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Without Covid-19 jab, ‘reinfection may occur every 16 months’

Reports grow of repeat infection as experts warn prevalence among school pupils puts older people at riskCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Covid-19 infections surge in England, people are increasingly reporting catching Sars-CoV-2 for a second or even third time. New analysis has suggested that unvaccinated individuals should expect to be reinfected with Covid-19 every 16 months, on average. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Coronavirus, COVID


Fears grow in England over rise of new Covid Delta variant

UK Health Security Agency monitoring AY.4.2 as daily cases at highest level since late JulyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA newly detected coronavirus variant is on the rise in England, with the virus believed to be an offshoot of the Delta variant.According to a briefing from the UK Health Security Agency, released on Friday, “a Delta sublineage newly designated as AY.4.2 is noted to be expanding in England”, with the body adding that the variant is being monitored...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, UK Health Security Agency, Covid Delta


Offshoot of Covid Delta variant on the rise in England

UK Health Security Agency monitoring AY.4.2 as daily cases at highest level since late JulyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA newly detected coronavirus variant is on the rise in England, with the virus believed to be an offshoot of Delta.According to a briefing from the UK Health Security Agency, released on Friday, “a Delta sublineage newly designated as AY.4.2 is noted to be expanding in England”, with the body adding that the variant is being monitored and assesse...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, UK Health Security Agency, Covid Delta


Factory farms of disease: how industrial chicken production is breeding the next pandemic

At least eight types of bird flu, all of which can kill humans, are circulating around the world’s factory farms – and they could be worse than Covid-19One day last December, 101,000 chickens at a gigantic farm near the city of Astrakhan in southern Russia started to collapse and die. Tests by the state research centre showed that a relatively new strain of lethal avian flu known as H5N8 was circulating, and within days 900,000 birds at the Vladimirskaya plant were hurriedly slaughtered to prev...
Tags: Health, Food, Business, Science, Biology, China, Russia, Environment, Society, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Farming


The US has a silent pig pandemic on its doorstep once again

As America readies to protect its pork industry, the Dominican Republic has been accused of using an outbreak of African Swine Fever to wipe out smaller producersA pandemic is silently sweeping across the globe – and it is not Covid-19. Since African Swine Fever (ASF) was confirmed in the Americas more than two months ago, the deadly pig disease is now on six continents and on the doorstep of the US.Samples taken in the Dominican Republic tested positive for ASF in July and in neighbouring Haiti...
Tags: Food, Science, Environment, Americas, US, America, World news, Infectious Diseases, Farming, Haiti, Dominican Republic, ASF, African Swine Fever


Victoria and NSW schools are reopening amid Covid outbreaks – what can be learned from overseas?

Experts say there are important lessons for Australia in order to reduce the rate of transmission and hospitalisation As Victoria and New South Wales prepare to reopen schools for face-to-face learning, experts who have studied the experiences of other countries are warning that not all lessons have been learned, particularly on mask-wearing and ventilation.NSW, which has about 5,500 active cases of the virus, and where 75% of the eligible population over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated, is p...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, New South Wales, Victoria, Australian education, Coronavirus


Victoria and NSW schools are reopening amid Covid outbreaks – what can be learnt from overseas?

Experts say there are important lessons for Australia in order to reduce the rate of transmission and hospitalisation As Victoria and New South Wales prepare to reopen schools for face-to-face learning, experts who have studied the experiences of other countries are warning that not all lessons have been learned, particularly on mask-wearing and ventilation.NSW, which has about 5,500 active cases of the virus, and where 75% of the eligible population over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated, is p...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, New South Wales, Victoria, Australian education, Coronavirus


Why Britons are tolerating sky-high Covid rates – and why this may not last

Analysis: as Covid cases reach 40,000 a day, scientists think normalisation is partly to blame for the lack of public reactionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt’s one of the conundrums of the current phase of the Covid pandemic; the UK has among the highest number of infections across the world and a death toll that continues to steadily climb, yet the national mood seems sanguine. So is this down to British stoicism, a Keep Calm and Carry on mentality?Not according t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


How my ivermectin research led to Twitter death threats | Dr Andrew Hill

I was sent images of coffins and hanged Nazi war criminals after finding medical fraud in clinical trialsThe story of online threats and abuse is very dark. In early 2021, my research team was analysing a new drug called ivermectin. In the first clinical trials, this drug seemed to prevent new infections and improve survival. When I first wrote about this, I started getting regular threats on Twitter, demanding that ivermectin should be approved worldwide and questioning the safety of vaccines.I...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Gates Foundation, Andrew Hill, Coronavirus


Scientists abused and threatened for discussing Covid, global survey finds

Poll of 321 scientists found 15% received death threats after speaking publicly on the pandemicHow my ivermectin research led to Twitter death threatsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists around the world have received threats of death and sexual assault after speaking to the media about Covid-19, a survey has revealed.Of 321 scientists asked by Nature magazine, 15% said they had received death threats and 22% had been threatened with physical or sexual violence ...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Science, World news, Nature, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


