EU regulator backs new COVID shots for primary vaccination

       

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Sept 28, 2022. (YVES HERMAN / REUTERS) MOSCOW / LONDON / LOS ANGELES – The European Medicines Agency said on Tuesday its emergency task force has concluded that messenger RNA bivalent COVID-19 vaccines, targeting the original strain and the Omicron BA.4-5 subvariants, may be used in previously unvaccinated children and adults. The recommendation …

‘European women’s work-life balance worsened since COVID’

       

A woman walks inside an almost empty train station, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain March 31, 2020. (SERGIO PEREZ / REUTERS) MOSCOW / ROME / PARIS – European women's work-life balance has worsened since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) report shows. The EIGE's Gender Equality Index 2022, which has a thematic …

COVID cases in France on the rise again, govt says

       

A man wearing a face mask to protect against COVID-19 looks at an information board at train station in Paris on June 30, 2022. (MICHEL EULER / AP) PARIS / MOSCOW / HARARE – New COVID-19 infections are on the rise again in France and people should consider wearing masks on public transport or when in contact with vulnerable people, French government officials said on …

WHO renames monkeypox as ‘mpox’ to avoid stigma

       

A patient shows his hand with a sore caused by an infection of the monkeypox virus, in the isolation area for monkeypox patients at the Arzobispo Loayza hospital, in Lima on Aug 16, 2022. Nearly 28,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide in the last three months and the first deaths are starting to be recorded. (ERNESTO  BENAVIDES / AFP) GENEVA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — To …

Official: Uganda recording downward trend in Ebola cases

       

Members of the Ugandan Medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit stand inside the ward in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Mubende Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda on Sept 24, 2022. (BADRU KATUMBA / AFP) KAMPALA – Uganda has recorded a drop in the number of new Ebola cases, with some districts going for at least two weeks without registering new infections, health ministry officials …

Zimbabwean top official warns of COVID-19 resurgence

       

A man is tested for COVID-19 at a private health center in Harare, Zimbabwe, Feb 3, 2022. (TSVANGIRAYI MUKWAZHI / AP) HARARE / MOSCOW / OTTAWA – Zimbabwe's COVID-19 response chief coordinator, Agnes Mahomva, has warned that the country is not yet out of danger of a resurgence of the pandemic, amid concerns that people are getting more complacent following a general decline in the …

US: New COVID variant cases surge as vaccination rate lags

       

A registered nurse inoculates a man with a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, California, Aug 28, 2021. (JAE C HONG / AP) LOS ANGELES / MOSCOW / HARARE – New Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 accounted for nearly half of new COVID-19 cases in the United States in the past week, while health officials have …

US: New COVID variants cases surge as vaccination rate lags

       

A registered nurse inoculates a man with a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, California, Aug 28, 2021. (JAE C HONG / AP) LOS ANGELES / MOSCOW – New Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 accounted for nearly half of new COVID-19 cases in the United States in the past week, while health officials have been urging …

EU regulator recommends Pfizer’s Omicron booster for kids

       

A vial labelled with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. (DADO RUVIC / REUTERS) MOSCOW – Pfizer Inc and its partner BioNTech said on Thursday the EU health regulator has recommended authorizing the use of their bivalent COVID-19 shot as a booster in children aged 5 through 11. The Omicron-tailored vaccine is already authorized by the …

Spike in flu, RSV, COVID cases overwhelm US health facilities

       

A vaccinator draws a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pediatric vaccine in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, US, Dec 5, 2021. (HANNAH BEIER / REUTERS) LOS ANGELES / MOSCOW – The United States continues to see an unusual and early spike in flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections on top of a new wave of COVID-19 cases, which overwhelm healthcare facilities nationwide. Over 4,300 influenza patients were admitted …

COVID variants BQ.1/BQ.1.1 make up 35% of US cases

       

A doctor (center) gives a man the first of two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle, the United States, on Jan 24, 2021. (TED S. WARREN / AP) MOSCOW / BERLIN – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday estimated that Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 accounted for about 35 …

ECDC: Severe COVID patients at higher risk of long COVID

       

An elderly man sits at the "Viktualienmarkt" daily food market, during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Munich, Germany, March 18, 2020. (ANDREAS GEBERT / REUTERS) STOCKHOLM / MOSCOW / LOS ANGELES – Individuals who are severely affected by COVID-19 may be at higher risk of post-infection symptoms, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Monday. The COVID-19 cases …

COVID-19: Italy to end ban on unvaccinated health workers

       

A health worker administers a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (Janssen) against COVID-19, on Aug 5, 2021 at the Ambreck pharmacy, in Milan. (MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP) MILAN / CHICAGO / MOSCOW – Italian doctors and nurses suspended from work because they are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will soon be reinstated, new Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said on Friday. The move is motivated by …

Canada confirms 21,810 new COVID-19 cases in one week

       

A United States-bound passenger walks in Toronto Pearson Airport's Terminal 3, days before new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing protocols to enter the US come into effect, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada Dec 3, 2021. (CHRIS HELGREN / REUTERS) OTTAWA / MOSCOW – Canada confirmed 21,810 new COVID-19 cases for the week ending Oct 22, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said on Friday. The number …

Russia reports 7,329 new COVID-19 cases

       

In this Jan 24 file photo, medical staff carry out from an ambulance a person at the COVID-19 infected patients section at the Pokrovskaya hospital in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP) MOSCOW – Russia registered 7,329 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 21,380,264, the official monitoring and response center said Monday. The center said the nationwide …

WHO stresses vaccines as flu season ramps up, COVID lurks

       

An elderly man sits at the "Viktualienmarkt" daily food market, during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Munich, Germany, March 18, 2020. (ANDREAS GEBERT / REUTERS) COPENHAGEN – Vaccination continues to be one of the most effective tools in combating both influenza and COVID-19, and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe urges all those eligible to get their influenza and COVID-19 …

Uganda urges vigilance as Ebola cases in capital city rise to 5

       

This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (HANDOUT / CDC / CYNTHIA GOLDSMITH / AFP) KAMPALA – Uganda's Ministry of Health on Sunday urged the public to remain vigilant as the Ebola cases in the capital city Kampala continue to …

Cameroon to start fifth phase of COVID-19 vaccination

       

China's Sinopharm vaccines are seen at an airport in Yaounde, Cameroon, April 11, 2021. (PHOTO / XINHUA) YAOUNDE / MOSCOW – Cameroon will start the fifth phase of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination next month, according to the country's Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie. The campaign will run from Nov 18 to 27 and will target people aged 18 and above, vaccinated people eligible for the …

US CDC concerned for new Omicron subvariants

       

People wait outside a community center as long lines continue for individuals trying to be tested for COVID-19 during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in San Diego, California, US, Jan 10, 2022. (MIKE BLAKE / REUTERS) LOS ANGELES / OTTAWA / MOSCOW – The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention is closely tracking a wide range of Omicron sublineages, including three drawing recent attention, the …

WHO official warns pandemic ‘not over yet’

       

A picture taken on May 8, 2021 shows a sign of the World Health Organization at the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP) MANILA – "The pandemic is not yet over," a World Health Organization official warned on Friday, saying the continued emergence of subvariants "poses a risk of resurgence and overwhelming health systems." Babatunde Olowokure, director …