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Guinea Ebola outbreak declared over by WHO

Resurgence of virus in west Africa infected 16 people and killed 12 since outbreak in FebruaryAn Ebola outbreak in Guinea that started in February, infecting 16 people and killing 12, has been declared over, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.Health authorities were able to move swiftly to tackle the resurgence of the virus, which causes severe bleeding and organ failure and is spread through contact with body fluids, after lessons learned from previous outbreaks in Guinea and the Demo...
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WHO says delta is becoming the dominant Covid variant globally

Covid-19 variant delta, first identified in India, is becoming the dominant variant of the disease worldwide, the WHO's chief scientist...
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Covid live: Delta variant becoming globally dominant, WHO says as expert calls Africa’s case trajectory ‘very, very concerning’

WHO expert says Delta variant becoming dominant because of its increased transmissibility as underreporting in Africa means case levels are worryingCases of Covid Delta variant in UK rise to over 75,000, says PHEA silent decimation: South America’s losing battle against CovidWales delays easing Covid restrictions by four weeksUK minister won’t tell workers to return to office when lockdown endsSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.21pm BST The EU has lost its attempt to require AstraZeneca to d...
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Covid live: EU loses AstraZeneca legal challenge; Africa coronavirus trajectory ‘very, very concerning’, says WHO

Court in Brussels rejects EU request for more deliveries by end of June; WHO expert says underreporting means case levels are worryingCases of Covid Delta variant in UK rise to over 75,000, says PHEA silent decimation: South America’s losing battle against CovidWales delays easing Covid restrictions by four weeksUK minister won’t tell workers to return to office when lockdown endsSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.18pm BST Canada said on Friday it will extend restrictions that bar non-essent...
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Costa Rica rejected a Chinese vaccine, saying it is not effective enough, as China's shot come under increased scrutiny

A nurse prepares a shot of COVID-19 vaccine on May 7, in Escazu, Costa Rica Arnoldo Robert/Getty Images Costa Rica said Wednesday that will not purchase the Sinovac vaccine from China. Officials said that data showed that it was not effective enough against the coronavirus. Some places using China's other vaccine - Sinopharm - have had unexpected surges in virus cases. See more stories on Insider's business page. Costa Rica's vaccination advisory board turned down China's...
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WHO says delta Covid variant has now spread to 80 countries and it keeps mutating

The WHO is also tracking recent reports of a "delta plus" variant that has an additional mutation, said Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's...
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Virus outpaces vaccines, a sobering milestone, a new variant: What to know about Covid-19 this week

As the rich world reopens and sheds pandemic restrictions, the virus is moving faster than vaccines, affecting regions like Africa, the WHO has said.
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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...
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Is healthy sugar possible — and would you eat it?

Consumers are fed a lot of nonsense about sugar and fad diets.Our bodies must consume sugar; the question is how much and in what form.Companies are trying to develop healthier sugars to combat our "sugar addiction." Can we hack sugar to be healthy? www.youtube.com Humans consume too much sugar. This is a refrain you've likely read for years, if not decades. As with any generality, that topline assessment misses nuance. While certainly t...
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Coronavirus live news: Covid outpacing vaccines, WHO warns; US nears 600,000 deaths

Bolsonaro asks Pfizer to speed up vaccine delivery; WHO warns G7 billion vaccines pledge not enough; US death toll remains the highest worldwideVaccines and oxygen run out as third wave of Covid hits UgandaEngland’s Covid lockdown lifting: is a four-week delay enough?Blackburn faces up to further Covid restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 8.25am BST Our Morwenna Ferrier writes about the rise of a new trend in the wake of the pandemic – the “vaxinistas”:This summer’s trend is not a di...
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China and the west must now cooperate to achieve global Covid vaccine coverage | Sophie Zinser

Given the G7’s underwhelming pledge, WHO approval for two Chinese jabs is a welcome boost “Vaccine diplomacy” has evolved into a dirty phrase, not least in relation to China and the notion that its government could be exchanging ineffective jabs for geopolitical capital. At the weekend the G7 pledged just 1bn of the 11bn vaccines needed to immunise low- and middle-income countries, suggesting that the west cannot vaccinate the world alone. But, over the past month, international scientific and p...
Tags: Health, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Who, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, G7, American Medical Association, Sinovac, Coronavirus, Sinopharm, Sophie Zinser


WHO Welcomes G7 Vaccine Pledge but Says More Needed Quickly

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's (WHO) director-general on Monday welcomed the Group of Seven's weekend pledge of 870 million...
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Joint ICMRA and WHO statement explains how COVID-19 vaccines are regulated for safety, effectiveness

Healthcare professionals and public health authorities have a central role in discussing vaccination against COVID-19 with their patients.
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G7 Nations Promise Decarbonization, 870 Million Covid-19 Vaccines

Slashdot reader Charlotte Web writes: The "Group of Seven" (or G7) nations are some of the world's largest economies — the U.S. and Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, and Italy, and Japan. On Sunday they pledged $2 billion to help developing countries pivot away from fossil fuels and pledged an "overwhelmingly decarbonized" electricity sector by 2030. The New York Times calls these "major steps in what leaders hope will be a global transition to wind, solar and other energy that does not produce...
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China to G7 leaders: Days when world affairs are decided by a 'small group of countries are long gone'

G7 leaders agreed on Sunday to raise their contributions to meet an overdue spending pledge of $100 billion a year to help poorer countries cut carbon emissions and cope with global warming, but campaigners said firm cash promises were missing. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS China said that the times of a "small" group of countries deciding world decisions are "long gone," Reuters reported. The remarks came as G7 leaders met in London over the weekend. A spokesperson for the China embassy in ...
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Coronavirus live: UK cases up by 2,000 for second week in a row; G7 calls for expert-led study on origins of Covid

