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Earlier coronavirus lockdown 'could have saved 36,000 lives' Earlier coronavirus lockdown 'could have saved 36,000 lives'
- May 26, 2020

If cities and states around the USA had started locking down and imposing limits on social contact on March 1 - which is about two weeks earlier than the first Americans started staying home as a result of the coronavirus - most of the coronavirus deaths in the U.S. (more...)
Covid-19: US company trials coronavirus vaccine candidate in Australia Covid-19: US company trials coronavirus vaccine candidate in Australia
- May 26, 2020

With countries slowly reopening their economies by lifting lockdowns, the creation of an effective vaccine is seen as the long-term solution to controlling the Covid-19 pandemic. virus, the kinds of molecules needed for immunity. The vaccine stimulates high levels of neutralising antibodies and is aimed at enhancing the body's immune response. (more...)
World Health Organization suspends hydroxychloroquine trials for COVID-19 World Health Organization suspends hydroxychloroquine trials for COVID-19
- May 26, 2020

The tests were part of the WHO-led global Solidarity Trial , which aims to find out if existing medications that were developed against malaria, HIV, Ebola and multiple sclerosis could help to treat the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. Having sung the praises of hydroxychloroquine during his coronavirus briefings in March and April, Mr Trump stunned reporters on May 18 when he announced that he was taking it, even though he had not tested positive for COVID-19. (more...)
Thailand begins coronavirus vaccine trials on monkeys Thailand begins coronavirus vaccine trials on monkeys
- May 26, 2020

However, the scientists, including those from the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology in China said further research is needed to confirm whether the vaccine protects against SARS-CoV-2 infection. "That's a very important target population that they would have to examine", she said. This inconsistency in immune system response may suggest the Ad5-nCoV vaccine could be less effective in older subjects, as they potentially have higher levels of pre-existing immunity to this common ... (more...)
12 new cases over last 48 hours 12 new cases over last 48 hours
- May 26, 2020

There have been no new community or long-term care outbreaks over the past two days. A total of 2,102 cases are now considered fully recovered, as well. "We need to keep our curve flat - as flat as we possibly can - as we look to ease more restrictions later this summer", Henry said. Alberta has had a total of 6,860 COVID-19 cases and 135 deaths since the pandemic started in March. (more...)
Ontario reports 404 new cases of COVID-19, 8170 tests Ontario reports 404 new cases of COVID-19, 8170 tests
- May 26, 2020

You get the odd group that misbehaves and you can't blame the entire city of Toronto. "The increase in the number of cases that we're seeing now in the last few days really relates back to the week before, with the Mother's Day events and so on, people seeing families when they should not have been more than five people together", she said. (more...)
Thailand Conducts Tests On Monkeys In Search Of COVID-19 Vaccine Thailand Conducts Tests On Monkeys In Search Of COVID-19 Vaccine
- May 26, 2020

Thirty-five lawmakers sent a letter ( pdf ) to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration last month urging for all options to be considered in accelerating the development and deployment of a vaccine, including HCS. (more...)
Wuhan Laboratory had three Reside bat coronaviruses Wuhan Laboratory had three Reside bat coronaviruses
- May 25, 2020

The entire Chinese team has been reportedly researching on the bat coronavirus since 2004. "We know that the whole genome of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is only 80 percent similar to that of SARS". But she said that none of the live bat viruses matched coronavirus, and rebuked claims that the virus leaked out of the lab. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had on May 3 claimed that the US had " enormous evidence " that the virus originated in the WIV. (more...)
After Moderna, CanSino Biologics claims positive results in early trials After Moderna, CanSino Biologics claims positive results in early trials
- May 25, 2020

Thailand is joining the race to develop its own vaccine for Covid-19 - one of 100 potential vaccines being produced worldwide. While in phase 1, blood samples of the healthy volunteers were tested to check whether the vaccine helped generate antibodies, phase 3 will involve thousands of patients, essentially being the real test against the virus . (more...)
Coronavirus: AstraZeneca boss confident Covid-19 vaccine can succeed Coronavirus: AstraZeneca boss confident Covid-19 vaccine can succeed
- May 25, 2020

