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About 25,000 Spanish students hold drinking party defying COVID rules

About 25,000 people took part in the biggest illegal drinking party in Madrid since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, police said on Saturday. The “macro-botellon,” as these outside drinking parties are called, started at the Complutense University in Madrid on Friday, reports Reuters. Madrid’s Municipal Police said because of the large numbers involved in the party, they were unable ...

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US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for seniors, high-risk

Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease. The twin votes represented a heavy blow to the Biden administration’s sweeping ...

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‘Ebola is defeated’, says Congolese professor who discovered virus

Ebola has been defeated. Vaccines and medical treatments have brought the deadly and terrifying disease under control, says Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the Congolese professor who first discovered the virus more than 40 years ago. The 79-year-old virologist was speaking at a ceremony in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa marking the arrival on the market of the “Ebanga” treatment, which ...

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3rd COVID vaccine dose boosts immunity tenfold: Israeli study

The third vaccine dose against COVID-19 increases the immune protection from infection tenfold, the Israeli Ministry of Health said on Thursday, reports Xinhua. The ministry said that a new Israeli study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, examined the effectiveness of the third dose among those over the age of 60, who received the booster shot in August. ...

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Moderna says COVID vaccine protection wanes, makes case for booster

New data from Moderna Inc’s large COVID-19 vaccine trial shows that the protection it offers wanes over time, supporting the case for booster doses, the company said in a news release on Wednesday. “This is only one estimate, but we do believe this means as you look toward the fall and winter, at minimum we expect the estimated impact of ...

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6 feet distance may not be enough to prevent virus spread indoors: Study

Physical distancing of two metres – about six and a half feet – may not be enough to sufficiently prevent transmission of virus-carrying airborne aerosols indoors, according to a study. The results, published in the journal Sustainable Cities and Society, suggest that physical distance alone is not enough to prevent human exposure to exhaled aerosols and should be implemented with ...

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Bangladesh to get 24 crore COVID vaccine by March-April

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday sounded hopeful regarding procurement of Covid-19 jabs, saying Bangladesh is on track to get 24 crore vaccines by March-April next year. “Vaccine doses are coming under the COVAX facility, as gifts and from other sources,” the Foreign Minister told reporters on the sidelines of the ‘Fifth International Conference on Inclusive Business’ organiz/sed ...

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Booster Covid jabs for 30m people recommended

Booster jabs for over 50s and younger adults with health conditions are being recommended by government vaccine advisers. Around 30 million people in the UK, including frontline health and care workers, will be offered a booster. The Pfizer jab is recommended, regardless of which vaccine people had previously, and it should be given at least six months after the second ...

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Bangladesh is in comfortable position in S Asia: DGHS

Bangladesh is in a more comfortable position than any other country in Southeast Asia amid Coronavirus pandemic, said Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) spokesperson Professor Dr Nazmul Islam on Sunday. “The coronavirus was as deadly in Southeast Asia as in the rest of the world. As it turns out, the situation in Indonesia in the region is a little ...

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