EU regulators back Pfizer's updated vaccine for dominant Omicron subvariant
The vaccine is to be used for preventing Covid-19 in adults and children with a dosage dependent on previous vaccinations.
Highly mutated Covid variant found in new countries but pandemic in 'a different phase’
The Omicron offshoot carries more than 35 mutations in key portions of the virus compared with XBB.1.5, the dominant variant through most of 2023.
12 cases of Omicron subvariant Arcturus reported in Malaysia
All 12 patients have suffered mild symptoms and are in stable condition.
No new variants in weeks after China ended zero-Covid, study shows
More than 90% of the cases were BF.7 and BA5.2, Omicron subvariants which were already present in China and have been overtaken by more transmissible subvariants in Western nations.
Current Covid-19 SOPs to remain, says health DG
Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says key indicators will be studied before a decision is made to tighten them, if necessary.
Next few weeks will tell, virologist says on impact of Omicron subvariants in Malaysia
Dr Muhammad Amir Yunus says efforts should be made to prevent any sudden increase in Covid-19 cases.
Omicron variants dominant in China detected in Malaysia since March, August 2022
As of Dec 31 last year, there were 4,148 cases of the BA.5.2 variant and three cases of the BF.7 variant in the country.
EU backs new Omicron vaccines for first jabs
They can be used for both adults and children, the European Medicines Agency says.
Malaysia's Covid-19 wave under control, says Khairy
The health minister says this includes cases of the Omicron XBB variant.
Malaysia facing small Covid-19 wave due to XBB variant, says Khairy
The health minister says there has been a 16.5% increase in number of new cases from the week before.
Global Covid cases will increase in coming months, but at a slower pace, report says
The increase in cases is not expected to cause a surge in deaths, the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation says.
Health ministry expects slight increase in Covid numbers due to Omicron XBB wave
However, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says there is no reason to be alarmed as the situation remains under control.
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