Up to 180,000 Healthcare Workers Killed by COVID-19, WHO Estimates

COVID-19 may have killed between 80,000 to 180,000 healthcare workers from January 2020 to May 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Oct. 21. In a 26-page working paper, WHO based the grim estimate from the 3.45 million reported …

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U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Tests Positive for COVID-19

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 19, the department said. Department of Homeland Security Spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said in a statement on Twitter that Mayorkas tested positive after “taking a test …

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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. …

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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, …

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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 …

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