Ethiopia: WHO – Millions of Tigrayans Without Basic Health Care

(Source: Voice of America, By Lisa Schlein, Washington DC, 28 July 2021) –    Maria Gerth-Niculescu / Deutsche Welle An aid worker distributes food and other items in Mekele, Tigray.   Geneva — The World Health Organization warns that millions of people in conflict-ridden Tigray in northern Ethiopia lack access to basic health care and risk […]

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Tracking the coronavirus pandemic and vaccine rollouts

(Source: The New Humanitarian, Geneva) – Vaccine inequality, health systems under pressure, socio-economic fallout. The coronavirus pandemic continues to test humanitarian responses, while the world faces questions about how to ensure equal access to vaccines. Many countries are rolling out coronavirus vaccination plans, but it’s unclear when – and in some cases, how – these vaccines […]

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COVID-19 origins report inconclusive: We must ‘leave no stone unturned’ – WHO chief

(Source: Un News) – The report from a team of international scientists assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO) to examine how COVID-19 first spread to humans was published on Tuesday, and was described by the UN health agency’s chief as a welcome start, but far from conclusive. “This report is a very important beginning, […]

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Hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo may all be linked to Covid – according to new research

(Source: Scotsman, By Helen Johnson) – Hearing loss and other auditory problems may be linked to Covid, according to new research. Scientists estimate that around 7.6 per cent of people infected with coronavirus experience hearing loss, with 14.8 per cent suffering from tinnitus and 7.2 per cent with vertigo. ‘Urgent need for a carefully conducted […]

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Coronavirus: 84.49 per cent COVID-19 cases reported from five states in last 24 hours

(Source: Catch News) – Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are reporting a surge in daily COVID-19 cases and together they account for 80.5 per cent of the total new cases registered in the last 24 hours, informed the union health ministry on Monday. In the last 24 hours 46,951 new cases were registered […]

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Tracking the coronavirus pandemic and vaccine rollouts

(Source: The New Humanitarian, Geneva) – The coronavirus pandemic continues to test humanitarian responses in 2021, while the world faces new questions about how to ensure equal access to vaccines. Many countries are rolling out coronavirus vaccination plans, but it’s unclear when – and in some cases, how – these vaccines will reach people caught in […]

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Expert reaction to press release from AstraZeneca announcing interim data on safety and efficacy from the US trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

(Source: Science Media Centre) – AstraZeneca has published a press release announcing that the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine US Phase III trial met primary efficacy endpoint in preventing COVID-19 at interim analysis. Dr Andrew Garrett, Executive VP, Scientific Operations, ICON Clinical Research, said: “This is clearly stated as an AstraZeneca-led trial, and it more closely follows […]

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