RESEARCHERS IN SWEDEN IDENTIFY GENE VARIANT THAT PROTECTS AGAINST COVID

Tue 18 January 2022: Stockholm: Researchers have identified a specific gene variant that protects against severe COVID-19 infection. An international team led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden pinpointed the variant by studying people of different ancestries. The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, shows that genes can influence whether we become severely affected […]

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MODERNA TO CREATE SINGLE SHOT VACCINE AGAINST BOTH COVID-19, FLU

Mon 17 January 2022: Moderna, a biotech company, is working to develop a single-shot vaccine against flu and coronavirus by autumn 2023, according to its CEO Stephane Bancel, who spoke at the World Economic Forum on Monday. Last September, Moderna revealed that it was developing a single-component vaccine shot that would protect against both flu […]

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TEENAGERS WHOSE PARENTS SMOKE ‘FOUR TIMES AS LIKELY TO TAKE UP SMOKING’

Wed 29 December 2021: The British government has launched a new campaign to encourage smokers to quit, claiming that teenagers who have smoking parents are four times more likely to do so themselves. It’s called the ‘Better Health Smoke-Free’ campaign, and it’s encouraging smokers to quit as a new year’s resolution. The campaign emphasizes the […]

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PFIZER SAYS ITS COVID PILL NEAR 90% EFFECTIVE IN CLINICAL TRIALS

Tue 14 December 2021: The final analysis of Pfizer Inc’s antiviral COVID-19 pill showed close to 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients, with recent lab data suggesting the drug retains its effectiveness against the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The remarks by the US drugmaker came on the heels of […]

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‘ACUTE PHASE’ OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WILL END IN 2022, BILL GATES SAYS

Thu 09 December 2021: The “acute phase” of the Covid-19 pandemic will end in 2022, billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates has predicted on his blog, also deeming the rise of the Omicron variant “concerning.” The billionaire suggested in a post to his GatesNotes blog that, “It might be foolish to make another prediction, but I […]

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EU REGULATOR APPROVED ARTHRITIS DRUG FOR SEVERE COVID CASES

Tue 07 December 2021: In a statement released on Monday, the European Medicines Agency recommended the use of an anti-inflammatory arthritis drug for severe COVID-19 patients because it lowers the risk of death. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) human medicines committee “has recommended extending the indication of RoActemra to include the treatment of adults with […]

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NO EVIDENCE YET THAT VACCINES WON’T PROTECT AGAINST SEVERE DISEASE FROM OMICRON: OXFORD UNIVERSITY

Wed 01 December 2021: The University of Oxford on Tuesday said there was no evidence that vaccines would not prevent severe disease from Omicron, but that it was ready to rapidly develop an updated version of its vaccine developed with AstraZeneca if necessary. Earlier on Tuesday, the head of drugmaker Moderna said that COVID-19 shots […]

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