The US is preparing for the possibility that a booster shot will be needed between nine and 12 months after people are initially vaccinated against Covid-19, a White House official said on Thursday.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #Pfizer
Over 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations have now been given in the EU - and a major extension to the European Commission's contract with Pfizer-BioNTech has been announced.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
European Union countries will receive 50 million more coronavirus vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech in the second quarter of 2020, head of the commission Ursula von der Leyen said, as deliveries expected at the end of the year will be brought forward.
A biotech company comprised of scientists from the University of Bristol is launching a bid to start a clinical trial of a nasal spray treatment for the coronavirus.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Halo Therapeutics wants to commercialise their discovery of a molecule which their research says changes the shape of the COVID-19 virus's spike protein, preventing it from human entering cells.
Under the conditions agreed with Apple and Google, public health authorities are required to not collect location data on users.They put NHS in the app's name to hide the government's incompetence and to run down the NHS.
Only three of England’s seven Nightingale hospitals have ever been used to treat Covid patients – despite costing the taxpayer more than £500m to set-up and keep on standby, HuffPost UK can reveal.#UK #politics #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Photographs of firefighters, grocery workers and hospital staff were captured as they worked through the pandemicAn interesting collection of photos and video in this photo essay.
The virus that causes the common cold can effectively boot the Covid virus out of the body's cells, say researchers.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Some viruses are known to compete in order to be the one that causes an infection.
And University of Glasgow scientists say it appears cold-causing rhinovirus trumps coronavirus.
The benefits might be short-lived but rhinovirus is so widespread, they add, it could still help to suppress Covid.
Apple today updated Apple Maps with COVID-19 vaccination locations from VaccineFinder, a free, online service developed by Boston Children’s Hospital that provides the latest vaccine availability for those eligible at providers and pharmacies throughout the US. Users can find nearby COVID-19 vaccination locations from the Search bar in Apple Maps by selecting COVID-19 Vaccines in the Find Nearby menu or by asking Siri, “Where can I get a COVID vaccination?”This is USA only.
Photographer Gary Calton spent his childhood holidays on the beaches of North Yorkshire. Over the past few years he has returned during winter to enjoy its rugged beauty. Here he describes how the pandemic has affected the resorts, leaving them empty and soulless#photography #PhotoEssay #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
John Hollis didn’t realise he’d been infected with Covid-19. But he later discovered he’s one of the rare people who has “super antibodies”.He thinks there are others out there. Seems very likely to me.
The antibodies are so good at killing the virus, he’s practically immune to the disease.
Still, if scientists hope to find others like John, they’ll have to tackle long standing mistrust among the African-American community.
As Easter approaches, some London shops are still displaying Christmas decorations after closing at short notice on 20 December#photography #photojournalism #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The battle against Covid-19 took a major step forward on Friday as the US moved closer to distributing its first one-shot Covid-19 vaccine, after an independent expert advisory panel recommended drug regulators authorize the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for emergency use.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #USA
fizer-BioNTech has begun testing a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine in a small group of people. The vaccine is currently authorized in several countries in a two-dose regimen, given 21 days apart, and has proven in studies to be about 95% effective in protecting against COVID-19 disease. But as new (and more infectious) genetic variants of the COVID-19 virus start circulating—so far, scientists have identified three major strains, first found in the U.K., South Africa, and Brazil, respectively—questions about how well authorized vaccines can still thwart the virus have become more urgent.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
New government-funded research this week should offer some comfort to people who have survived covid-19. It suggests they have a low risk of reinfection from the coronavirus, at least around three months later.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Ghana has become the first country to receive coronavirus vaccines through the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative.For all of us to be safe, it needs all of us to be safe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) programme aims to ensure that vaccines are shared fairly among all nations.
Covax is aiming to deliver about two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines globally by the end of the year.
French researchers have developed a coronavirus test that they say delivers results three times faster than rapid lateral flow antigen tests with – according to initial trial data – almost the same accuracy as more reliable, but slower, PCR tests.No, you don’t hold a camel under your chin...
The test, which will next undergo a three-month trial on 1,000 people, uses nanobodies taken from the camelid group of animals – which includes camels, llamas and alpacas – because they are more stable than antibodies from other animals.
Real-world evidence from the Covid vaccination programmes in England and Scotland show that one dose of vaccine gives high protection against severe disease and admission to hospital – and protects against even mild disease with no symptoms in younger people.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Not a single case of influenza has been detected by public health officials in England for the past seven weeks, with infection rates at historic lows amid the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #flu #influenza
Scientists are developing a range of second-generation Covid vaccines aimed at expanding protection against the disease.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Candidates include one version that could provide immune defence against many different virus variants, while other researchers are investigating vaccines that would generate responses aimed specifically at blocking transmission of the disease.
Ministers are to reconsider vitamin D as a potential weapon against Covid-19 after Matt Hancock wrongly claimed that government scientists had run unsuccessful tests.Recognise that name?
The health secretary told the Commons last week that he had ordered a trial that showed vitamin D did not “appear to have any impact”. Officials now admit that no trials took place.
Matt Hancock acted unlawfully when his department did not reveal details of contracts it had signed during the Covid pandemic, a court has ruled.Oh, look! The government has broken the law again. I do wish people would stop calling it "cronyism" and start calling it what it is - corruption.
I'm sweating, need a drink and the bridge of my nose is red-raw when I look in the mirror.#photography #photojournalism #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #medicine #health
I've just stepped out of the intensive care ward at Harrogate District Hospital.
I thought I knew what to expect, but nothing prepares you for what it's like on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.
