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The US accused China of forcing its diplomats to take anal swab tests for COVID-19

A medical worker takes a throat swab for a COVID-19 test in Beijing, China. NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images The State Department accused China of making its diplomats take anal COVID-19 tests, Vice reported. A spokesperson told Vice that China said the tests were done "in error" after the US complained. China said it doesn't require diplomats to take the tests, but didn't deny that it happened. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The US has accused China of making ...
Tags: Politics, Science, China, US, Trends, News UK, State Department, The Washington Post, Pcr, Afp, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Zhao, Global Times, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Zhao Lijian


A single shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 70%, the first real-world data suggests

Medical assistant April Massaro gives a first dose of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Alice Fallago at Desert Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images One shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine reduced the risk of coronavirus infection by 70% in a UK study. The COVID-19 vaccine's protection increased to 85% in those who got two shots. The data showed Pfizer's vaccine worked against a mutated va...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Cdc, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Phe, Pcr, Lancet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Massaro


A single shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 70%, the first real-world UK data suggests

Medical assistant April Massaro gives a first dose of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Alice Fallago at Desert Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images One shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine reduced the risk of coronavirus infection by 70% in a UK study. The COVID-19 vaccine's protection increased to 85% in those who got two shots. The data showed Pfizer's vaccine worked against a mutated va...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Cdc, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Phe, Pcr, Lancet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Massaro


COVID-19 antigen testing and health passports for guests: how companies prepare for in-person events

This is an automated machine translation of an article published by Business Insider in a different language. Machine translations can generate errors or inaccuracies; we will continue the work to improve these translations. You can find the original version here.Less than 3 months remain before the end of the second state of alarm imposed by the accelerated spread of COVID-19 in Spain.The regulation limits meetings in public and private spaces to a maximum of 6 non-cohabiting individuals. And i...
Tags: Europe, France, Trends, Spain, Pcr, Marbella, Alkis Konstantinidis, Girona, Huerta, MARRÓN, Ballesteros, BI International, International SOS, Air Caraibes, Athenea, COVID


Conspiracy theories: Do your research and question ‘facts’

People’s powerful belief in their views, in defiance of specialists in a subject, are amplified by social media and are then viewed as fact — when in fact it’s false The post Conspiracy theories: Do your research and question ‘facts’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Social Media, Research, Pcr, Epidemiology, Openaccess, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Thought Leader, Dunning-Kruger effect, Conspiracy Theorist


China's plan for anal swabs to test for COVID-19 is 'not nice but it's the obvious thing to do,' says a microbiology professor

A medical worker takes a swab sample from a resident. STR/AFP via Getty Images China is using anal swabs test for COVID-19, in "key groups," because it's reportedly more accurate. An anal swab test involves inserting a small cotton-tipped swab into the rectum. Anal swabs are "not nice," but the tests makes sense, said microbiology professor Joanne Santini.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. China has introduced anal swabs, as a new type of test that could detect coronavir...
Tags: Health, China, Trends, Beijing, Healthcare, Test, Pcr, University College London, Yang, Global Times, Santini, Getty Images China, Wuhan University, Coronavirus, Catherine Schuster Bruce, Joanne Santini


A public health professor explains the difference between rapid COVID-19 tests from a pharmacy and the 'gold standard' lab results - and says people should be tested every 3 days

14 October 2020, Berlin: A member of the medical staff performs a rapid IgG/IgM test for COVID-19 antibody detection Getty Rapid antigen testing has become central to stopping the spread of coronavirus — but some experts have questioned their accuracy. Iain Buchan, a leading public health professor, spoke to Insider about the differences between rapid tests and the 'gold-standard' PCR tests. He said rapid antigen tests, also known as lateral flow tests, were a valuable tool in reducing the...
Tags: Health, Amazon, UK, Berlin, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Liverpool, Healthcare, Birmingham, Jeff Bezos, Test, Donald Trump, Pcr, Abbott, University Of Liverpool


Liverpool is attempting mass COVID-19 testing during the UK's lockdown — but the reaction to the program is mixed

Liverpool is undertaking a mass coronavirus testing pilot, with residents having access to lateral flow tests that are able to determine if someone has coronavirus in under an hour. Peter Byrne/Getty Images Liverpool's mass COVID-19 testing program, a pilot in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's "Operation Moonshot vision," is dividing public health officials and politicians, according to The Washington Post. The Post reported that as of November 3, Liverpool's weekly rate of COVID-19 tests was...
Tags: Post, Politics, UK, England, Science, Trends, Bbc, NHS, Liverpool, Boris Johnson, University of Bristol, Public Health England, The Washington Post, Bmj, Pcr, Cabinet Office


Delta launches the first quarantine-free travel from the US to Europe, thanks to a new testing program that reduces infection chances on a flight to '1 in a million'

Noam Galai/Getty Images Delta is trialing a new testing program that will allow passengers to travel to Europe without quarantine. The airline is piloting the scheme on flights between Rome and Atlanta from December alongside Italian airline Alitalia. Passengers will have to take two COVID-19 tests before boarding the plane in the US, and another one upon arrival in Italy. If the Delta flights are 60% full and the tests are combined with other protective measures, the risk of COVID-19 inf...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, White House, US, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Eu, Rome, Delta Airlines, Tourism, Italy, Delta, Transport, Aviation


The UK's largest pharmacy chain Boots is now selling private COVID-19 tests for $155, but warns they're unsuitable 'for anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19'

Boots Walgreens-owned UK pharmacy chain Boots is now selling private in-store COVID-19 tests for £120 ($157) each. But Boots warned the test isn't suitable for people who think they may have the virus — this is to keep symptomatic people out of stores. The tests are available in 10 high-street Boots stores in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. Boots will roll the tests out to 50 stores during November. It also plans to launch a testing service that will give results i...
Tags: Boots, UK, Trends, Customers, Walgreens, Healthcare, Retail, Glasgow, Pcr, Pharmacy, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Coronavirus Testing, Coronavirus Test


An airport in Finland is using dogs to detect the coronavirus, and researchers say they are 'close to 100%' accuracy

A COVID-19 sniffer dog at a press conference held at Helsinki Vantaa International Airport in Finland on September 22. Xinhua/Matti Matikainen via Getty Images Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport is trialing dogs to test travelers for the coronavirus, claiming it could be a more efficient and cheaper way of testing than traditional tests. Passengers who volunteer to be tested by the dog wipe their skin with a wipe and drop it into a container, and the dog reacts if they detect the virus. The...
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Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry: Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Resolution

 (First published on Jurist, 9/05/2012) On February 14, 2011, Bahrain joined the Arab Spring when thousands of protesters filled the streets, demanding economic reforms from King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and the government. Over the course of a month the scene worsened, as violence and police responses escalated. As the protests continued, a sectarian element became apparent: while the government is headed by the Sunni al-Khalifa family, a majority of protesters were Shia. A contention of the op...
Tags: Iraq, Afghanistan, South Africa, Nepal, Middle East, Northern Ireland, Bahrain, Arab Spring, Topics, Bahrain Independent Commission Of Inquiry, BICI, Economic Reforms, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, M Cherif Bassiouni, National Dialogue, Pcr