‘The real problem is the repetition of mistakes’: Scientists react to Covid inquiry

Senior scientists say failure to prevent second wave was inexcusable given what was known about the virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failure to prevent tens of thousands of deaths during Britain’s brutal second wave of Covid infections was a more serious error than the timing of the first lockdown, senior scientists have told the Guardian, after a damning report by MPs on the handling of the pandemic.The scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) warned ...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


Australian scientists fear job insecurity as morale plummets amid Covid, survey finds

Professional Scientists Australia chief points to problem of short-term contracts, as one in five say they intend to leave the professionFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesNSW Covid vaccination rate by postcode – check your suburbNSW restrictionsVaccine rollout and rates tracker; Cases and data tracker5km and 10km from home map: check your travel radiusGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe coronavirus pandemic has had a stark impact on scientists, with widespread...
Tags: Health, Science, Education, Australia, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Higher Education, Guardian Australia, Coronavirus, COVID, Science Technology Australia


Covid by numbers: 10 key lessons separating fact from fiction

To make sense of coronavirus data, the Observer asked David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters of the Royal Statistical Society Covid taskforce to write a column. That column has now inspired a book. Here are some of its insightsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGenomic sequencing has identified more than 1,000 different seeds of Sars-CoV-2 introduced in early 2020. Instead of one central outbreak, reverberating outwards like an explosion, we now know there were many eru...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Spain, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Liverpool, Microbiology, Atletico Madrid, Anfield, Madrid, Focus, David Spiegelhalter, France Italy, Anthony Masters


Anti-vaccine chiropractors capitalizing on Covid and sowing misinformation

A vocal minority tout their supplements as alternatives, donate large sums of money to anti-vaccine organizations and sell anti-vaccine ads on Facebook and Instagram, the AP discoveredThe flashy postcard, covered with images of syringes, beckoned people to attend Vax-Con ’21 to learn “the uncensored truth” about Covid-19 vaccines.Participants traveled from around the country to a Wisconsin Dells resort for a sold-out convention that was, in fact, a sea of misinformation and conspiracy theories a...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, US news, Infectious Diseases, US healthcare, Vaccines and immunisation, Wisconsin Dells, Coronavirus


NSW Covid vaccination verification app update still weeks away despite Monday reopening

Service NSW says pilot still has weeks to run in order to test connectivity and security between the app and the Australian Immunisation RegisterFollow the Australia Covid liveblogLess than 0.1% of NSW health staff have quit due to Covid vaccination mandatesNSW and Vic restrictions; Vic hotspotsVaccine rollout and rates tracker; Cases and data trackerGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingA government app update designed to verify the vaccination status of New South Wales residents...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, New South Wales, New South Wales politics, NSW, Vic, Victor Dominello, Coronavirus


Sharri Markson’s book on Covid’s Wuhan lab leak theory raises more questions than it answers

Details are deficient, scientific analysis contentious and expert voices missing in Markson’s thesis about ‘what really happened’ in China, which establishes a crime scene around the Wuhan Institute of Virology With 4.55 million deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic so far, the hunt for its origins has turned into something akin to an inquest on a mass scale. Are we dealing essentially with a terrible accident, negligence or even something more sinister?The Australian journalist Sharri Markson’s con...
Tags: Science, China, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, News Corporation, Wuhan, Sharri Markson, Markson, Sky News Australia, Trump Administration, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Australian foreign policy, Coronavirus, Wuhan Institute of Virology With


Could the global Covid death toll be millions higher than thought?

A data journalist and economics student have joined forces to measure the real pandemic death toll – and the results are startlingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage For the past 18 months, hunkered down in his Tel-Aviv apartment, Ariel Karlinsky has scoured the web for data that could help him calculate the true death toll of Covid-19. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Tel Aviv, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, Ariel Karlinsky


Covid vaccine booster shots: why are third jabs needed and who in Australia is eligible?

Australia will offer vaccine booster doses to severely immunocompromised people after a recommendation from the regulatorSeverely immunocompromised Australians will be able to get Covid-19 vaccine boosters from Monday, after Australia’s vaccine regulatory body approved the jab for the vulnerable section of the community.In advice released on Friday, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (Atagi) recommended the third vaccine dose for all people aged above 12 who either have cond...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Greg Hunt, Coronavirus, COVID


‘Covid toe’ may be side-effect of immune response, says study

Chilblain-like inflammation causes redness on hands and feet and can last for monthsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe skin condition known as Covid toe may be a side-effect of the immune system’s response to fighting off the virus, according to a study.The symptom results in chilblain-like inflammation and redness on the hands and feet, with the condition sometimes lasting for months at a time. It typically develops within a week to four weeks of being infected and ...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live: UK reports 33,869 new cases as more than 100,000 English schoolchildren are off with Covid

