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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...
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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


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...
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Covid antiviral pill halves hospitalisations and deaths, maker says

If approved, Merck’s drug would be first simple oral medication shown to be effective against coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn antiviral pill was found to reduce hospitalisations and deaths by half in patients newly diagnosed with Covid-19, according to results announced on Friday.If approved, the drug made by the US firm Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics would be the first simple oral medication shown to be effective against Covid-19, which would mark ...
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Covid can infect cells in pancreas that make insulin, research shows

Results of two studies may explain why some people develop diabetes after catching the virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 can infect insulin-producing cells in the pancreas and change their function, potentially explaining why some previously healthy people develop diabetes after catching the virus.Doctors are increasingly concerned about the growing number of patients who have developed diabetes either while infected with coronavirus, or shortly after reco...
Tags: Science, Society, World news, Diabetes, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus


‘I felt this huge relief’: how antibody injections free the immunosuppressed under Covid

FDA emergency authorizations boost use of periodic antibody injections, or PrEP, to complement vaccinationsA proud sports mom, Shantay Brown longs to pack into a crowded stadium for her son’s Ohio State football games and scream her face off over the action on the field. Related: Doctors treating unvaccinated Covid patients are succumbing to compassion fatigue Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, US healthcare, US domestic policy, Fda, Vaccines and immunisation, Ohio State, Coronavirus, Shantay Brown


‘The virus is painfully real’: vaccine hesitant people are dying – and their loved ones want the world to listen

In the UK, the majority of those now in hospital with Covid-19 are unvaccinated. Many face their last days with enormous regret, and their relatives are telling their stories to try to convince others like themMatt Wynter, a 42-year-old music agent from Leek, Staffordshire, was working out in his local gym in mid-August when he saw, to his great surprise, that his best friend, Marcus Birks, was on the television. He jumped off the elliptical trainer and listened carefully.The first thing he noti...
Tags: Psychology, Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Marcus, Birks, Wynter, Coronavirus, COVID


‘A very cruel exit’: UK’s aid cuts risk rapid return of treatable diseases

£200m project to eliminate avoidable blindness and disfigurement in Africa ends after funding is prematurely axedA chandelier sparkling in the background, the grandeur of Downing Street gleaming behind him, Boris Johnson looks into the camera and speaks with solemnity. He is marking World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day, he says, to raise awareness of these “terrible afflictions … which impose an immense burden of suffering in developing countries”.Huge progress has been made, he says, in the fi...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Africa, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Aid, Global development, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Blindness and visual impairment


UK’s ambition to stamp out neglected tropical diseases gets neglected

£200m project to tackle avoidable blindness and disfigurement in Africa is axed with cut to aid budgetA chandelier sparkling in the background, the grandeur of Downing Street gleaming behind him, Boris Johnson looks into the camera and speaks with solemnity. He is marking World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day, he says, to raise awareness of these “terrible afflictions … which impose an immense burden of suffering in developing countries”.Huge progress has been made, he says, in the fight against...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Africa, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Aid, Global development, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Blindness and visual impairment


UK vaccine volunteers to help prepare for next virus at new Pandemic Institute

The Liverpool site will work with other international centres to research the threat of emerging disruptive diseasesA new scientific institute which aims to prevent future pandemics may have been able to save thousands of lives by accelerating vaccine development had it existed before December 2019, its researchers believe.Liverpool’s new Pandemic Institute will include a new human challenge facility, where volunteers will test new vaccines and treatments under controlled conditions. Continue re...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Liverpool, Microbiology, Epidemics, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Pandemic Institute


Covid cases rising in Wales but more lockdowns ‘not inevitable’

Mark Drakeford, first minister, insists it is possible to avoid further lockdowns if people behave sensiblyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has warned that Covid infections are rising sharply, with the current wave expected to peak at the end of this month. However, he said it was possible to avoid further lockdowns if people behaved sensibly.Drakeford said the Welsh cabinet would meet next week to discuss whether vaccination p...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Biology, Wales, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Mark Drakeford, Drakeford, Coronavirus


Scientists’ egos are key barrier to progress, says Covid vaccine pioneer

Prof Katalin Karikó of BioNTech says she endured decades of scepticism over her work on mRNA vaccines Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists would make swifter progress in solving the world’s problems if they learned to put their egos aside and collaborate better, according to the leading researcher behind the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine.Prof Katalin Karikó, the senior vice-president for RNA protein replacement therapies at BioNTech in Germany, endured decades o...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Germany, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Moderna, BioNtech, Coronavirus, Katalin Karikó


Covid vaccine boosters could get go-ahead within days, says Javid

Health secretary also says decision imminent on jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds, with children allowed final sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid vaccine booster programme and jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds could be given the go-ahead within days, Sajid Javid has said, as he confirmed that young people will have the right to overrule their parents on whether to be vaccinated.The health secretary said he expected to hear from the UK’s four chief medical officers in ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Sajid Javid, Javid, Coronavirus


UK decision on Covid vaccine boosters expected on Thursday

Javid also says decision imminent on jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds, and children would be allowed final say on whether to have itCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s vaccines watchdog is expected to decide on Thursday about a Covid booster vaccine programme, with ministers hopeful that approval for vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds could follow imminently.The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is scheduled to meet on Thursday to examine inter...
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UK’s decision on Covid vaccine boosters expected on Thursday

