Clover says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate 67% effective in large trial

Clover says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate 67% effective in large trial

BEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – A potential COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Clover Biopharmaceuticals was 67% effective against COVID-19 and 79% against the highly infectious Delta variant in a large, late-stage trial, the company said on Wednesday.The company has a deal to supply up to 414 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine through the global vaccine … Read more

U.S. parents weigh risks, benefits as COVID-19 vaccine for kids nears approval

U.S. parents weigh risks, benefits as COVID-19 vaccine for kids nears approval

A child wears a face mask on the first day of New York City schools, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidSept 22 (Reuters) – In an ideal world, Leah Smithers said she could afford to wait for longer-term testing of the COVID-19 vaccines before getting … Read more

Fashion label Valentino makes $690 hoodie to support COVID-19 vaccine

Fashion label Valentino makes $690 hoodie to support COVID-19 vaccine

MILAN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Luxury label Valentino is producing a limited-edition, $690-apiece “(V) Vaccinated” hoodie using its V signature logo in support of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, with proceeds donated to UNICEF.The black sweaters, with the “vaccinated” writing in red on the chest, were first created by a small Los Angeles company called … Read more

High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries

High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries

Because of her condition, she chokes easily and has a hard time breathing. “I just cry all the time because of my situation,” she said.Compounding the physical discomfort is her frustration that so many people in her state won’t get vaccinated against Covid, and they are getting sick and taking up hospital beds.Only 66 percent … Read more

Truck driver who spent 48 hours in WA returns positive COVID-19 test but no lockdown planned

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A truck driver who spent 48 hours in WA has tested positive for COVID-19, the WA Health Minister has announced.Key points:The driver wore a face mask while out of the truckThe Health Minister described the risk as “low”No lockdown or restrictions will be imposed at this stageBut neither a lockdown nor any other restrictions are being … Read more

COVID-19 sends northern Chinese city into semi-shutdown

COVID-19 sends northern Chinese city into semi-shutdown

A man walks near a coal-fired power plant in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jason LeeBEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – China’s northeastern city of Harbin, population 10 million, went into semi-shutdown after reporting new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases for the first time since early February.Three of 16 new local cases reported in China … Read more

Panama to give immunocompromised people third COVID-19 vaccine shot

Panama to give immunocompromised people third COVID-19 vaccine shot

A Panamanian health worker receives the second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Santo Tomas Hospital, in Panama City, Panama February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Erick MarciscanoPANAMA CITY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Panama will offer a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to moderate and severely immunocompromised people starting this week, Health Minister Luis Sucre said on … Read more

The war against Covid is over – if we want it to be | Eben Kirksey and Lyle Fearnley

The rhetoric of warfare dominated the airways early in the pandemic.When Xi Jinping initially toured Wuhan, he declared that China would win a “people’s war” against the coronavirus. Donald Trump used the Defence Production Act to produce masks, and also ensure a steady supply of American beef, pork and chicken. Boris Johnson declared himself head … Read more

Locked-down Melbourne beefs up security as COVID-19 protesters gather

Locked-down Melbourne beefs up security as COVID-19 protesters gather

A lone woman, wearing a protective face mask, walks across an unusually quiet city centre bridge on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra SandersSYDNEY, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria State on … Read more

‘Calculated risk’: Ardern gambles as New Zealand Covid restrictions eased | New Zealand

New Zealand is loosening its Covid restrictions, even as a handful of cases continue to circulate in the community, a move experts say represents a roll of the dice for a country that has steadfastly pursued an elimination strategy.“It is a gamble,” says epidemiologist and public health professor Michael Baker. “The one phrase that I … Read more

Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are leaving behind zero-Covid but they aren’t ready to open up, experts warn

Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are leaving behind zero-Covid but they aren't ready to open up, experts warn

Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the US-based Council on Foreign Relations think tank, said if vaccination rates aren’t high enough with high-efficacy vaccines before restrictions are lifted, health care systems in Southeast Asia could quickly become overwhelmed.”You’re going to see this spike of severe cases then it’s going to overwhelm the ICU … Read more

Alberta asks Ottawa for immediate help to airlift COVID patients out of the province

Alberta asks Ottawa for immediate help to airlift COVID patients out of the province

Alberta’s UCP government is asking Ottawa for immediate help to lessen pressure on the province’s health-care system, which is overburdened with COVID-19 patients. Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver formally requested aid and an immediate meeting with federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair in a Tuesday letter.  He asked for the federal government to provide aero-medical … Read more

US coronavirus: The FDA could authorize Covid-19 vaccines for young children in weeks, expert says

US coronavirus: The FDA could authorize Covid-19 vaccines for young children in weeks, expert says

In the least vaccinated states, roughly eight people out of every 100,000 residents died of Covid-19 over the past week, compared with only about two out of every 100,000 people in the 10 most vaccinated states.CNN used data from Johns Hopkins University and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the analysis. Less … Read more

Lee Health reports 287 COVID-19 patients isolated Tuesday, 8 deaths Monday

Lee Health reports 287 COVID-19 patients isolated Tuesday, 8 deaths Monday

FORT MYERS New COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida are slowing down, but the number of more serious cases is still high. Lee Health CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci said he believes we’ll see death and ICU admissions decline eventually, but we’re not there yet and it could take weeks. Antonucci  reiterated “these are … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 65 new cases, and hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 65 new cases, and hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise

New Brunswick has another 65 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, putting the province’s active case count at 509, the dashboard shows. The number of people in hospital and in intensive care have both risen by one to 24 and 15 respectively. No one under the age of 19 is currently hospitalized, according to a news release … Read more

Turkey registers 29,338 new COVID cases, highest since April 30 -data

Turkey registers 29,338 new COVID cases, highest since April 30 -data

People wearing protective masks walk along a street amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Diyarbakir, Turkey July 27, 2021. Picture taken July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Sertac KayarISTANBUL, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Turkey logged 29,338 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest number of daily infections since April 30, health ministry data showed.Turkey also recorded 260 … Read more

Germans shocked by killing of cashier after COVID mask row

Germans shocked by killing of cashier after COVID mask row

BERLIN, Sept 21 (Reuters) – German politicians expressed shock on Tuesday over the killing of a 20-year old petrol station worker after an argument about a face mask and said that coronavirus deniers who are willing to use violence will not be tolerated.The killing on Saturday evening in the western town of Idar-Oberstein has hit … Read more

Argentina eases COVID-19 controls with ‘last stage’ of pandemic in view

Argentina eases COVID-19 controls with 'last stage' of pandemic in view

An employee checks the temperature of a woman at the entrance to a school, amid a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases , in Buenos Aires, Argentina April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin MarcarianBUENOS AIRES, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Argentina on Tuesday unveiled plans to ease coronavirus pandemic restrictions, including loosening strict border controls, allowing more commercial … Read more

U.S. retail industry seeks 90-day lead time on COVID-19 rules

U.S. retail industry seeks 90-day lead time on COVID-19 rules

A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Two major U.S. retail industry groups on Tuesday asked the Biden administration for at least 90 days before imposing new rules that will require … Read more

Bolsonaro’s Rejection of Covid Vaccine Creates Awkwardness in N.Y.

Bolsonaro's Rejection of Covid Vaccine Creates Awkwardness in N.Y.

