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WHO won't endorse COVID-19 vaccine unless it is effective and safe says Tedros Ghebreyesus
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WHO won't endorse COVID-19 vaccine unless it is effective and safe says Tedros Ghebreyesus

He also said, “The anti-vaccine movement, they can build narratives to fight against vaccines but the track record of vaccines tells its own story and people should not be confused."

Uncertainty over long-term immune response has implications for efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine, say experts
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Uncertainty over long-term immune response has implications for efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine, say experts

In an editorial in the ICMR's, Indian Journal of Medical Research, experts also said that continued use of masks and other measures may be advocated if evidence shows a possible role of asymptomatic persons in COVID-19 transmission

Countries may miss goals to reduce chronic diseases by 2030 due to COVID-19, reveals Lancet study
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Countries may miss goals to reduce chronic diseases by 2030 due to COVID-19, reveals Lancet study

As per the the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.4 signed in 2015, the aim is to achieve a one-third reduction in global deaths among those aged between 30 and 70 due to cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes

Trump administration said that the US won't join global effort to find COVID-19 vaccine
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Trump administration said that the US won't join global effort to find COVID-19 vaccine

More than 150 countries are setting up the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility but Trump claims the WHO is in need of reform and is influenced by China.

Africa wins battle against wild poliovirus, WHO announces; threat of vaccine-derived polio persists
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Africa wins battle against wild poliovirus, WHO announces; threat of vaccine-derived polio persists

Polio is a highly contagious virus and was endemic around the world until a vaccine was found in the 1950s.

NEET, JEE row: Three reasons why conducting exams in September could lead to a nightmare scenario
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NEET, JEE row: Three reasons why conducting exams in September could lead to a nightmare scenario

Evidence has shown that when it comes to contracting the coronavirus, being outdoors is 20 times safer than being indoors. In fact, those highest at risk are often in crowded indoor spaces with poor ventilation. Sounds familiar?

Distributing COVID-19 vaccines without rich countries cornering doses will be a challenge: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan
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Distributing COVID-19 vaccines without rich countries cornering doses will be a challenge: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan

India is a hub for vaccines since many companies are working on vaccine development, either on their own or in collaboration.

Children born, living in high-altitude areas may have slower growth compared to those in lower altitudes, reveals study
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Children born, living in high-altitude areas may have slower growth compared to those in lower altitudes, reveals study

Specific interventions must be devised for children born and growing up in hilly or mountainous regions, noted a study which observed over 9 lakh children from 59 countries between 1992 and 2018

WHO says reports on Hong Kong man getting reinfected with COVID-19 are 'important' for vaccine research
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WHO says reports on Hong Kong man getting reinfected with COVID-19 are 'important' for vaccine research

A WHO spokesperson said that the unpublished study offers the first "clear documentation" that reinfection is possible, but added that the number of such cases is likely very small

Hope to finish coronavirus pandemic within two years, says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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Hope to finish coronavirus pandemic within two years, says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

I think we can finish the coronavirus pandemic in a shorter time than we did the 1918 Spanish Flu, said the WHO chief

Maltreated children five times more likely to develop multiple chronic illnesses in adulthood, says study
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Maltreated children five times more likely to develop multiple chronic illnesses in adulthood, says study

The study also found that adults who had experienced neglect or physical, sexual and emotional abuse as children were over three times more likely to report poor health, widespread pain, frailty and loneliness

1.3 million women in India lost access to contraceptives, abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic: report
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1.3 million women in India lost access to contraceptives, abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic: report

WHO said two-thirds of 103 countries surveyed between mid-May and early July reported disruptions to family planning and contraception services.

Test and trace need to be combined with other measures is effective to slow COVID-19 spread finds new study
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Test and trace need to be combined with other measures is effective to slow COVID-19 spread finds new study

Survivors of COVID-19 have some degree of immunity, though it remains unclear how robust it is and how long it lasts.

Masks don't make you breathe in more carbon dioxide: Debunking myths about their efficiency, effects on oral cavity
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Masks don't make you breathe in more carbon dioxide: Debunking myths about their efficiency, effects on oral cavity

There are various studies that show how various types of masks, and even face covers, can reduce the spread of contaminated droplets to varying distances

Scientists are seeing signs of lasting immunity to COVID-19, among survivors with even mild infections
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Scientists are seeing signs of lasting immunity to COVID-19, among survivors with even mild infections

Protection against reinfection is not confirmed unless there's proof that people can encounter the virus again and keep it at bay,

WHO urges all countries to join COVAX to ensure everyone has access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine
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WHO urges all countries to join COVAX to ensure everyone has access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine will be allocated in two phases with all countries getting doses simultaneously while the second phase will take each countries' threat level into account.

WHO warns Coronavirus cases in Asia-Pacific countries are being driven by people under 50
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WHO warns Coronavirus cases in Asia-Pacific countries are being driven by people under 50

Many people have mild or no COVID-19 symptoms but risk infecting the elderly and other vulnerable populations.

Losing weight before midlife may reduce early death risks by 54% in obese people, says study
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Losing weight before midlife may reduce early death risks by 54% in obese people, says study

Obesity can cause many chronic diseases, like cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer -- all of which in turn increases the likelihood of death.

Malaysia detects four new cases with Coronavirus mutation strain 10 times more infectious than the original
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Malaysia detects four new cases with Coronavirus mutation strain 10 times more infectious than the original

The mutation has increased the number of "spikes" on the coronavirus which in turn significantly increases it ability to infect human cells.

Months into COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say strong hints of blood plasma helping other patients recover
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Months into COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say strong hints of blood plasma helping other patients recover

They say that there is no solid evidence that blood plasma actually fights COVID-19 and, if it does, how best can it be used.