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The WHO team probing the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan is scrapping its interim report. Critics say China never gave them a real chance to investigate.

Experts from the WHO-China joint team Liang Wannian and Peter Ben Embarek at the WHO-China Joint Study press conference on February 9, 2021 in Wuhan, China. Zhang Chang/China News Service via Getty Image An interim report summarizing the WHO investigation into the origins of the virus has been scrapped.  The WHO says this summary will be published with the full report "in coming weeks".  This comes as the independence of the investigation from Chinese influence has come under scrutiny.  Vi...
Tags: Politics, Science, White House, China, Trends, News UK, Who, World Health Organisation, Wall Street Journal, Wuhan, Journal, Tarik Jasarevic, Wuhan China, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus, WHO China


Russia has struck deals to supply its vaccine to over 40 countries, as poorer nations struggle to access Western shots

An Argentinian nurse reaches for a dose of Sputnik V vaccine during the first stage of the mass vaccination campaign in El Palomar, Argentina, on February 18. Marcos Brindicci/Getty Images Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has been approved in over 40 countries, its makers said. Many have little access to shots made by Western firms like Pfizer and Moderna. An expert told Insider that Russia stepping it will give it a geopolitical advantage. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories....
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Mexico, China, Russia, Africa, US, Trends, Eu, Iran, Bbc, Hungary, Canada, United States, Egypt


The CDC delayed its looser rules for vaccinated people, while states ease restrictions despite being told it's too soon

Director of the Centers for Disease Control Rochelle Walensky speaking at a White House press briefing on March 1, 2021. White House/YouTube The CDC delayed issuing new, laxer COVID-19 rules for vaccinated people, Politico reported. The guidance was due to be updated Thursday, but was slowed without a clear reason. It came after President Biden criticized states like Texas and Mississippi for relaxing their COVID-19 rules.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The US Cen...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Science, Mississippi, Cdc, White House, Politico, US, San Francisco, Trends, Joe Biden, Chicago, News UK, Michigan, Biden, Anthony Fauci


How AstraZeneca's vaccine got mired in politics and mistrust to become Europe's least favorite shot

A vial and syringe are seen in front of the AstraZeneca logo. Reuters/Dado Ruvic Europeans are turning down the AstraZeneca vaccine, threatening the EU's path out of the pandemic. The problem flared last week, but has been months in the making. AstraZeneca and EU leaders both made mistakes that sapped public confidence. Experts and regulators say the shot is safe, and EU leaders are moving to repair the damage. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. "There is currently an ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Science, France, Scotland, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Israel, US, Trends, Eu, Ireland, South Africa, Oxford


The head of the CDC warned of a 'potential 4th surge' of COVID-19 cases, despite progress with vaccine rollouts

Director of the Centers for Disease Control Rochelle Walensky speaking at a White House press briefing on March 1, 2021. White House/YouTube The US is at risk of a "potential fourth surge" of virus cases, the CDC's top official said Monday. She urged Americans to stick to CDC rules to avoid this, and warned states against easing up. The CDC gave emergency authorization to a third COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The US risks a fourth su...
Tags: Science, California, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, News UK, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Johnson Johnson, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID, Rochelle Walensky


Animation shows how opening a window can drastically stem coronavirus circulation in classrooms, as schools prepare to resume in-person learning

A second-grade teacher in Boston cleans a desk in her classroom in September 2020. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Studies increasingly suggest that schools can safely reopen if the right precautions are followed. The NYT published an animation showing how virus particles can move around a classroom if one student is infected. Air circulation in the room is important to keep spaces safe for students and teachers. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. As so...
Tags: Florida, Science, Cdc, Boston, New York City, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Cnn, New York Times, Iowa, News UK, The Times, Schools, Times


France admits it needs to repair the image of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after struggling to convince people to take it

A sign in France says "all vaccinated against COVID-19" on February 8, 2021 THOMAS SAMSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images France is embarking on an effort to persuade its people to accept the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Regulators say the vaccine is safe and effective, but its performance data has prompted some doubts. France's president, Emmanuel Macron, was among those to disparage the vaccine in the past. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. France is working to fix the d...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Science, France, Scotland, Germany, Israel, US, Trends, Turkey, News UK, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Donald Trump


Germany is pushing hard for people to take the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as many turn it down in hope of a Pfizer shot

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to the media in Berlin on February 1, 2021. Henning Schacht - Pool/Getty Images Germany is enhancing its efforts to tell people the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. The German vaccine rollout has been complicated by people avoiding that jab. It appears to be part of a trend, reported by Insider, of trying to get the Pfizer shot instead. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Officials in Germany are defending the ...
Tags: Science, Sweden, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Trends, News UK, European Commission, Merkel, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Cdu, Reuters, Handelsblatt