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil kicked off the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday by defending the use of ineffective drugs to treat the coronavirus and by pushing back on criticism of his government’s environmental record. Brazil’s far-right president said doctors should have had more leeway in administering untested medications for Covid-19, adding that he … Read more

A Covid-19 vaccine for younger children could be available by Halloween — here are 4 steps that have to happen first

A Covid-19 vaccine for younger children could be available by Halloween -- here are 4 steps that have to happen first

Many parents now are waiting for the time when their young children can sign up to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told MSNBC on Monday there’s a “reasonably good chance” the shot will be available by the end of October.”I think there’s a … Read more

EU states breached air pollution limits in 2020 despite COVID

EU states breached air pollution limits in 2020 despite COVID

The Eiffel Tower is surrounded by a small-particle haze which hangs above the skyline in Paris, France, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesBRUSSELS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Most European Union countries broke at least one air pollution limit last year, even as COVID-19 lockdowns improved air quality in many regions, according to provisional European Environment Agency … Read more

Melbourne police fire pepper balls, pellets to break up COVID-19 protest

Melbourne police fire pepper balls, pellets to break up COVID-19 protest

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Police in Melbourne fired pepper balls and rubber pellets on Tuesday to disperse about 2,000 protesters who defied stay-at- home orders to damage property, block a busy freeway and injure three officers, leading to more than 60 arrests.It was the second day of demonstrations in the locked-down Australian city after … Read more

Canada’s Trudeau ekes out narrow win in COVID-dominated election

Canada's Trudeau ekes out narrow win in COVID-dominated election

Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire and their children Ella-Grace and Xavier, waves to supporters during the Liberal election night party in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos OsorioCALGARY, Alberta, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau narrowly won re-election on Monday but failed to secure … Read more

Future pandemic modelling in Australia to factor in increased severity of Covid Delta variant | Coronavirus

Future pandemic modelling conducted in Australia will take into account the Delta variant of Covid being more severe and deadly, epidemiologists say.In a briefing on the Doherty Institute modelling that informs the national reopening plan, researchers said on Monday that evidence pointing to Delta’s increased severity has emerged since the initial modelling was conducted. Prof … Read more

COVID-19 ‘weak positive’ result in SA traveller to NSW sends five close contacts into quarantine

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier addresses the media.

SA Health is investigating a potential coronavirus case after a young man who recently travelled from South Australia to New South Wales returned a “very weakly positive” result.Key points:The man left South Australia for New South Wales on ThursdaySA Health was informed he had returned a “weak positive” resultFive people have been sent into quarantine as investigations … Read more

How Long Does COVID Immunity Last Anyway? : Short Wave : NPR

How Long Does COVID Immunity Last Anyway? : Short Wave : NPR

Illustration of antibodies (y-shaped) responding to an infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRA/Getty Images/Science Photo Libra hide caption toggle caption KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRA/Getty Images/Science Photo Libra Illustration of antibodies (y-shaped) responding to an infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRA/Getty Images/Science Photo Libra With booster shots on … Read more

SA to return to some dancing, stand-up drinking as COVID-19 testing requirements for Queensland travellers dropped

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South Australians will be able to stand up and drink in beer gardens and other outdoor venues from Thursday, with the state’s authorities also set to ease COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers from south-east Queensland.Key points:Dancing will be allowed for up to 50 people at private functionsPeople will be able to stand up and drink … Read more

Coronavirus latest: Victoria embroiled in protests as Covid-19 cases rise

Coronavirus latest: Victoria embroiled in protests as Covid-19 cases rise

Victoria reported 603 new local cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, as the Australian state’s capital saw aggressive anti-lockdown protests.State authorities imposed a two-week shutdown on construction in Melbourne and other cities from Monday evening after peaceful protests against the industry’s vaccine mandate turned violent.The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, whose headquarters was damaged … Read more

NSW records 1,022 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths as ‘friends bubble’ for under 18s announced

NSW records 1,022 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths as 'friends bubble' for under 18s announced

Play dates are back on in NSW with children under 18 allowed to form a “friends bubble” after the state recorded 1,022 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths.A snap seven-day lockdown has also been announced for the Tweed, Byron Bay and Kempsey local government areas (LGAs) beginning from 5:00pm this afternoon.The announcement comes after an … Read more

