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Covid booster shot could be needed after nine to 12 months, White House says | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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
 

COVID-19: EU hits 100 million vaccine doses - and announces major extension to Pfizer deal | World News | Sky News

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.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

COVID-19: Nasal spray could prevent coronavirus invading human cells | Science & Tech News | Sky News

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.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

COVID-19: NHS coronavirus app update blocked for breaking privacy rules | Science & Tech News | Sky News

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.

#technology #tech #Apple #Google #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #UK #government #Tories #NotTheNHS
 

It’s time to consider a #patent reprieve for #COVID #vaccines


The #pandemic is not a competition between companies and will not end without more-equal distribution of #coronavirus vaccines.

This idea needs to be considered seriously because a temporary IP (#intellectual-property) waiver could have a role in accelerating the end of the pandemic. It would also send a powerful message from richer countries and pharmaceutical companies that they are willing to forgo some profit for the greater good.
 

Revealed: What Really Happened In The Nightingales | HuffPost UK

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
 

‘Working class people always hustle’: LA's essential workers – in portraits | Los Angeles | The Guardian

Photographs of firefighters, grocery workers and hospital staff were captured as they worked through the pandemic
An interesting collection of photos and video in this photo essay.

#photography #PhotoEssay #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus: How the common cold can boot out Covid | BBC News

The virus that causes the common cold can effectively boot the Covid virus out of the body's cells, say researchers.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Coronavirus: How the common cold can boot out Covid | BBC News

The virus that causes the common cold can effectively boot the Covid virus out of the body's cells, say researchers.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Apple Maps Adds COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in the US | MacStories

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.

#technology #tech #Apple #AppleMaps #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #vaccination #USA
Apple Maps Adds COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in the US
 

The North Yorkshire seaside resorts during lockdown - a photo essay | Photography | The Guardian

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

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/15/the-north-yorkshire-seaside-resorts-during-lockdown-a-photo-essay

 

Covid: The man with 'super antibodies' | BBC News

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”.
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.
He thinks there are others out there. Seems very likely to me.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Ghosts of Christmas past: festive displays remain in London's locked-down shops - in pictures | UK news | The Guardian

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

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2021/mar/05/ghosts-of-christmas-past-festive-displays-remain-in-londons-locked-down-shops-in-pictures

 

Texas governor lifts mask mandate despite health officials' warnings | CNN

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he's lifting the mask mandate in Texas, even as health officials warn not to ease safety restrictions.
#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #science #medicine #health #smh
 

The Mystery Of The Covid Deaths Taking Months To Appear In NHS Data | HuffPost UK

Deaths are meant to be recorded with 24 hours. No one could tell us why some were taking up to nine months.
[Longish read]

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 
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Airport 2021

If you MUST travel by air...
Stay safe, distanced & eyes open.
And then, expect lots of forms, warnings, tracking & quarantine - at least to/from New York.

#airport #airtravel #COVID19 #coronavirus #myphoto #fenfotos #LGA #NewYork #travel #StaySafe Better times ahead.
 

Johnson & Johnson one-shot Covid vaccine gets nod from FDA advisory panel | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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
 
Here’s a post-pandemic piece I’ve been working on.

What next

They give the all clear
What next?

WE MEET
We can touch again
But let’s savour it
Remember it
Go slow like we haven’t touched
or been touched before.
I gently reach out one finger to touch...
your ankle
the back of your hand
your forehead

WE TALK
Close up, without masks
I can see your mouth move
The changing creases on your face
I hear you, there’s no mute button
I could try to silence you
by putting my finger
on your lips
Maybe even in your mouth
What next?

WE COME OUT
All of us
Those who were alone
in houses so quiet, and
Those who were crowded
in houses so noisy
Those who stayed in and
Those who went out

WE GATHER
Not with cardboard cups in the park
keeping our distance,
But close, with mugs of tea and coffee
Clinking glasses of wine and beer

WE TOAST
Doctors and nurses
Teachers and carers
Couriers and farmers
And so many more
We toast each other!

What next?

WE REMEMBER
Many that died
Those that are ill
Those who are alone still

WE PRETEND
We never broke the rules
But admit that we bent them
And the rules were so confusing
and ever-changing anyhow

What next?

WE PROMISE
To do better next time
To question politicians more
and scientists less
To think again about when to clap
and for whom
To go forward more justly, equally, greenly
To take care of each other better
To listen to one another more
To change.

WE PROMISE
To do better
But will we?

What next?

#poetry #pandemic #future #COVID19 #coronavirus
 
Here’s a post-pandemic piece I’ve been working on.

What next

They give the all clear
What next?

WE MEET
We can touch again
But let’s savour it
Remember it
Go slow like we haven’t touched
or been touched before.
I gently reach out one finger to touch...
your ankle
the back of your hand
your forehead

WE TALK
Close up, without masks
I can see your mouth move
The changing creases on your face
I hear you, there’s no mute button
I could try to silence you
by putting my finger
on your lips
Maybe even in your mouth
What next?

