29 Mar 2021

US charges close to 500 individuals for COVID-19 fraud, criminal activity

The US Department of Justice has arrested almost 500 individuals for criminal activity relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many cybercriminals have been leveraging the pandemic to launch more convincing cyber campaigns such as phishing attacks, capitalizing on widespread public fear. The US government has observed campaigns pushing fraudulent Covid-19 ‘treatments,’

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26 Mar 2021

Coronavirus: EU stops short of vaccine export ban

After a row with AstraZeneca, the European Union leaders have not banned vaccine exports. The AstraZeneca vaccine has elements produced in EU states and the European Commision President said AstraZeneca must “catch up” on deliveries to the EU. At a summit on Thursday the EU gave support in principle for

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23 Mar 2021

FDA authorizes first AI-powered armband for COVID-19 screening

The first artificial intelligence-powered device for Covid-19 monitoring has been authorized by the Federal Drug Administration. The device uses machine learning, AI, light sensors, and other technology to sense blood flow and ensure that Covid-19 patients are at risk for blood clotting. The device was created by Tiger Tech Solutions

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19 Mar 2021

As Covid-19 deaths soar in Brazil, Bolsonaro says there’s a ‘war’ against him

In Brazil, more than 45,000 people have died due to Covid-19 in just the past month. President Jair Bolsonaro came forth last week and stated that he feels the Brazilian public is staging a war against him personally. Bolsonaro gave a speech during which he blamed the massive number of

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17 Mar 2021

Brazil health service in ‘worst crisis in its history’

Brazil is currently battling a record high number of patients and the collapse of its health service and intensive care units. Hospitals have reportedly been overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases, according to Brazil’s leading health institute, Fiocruz. Covid-19 units every Brazilian state besides two are at or above 80% capacity, according

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16 Mar 2021

Netherlands suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The Netherlands has joined the Irish Republic, Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, and Iceland in suspending the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia have delayed the beginning of the vaccine rollout whereas Italy and Austria have suspended the use of certain batches as a precautionary measure.

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12 Mar 2021

Maharashtra: Nagpur becomes first major Indian city to return to lockdown

In western India, Nagpur is the first major city in India to return to full lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases. This lockdown begins on March 15 and will last a week, extending to other areas of the district as well. Nagpur is located in Maharashtra state, which has

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12 Mar 2021

More European nations pause AstraZeneca vaccine use as blood clot reports investigated

The European Union’s medicines regulator is investigating whether the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine could be linked to a number of reports of blood clots. While the investigation is ongoing, Denmark, Iceland and Norway have suspended the use of this vaccine. Denmark announced the two week suspension on Thursday and Iceland and

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11 Mar 2021

E.U. Exports Millions of Covid Vaccine Doses Despite Supply Crunch at Home

Over the past several weeks, the European Union has exported 34 million coronavirus vaccines to dozens of countries. The E.U. is facing vaccine shortages at home despite continuing to export the vaccines, and its vaccine rollout is trailing behind the United States, Britain and Israel. The E.U. had been criticized

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10 Mar 2021

Covid wave intensifies in Central Europe

In Central Europe, the Covid-19 pandemic has progressed in several countries that are now struggling to cope with high numbers of cases and overcrowding at hospitals. In the Czech Republic, the number of patients in intensive care has reached a new high, prompting the country to send its first patient

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