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The Delta variant might pose the biggest threat yet to vaccinated people

Researchers sequence coronavirus samples at the microbiology laboratory of the University Hospital of Badajoz in Spain on April 15, 2021. Javier Pulpo/Europa Press/Getty Images The Delta variant appears to be more transmissible than any other coronavirus strain. Some experts worry the variant could result in more breakthrough cases in vaccinated people. Others are concerned that Delta could evolve even more dangerous mutations. See more stories on Insider's business page. Scientists h...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Scotland, India, US, Trends, Spain, Delta, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Public Health England, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, San Francisco California, University of California San Francisco


China's COVID-19 vaccines are being called into question after infections surged in countries using Chinese shots

Pedestrians wear masks as they walk on a street in the capital Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. AP Photo/Salim Ally Two Chinese shots have been welcomed by vaccine-deprived lower-income countries. But in some, cases of COVID-19 are surging even after widespread vaccination. In response, observers are questioning how well the shots work, angering China. See more stories on Insider's business page. By March, the Seychelles was one of the world's most vaccin...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Cdc, China, India, Africa, Israel, US, Trends, Bbc, Beijing, Santiago, Chile, New York Times, News UK


Covid outbreaks in Chinese ports could cause global goods shortages

Combination of rise in demand for products as some countries reopen and lockdowns in some port cities mean prices could climbAn outbreak of Covid-19 in southern China has combined with the rapid reopening of the world economy and a shortage of shipping containers to cause a surge in transport costs that could fuel inflation and cause shortages of goods across the globe.China reported 21 new coronavirus cases in the mainland on Wednesday with 15 of them in the vital industrial province of Guangdo...
Tags: Business, Science, China, India, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global Economy, Guangdong, Coronavirus, COVID


More countries restrict travel from UK over Delta variant fears

Ireland to double to 10 days its quarantine period for UK travellers who are not fully vaccinated Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final stag...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, India, UK News, World news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Ireland to double quarantine period for unvaccinated UK arrivals

Travellers not fully vaccinated face 10 days in quarantine amid concerns over spread of Delta variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final s...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, India, UK News, World news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Delta virus variant, which took over in the UK and threatens the US, doubles the risk of hospitalization, new data says. But vaccines are still effective.

A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccination in Glasgow, Scotland on May 14, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images Risk of hospitalization is 85% higher with the Delta variant, new data from the UK shows. The Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are still highly protective against the disease. But both were less protective against the Delta variant, which is 60% more infectious. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is linked to an 85% higher risk...
Tags: UK, Science, Scotland, White House, India, US, Trends, News UK, Delta, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Public Health England, Glasgow Scotland, The Lancet, COVID-19


Doctors in India are reporting COVID-19 patients with gangrene, hearing loss, and diarrhea - but there's not enough data to prove they're caused by the Delta variant

A woman is seen on oxygen support moments before she collapsed while waiting to get tested for Covid-19 infection, at MMG hospital, on April 21, 2021 in Ghaziabad, India. Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Doctors in India say COVID-19 patients have unusual symptoms that could be due to the Delta variant. They include gangrene and hearing loss. There aren't enough sequencing tests sent to labs to know if these are unique to the Delta variant. See more stories on Insider's b...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, India, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Delta, Astrazeneca, Telegraph, Pfizer, Symptoms, Delhi


Pandemic restrictions will largely vanish this week. Politics? Or science?

At the stroke of midnight on June 15, the spell will break. Masks can fall. Churches and gyms and movie theaters can fill up. We’ll finally be able to tell a smile from a scowl, and sales of lip balm — and, perhaps, breath mints — will surely rise. As California stands on the precipice of normalcy after more than a year of pandemic drama and trauma, some worry. Are we really ready? Is the state that valiantly vowed to follow the science really following the science? Juliana Ibaraki, a junior ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, California, Stanford, India, Sport, European Union, Public Health, Soccer, Metallica, States, UC Berkeley, Ny, New York State


Covid lockdown: should England open up on 21 June?

