Tag: coronavirus

Covid, Mental Health And High Costs—Here’s What Americans Say Are Their Biggest Health Problems

Topline Americans are far more concerned about the costs of healthcare, drug abuse and uneven access to treatment than other countries, though they are less worried about waiting times and staff shortages, according to a new survey by Ipsos, as health systems around the world are stretched to their limits with the Covid-19 pandemic and […]

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Gates Foundation Backs Merck’s Antiviral Covid Pill With $120 Million Pledge To Boost Access Across Poorer Nations

Topline The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Wednesday it will direct up to $120 million to boost access to Merck’s Covid-19 drug in low-income countries, a first-of-its kind treatment that could be easily distributed in countries with low vaccine supplies and that trials suggest could slash the risk of hospitalization or death in high-risk […]

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New York City Mandates Covid-19 Vaccine For All City Workers, Removing Testing Option

Topline New York City will require all city workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday, expanding the city’s existing mandate and eliminating the option for employees to undergo regular testing instead of immunization.  New York City employees must be vaccinated, according to a recent mandate by the Mayor. Getty Images […]

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Investigation Into Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Recommends Mass Homicide Charges Over Covid Policy

Topline A Brazilian Senate investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro concluded the president’s lax Covid policies led to the deaths of more than 300,000 people, according to The New York Times, with the report recommending the president be imprisoned and charged with mass homicide as a result. Jair Bolsonaro, then a presidential candidate, walks in front […]

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WHO-Led Program Will Reportedly Buy And Distribute Antiviral Covid Pills Across Poorer Nations

Topline A World Health Organisation-led program plans to purchase and distribute antiviral pills such as molnupiravir, Merck’s experimental Covid-19 therapeutic drug, among poorer nations along with vaccines and tests, Reuters reported, as the global body attempts to overcome inequitable access to treatments that it has previously blamed for a “two-track pandemic.” The WHO’s program intends […]

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Covid Vaccines Could Protect Against Other Coronaviruses, Study Finds

Topline Covid-19 vaccines offer some protection against different types of coronaviruses than the one behind the current pandemic, a new study suggests — boosting hopes that a single vaccine could eventually guard against multiple viruses and stave off future pandemics. Clinical pharmacist Ellie Morton prepares to administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a … [+] […]

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Stellantis and GM Announce Vaccine Mandates For Canadian Workers

GM Canada and Stellantis Canada today separately announced that they would be enforcing vaccine mandates at their sites in the country. Unifor, the union representing the companies workers, said it supported the mandate. Both GM and Stellantis Canada said that they had advocated for employees to get vaccinated as soon as they became available and cited […]

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Defending Kyrie Irving, Marjorie Taylor Greene Blasts ‘Fascist’ NBA And Erroneously Compares Covid-19 To HIV

Topline Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) drew ire online Thursday after she attempted to support Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving’s refusal to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by attacking the National Basketball Association and inaccurately comparing the coronavirus with HIV. US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene wearing a “Stop the Steal” mask while speaking with fellow … [+] […]

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The Republican War on Vaccine Mandates Will Not End Well for Them

Democrats have struggled to regain control of the narrative, in part because they have spent most of the summer griping over a bill that has little to do with the pandemic, at least not directly. The Build Back Better Act and its accompanying infrastructure bill were designed for a post-Covid world that hasn’t yet materialized; […]

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J&J Covid-19 Vaccine Recipients May Benefit More From Pfizer Or Moderna Boosters, Study Finds

Topline People who received Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine may benefit more from a Moderna or Pfizer booster shot, preliminary data from a U.S. study showed on Wednesday, a finding that comes as the Food and Drug Administration raised concerns about the trial data of J&J’s booster shots. A study has shown that recipients of […]

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The Stubborn Persistence of Food Insecurity for American Families

Congressional Democrats are attempting to craft a massive bill that will include a number of priorities that indirectly touch upon food insecurity, including an extension of the child tax credit, the provision of free school meals and universal pre-kindergarten, and an expansion of health coverage. But the bill, which Democrats hope to pass through the […]

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U.S. Will Reopen Land Borders In November For Fully Vaccinated Visitors

Topline The U.S. will lift all travel restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated visitors in November, ending a 19-month curb on non-essential travel that had been put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The United States’ land borders with Canada and Mexico have remained shut since March 2020, […]

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Merck Reportedly Plans To Double Production Of New Covid-Fighting Pill As Wealthy Countries Corner Scarce Supplies

Topline Merck aims to double production of its antiviral pill to treat Covid-19 in 2022, the Financial Times reported Tuesday, as countries around the world scramble to secure scarce supplies before it’s even been approved for use by regulators.  Merck is reportedly planning to double its capacity to produce its covid-19 antiviral. Getty Images Key […]