Queensland records zero local COVID-19 cases as authorities monitor response to northern NSW case

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at Logan COVID-19 vaccination centre

Queensland has recorded zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one was detected in hotel quarantine.Key points:Authorities are monitoring the state’s border bubble with NSW after a positive case in the Byron Bay areaShe says she will wait to hear an update from NSW before making any changes to the border statusThe Premier described reports of Queensland … Read more

Rural schools close as Alberta’s COVID 19 vaccine passport system launches

Rural schools close as Alberta’s COVID 19 vaccine passport system launches

Two schools in rural Alberta closed their classrooms Monday over the number of students not attending because of COVID-19 infections as Edmonton police introduced tough new vaccine requirements on the first day of the province’s new proof-of-vaccination program. The Big Valley and Donalda schools, both in central Alberta’s Clearview Public School Division, announced that … Read more

Mark Butler says teenagers with COVID-19 are ending up in hospital at a rate of one in 30. Is that correct?

Mark Butler says teenagers with COVID-19 are ending up in hospital at a rate of one in 30. Is that correct?

The claimAfter 18 months of intermittent lockdowns and ongoing restrictions, the National Cabinet has agreed on a plan to open up Australia once vaccination targets are achieved.The targets relate to the percentage of the population aged 16 years and older, despite the Therapeutic Goods Administration approving the Pfizer and Moderna jabs for all those aged 12 and above.Opposition spokesman … Read more

NEW: Weekend COVID-19 cases top 2,200, breakthrough deaths up 25 to 137

NEW: Weekend COVID-19 cases top 2,200, breakthrough deaths up 25 to 137

Below is the full COVID-19 report for the weekend of Sept. 17-19 LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports a three-day total of 2,213 new COVID-19 cases — 1,287 from Clark County — along with 35 deaths in data released today. While the totals on Monday are usually much higher than daily counts because they include statistics … Read more

Australian Olympic swimmer Madi Wilson hospitalized with Covid in Italy

Australian Olympic swimmer Madi Wilson hospitalized with Covid in Italy

Australian Olympic swimmer Madi Wilson announced that she tested positive for Covid-19 and is hospitalized in Italy as a precautionary measure because of “underlying chest and lung issues.”Wilson, 27, made the announcement in an Instagram post on Sunday.The swimmer, who competes with the Los Angeles Current team in the International Swimming League (ISL), wrote that … Read more

COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What’s happening the week of Sept. 20

COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening the week of Sept. 20

P.E.I. issued a public exposure notification for a ceilidh which took place last Tuesday. Under current restrictions, a cohort of up to a maximum of 100 people would have been permitted to attend. West Royalty Elementary and École La-Belle-Cloche students return to class Monday as the province continues to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak at West Royalty. … Read more

COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst.Instead, scientists hope the virus that causes COVID-19 becomes a mild seasonal bug as human immunity strengthens through vaccination and … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Province provides update this afternoon

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Province provides update this afternoon

The province will provide an update on COVID-19 this afternoon as case counts continue to rise. Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, and Premier Blaine Higgs will participate in the 2:30 p.m. news conference. The event will be livestreamed here on CBC New Brunswick’s website. It will be the first update since … Read more

US coronavirus: Covid-19 cases forcing hospitals to ration care is unfair and unacceptable, expert says

US coronavirus: Covid-19 cases forcing hospitals to ration care is unfair and unacceptable, expert says

“We are at the point where not every patient in need will get the care we might wish we could give,” said Dr. Shelly Harkins, chief medical officer of St. Peter’s Health in Helena, Montana.It’s one of the latest hospitals to resort to crisis standards of care, meaning emergency medicine personnel must ration care.In those … Read more

Biden Pushes Global Plan to Battle Covid-19 as National Gaps Widen

Biden Pushes Global Plan to Battle Covid-19 as National Gaps Widen

WASHINGTON — Already grappling with divisions in his own country over vaccine mandates and questions about the ethics and efficacy of booster shots, President Biden is facing another front of discord: a split among world leaders over how to eradicate the coronavirus globally, as the highly infectious Delta variant leaves a trail of death in … Read more

