vaccinated for polio in Southern African countries after an outbreak occurred in Malawi for the first time in 30 years.  Vaccination for children under 5 already commenced in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital and …

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U.S. Surgeons Successfully Transplant Pig Heart to Human For the First Time

Surgeons in the United States successfully transplanted a heart from a genetically-modified pig to a human being for the first time. David Bennett, 57, received the pig heart in an experimental surgery on Jan. 7 and is doing well three …

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U.S. FDA Authorizes AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Antibody Treatment for Emergency Use for Immunocompromised

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized on Dec. 8 the first drug for widespread use in preventing COVID-19 for people with weakened immune systems. The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for AstraZeneca’s Evusheld, its “long-acting” COVID-19 …

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WHO Advises Against Blood Plasma Treatment for COVID-19 Patients due to Alleged Inefficiency

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that it is not recommending convalescent plasma therapy, which involves getting a blood transfusion from someone who has recovered from COVID-19, as a treatment for COVID-19 because it is ineffective. “The Guideline Development …

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Bangladesh Reports 277 New COVID-19 Cases, Four Related-Deaths

Bangladesh on Monday announced 277 new COVID-19 cases and four related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally of fatalities to 28,005. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in a statement said that 19,237 patients with …

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Patient with Severe Depression Successfully Treated with Electrical Brain Implant

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on Monday have successfully treated a woman with severe depression using an experimental brain implant that detects and resets negative brain activity. The researchers published the study in the Nature Medicine …

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WHO Calls for Moratorium on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a moratorium on Wednesday on Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to enable at least 10% of the population of every country to be vaccinated. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries for a …

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