Category: Health

Danish scientists see tough times ahead as they watch more contagious COVID-19 virus surge

A shopping street in Copenhagen, Denmark, during the lockdown in January. Keeping the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 at bay may require additional control measures, scientists say. EMIL HELMS/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images By Kai KupferschmidtFeb. 3, 2021 , 2:50 PM Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. On its face, the curve of […]

South Africa suspends use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after it fails to clearly stop virus variant

A participant in the South African trial of the AstraZeneca–University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine has blood drawn before receiving her second dose. AP Photo/Jerome Delay By Jon CohenFeb. 8, 2021 , 2:15 PM Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. Another COVID-19 vaccine has run into trouble in South Africa, showing less protection there […]

‘Politics was always in the room.’ WHO mission chief reflects on China trip seeking COVID-19’s origin

Peter Ben Embarek (center) and Marion Koopmans (right) say farewell to their Chinese counterpart Liang Wannian (left) after 9 February press conference to discuss the findings of a joint investigation into the pandemic’s origins. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan By Kai KupferschmidtFeb. 14, 2021 , 8:00 AM Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. […]

Keeping schools open without masks or quarantines doubled Swedish teachers’ COVID-19 risk

Schools in Sweden emphasized keeping hands clean, but neither students nor teachers wore masks. Martin von Krogh/Getty Images By Gretchen VogelFeb. 15, 2021 , 12:30 PM Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. A careful analysis of health data from Sweden suggests keeping schools open with only minimal precautions in the spring roughly […]

Unprotected African health workers die as rich countries buy up COVID-19 vaccines

Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, one of 130 countries that don’t have COVID-19 vaccines yet. KB MPOFU/STRINGER/GETTY IMAGES By Kai KupferschmidtFeb. 17, 2021 , 2:45 PM Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. On 6 January, gastroenterologist Leolin Katsidzira received a troubling message from his colleague James Gita Hakim, a heart specialist […]

To aid vaccine research, U.K. approves deliberate infections of volunteers with coronavirus

Researchers will try to deliberately infect healthy volunteers with SARS-CoV-2 (color) to test vaccines. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases By Jon CohenFeb. 17, 2021 , 6:20 PM Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. An ethics board that oversees clinical trials in the United Kingdom today said a research team there […]

Vaccine-wary France turns to citizens’ panel to boost trust in COVID-19 shots

Some experts say citizen advice helped counter the effect of French protests of an infant vaccination law. SIPA/AP IMAGES By Barbara CasassusFeb. 18, 2021 , 2:00 AM Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. All across Europe, coronavirus vaccines are in scarce supply. But in France, they are also surprisingly unwanted: Recent polls […]

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