Brazil and Argentina tapped to make mRNA Covid-19 vaccines in Latin America

BRASILIA (REUTERS) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected two biomedical centers in Argentina and Brazil as regional hubs to develop and produce mRNA-based vaccines to fight Covid-19 in Latin America, the regional health agency said on Tuesday (Sept 21). The idea is to tap existing manufacturing capacities

COVID-19: Campaign launched to encourage students to get tested regularly when schools return

A drive to persuade secondary school and college pupils to get tested for coronavirus regularly and ensure they are vaccinated where possible has been launched by the government. The campaign, which comes ahead of the start of the autumn term and includes a radio advert and promotion on social media,

US probing Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine for increased heart inflammation risk

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US health officials are investigating reports that Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine may be linked to a higher risk of a rare heart condition in younger adults than previously thought, the Washington Post reported late on Thursday (Aug 19), citing people familiar with the review. The report quoted a

Real-time data suggest Asia's economy already feeling Delta hit

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – Asia’s economies are already showing a hit from the surging Delta variant of Covid-19 as consumers stay at home and airplanes idle on the tarmac. Early warning signs are showing up in Google mobility data capturing the impact of government restrictions on movement. Flight capacity in

COVID-19: Minister wants staff in ‘at least’ two or three days a week with ‘cautious approach’ to civil servants returning to desks

A minister has told Sky News he would like staff in his department to be coming into the office “at least” two or three days a week, after the government insisted it would follow a “cautious” approach to civil servants returning to their desks. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng was asked

WHO approves breastfeeding during Covid-19 infection, after vaccination

COPENHAGEN (XINHUA) – The virus that causes Covid-19 has not been detected in breast milk and breastfeeding does not need to be discontinued during Covid-19 infection nor following vaccination of the mother, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe said on Wednesday (Aug 4). The latest finding, although

COVID-19: Pupils, parents and teachers left ‘bewildered and floundering’ by government’s handling of education during pandemic, report says

Pupils, parents and teachers have been left “bewildered and floundering” by the government’s handling of education during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a critical new report. The Institute for Government said that lessons were not learnt from the first COVID-19 lockdown, leading to a case of “pause, rewind, repeat” when

Solo dining may be the sweet spot for Covid-19 safety, eatery income

Can we please bury the so-called stigma of solo dining, especially if it can be considered as a sweet spot for combining Covid-19 safety and eatery income? For years, lone voices clapped back at sheeple bleating pityingly and lamely (“oh, poor thing”) at people eating alone. But with the pandemic

COVID-19: Number of Conservative MPs say they think PM won’t follow through and introduce domestic vaccine passports

A number of Conservative MPs have told Sky News they do not think the government will follow through and actually introduce domestic vaccine passports. The prospect of people having to prove their COVID-19 status to access a range of venues has been raised in recent weeks. Boris Johnson has already

COVID-19: UK to give Kenya more than 800,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

The UK will give Kenya 817,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, the government has announced. Ministers said the offer would help the nation – which has a population of around 52 million – to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first 400,000 doses due to be sent this week.