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Infected prisoner made four stops before arriving at bail address

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Infected prisoner made four stops before arriving at bail address

Auckland moves to level 3 for two weeks, rest of NZ in level 2 – with changes. Video / NZ HeraldThe prisoner who recently tested positive for Covid-19 made four stops including at two private addresses, before arriving at his bail address at Whakatīwai.His bail conditions required him to be collected by a family member … Read more

Indonesia logs fewest daily COVID-19 cases in over a year

Indonesia logs fewest daily COVID-19 cases in over a year

Visitors wearing protective masks walk at a shopping mall after the ease of restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 16, 2021. REUTERS/Willy KurniawanJAKARTA, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Indonesia on Monday reported 1,932 new daily coronavirus infections, the lowest since August 2020, data from country’s COVID-19 task force showed, and the … Read more

Biden to Push Global Plan to Battle Covid as National Gaps Widen

Biden to Push Global Plan to Battle Covid as National Gaps Widen

WASHINGTON — Already grappling with divisions in his own country over vaccine mandates and questions about the ethics and efficacy of booster shots, President Biden is facing another front of discord: a split among world leaders over how to eradicate the coronavirus globally, as the highly infectious Delta variant leaves a trail of death in … Read more

Trump may be gone, but Covid has not seen off populism | Politics books

When the pandemic struck, newspaper opinion pages were full of pieces predicting the end of authoritarian populism. Surely Donald Trump, Narendra Modi and Jair Bolsonaro couldn’t survive their mishandling of Covid-19? Finally, people were waking up to the reality of what these leaders represented.Trump may not have lasted, but the expectation that the pandemic might … Read more

A win for COVID-impacted PIs, especially women

A win for COVID-impacted PIs, especially women

The National Institutes of Health on Friday revised its early-stage investigator, or ESI, policy to allow those working on previously granted extensions to request more time as ESIs, due to COVID-19 or other “life events.” Prior to the policy adjustment, many women said they’d been denied pandemic-related extension requests because they’d already been granted extensions … Read more

Seth Rogen Asks Why Emmy Awards Didn’t Take More Covid-19 Precautions

Seth Rogen Asks Why Emmy Awards Didn’t Take More Covid-19 Precautions

When Seth Rogen stepped onstage to present an Emmy Award, he said, “Let me start by saying there is … [+] way too many of us in this little room. What are we doing?” (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images) Getty Images Seth Rogen did wear an orange suit to the 2021 Emmy Awards. But the … Read more

Vaccine gap stokes super spreader fears ahead of UN’s first post-Covid meeting

Vaccine gap stokes super spreader fears ahead of UN's first post-Covid meeting

Scores of presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers are set to ignore an American suggestion to stay home and address the UN General Assembly virtually and will converge on New York City in person this week.The possibility that the visiting delegations might themselves pose a health threat will be an important reminder that while nations … Read more

First death of Illawarra resident from COVID in Wollongong Hospital

COVID Wollongong

NSW Health has recorded the first COVID-related death of an Illawarra resident at Wollongong Hospital.Four people died in New South Wales in the latest reporting period including the woman in her 80’s from Wollongong.Key points:The first Illawarra resident has died from COVID at Wollongong HospitalNSW Health says the 80 year old woman from Wollongong had one … Read more

Cambodia bat researchers on mission to track origin of COVID-19

Cambodia bat researchers on mission to track origin of COVID-19

STUNG TRENG, Cambodia, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Researchers are collecting samples from bats in northern Cambodia in a bid to understand the coronavirus pandemic, returning to a region where a very similar virus was found in the animals a decade ago.Two samples from horseshoe bats were collected in 2010 in Stung Treng province near Laos … Read more