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6 vaccines show promise as boosters, led by Pfizer and Moderna

A U.K. study testing seven different Covid-19 vaccines as booster doses found most of them increased antibodies, with shots from Moderna Inc. and the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE partnership performing best. The results, published Thursday, tested the vaccines in more than 2,800 volunteers 30 and older who had already received two doses of the AstraZeneca Plc or Pfizer shots. All seven ...

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UK approves GSK Covid drug, appears effective against Omicron

British regulators on Thursday approved a GlaxoSmithKline drug to treat those at high risk of developing severe Covid-19 symptoms, with the manufacturer saying it appears effective against the new Omicron variant. The antibody treatment, sotrovimab, “was found to be safe and effective at reducing the risk of hospitalisation and death in people with mild to moderate COVID-19 infection who are ...

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India’s first Omicron cases detected

The first cases of Omicron variant in India have been confirmed in two individuals. Both the cases have been reported in Karnataka with the patients being two men aged 66 and 46, Indian Health Ministry’s joint secretary Lav Agarwal told a news briefing, adding that their identities will not be disclosed for now to protect their privacy, NDTV reports. According ...

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South African expert: Omicron variant could outcompete delta

The omicron coronavirus variant detected in southern Africa could be the most likely candidate to displace the highly contagious delta variant, the director of South Africa’s communicable disease institute said on Tuesday. The discovery of omicron has caused global alarm, with countries limiting travel from southern Africa for fear it could spread quickly even in vaccinated populations and the World ...

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Pfizer already working on Covid vaccine targeting Omicron: CEO

Pfizer has already started working on a version of its Covid-19 vaccine specifically targeting the new Omicron variant in case the current inoculation is not effective against the latest strain, the US drugmaker’s CEO Albert Bourla said Monday. Bourla told CNBC that his company on Friday began testing the current vaccine against the Omicron variant, which was first reported in ...

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Omicron: Bangladesh asks all ports of entry to remain vigilant

Cautionary messages have been sent to all ports of the country over Omicron, the new variant of coronavirus, which has created panic around the globe, said Md. Nazmul Islam, director (Disease Control) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). “Instructions have been given to strengthen security at all the ports of entry,” he told media at a regular briefing ...

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Covid: Two cases of new variant Omicron detected in UK

  Two people in the UK have been found to be infected with the new Covid variant, Omicron, the health secretary has said. Sajid Javid said the UK Health Security Agency had detected cases in Chelmsford, Essex, and in Nottingham. He said the cases were linked to travel in southern Africa and they and their households were self-isolating as more ...

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New coronavirus variant Omicron triggers global alarm, market sell-off

The discovery of a new coronavirus variant named Omicron triggered global alarm on Friday as countries rushed to suspend travel from southern Africa and stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic suffered their biggest falls in more than a year. The World Health Organisation, or WHO, said Omicron may spread more quickly than other forms, and preliminary evidence suggested ...

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WHO to call emergency meeting on new coronavirus strain

The World Health Organization (WHO) will hold an emergency meeting on the new coronavirus strain discovered in Africa, which may have an increased mutability, on Friday, TASS reports. According to Tulio de Oliveira, the director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation in South Africa, he expressed his concerns about the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529 to the WHO representatives. After ...

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