A drug normally used to treat arthritis can be a life-saver for some of the sickest hospital patients with Covid, new research shows.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
For every 25 patients treated with tocilizumab, along with a cheap steroid already routinely given, an additional life would be saved, the experts say.
Scientists advising the World Health Organisation have recommended the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults of all ages.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
A commonly used asthma treatment appears to reduce the need for hospitalizations as well as recovery time for COVID-19 patients if given within seven days of symptoms appearing, researchers at the University of Oxford said on Tuesday.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The findings were made following a mid-stage study of the steroid budesonide, sold as Pulmicort by AstraZeneca Plc and also used for treating smoker’s lung.
Over 42 million Americans have so far received a dose of a covid-19 vaccine, as of late January. Importantly, though, most of these people have only received the first of two doses required for the similar Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, currently the only vaccines authorized for use in the U.S.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Both vaccines are highly effective at preventing symptoms from covid-19, at least for people who receive two doses about a month apart. Yet some people, even scientists, have wondered whether a single dose or two doses taken more than a month apart may provide similar benefits, largely based on select data from the clinical trials used to secure their emergency approval.
HuffPost UK reader Lisa asked: “Does the vaccine give the same or better protection than actually having had the virus? I am unclear why people who have had Covid are also being told to get vaccinated.”#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
People who’ve previously had Covid-19 are still urged to have the vaccine – but many are wondering why. Surely they should have built up enough immunity to coronavirus naturally, some argue, so shouldn’t need to have the jab as well.
Researchers from Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Medical Center developed a coronavirus therapy that was found to cure COVID-19 in 3-5 days in most volunteers who received the drug.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
EXO-CD24 is a medication delivered directly to the lungs, where it’ll help prevent the immune system dealing with COVID-19 from overreacting and causing complications.
The drug is administered once a day for five minutes via inhalation. In Phase 1 trials, 29 out of 30 people suffering from moderate to severe COVID-19 recovered within 3-5 days, and all of them survived.
Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability, gathered responses to Covid-19 by 43 artists from 20 nations. A featured collaboration of four photographers with the Guardian, in the summer of 2020, draws on themes of isolation, confinement and political instability, and includes laureates and shortlisted photographers from the prize’s eight editions#photography #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing
Up to 100 children a week are being hospitalised with a rare disease that can emerge weeks after Covid-19, leaving them in intensive care, doctors have said.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
In a phenomenon that is worrying paediatricians, 75% of the children worst affected by paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome (PIMS) were black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME). Almost four out of five children were previously healthy, according to an unpublished snapshot of cases.
It might be possible to be infected with different variants of coronavirus at the same time, a preprint study from Brazil suggests.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
For the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, researchers from Feevale University in Brazil looked at the makeup of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, in 92 people who had tested positive.
When researchers sequenced the virus – which is basically a way for them to track the virus’ mutations – they say they identified two people who had been infected with two different variants of the virus in November.
About one in three people recently given a Covid vaccine by the NHS report some side-effects.Good news. So far no one's head has jumped off and run away screaming.
None was serious - a common one was some soreness around the injection site, the UK researchers who gathered the feedback found.
A UK trial has been launched to see if giving people different Covid vaccines for their first and second doses works as well as the current approach of using the same type of vaccine twice.Presumably they'll only be given to people who haven't had Covid-19. If they don't test for this, would 800 volunteers be enough?
The idea is to provide more flexibility with vaccine rollout and help deal with any potential disruption to supplies.
Scientists say mixing jabs could also possibly give even better protection.
The vaccines minister said no changes would be made to the UK's current approach until at least the summer.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine may have a "substantial effect" on transmission of coronavirus, and a three-month gap between doses does not lower protection, according to a report.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Tests results by University of Oxford, published in a pre-print report with The Lancet, showed a 67% reduction in positive COVID-19 swabs among those vaccinated.
Death rates among people who end up in intensive care with Covid-19 have improved dramatically since the start of the pandemic thanks to advances in treatment, new research has found.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The proportion of those worst affected by the disease who die from it has fallen from 60% when it first appeared early last year to 36% by October, the study of global trends shows.
The great hope for drug treatments against Covid-19 – the monoclonal antibodies – are failing against variants of the virus, such as those that have emerged in South Africa and Brazil, scientists have found.Just to clarify: these are just one type of treatment for people who have Covid-19. I think it's unlikely that the others will have changed in effectiveness, as they tend to work on the human immune system, not directly on the virus.
Captain Sir Tom Moore has been admitted to hospital with coronavirus, his daughter has said.Such a shame.
The 100-year-old, who raised more than £33m for the NHS, was taken to Bedford Hospital after requiring help with his breathing, Hannah Ingram-Moore said on Twitter.
She said he had been treated for pneumonia over the past few weeks and last week tested positive for Covid-19.
Most people who have Covid-19 develop a decent immune response.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
“But this guy’s response is 100 to 1,000-fold that,” Turville said.
“His response is that good. To put it in context, we are eight or nine months out since he was infected. And he still ranks in the top 1% of responders, so what that means is if we could ever bottle a vaccine that could mimic his response, you’d want to do it. I would say that we’re going to see him responding just as well probably a year out, and maybe after about two years we might start to see some response decay.”
Clinical trial data showed that the vaccines from Novavax and Johnson & Johnson had significantly less efficacy at preventing coronavirus in trial participants in South Africa, where the new variant is widespread, compared with countries where the variant is less common.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #vaccine
The llama has provided nanobodies that effectively prevent infection, but the use of other species in Covid research raises troubling ethical questions#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #AnimalTesting