Health secretary also says decision imminent on jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds, with children allowed final sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s vaccines watchdog is expected to decide on Thursday about a Covid booster vaccine programme, with ministers hopeful that approval for vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds could follow imminently.The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is scheduled to meet on Thursday to examine interim results from the...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Sajid Javid, Coronavirus


Scientists Figure Out How Nematodes Can Share Memories of Danger

With an average lifespan measured in days, the nematode C. elegans needs any trick it can muster to ensure that it and its offspring are successful in the game of life. Researchers recently discovered that the roundworms are able to warn progeny and other individuals in the species to avoid a dangerous germ.
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Viruses may exist ‘elsewhere in the universe’, warns scientist

Prof Paul Davies suggests viruses may form vital part of ecosystems on other planetsThe Covid pandemic has already turned life as we know it upside down – and no doubt prompted some people to want to leave the planet.Now a leading scientist has warned that viruses may not only be found on Earth, but might occur – should life exist – elsewhere in the universe. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Biology, World news, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Planets, Alien Life, Paul Davies


WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named Mu

Health body says Mu, or B.1.621, first identified in Colombia, has been designated as a variant of interestCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA new coronavirus strain, named Mu, has been designated a variant of interest by the World Health Organization.Mu, or B.1.621, was first identified in Colombia and cases have been recorded in South America and Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, Colombia, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, World Health Organization, South America, Mu, Europe Continue, Coronavirus


An oral history of Oxford/AstraZeneca: ‘Making a vaccine in a year is like landing a human on the moon’

It has shipped more than a billion doses, saved countless lives – and faced controversy over its safety and supply. Here, some of those who created the vaccine tell the story of their epic race against the virusIn December 2019, hospitals in Wuhan, China, reported that they were dealing with dozens of cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause. They soon identified the disease as being caused by a novel coronavirus.Teresa Lambe, associate professor, Jenner Institute My brother lived in China, so whe...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, China, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Wuhan China, Coronavirus, Teresa Lambe


How the Ecosystems in Our Guts Could Be Linked to Brain Disorders

Within our guts is a tiny ecosystem populated by trillions of microorganisms. These germs affect digestion, the immune system, and even brain functioning. Scientists have also started investigating the potential role of gut bacteria in psychiatric and neurological conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases like …Read more...
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UK scientists look at reducing boosters to save vaccine for rest of the world

JCVI considers lower third jab dosage to release stocks for poorer nationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists in Britain are examining whether smaller doses of Covid vaccine could be used as part of booster programmes, amid hopes that the approach could also increase the supply of jabs across the world.The use of so-called “fractional doses” has been proposed as a way of ensuring that precious supplies can immunise as many people as possible in parts of the wor...
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The Wuhan lab leak theory is more about politics than science

Whatever this week’s Biden review finds, the cause of the pandemic lies in the destruction of animal habitatsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIf Joe Biden’s security staff are up to the mark, a new report on the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic will be placed on the president’s desk this week. His team was given 90 days in May to review the virus’s origins after several US scientists indicated they were no longer certain about the source of Sars-CoV-2.It will be intrig...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, China, Animals, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Biden, Wuhan


UK approves rollout of ‘first of its kind’ Covid antibody treatment

Ronapreve can be used to treat symptoms of acute infection after successful clinical trialsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe medicines regulator has approved use of the first treatment in the UK using artificial antibodies to prevent and fight Covid-19.The health secretary, Sajid Javid, said approval of the first drug designed specifically for coronavirus in the country is “fantastic news” and he hoped it could be rolled out for patients on the NHS as soon as possib...
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New Covid variants ‘would set us back a year’, experts warn UK government

Vaccine-beating variant is ‘realistic possibility’, say scientists, amid calls for contingency plans to be revealedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are being pressed to reveal what contingency plans are in place to deal with a future Covid variant that evades current vaccines, amid warnings from scientific advisers that such an outcome could set the battle against the pandemic back a year or more.Recent papers produced by the government’s Scientific Advisory ...
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New Covid variants ‘will set us back a year’, experts warn UK government

Vaccine-beating variant is ‘realistic possibility’, say scientists, amid calls for contingency plans to be revealedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are being pressed to reveal what contingency plans are in place to deal with a future Covid variant that evades current vaccines, amid warnings from scientific advisers that such an outcome could set the battle against the pandemic back a year or more.Recent papers produced by the government’s Scientific Advisory ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE


UK orders extra Covid vaccines for autumn 2022 booster campaign

Pfizer reportedly asked to supply 35m more doses, with final go-ahead for this year’s programme still awaitedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters have started ordering vaccines for a booster campaign in autumn 2022, with Pfizer reportedly being asked to supply the UK with a further 35m doses.The government has still not give the final go-ahead for the vaccine booster programme expected this autumn, but it is understood to have placed the order with Pfizer despite...
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Covid discoveries: what we know now that we didn’t know before

From how coronavirus spreads to its health impact, our understanding of Covid has evolved in some areasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince the Covid pandemic took off in early 2020, researchers have been studying myriad aspects of the virus, and made some surprising discoveries. Here are four areas where our understanding has changed: Continue reading...
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UK children aged 16 and 17 expected to be offered Covid vaccine

Minister says JCVI experts to update advice ‘imminently’ on widening access to vaccine to more teenagersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid vaccines are expected to be offered to children in the UK aged 16 and 17, in line with many other countries, after a minister confirmed government experts will update their advice “imminently”.Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said the government was expecting an announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination an...
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