WE COME OUT
All of us
Those who were alone
in houses so quiet, and
Those who were crowded
in houses so noisy
Those who stayed in and
Those who went out

WE GATHER
Not with cardboard cups in the park
keeping our distance,
But close, with mugs of tea and coffee
Clinking glasses of wine and beer

WE TOAST
Doctors and nurses
Teachers and carers
Couriers and farmers
And so many more
We toast each other!

What next?

WE REMEMBER
Many that died
Those that are ill
Those who are alone still

WE PRETEND
We never broke the rules
But admit that we bent them
And the rules were so confusing
and ever-changing anyhow

What next?

WE PROMISE
To do better next time
To question politicians more
and scientists less
To think again about when to clap
and for whom
To go forward more justly, equally, greenly
To take care of each other better
To listen to one another more
To change.

WE PROMISE
To do better
But will we?

What next?

#poetry #pandemic #future #COVID19 #coronavirus
 

Pfizer-BioNTech Will Test a Third Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine | Time

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
 

Covid-19 Survivors Have a Low Risk of Reinfection | Gizmodo

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
 

Covid: WHO scheme Covax delivers first vaccines | BBC News

Ghana has become the first country to receive coronavirus vaccines through the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative.
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.
For all of us to be safe, it needs all of us to be safe.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Prototype Covid test delivers results three times faster than lateral flow | World news | The Guardian

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.
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.
No, you don’t hold a camel under your chin...

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

One vaccine dose gives high protection from severe Covid, evidence shows | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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 flu detected by Public Health England this year as Covid restrictions suppress virus | The Independent

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 say clinical trials for ‘variant-proof’ vaccines could start very soon | Society | The Guardian

Scientists are developing a range of second-generation Covid vaccines aimed at expanding protection against the disease.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Hancock wrong to say government scientists ran coronavirus trial on vitamin D | News | The Times

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.
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.
Recognise that name?

#politics #UK #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #VitaminD #Tories #MattHancock #corruption
 

Covid: Matt Hancock acted unlawfully over pandemic contracts | BBC News

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.

#UK #government #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #corruption #cronyism
 

In pictures: Inside an intensive care ward in the middle of a pandemic | BBC News

I'm sweating, need a drink and the bridge of my nose is red-raw when I look in the mirror.
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.
#photography #photojournalism #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #medicine #health
 

Arthritis drug tocilizumab cuts deaths from Covid | BBC News

A drug normally used to treat arthritis can be a life-saver for some of the sickest hospital patients with Covid, new research shows.
For every 25 patients treated with tocilizumab, along with a cheap steroid already routinely given, an additional life would be saved, the experts say.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine recommended for adults of all ages, say scientists advising the World Health Organisation | World News | Sky News

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
 

Common asthma drug cuts COVID-19 hospitalization risk, recovery time - Oxford study | Reuters

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.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

What Could Happen If You Miss Your Second Covid-19 Vaccine Dose?

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.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Does The Vaccine Give Better Protection Than Having Had The Virus? | HuffPost UK Life

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.”
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Breakthrough drug might cure COVID-19 in just five days | BGR

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.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Breakthrough drug might cure COVID-19 in just five days
 

Breakthrough drug might cure COVID-19 in just five days | BGR

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.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Breakthrough drug might cure COVID-19 in just five days
 

Confinement: photographic responses to the pandemic | World news | The Guardian

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

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2021/feb/05/confinement-photographic-responses-to-the-pandemic

 

Up to 100 UK children a week hospitalised with rare post-Covid disease | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Can You Catch Two Strains Of Covid At The Same Time? We Asked Experts | HuffPost UK Life

It might be possible to be infected with different variants of coronavirus at the same time, a preprint study from Brazil suggests.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Study reveals extent of Covid vaccine side-effects | BBC News

About one in three people recently given a Covid vaccine by the NHS report some side-effects.
None was serious - a common one was some soreness around the injection site, the UK researchers who gathered the feedback found.
Good news. So far no one's head has jumped off and run away screaming.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid trial in UK examines mixing different vaccines | BBC News

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.
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.
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?

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

COVID-19: Oxford vaccine may reduce transmission by 67% - and protection 'remains for three-month jab interval' | UK News | Sky News

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.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid mortality down dramatically since start of pandemic, study finds | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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.
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.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Monoclonal antibodies: 'great hope' in Covid treatments fails against variants | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid-19: Captain Sir Tom Moore in hospital with coronavirus | BBC News

Captain Sir Tom Moore has been admitted to hospital with coronavirus, his daughter has said.
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.
Such a shame.

#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

‘Immunological unicorn’: the Australian lab growing coronavirus – and its startling discovery | Sydney | The Guardian

Most people who have Covid-19 develop a decent immune response.
“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.”
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Two new Covid vaccines have less efficacy against South African strain | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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
 

In the search for Covid protection, Cormac the 'extremely charismatic' llama may hold a key | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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
 
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