Fauci said new CDC rules are coming for people who've been fully vaccinated

Anthony Fauci speaking to CNN on Tuesday February 23. CNN New guidance from the CDC is coming for vaccinated people, Dr Anthony Facui said Tuesday.  Speaking to CNN he said he thinks the agency will soon "relax the stringency of the recommendations." Fauci — who doesn't run the CDC — said he would personally be "comfortable" letting vaccinated households mix indoors. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that new guidance from the CDC for those ...
Tags: New York, Science, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Cnn, News UK, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Fauci, Alisyn Camerota, Andy Cuomo, COVID-19, Anthony Facui, Marianne Guenot


People in France, Germany, and the UK are turning down the AstraZeneca vaccine because they want the Pfizer one instead, reports say

A box containing vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on the start of a vaccination campaign for health workers in France on February 6. ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images During vaccine rollouts in France, Germany, and the UK, some are insisting on a particular shot.  In Europe, officials are struggling to give out AstraZeneca's jab, and cite concerns about performance.  In the UK, reports are mixed. The Washington Post suggested that some prefer the AstraZeneca vaccine, calling it t...
Tags: Europe, Post, UK, Science, London, Sweden, Washington Post, France, Germany, Berlin, Israel, Trends, Bbc, Austria, Britain, Italy


COVID-19 vaccines cut hospitalizations by around 84%, according to the first real-world data

A paramedic administers a coronavirus vaccine near Inverness, Scotland on February 11. Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images Data from the UK shows that a single shot of a COVID-19 vaccine drastically cut the rate of hospitalization. Figures from Scotland show the shot led to people being on average 84% less likely to be hospitalised.  The news is the latest in a series of promising updates on the real-world effectiveness of vaccines. Visit the Business section of Insider for more sto...
Tags: UK, Science, Scotland, Israel, Trends, News UK, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, University of Edinburgh, Andrew Milligan, Getty Images Data, Inverness Scotland, COVID, Oxford AstraZeneca, Marianne Guenot


COVID-19 vaccines seem to dramatically lower hospitalization risk after just one dose, according to data from the UK

A paramedic administering a coronavirus vaccine near Inverness, Scotland, on February 11. Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images A study in Scotland found people's hospitalization risk fell steeply after just one COVID-19 shot. The large study monitored people who had the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford shots. The news is the latest in a series of promising updates on the real-world effectiveness of vaccines. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Both COVID-19 ...
Tags: UK, Science, Scotland, Israel, Trends, News UK, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Oxford University, University of Edinburgh, Andrew Milligan, Inverness Scotland, COVID, Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca Oxford


Texas winter storms brought such unusual cold that it confused the weather satellites

An image generated by the GOES-East weather satellite on February 16, 2021. The purple area is meant to show cloud cover, as on the left of the image, but instead shows the unusually frigid ground. College of DuPage/Insider The cold snap in Texas is so severe that it tricked a weather satellite into malfunctioning..  The GOES-East satellite mistook the ground in Texas for clouds because it was so cold. The glitch is a reminder of the extremity of the weather in the South, which has led to ...
Tags: Weather, Texas, Science, Cold, Washington Post, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Canada, South Dakota, News UK, Arctic, Satellite Images, South, Sioux Falls, Rochester New York


A coronavirus variant with a mutation which 'likely helps it escape' antibodies is already in at least 11 countries, including the US

A scientist works on COVID-19 samples to find variations of the virus. Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images A new variant of the coronavirus has been reported in the US, UK, and 9 other countries. One of its mutations could help it escape neutralizing antibodies, one expert said.  Mutations in the virus are one of the biggest obstacles to ending the pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A new variant with three "mutations of biological significance" has been detect...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, US, Trends, Getty Images, Uganda, South Africa, News UK, Brazil, Vaccines, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Afp, Irish Times


A coronavirus variant with a mutation that 'likely helps it escape' antibodies is already in at least 11 countries, including the US

A scientist working on COVID-19 samples to find variations of the virus. Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images A new coronavirus variant has been reported in the US, the UK, and nine other countries. One of its mutations could help it escape neutralizing antibodies, one expert said. Mutations are seen as one of the biggest obstacles to ending the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A new coronavirus variant with three mutations "of biological significa...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, US, Trends, Getty Images, Uganda, South Africa, News UK, Brazil, Vaccines, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Afp, Irish Times


