Sunday, November 28, 2021


New strain dubbed Omicron, declared ‘variant of concern’

The classification puts Omicron into the most-troubling category of Covid-19 variants, along with the globally dominant Delta, plus its weaker rivals Alpha, Beta and Gamma.

Vaccines reduce Covid transmission by 40%, says WHO

WHO chief warns against falling into a false sense of security.

US issues ‘Do Not Travel’ Covid-19 warning for Germany and Denmark

The CDC elevated its recommendation to 'Level Four: Very High' for Germany and Denmark, telling Americans they should avoid travel there, while the State Department issued 'Do Not Travel' advisories for both.

World at risk of measles outbreaks as Covid-19 disrupts infant shots, report says

Reported measles cases fell by more than 80% last year compared with 2019, but a higher number of children missing their vaccine doses leaves them vulnerable, a joint report by WHO and the US CDC shows.

WHO looking forward to oral, nasal Covid vaccines

Such vaccines could have advantages over the current crop as they would be easier to deliver than injections and could even be self-administered.

German Covid cases soar as WHO warns over Europe deaths

WHO warns that another 500,000 people could die across Europe, with cases once again on the rise.

WHO grants emergency approval for India’s Covaxin jab

Covaxin is the first vaccine completely developed and manufactured in India to receive WHO approval.

WHO urges vaccine against bacteria killing 150,000 babies each year

This follows a report confirming a previous devastating finding from 2017 that the Group B Streptococcus infection causes almost 100,000 newborn deaths and close to 50,000 stillbirths each year.

Global Covid death toll passes 5 million

While the number of daily deaths worldwide fell below 8,000 for the first time in almost a year in early October, there remain blackspots globally.

Syringe shortfall threatens Africa Covid vaccine drive

Unless there is a significant acceleration, only five African countries, or below 10%, will reach the target of 40% of populations vaccinated by the end of the year, WHO says.

WHO says Covid plan needs US$23.4 billion over next year

WHO says delivering on its plan could help prevent at least five million potential additional deaths on top of the almost five million already recorded.

WHO keeping close eye on Delta subvariant

AY.4.2 has been detected in at least 42 countries so far.

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