Health

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

File – In this Thursday, April 8, 2021 file photo, the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine sits on a table at a pop up vaccinations site the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

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Covid: surge testing deployed in south London as South African variant cases rise

A Covid testing sign in South Gloucestershire, where two cases of the Brazilian Covid variant were recently identified. Surge testing is now in progress for the South African variant in south London. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA By Clea Skopelit Officials are deploying surge testing in parts of south London after detecting dozens of cases of the

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South African variant can ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine, Israeli study says

Photo: Credit Reuters By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer reviewed. The study, released on Saturday, compared almost

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African Leaders’ Insatiable Appetite for Foreign Medical Care

Hospital Some of these countries billions and hundreds of millions of dollars from this brain drain of African doctors. The past few days have witnessed protests by some U.K. based Nigerians calling on their president Muhammadu Buhari who is currently receiving medical attention in London, to return home and fix the deplorable healthcare in his

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Tanzania’s new president changes policy on COVID-19, media

File – In this Tuesday, March 16, 2021, file photo, Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan speaks during a tour of the Tanga region of Tanzania. Tanzania’s new president appears to be taking a new, scientific approach to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. President Samia Suluhu Hassan said Tuesday April 6, 2021, she will form a technical

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Kenya came out fighting UK over the Covid-19 travel ban

Photo: Credit AFP/Tolga Akmen/ President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street in central London on January 21, 2020, ahead of their meeting. By Aggrey Mutambo Kenya is among four counties that have been added to UK’s red list amid concerns about new Covid-19 variants. Kenya came out

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Somali Health Minister Fowzio says staff rejects Covid-19 vaccine

Photo/Somali Times The Minister of Health of the Federal Government of Somalia, Ms. Fowzio Abikar Nur, said that staff at the Ministry of Health have refused to receive the Covid-19 vaccine against the epidemic. The health minister noted that staff who did not receive the vaccine would not be present at government offices, adding that

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J&J agrees to supply African Union with up to 400 million COVID shots

The exterior of Johnson and Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Vaccines in Leiden, Netherlands March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw Johnson & Johnson has agreed to supply up to 400 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union (AU) from the third quarter of 2021, the drugmaker said on Monday, as the continent struggles

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France hit by 3rd virus surge; culture minister in hospital

PARIS (AP) — France’s high-profile culture minister has been hospitalized for COVID-19, the latest senior official to become ill as the nation faces a third surge of coronavirus infections, this one propelled by a highly contagious variant first found in Britain. Roselyne Bachelot, 74, announced last weekend that she tested positive and her hospitalization was

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‘We have to remember, learn and prepare’: Is the UK ready for the next pandemic?

Experts have warned that it is vital we do not neglect our responsibilities in readying for future pandemics (Is the UK ready for the next pandemic?) By Samuel Lovett One year has passed since Britain was first plunged into lockdown. So what lessons have been learned – and is the nation now better equipped at

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