However, he said there are still many challenges ahead, including how long it will take to prove the vaccine works - particularly since transmission has dropped significantly in Britain - and any potential manufacturing complications. He penned an op-ed in the Washington Post about Moderna's claims earlier this week that its vaccine has seen favorable results in its trial. If fewer than 20 people test positive, he warns the results may be of limited or no use. (more...)
Lockdown measures have kept almost 80 million children from receiving preventive vaccines Lockdown measures have kept almost 80 million children from receiving preventive vaccines
- May 25, 2020

More than half of 129 counties, where immunization data was readily available, reported moderate, severe or total suspensions of vaccinations during March and April. Speaking from NY at the video press conference hosted in Geneva, she said: "Vaccination campaigns which seek to vaccinate large parts of the population in a short period of time, have also been badly hit, especially for measles and polio. (more...)
Over 400 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario Over 400 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario
- May 25, 2020

Among the total cases, 78 (11%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak, and among the total deaths, 11 (44%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak. It's the biggest spike the province has recorded since May 8, while it marks the fourth straight day that it has eclipsed 400 new daily cases. Data reported by the ministry is reported to them by long-term care facilities in Ontario . (more...)
Sees First Case of Rare Childhood Syndrome Linked to COVID-19 Sees First Case of Rare Childhood Syndrome Linked to COVID-19
- May 25, 2020

Two cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 have been confirmed in Snohomish and King Counties. Both of the cases confirmed by the health department were treated at Seattle Children's. The Italian researchers said that coronavirus-related cases should be classified as "Kawasaki-like disease", because the symptoms in these 10 children were different and more severe than in cases that occurred before the pandemic. (more...)
Early study of Covid-19 vaccine developed in China sees mixed results Early study of Covid-19 vaccine developed in China sees mixed results
- May 25, 2020

The lead researcher said the results represent an important milestone, but should be interpreted with caution. The early data announced by Moderna earlier this week showed that its COVID-19 vaccine is capable of producing neutralising antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease. (more...)
Expert 'optimistic' over COVID-19 vaccines after Moderna data reveal Expert 'optimistic' over COVID-19 vaccines after Moderna data reveal
- May 25, 2020

In Phase III, the researchers will assess the response of the vaccine in a large group of people over the age of 18. A double-blind study with a control group has already been started as a phase trial. The completion of the trials will fulfill some of FDA's requirements for vaccine registration "for issuance of the Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) for market release in the Philippines", according to the IATF. (more...)
Second Missouri hairstylist who worked while showing coronavirus symptoms tests positive Second Missouri hairstylist who worked while showing coronavirus symptoms tests positive
- May 25, 2020

In this instance, the 84 customers exposed got services from the hairstylist at Great Clips, said Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. 'We've closed the salon where the employee works and it's now undergoing additional sanitizing and deep cleaning'. "And maybe more so, I'm disappointed". (more...)
Trump says CDC will issue guidance soon on reopening churches Trump says CDC will issue guidance soon on reopening churches
- May 25, 2020

The CDC website says, "Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious". "These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs", the CDC warned. This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19. (more...)
Pharmacies selected as a 'target setting' for COVID-19 antibody testing Pharmacies selected as a 'target setting' for COVID-19 antibody testing
- May 25, 2020

Hancock eventually wants to develop a certificate system based on antibody test results which would inform people how to safely go about their lives. Public Health England (PHE) also then said last week that scientists at its Porton Down facility had carried out an independent evaluation of the Roche test. (more...)
COVID-19 vaccine developed in China shows promising results in early trials COVID-19 vaccine developed in China shows promising results in early trials
- May 24, 2020

On day 14, all the participants showed the presence of antibodies which peaked at day 28 and T-cell response peaked at day 14 after the vaccination. While antibodies neutralise the virus outside the cells, T-cell response plays a major role in destroying virus-infected cells. (more...)
Top Health Experts Say Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Ready within Months Top Health Experts Say Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Ready within Months
- May 24, 2020

Bharat Biotech, a country-based private firm, is aggressively working to develop and test a vaccine for Covid-19 and, in this regard, the company has formed a wider collaboration with many institutions, including the country's government-owned Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). (more...)

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