Follow the latest updates on the pandemic in the UK and across the worldSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.08pm BST The IMF welcomed the Group of Seven’s support for expanding the global lenders emergency reserves by $650bn and said it would work with members on ways to $100bn to the world’s poorest countries.The IMF managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, said that the allocation of Special Drawing Rights would help boost global reserves and allow countries to fund much needed fiscal measu...
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G-7 nations call for thorough probe of Covid origins in China

They push for a “timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO convened” investigation.
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G7 leaders push for a 'transparent' investigation into the origins of COVID

The 2021 G7 family photo in Cornwall, England. Leon Neal/Getty Images The G7 leaders want a "transparent" investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. Biden signed a joint communiqué that outlined plans to defeat the virus and plan for the future. The G7 also committed to giving 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries in need. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. The Group of Seven (G7) leaders on Sunday expressed support for a "transparent" investigation int...
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Even if the coronavirus did leak from a Wuhan lab, that wouldn't necessarily mean it was engineered

A laboratory physician at the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prepares to test a coronavirus specimen in Chongqing, China, on May 3, 2020 Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images It's unlikely, but not impossible, that the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab. US officials and public-health experts have called for further investigation of the possibility. But even if a leak did happen, that wouldn't necessarily mean the virus was engineered in a lab. See more storie...
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There never was a male fertility crisis

A new review of a famous study on declining sperm counts finds several flaws. The old report makes unfounded assumptions, has faulty data, and tends toward panic.The new report does not rule out that sperm counts are going down, only that this could be quite normal.Several years ago, a meta-analysis of studies on human fertility came out warning us about the declining sperm counts of Western men. It was widely shared, and its findings were featured on the covers of popular magazines. Indeed, ...
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Covid live: Covid cases on the rise in every region in England; WHO warns of autumn resurgence in Europe

Rates spike among 20-29-year-olds, says Public Health England; WHO regional director warns governments to exercise caution as Delta variant spreads; Matt Hancock questioned by MPs on UK responseIndia posts global record deaths after state revises dataG7 leaders will call for fresh WHO inquiry into Covid originsAstraZeneca vaccine linked to slightly higher risk of blood disorderThe interests at stake if Olympics in Japan were cancelledHigh risk of autumn surge in Europe, says WHO 5.43pm BST B...
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Covid live: WHO warns of autumn resurgence in Europe; England’s health secretary denies PPE shortages

WHO regional director warns governments to exercise caution as Delta variant spreads; Matt Hancock questioned by MPs on UK responseIndia posts global record deaths after state revises dataG7 leaders will call for fresh WHO inquiry into Covid originsAstraZeneca vaccine linked to slightly higher risk of blood disorderThe interests at stake if Olympics in Japan were cancelledHigh risk of autumn surge in Europe, says WHO 5.10pm BST The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital in England stood at ...
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Covid live: WHO warns of risk of autumn resurgence in Europe; India reports 6,148 deaths after toll revised up

WHO regional director warns governments to exercise ‘caution and common sense’ as Delta variant cases rises; Indian state of Bihar revises total Covid deaths up by 4,000India posts global record deaths after state revises dataG7 leaders will call for fresh WHO inquiry into Covid originsAstraZeneca vaccine linked to slightly higher risk of blood disorderThe interests at stake if Olympics in Japan were cancelledSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.18pm BST The UK government said seven more peopl...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, India, World news, Who, Office For National Statistics, Bihar, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Global confidence in the US president jumped 58 points from Trump to Biden in a dozen major countries

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak to the media prior to talks at the Chancellery on February 1, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Christian Marquardt-Pool/Getty Images Biden is dramatically more popular around the world than former Trump was, according to new Pew polling. In 12 countries Pew surveyed, a median of 75% expressed confidence in Biden. Confidence in Biden was tied both to his personal characteristics and his policies. See more stories on Insider&...
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Google isn't blocking searches for the 'lab leak' theory as the coronavirus' origin is being investigated, but it prioritizes 'authoritative' results to avoid leading users to misinformation

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province, April 17, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images Google's health lead David Feinberg said the firm aims not to lead people to non-authoritative info. That includes on searches for the "lab leak" theory as the coronavirus' origin is investigated. Biden set a 90-day deadline for intelligence officials to report the likely origin of COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's busine...
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Google does not auto-fill some searches like 'coronavirus lab leak' in part to avoid leading users to results that aren't 'authoritative', according to the head of Google's health division

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province, April 17, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images Google does not auto-populate searches for "coronavirus lab leak." Google's health lead David Feinberg said the firm aims not to lead people to non-authoritative info. Biden set a 90-day deadline for intelligence officials to report the likely origin of COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's business page. The head of Google's...
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Google doesn't auto-fill searches for the lab leak theory to avoid leading users to results that aren't 'authoritative,' according to the head of Google's health division

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province, April 17, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images Google does not auto-populate searches for "coronavirus lab leak" to curb misinformation. Google's health lead David Feinberg said the firm does not want to lead people to non-authoritative info. Biden set a 90-day deadline for intelligence officials to report the likely origin of COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's business pa...
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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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The US and EU plan to donate enough vaccines to inoculate two-thirds of the world by late 2022, draft summit text says

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Patrick Fallon/AFP via Getty Images US and EU delegates are set to meet next week. They are expected to agree on a deal to boost vaccine production, and donate millions of doses. Biden has been under pressure to share vaccine doses with countries that need it more. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US and European Union are planning to donate enough vaccine doses to inoculate two-thirds of the world population by the end of ...
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