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AstraZeneca’s Injectable Antibody Cocktail Halves Risk Of Death Or Developing Severe Covid, Trial Finds

Topline AstraZeneca’s injectable antibody therapy is effective at preventing severe illness or death in people with mild or moderate Covid-19 infections, the British pharmaceutical company announced Monday, buoying confidence as scientists race to develop tools to treat coronavirus patients outside of hospital settings.  AstraZeneca announced results for its antibody therapy for Covid-19 AFP via Getty […]

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Here’s Why Some Places Are Rationing Liquor Sales—Indefinitely

Topline Supply chain issues that have affected everything from the price of bacon to lumber inventories during the coronavirus pandemic may now be hitting your local liquor store, as reports of booze shortages pop up throughout the country–here’s why. Essentially every step of the supply chain is contributing to a shortage of alcohol. getty Key […]

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Covid Vaccinations Pick Up In U.S. As White House Reports Highest Weekly Total Since July 4

Topline More than 7 million doses of coronavirus vaccines were administered over the past seven days in the U.S., the White House Covid data director said Saturday, with the surge coming as many companies plan vaccine requirements for their workers. Charles Muro, age 13, celebrates being inoculated by nurse Karen Pagliaro at a mass vaccination […]

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UN Appeals For $8 Billion To Fund Fair Distribution Of Covid-19 Vaccines

Topline United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for $8 billion in funds from member nations to help ensure a more equitable rollout of vaccines across the world, an appeal that came on the day that the World Health Organisation (WHO) unveiled a new global vaccination strategy to end what it has labeled “a […]

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Florida School Board Punishes Schools With Mask Mandates — And Tries To Neutralize White House Effort To Help Them Out

Topline The Florida State Board of Education voted Thursday to withhold funds from eight school districts that have imposed mask mandates in violation of a state-level ban on them—and moved to thwart the U.S. Department of Education’s plan to assist those districts through federal grants that would make up for the lost money. Students wearing […]

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Police Say Suspect In Maryland Murders Planned To Confront His Pharmacist Brother Over Covid Vaccine “Conspiracy”

Topline A man accused of killing his brother and two others wanted to confront his brother, who was a pharmacist, over administering coronavirus vaccinations, according to police documents that suggest the suspect believed his brother was in on a government conspiracy. Grace Thomson receives the coronavirus vaccine from Paula McMahon at the Louisa Jordan Hospital […]

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Distracted by COVID, Another Infectious Disease Brews in the Philippines

Dr. Ma. Cecilia Aquino, a TB specialist and chief of the Karuhatan Health Center, screens a patient’s X-ray film for signs of tuberculosis. Photo: Anthony Esguerra MANILA, Philippines – One morning in September, housewife Fely Loren Barracas started coughing. She thought it was just an ordinary cold, but a week’s course of antibiotics failed to […]

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AstraZeneca Seeks Emergency Use Authorization In U.S. For Covid Prophylaxis Drug

Topline AstraZeneca on Tuesday said it has requested an emergency use authorization (EUA) grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Covid-19 prophylaxis drug, a move that comes over a month after the antibody cocktail was shown to be effective in preventing symptoms among high-risk individuals who received the drug prior to […]

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U.S. Covid Death Toll Passes 700,000 As Delta Surges In Some States

Topline The U.S. surpassed 700,000 Covid-19 deaths Friday after enduring one of its deadliest months of the pandemic, with cases, hospitalizations and deaths continuing to rise in some states and bucking a national decline in all three metrics. The U.S. has recorded more deaths from Covid-19 than any other country. AFP via Getty Images Key […]

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When Will We Have A Pill To Treat Covid? Here Are Three Antiviral Drugs Being Tested

Topline Merck announced Friday that it would seek emergency use authorization from U.S. regulators for its experimental pill to treat Covid-19, leaping ahead of its competition as scientists race to develop new tools to thwart the pandemic and ease the burden on overwhelmed hospitals. Several companies are testing antivirals to treat or prevent Covid. getty […]

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QR codes could be the next target for cybercriminals — here’s how to protect yourself

Anna Chung is the Principal cybersecurity researcher at Palo Alto Networks. Join her at TNW 2021 for a fascinating talk on ‘Cybercriminal minds.’ QR codes are being used as a key tool for reducing touchpoints and contact tracing throughout the pandemic, enabling convenient and contactless data sharing. They are not inherently unsafe, but they could […]

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Here Are The States Where School Mask Mandate Bans Have Been Struck Down In Court—At Least For Now

Topline A federal judge in South Carolina struck down the state’s ban on mask mandates Tuesday for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, the latest in a string of court rulings nationwide that have blocked state attempts to prevent school districts from requiring mask-wearing, at least temporarily. Students wearing face masks arrive on the first […]

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