The prime minister has a host of problems to weigh up before deciding to remove all legal restrictions on social contactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe key issue is the extent to which infections of the Delta variant first detected in India will lead to hospitalisations and deaths. The problem is that it’s too early to say. Because of the lag between cases and admissions to hospital, many experts say a short delay could be a major benefit to understanding that rel...
Tags: Business, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Immunology, Imperial College London, Anne Cori, Coronavirus


Should England open up on 21 June? The factors Johnson must consider

The prime minister has a host of problems to weigh up before deciding to remove all legal restrictions on social contactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe key issue is the extent to which infections of the Delta variant first detected in India will lead to hospitalisations and deaths. The problem is that it’s too early to say. Because of the lag between cases and admissions to hospital, many experts say a short delay could be a major benefit to understanding that rel...
Tags: Business, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Immunology, Imperial College London, Anne Cori, Coronavirus


More people have died of COVID-19 in 2021 than in 2020 and it's only June

A coronavirus death in India. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Coronavirus deaths in 2021 have already overtaken the total deaths from the virus in 2020. That's according to Johns Hopkins University data analysed by The Wall Street Journal. According to the paper's analysis, the tipping point was June 10. See more stories on Insider's business page. There have been more coronavirus deaths worldwide in 2021 than in all of 2020, highlighting the continued spread of the pandemic even as so...
Tags: Science, India, Trends, News UK, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Johns Hopkins University, Juan Forero, Coronavirus, COVID, Sinead Baker, Speed desk


The world has reported more COVID-19 deaths in 2021 than in 2020, and it's only June

A coronavirus death in India. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Known coronavirus deaths in 2021 have already overtaken the number recorded in all of 2020. That's according to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Wall Street Journal. According to the paper's analysis, the tipping point was Thursday. See more stories on Insider's business page. More coronavirus deaths have been recorded worldwide so far in 2021 than in all of 2020, highlighting the ongoing nature of the pandemic ...
Tags: Science, India, Trends, News UK, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Johns Hopkins University, Juan Forero, Coronavirus, COVID, Sinead Baker, Speed desk


Delta variant causes more than 90% of new Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Delta variant is linked to 90% of Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Scientists have solved the mystery behind India's devastating flood that killed 200 people in February

The destroyed Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric plant after a devastating flood on February 7, 2021. Irfan Rashid/Department of Geoinformatics, University of Kashmir A massive slab of ice and rock broke off a glacier in the mountains of northern India in February. New research suggests the slab fell a mile down, resulting in a rare flood that killed 200 people. A warming climate is linked to more glacier-related landslides, so experts expect to see more of such floods. See more stories on In...
Tags: Asia, Science, News, Climate Change, India, Environment, Trends, Earth, Avalanche, Alaska, Switzerland, Glaciers, Hydropower, Frey, University of Zurich, University of Calgary


4 coronavirus variants can make people sicker or spread faster, including the Delta variant first found in India. Here's what variants are, and why experts are so concerned about them.

A health worker takes a swab from a man's nose through a glass shield (for safety) in New Delhi, India, on August 8, 2020. Rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 are being provided by the Indian government for free. Pradeep Gaur/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images There are four coronavirus variants, including the Delta variant, that experts around the world are particularly worried about. These variants were first identified in South Africa, the UK, Brazil, and India respectively. Othe...
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Fauci warns that the Delta coronavirus variant, first found in India, could take over in the US if people don't get their shots

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gives a thumbs up after receiving his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Fauci said Tuesday that the highly infectious Delta variant, first found in India, could take over in the US. In the UK the Delta variant is dominant. "We cannot let that happen in the United States," he said. Fau...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, White House, India, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Healthcare, Delta, National Institutes of Health, Pfizer, Vaccine, Anthony Fauci


Endangered blue whales recorded off southwest coast of India

Underwater recordings show that endangered blue whales are present and singing off the southwest coast of India. This extends the range of a known song type by 1,000 kilometers, into Indian waters. The results suggest that conservation measures should include this region.
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India's national government has inappropriately prioritised people for covid-19 vaccination

India's national government has inappropriately prioritised people for covid-19 vaccination, argue doctors and researchers in The BMJ today.
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COVID-19 news from Annals of Internal Medicine

Experts suggest limited and careful use of corticosteroids as one of several strategies to curtail the syndemic of mucormycosis, or 'black fungus,' a fungal infection characterized by blackening or discoloration over the face, breathing difficulties, and other serious symptoms, that has recently emerged in India. A commentary from Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Medical School is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Tags: Science, India, Washington University School of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Annals of Internal Medicine


Data on Delta variant splits scientists on lifting final Covid restrictions

Sage group advises against easing social distancing on 21 June, but others say it is too early to assess risksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth experts remain divided over the dangers posed by the new Delta variant of Covid-19 and the risks it poses to the nation as ministers consider whether or not to lift lockdown later this month.Some argue that the new variant, first identified in India, is a significantly increased threat to the UK and have urged that delays...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


There's more evidence that getting both doses of Pfizer's vaccine may be 'critical' to protecting against emerging variants

Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group/Daily Local News via Getty Images Pfizer's vaccine worked against five coronavirus variants in the first lab study to directly compare them. It added more evidence that both doses may be needed to protect against emerging variants. Most people who get two doses would be protected against the variant initially from India, the researchers said. See more stories on Insider's business page. A leading UK expert has said it'...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Cdc, India, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, University of Bristol, Pfizer, Public Health England, Lancet, Finn, Variant


A travel-safety guide for vaccinated people: How to keep your stress level and infection risk low this summer

A man wearing a mask boards a plane. Adene Sanchez/Getty Images As people begin to travel more, there are ways to fly safely without going overboard, experts say. Flying is relatively low-risk for vaccinated people, even in crowded airports. It's no longer critical to social distance on planes, but keep your mask on and minimize layovers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Christopher Sanford was eager to hop on a plane after getting vaccinated in January. Until that poin...
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Delta variant 30-100% more transmissible, says UK Covid expert

Prof Neil Ferguson sounds warning as remaining lockdown restrictions are due to be lifted 21 JuneCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Delta variant of coronavirus, first discovered in India, is anywhere between 30% to 100% more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha (or Kent) variant, according to Prof Neil Ferguson, whose Covid modelling was key to the UK’s first lockdown.Ferguson is a leading epidemiologist at Imperial College London who advised the governm...
Tags: UK, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Ferguson, Imperial College London, BBC Radio, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus


New study into green tea's potential to help tackle COVID-19

A Swansea University academic is part of a team investigating how green tea could give rise to a drug capable of tackling Covid-19.Dr Suresh Mohankumar carried out the research with colleagues in India during his time at JSS College of Pharmacy, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research Their findings suggest that one of the compounds in green tea could combat the coronavirus behind Covid-19.
Tags: Science, India, Swansea University, Suresh Mohankumar


Coronavirus live news: India orders 300m doses of unapproved Covid vaccine Italy opens vaccinations for all over-12s; over 2bn Covid jabs given worldwide

After a slow start, Italy has now given 35m doses to adults; Johns Hopkins figures show Israel remains most vaccinated countryCovid variants: how much protection do vaccines give us?‘Exponential’ rise in Covid cases in Kinshasa, says WHOTokyo Games will go ahead, says Olympics chief, after concern raisedBiden aims to vaccinate 70% of Americans in ‘month of action’See all our coronavirus coverage 5.23pm BST A cruise ship arrived today in Venice, Italy, for the first time in 17 months, signall...
Tags: Japan, Science, France, India, Israel, US news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Brazil, Johns Hopkins, Venice Italy, KINSHASA, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: Hong Kong to vaccinate over-12s; Bulgaria to share doses with Balkan neighbours

Hong Kong opens up vaccines to children over 12; Bulgaria says it has secured enough doses to share; Brazilian street protests erupt as Bolsonaro addresses nation‘So many revolutions to lead’: generation Z on post-Covid futureBiden aims to vaccinate 70% of Americans in ‘month of action’Australian toddler taken to hospital after positive test See all our coronavirus coverage 10.09am BST Infection rates in Germany continue to drop as the country slowly emerges from eight months of lockdown, b...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, UK, Science, Germany, Russia, India, US news, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Delta, Brazil, Bulgaria, Balkan, Lauterbach, Coronavirus


Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients have lower antibody levels targeting the Delta variant

Levels of antibodies in the blood of vaccinated people that are able to recognise and fight the new SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant first discovered in India (B.1.617.2) are on average lower than those against previously circulating variants in the UK, according to new laboratory data from the Francis Crick Institute and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) UCLH Biomedical Research Centre, published as a Research letter in The Lancet.
Tags: UK, Science, India, Research, Delta, Pfizer, Francis Crick Institute


3 lingering questions about COVID-19 vaccines will shape the pandemic's trajectory into 2022 and beyond

A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a woman at a clinic in Los Angeles on March 25, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images Coronavirus vaccines have been a stunning success story of the pandemic. But there are still a few key unanswered questions about the COVID-19 vaccines we have. Some of the biggest: How long does vaccine protection last, and how good will it be against new variants? See more stories on Insider's business page. Hot vax summer is here.More than half o...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, India, New York City, US, Toronto, Los Angeles, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Poland, World Health Organization, Fda, University of Pennsylvania, Pfizer


4 coronavirus variants can make people sicker or spread faster, including the variant first found in India. Here's what variants are, and why experts are so concerned about them.

People wearing masks in Del Mar, California. There are four coronavirus variants that experts around the world are particularly worried about. These variants were first identified in South Africa, the UK, Brazil, and India respectively. Others coronavirus variants have concerning features, but it's not yet clear they're more dangerous. See more stories on Insider's business page. Several coronavirus variants have evolved mutations that mean they spread more easily, make peopl...
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