27 Jan 2021

AstraZeneca-EU row escalates over vaccine shortage

The European Union is calling on pharmaceutical company and vaccine producer AstraZeneca to publish their vaccine contract. The move comes amid frustration at the vaccine vendor due to delivery shortfalls. The EU has been dissatisfied with the production delays but is unable to release details of the deal due to

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26 Jan 2021

U.K. Coronavirus Variant Probed for Increased Risk to Younger People

In the UK, doctors have noticed a significant change in the demographics of people receiving medical treatment for Covid-19. In critical care units, more young people and women with serious cases of Covid-19 began to come in. The virus so far has proved to hit older patients and men the

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25 Jan 2021

Dutch PM Mark Rutte condemns curfew riots as ‘criminal violence’

Over the weekend, thousands of Dutch protestors gathered in the southern city of Eindhoven to express discontent with new curfews enacted to restrict the spread of Covid-19. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned the riots, calling them an act of “criminal violence.” Protestors looted supermarkets, smashed shop windows, and threw

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22 Jan 2021

Studies of South African Coronavirus Strain Raise Concerns About Immune Response

Three new studies have raised concerns over the immune response triggered by the new strain of Covid-19 originating in South Africa. The studies found that the vaccine may be less effective at protecting against the new and more transmissible strain. The findings are a result of experiments done in laboratory

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19 Jan 2021

Italy PM Conte faces crucial Senate vote to stay in power

Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s Prime Minister, is facing a crucial Senate vote amid struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Senate vote will occur after the vote in the Chamber of Deputies, which Mr. Conte already won by 321 to 259. Last week, former PM Matteo Renzi withdrew his party from the

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19 Jan 2021

China and WHO acted too slowly to contain Covid-19, says independent panel

China and the World Health Organization (WHO) failed to act accordingly in regards to the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an independent review panel. The panel, based in Switzerland, determined that China did not apply adequate public health measures when the virus was first detected in Wuhan. The

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18 Jan 2021

Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

According to Australian Health Secretary Brendan Murphy, the country is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021, despite plans to distribute vaccines to residents. Murphy’s comments have dampened hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country may resume by July. Dr. Murphy’s expertise was a driving

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11 Jan 2021

China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

The Chinese government said Monday that experts from the World Health Organization will arrive in China this week to investigate into the origins of the Coronavirus pandemic. These experts will arrive on Thursday and will meet with the National Health Commission. This visit has been under negotiation for some time

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06 Jan 2021

WHO team investigating virus origins denied entry to China

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of their teams was denied entry into China to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 virus. Two members were already on their way to the country, and the WHO reported that the problem was a lack of visa clearances on behalf of

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05 Jan 2021

U.K. Delays Second Covid-19 Vaccine Dose as Europe Ponders How to Speed Up Immunization

The UK has switched gears and delayed administering the second Covid-19 dose to those who have received the first, instead of seeking to give out as many first doses as possible. The decision was announced on Tuesday and has been criticized due to tot eh lack of data on the

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