China clamps down on hidden hunt for coronavirus origins; AP probe reveals pattern of govt secrecy, top-down control
The Chinese government is monitoring scientists’ findings and mandating that the publication of any research first be approved by a new task force managed by its cabinet under direct orders from President Xi Jinping, according to internal documents obtained by AP
Molnupiravir is now in the advanced phase, multi-centre, clinical II/III trials in human beings after successful completion of phase I safety trials.
India purchased 500 mn doses of Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine, one bn from Novavax and 100 mn doses of the Russian Sputnik V candidate.
"By July-August, we have a plan to provide vaccines to around 25-30 crore people," Health Minster Harsh Vardhan said.
Vaccines offer the body’s immune system a glimpse of the virus, and then the immune system builds a broad attack.
Some experts believe that by decreasing the isolation period at five days is likely to be much more palatable and may encourage more infected people to comply.
The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care nationwide has soared from just over 360 in early October to more than 3,500 last week
The findings suggest that COVID-19 patients, even those with mild-to-moderate symptoms, need proper healthcare to overcome the infection completely.
Hantavirus got much public attention earlier this year when a man in China died of an infection caused due to a strain of this virus, the first isolate of which was found in India in 1964
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that "We cannot negotiate with it, nor close our eyes and hope it goes away."
Most importantly, the pregnant women faced a 70 percent increased risk of death, when compared to nonpregnant women who were symptomatic.
The report says an estimated 1.7 million currently undiscovered viruses are thought to exist in mammal and avian hosts.
Seventy percent of emerging diseases — such as Ebola, Zika and HIV/AIDS — are zoonotic in origin, meaning they circulate in animals before jumping to humans.
It also found that age was not a confounding factor in levels of antibodies produced, but disease severity is.
Researchers compiled data from six million patients, including age, height-weight ratio, ethnicity, and pre-existing conditions known to increase the risk of serious outcomes after infection.
The volunteer would be infected via the nose and the results will be used to study how vaccines might work and to explore potential treatments.
Lingering shortness of breath and diminished stamina have dogged many COVID patients whose lungs were viciously attacked by the coronavirus
Both the coronavirus and the flu virus are inactivated within 15 seconds by applying ethanol, which is used in hand sanitisers.
The A2a strain is predominantly found in India and maybe one or two mutations will take place “here and there” but nothing major.
Negative views of China rise sharply in Australia, Britain, 12 other countries, says survey; COVID-19 handling key factor
Citizens in the surveyed countries also do not trust China's leader Xi Jinping, with a median of 78 percent saying they do not have confidence in him to do the right thing in world affairs