HEALTH | Oxford And AstraZeneca Resume Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

LONDON – Oxford University announced Saturday it was resuming a trial for a coronavirus vaccine it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, a move that comes days after the study was suspended following a reported side-effect in a U.K. patient. In a statement, the university confirmed the restart across all of its U.K. clinical sites … Continue reading HEALTH | Oxford And AstraZeneca Resume Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | WHO Chief Hopes Coronavirus Pandemic Will Last Less Than Two Years

GENEVA – The World Health Organization hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be shorter than the 1918 Spanish flu and last less than two years, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday, if the world unites and succeeds in finding a vaccine. The WHO has always been cautious about giving estimates on how quickly the … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | WHO Chief Hopes Coronavirus Pandemic Will Last Less Than Two Years

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Young Children With Coronavirus May Carry 10 To 100 Times More Of Virus Than Adults

Children under five years of age may harbor up to 100 times as much of the coronavirus in their noses and throats as infected adults and older children, according to a study out of Chicago. ‘Our analyses suggest children younger than 5 years with mild to moderate COVID-19 have high amounts of SARS-COV-2 viral in … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Young Children With Coronavirus May Carry 10 To 100 Times More Of Virus Than Adults

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | WHO Say COVID-19 Pandemic Is ‘One Big Wave’, Not Seasonal

GENEVA – A World Health Organization official on Tuesday described the COVID-19 pandemic as ‘one big wave’ and warned against complacency in the northern hemisphere summer since the infection does not share influenza’s tendency to follow seasons. WHO officials have been at pains to avoid describing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases like those in Hong … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | WHO Say COVID-19 Pandemic Is ‘One Big Wave’, Not Seasonal

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Ready For Use By End Of Year, U.S. Says

MILAN – Moderna Inc’s vaccine against COVID-19 could be rolled out by the end of this year, U.S. officials said on Monday, after the drugmaker announced the start of a 30,000 – subject trial to demonstrate it is safe and effective, the final hurdle prior to approval by global regulators. The trial is the first … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Ready For Use By End Of Year, U.S. Says

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | EU Talks With Phizer, Sanofi, J&J On COVID Vaccines Hit Snags – Sources

MILAN – European efforts to secure potential COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson are mired in wrangles over price, payment method and potential liability costs, three EU officials told Reuters. The bloc in in talks with at least six vaccine makers to acquire up front doses of potential shots against the novel … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | EU Talks With Phizer, Sanofi, J&J On COVID Vaccines Hit Snags – Sources

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Kenya Extends Curfew For A Month As COVID-19 Jump

NAIROBI – Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta extended a nightly curfew for 30 days to curb the spread of COVID-19 and banned alcohol in restaurants but stopped short of locking down the country again a surge in cases. The curfew had been due to be lifted on Aug.6 or 7. Kenya has so far reported 17,975 … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Kenya Extends Curfew For A Month As COVID-19 Jump

CELEBRITY | Aishwary Rai Bachchan Discharged From Hospital

MUMBAI - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been discharged from hospital after testing negative for COVID-19. The Indian actress, a former Miss World and one of Bollywood’s most famous faces, left Mumbai’s Navati hospital along with her daughter Aradhya earlier on Monday. Her husband Abhisheck Bachchan tweeted thanking people for their ‘continued prayers and good wishes’. … Continue reading CELEBRITY | Aishwary Rai Bachchan Discharged From Hospital

NEWS ALERT | Oman To Impose Curfew, Travel Band For Eid Holiday Due to COVID-19

OMAN – Oman will ban travel between all its governorates from July 25 to Aug.8, a period that includes a Muslim holiday, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, state news agency ONA said on Tuesday. A statement from the Health Ministry describes the measures as a ‘total lockdown’ of all governorates, Reuters Reported. … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Oman To Impose Curfew, Travel Band For Eid Holiday Due to COVID-19