Israel plans to reopen gyms, malls, and hotels - but only for people who have been vaccinated

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Sunday, February 14, 2021. REUTERS Israel wants to reopen its economy with priority for those who've had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Israel is leading the world in vaccinating its people, and is starting to plan for what comes next. The ideas are still being debated, and Israel's final policy could change. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Israel is debating a plan to re-open parts of its economy for only...
Tags: Politics, Science, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Trends, News UK, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Jerusalem Post, John Hopkins, COVID, Erin Snodgrass, Marianne Guenot, Hareetz


The Pfizer vaccine could be effective against the 2 most dangerous COVID-19 variants, according to new data

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine demonstrated 95% efficacy in preventing COVID-19 in December, 2020. Dado Ruvic/Reuters The Pfizer vaccine triggers a strong response against two prominent COVID-19 variants, per a new study. The variants — first found in the UK and South Africa — led to fears that vaccines might not work on them. The study appears to rebut that theory, but the results are preliminary and not yet peer-reviewed.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The Pfizer v...
Tags: UK, Science, California, US, Trends, South Africa, Oxford, News UK, Guardian, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, James, Gavin Newsom, University of Surrey, Hilary Brueck, COVID-19


New CDC advice says people are exempt from some COVID-19 quarantine rules after a 2nd vaccine dose

A healthcare worker receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. AP Photo/Jessica Hill "Fully vaccinated" people need not quarantine if after they are exposed to COVID-19, the CDC said. Full vaccination is the point two weeks after getting a second COVID-19 shot. The CDC said the benefits of not quarantining outweight the risks of passing on the virus. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. People who have been fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine if they have b...
Tags: Science, Cdc, Virginia, Nbc News, US, Trends, UK News, Pfizer, Vaccine, Guidance, George Mason University, HHS, Popescu, Quarantine, Moderna, Jessica Hill


A 45 ft 'ice volcano' emerged in Kazakhstan, formed from spring water spraying from the ground that freezes almost instantly

An annotated image of tourists gathering around a 45-ft tall ice cone, which appeared in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan. YouTube/Ruptly/Insider A 45-foot ice tower reassembling a volcano has appeared in Kazakhstan. The structure is made by hot spring water gushing through a thick layer of ice. The structure is a local attraction and appears in many Instagram photos. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Meteorological conditions lined up in Kazakhstan this winter, result...
Tags: Science, Instagram, US, Trends, Earth, News UK, Kazakhstan, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Great Lakes, Kremlin, Pluto, Geography, Borat, Almaty, Mark McLean


Canada is unapologetic after boosting its vaccine program via the COVAX scheme meant for poorer countries

A nurse is inoculated with the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in Toronto, Canada, December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio Canada is the only G7 country due to receive vaccines in early deliveries from the COVAX scheme. COVAX is focused on poorer countries, and most rich nations are buying in vaccines separately. Canada has had a rocky roll-out, and countered critics by saying its 'top priority' is vaccinating Canadians. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Canada i...
Tags: Politics, Science, Yahoo, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Canada, News UK, New Zealand, Oxfam, Pfizer, Vaccine, SPAC, Toronto Canada, US UK, CBC News


Scientists are testing out mixing doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot with Pfizer's to see if it still works

A nurse waits to administer the first of two Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines in Edinburgh, on the first day of the largest immunization program in the UK on December 8. Andrew Milligan - Pool / Getty Images UK scientists plan to test out giving people doses from different COVID-19 vaccines. The researchers at Oxford plan to mix the AstraZeneca/Oxford and Pfizer/BioNTech shots. Following one shot with a different one could even give better protection, one expert said. Visit the Business s...
Tags: UK, Science, Russia, Trends, Oxford, News UK, Astrazeneca, Edinburgh, Pfizer, Vaccine, Peter English, Coronavirus, COVID, Oxford Vaccine Group, AstraZeneca Oxford, Matthew Snape


Deaths from alcohol abuse spiked during COVID-19 lockdowns, according to data from the UK

Alcohol misuse during COVID-19 lockdowns may have led to an increase in alcohol-related deaths SimpleImages/Getty Images Deaths linked to alcohol misuse in 2020 were up 16%, per stats from England and Wales. The causes are uncertain, but it could be related to the stress caused by the pandemic. More services are needed to support those with alcohol dependence, said one expert. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The number of deaths linked to alcohol misuse spiked in mu...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Wales, Alcohol, Trends, News UK, Ons, Alcohol Abuse, University of Edinburgh, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Linda Bauld, Office for National Statistics ONS, Science Media Centre, Bauld, Science Media Center



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