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'New plant-based COVID-19 vaccine 70% effective against variants'
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'New plant-based COVID-19 vaccine 70% effective against variants'

The vaccine developed by researchers at Canadian biotechnology company Medicago contains coronavirus-like particles (CoVLP) produced in plants which are combined with an adjuvant (ASO3) that helps vaccines work better

Soaring Omicron could lead to more dangerous COVID-19 variants, warns WHO
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Soaring Omicron could lead to more dangerous COVID-19 variants, warns WHO

But WHO senior emergencies officer Catherine Smallwood sounded an ominous note of caution, telling AFP that the soaring infection rates could have the opposite effect.

To get through the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to learn how to live in an ongoing disaster
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To get through the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to learn how to live in an ongoing disaster

At this point in the COVID-19 disaster, it is beyond the capacity of federal or provincial governments to provide a way out of this emergency.

Centre warns against lowering guard as India reports 358 Omicron cases, says 'world witnessing fourth COVID-19 surge'
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Centre warns against lowering guard as India reports 358 Omicron cases, says 'world witnessing fourth COVID-19 surge'

Addressing a joint press conference on the pandemic, the health secretary said that 61 percent of the adult population is fully vaccinated, while 89 percent has received the first COVID-19 dose

India records 122 Omicron cases in 24 hours; total tally of new COVID-19 variant rises to 358
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India records 122 Omicron cases in 24 hours; total tally of new COVID-19 variant rises to 358

With 88 infections, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases of the new highly transmissible variant, followed by Delhi with 67 and Telangana with 38

Pfizer says its COVID pill cuts risk of hospitalisation among high-risk adults by 89 percent
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Pfizer says its COVID pill cuts risk of hospitalisation among high-risk adults by 89 percent

Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted

Omicron outbreak across the world: UK reports its first death from new COVID-19 variant; China records first case
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Omicron outbreak across the world: UK reports its first death from new COVID-19 variant; China records first case

According to the World Health Organization, 63 countries have recorded cases of Omicron till 9 December.

China detects first Omicron case as it prepares to host Winter Olympics in February
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China detects first Omicron case as it prepares to host Winter Olympics in February

The world's most populous nation is on high alert for potential outbreaks as it prepares to host the upcoming Games

Mumbai bans big gatherings for two days after three cases of Omicron variant detected; Maharashtra’s tally climbs to 17
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Mumbai bans big gatherings for two days after three cases of Omicron variant detected; Maharashtra’s tally climbs to 17

The order from the Mumbai Police coincided with the Centre’s warning about declining mask usage and safety norms

COVID-19: Omicron variant could spread faster but it’s still not certain, says WHO
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COVID-19: Omicron variant could spread faster but it’s still not certain, says WHO

The comments from the UN health agency come among swirling concerns about the new variant that first emerged in southern Africa last month, prompting some countries to shut their borders and rattling stock markets

Omicron vs Delta: Battle of COVID-19 variants rages across the world
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Omicron vs Delta: Battle of COVID-19 variants rages across the world

Early data shows that that reinfection rates are much higher with the new variant than previous variants, suggesting the virus is escaping immunity somewhat. It also shows the virus seems to be infecting younger people, mostly those who are unvaccinated

IMF chief warns Omicron COVID-19 variant could slow global growth
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IMF chief warns Omicron COVID-19 variant could slow global growth

The IMF's most-recent forecasts raised concerns that global supply chain issues and uneven distribution of vaccines were slowing the rebound, and causing some countries to be left behind

Will Omicron lead to third COVID-19 wave in India? Centre has all the answers for you
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Will Omicron lead to third COVID-19 wave in India? Centre has all the answers for you

The government in its FAQ said that given the fast pace of vaccination in India and high exposure to the Delta variant, the severity of the disease is anticipated to be low

Nowhere to hide: Omicron variant of COVID-19 widens its reach, Singapore and Malaysia report first cases
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Nowhere to hide: Omicron variant of COVID-19 widens its reach, Singapore and Malaysia report first cases

The heavily mutated variant is setting alarm bells across nations and spreading at a rapid pace, forcing nations to impose new travel curbs and stricter restrictions on their citizenry

Compulsory vaccinations and lockdowns: World struggles as Omicron and Delta variants spell return of unpopular curbs
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Compulsory vaccinations and lockdowns: World struggles as Omicron and Delta variants spell return of unpopular curbs

With the Delta variant of COVID-19 pushing up cases in Europe and growing fears over Omicron, governments around the world are weighing new measures for populations tired of hearing about restrictions and vaccines

COVID-19: Scientists find reinfections three times more likely with Omicron variant compared to Delta
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COVID-19: Scientists find reinfections three times more likely with Omicron variant compared to Delta

South African experts said that vaccines will still however protect against the severe disease

Omicron travel ban on RSA 'unfair and ineffective', COVID-19 is borderless, says UN chief
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Omicron travel ban on RSA 'unfair and ineffective', COVID-19 is borderless, says UN chief

Antonio Guterres said countries that had reported the emergence of the new strain should not 'be collectively punished for identifying and sharing crucial science' and called for increased testing for travelers

Maharashtra to issue revised air travel guidelines in couple of days, says health minister
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Maharashtra to issue revised air travel guidelines in couple of days, says health minister

Maharashtra has mandated seven-day institutional quarantine for travellers arriving in the state from 'at-risk' countries under the guidelines issued by the State Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday night.

Omicron fallout: Centre and Maharashtra bicker over new guidelines; 6 travellers from 'at-risk' countries test COVID-positive
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Omicron fallout: Centre and Maharashtra bicker over new guidelines; 6 travellers from 'at-risk' countries test COVID-positive

Over 3,000 people from flights arriving in India from 'at risk' countries were screened at various airports across the country on Wednesday

COVID-19: US reports first case of Omicron variant in California in fully vaccinated overseas traveller
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COVID-19: US reports first case of Omicron variant in California in fully vaccinated overseas traveller

At least 23 other countries have reported cases of the new COVID-19 variant since South African authorities first identified it a week ago