Official figures show 348 in every 100,000 people have Covid in the UK; less than 90% of pupils are currently at school in EnglandIMF cuts global growth forecast as pandemic ‘hobbles’ growthNew Zealand ends Covid elimination strategy in favour of suppressionEngland: sustained fall in hospitalisations for first time out of lockdownUS: dramatic drop in Covid cases and hospitalisations over past weeksSee all our coronavirus coverageSenegal has had only a handful of new daily Covid infections so far...
Tags: UK, Science, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Pfizer, Coronavirus, COVID, Ngone Ngom


Coronavirus live: more than 100,000 English schoolchildren off with Covid; Norway and Portugal to give booster jabs to over-65s

Figures show less than 90% of pupils are currently at school in England; Norway and Portugal to join other European nations in giving extra dosesNew Zealand ends Covid elimination strategy in favour of suppressionEngland: sustained fall in hospitalisations for first time out of lockdownUS: dramatic drop in Covid cases and hospitalisations over past weeksSee all our coronavirus coverageSenegal has had only a handful of new daily Covid infections so far this week, with only two cases yesterday – t...
Tags: England, Science, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Portugal, Norway, Pfizer, Coronavirus, COVID, Ngone Ngom


Covid live: Portugal to give booster jabs to everyone over 65; Pfizer jab ‘highly effective’ against hospitalisations

Portugal to join other EU nations in giving extra doses; two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech about 90% effective at preventing hospitalisations for at least six months, research revealsNew Zealand ends Covid elimination strategy in favour of suppression approachEngland sees sustained decline in hospital admissions for the first time out of lockdownUS sees dramatic drop in Covid cases and hospitalizations over past few weeksSee all our coronavirus coverageSenegal has had only a handful of new daily Covi...
Tags: Science, Eu, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Portugal, Pfizer, Coronavirus, COVID, Ngone Ngom


Coronavirus live news: California deploys National Guard, Pfizer jab ‘highly effective’ against hospitalisations

Extra help called in for overwhelmed hospitals in California; two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech are about 90% effective at preventing hospitalisations for at least six months, research reveals; Russia’s daily Covid cases hits highest level in monthsNew Zealand ends Covid elimination strategy in favour of suppression approachEngland sees sustained decline in hospital admissions for the first time out of lockdownUS sees dramatic drop in Covid cases and hospitalizations over past few weeksSee all ou...
Tags: UK, Science, California, Russia, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Pfizer, Coronavirus, National Guard Pfizer, monthsNew Zealand


Why are so many pregnant women not taking the vaccine?

Only 31% of pregnant Americans are fully vaccinated. I felt responsible for this bean-like bundle forming in my body. But the conflicting advice made it hard for me to decideThese are the first three things I did when I found out I was pregnant in February. I took about six more tests. Then, I called the doctor’s office to make an appointment. A few days later, I signed up for a Covid-19 vaccine. I stood in line, freezing, at a high school in Coney Island to get my shot.Deciding to get the vacci...
Tags: Family, Gender, Science, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Infectious Diseases, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Coney Island, Coronavirus


I took the Covid vaccine while pregnant – let’s not pretend it’s an easy decision

Only 31% of pregnant Americans are fully vaccinated. I felt responsible for this bean-like bundle forming in my body. But the conflicting advice made it hard for me to decideThese are the first three things I did when I found out I was pregnant in February. I took about six more tests. Then, I called the doctor’s office to make an appointment. A few days later, I signed up for a Covid-19 vaccine. I stood in line, freezing, at a high school in Coney Island to get my shot.Deciding to get the vacci...
Tags: Family, Gender, Science, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Infectious Diseases, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Coney Island, Coronavirus


Covid live: Kremlin pleads for people to get jab; EU regulator backs mRNA booster for those with weak immunity

Russia’s daily cases at highest levels since January; EMA says people with weakened immune systems should get Pfizer or Moderna boosterInside Missouri’s Covid culture wars‘We lost him’: how Covid tore one Sydney family apartBrazil shocked by photos revealing post-pandemic hunger crisisSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has not ruled out unemployment rising now the furlough scheme has ended. But he told Sky News this morning that the government is “throwing the kitche...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, Russia, Eu, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Missouri, Sydney, Pfizer, Sky News, Kremlin, EMA, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus, COVID


Coronavirus live news: new rules for travel in England; New Zealand to phase out elimination strategy

England’s traffic light system for international travel replaced by one red list; Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will ‘transition’ towards new policyInside Missouri’s Covid culture wars‘We lost him’: how Covid tore one Sydney family apartBrazil shocked by photos revealing post-pandemic hunger crisisMorning/afternoon/good evening wherever you are. Thanks for joining me for live updates on the coronavirus pandelic.The main developments in the past few hours are: Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Missouri, Sydney, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus, COVID


Latest developments in medical treatment for coronavirus

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential game-changer that could provide a new way to protect the most vulnerable people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Molnupiravir joins a growing list of medicines that have shown promise. Here are some...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Drugs, Singapore, India, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Switzerland



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