Monkeypox won’t turn into pandemic, but many unknowns: WHO

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization’s top monkeypox expert said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic, but acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension of mass smallpox immunization decades ago may somehow be speeding… Continue reading Monkeypox won’t turn into pandemic, but many unknowns: WHO

Health ministry hosts ‘CGHS Panchayat’ to enable stakeholders to put forth grievances

New Delhi, May 26 (PTI) The Union health ministry on Wednesday hosted ‘CGHS Panchayat’, a first-of-its-kind initiative of the Centre to provide an open platform for all CGHS stakeholders, including pensioners, beneficiaries and healthcare organisations, to put forth their concerns. Such a platform will enable the government to understand the issues in the implementation of… Continue reading Health ministry hosts ‘CGHS Panchayat’ to enable stakeholders to put forth grievances

Older adults at higher risk of long COVID-19; shots don’t prevent it

New U.S. research on long COVID-19 provides fresh evidence that it can happen even after breakthrough infections in vaccinated people, and that older adults face higher risks for the long-term effects. In a study of veterans published Wednesday, about one-third who had breakthrough infections showed signs of long COVID. A separate report from the Centers… Continue reading Older adults at higher risk of long COVID-19; shots don’t prevent it

Hypertension most common co-morbidity: Delhi hospital study on COVID-19 patients

New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) Doctors at a Delhi government-run hospital have conducted a study to examine the epidemiological characteristics of the pandemic by describing clinical profiles of COVID-19 patients, and found that hypertension was the most common co-morbidity among them. The outbreak of the pandemic in Delhi was first reported in March 2020. A… Continue reading Hypertension most common co-morbidity: Delhi hospital study on COVID-19 patients

What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

LONDON (AP) — Health authorities in Europe, North America, Israel and Australia have identified more than 100 cases of monkeypox in recent days. Officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases because, for the first time, the rare disease appears to be spreading among people who didn’t travel to Africa, where monkeypox is… Continue reading What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

India’s COVID-19 vaccine prices cut as booster program is extended

MUMBAI, April 9 (Reuters) – Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech have cut the prices of their COVID-19 vaccines as the country plans to offer booster doses to all adults from Sunday. The cost of SII’s Covishield will drop to 225 rupees ($2.96) a dose from 600 rupees for private hospitals, chief executive… Continue reading India’s COVID-19 vaccine prices cut as booster program is extended

Covaxin booster enhances antibody response against Covid variants including Omicron: Study

New Delhi, Apr 9 (PTI) A booster dose of Covaxin administered six months after the two dose primary vaccination has shown elevated immune responses against SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern including Omicron and protection from severe disease, a study by ICMR and Bharat Biotech has found. The emergence of Omicron with at least 30 mutations within… Continue reading Covaxin booster enhances antibody response against Covid variants including Omicron: Study

India to widen COVID booster effort to all adults from Sunday

BENGALURU, April 8 (Reuters) – India will offer booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine to all adults from Sunday, although free third doses will be limited to frontline workers and those older than 60 who get them at government centres. The country has given 1.85 billion vaccine doses among its population of 1.35 billion. Of these,… Continue reading India to widen COVID booster effort to all adults from Sunday

WHO says 99% of world’s population breathes poor-quality air

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency says nearly everybody in the world breathes air that doesn’t meet its standards for air quality, calling for more action to reduce fossil-fuel use, which generates pollutants that cause respiratory and blood-flow problems and lead to millions of preventable deaths each year. The World Health Organization, about six… Continue reading WHO says 99% of world’s population breathes poor-quality air

U.S. FDA advisers to discuss additional COVID vaccine boosters

April 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s staff said on Monday that expert advisers would discuss the timing and populations for use of additional COVID-19 vaccine boosters doses in a meeting later this week. A panel of independent advisers to the agency will also weigh on the role of the FDA in… Continue reading U.S. FDA advisers to discuss additional COVID vaccine boosters