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Prince Harry compares Covid vaccine inequity to HIV struggle

Duke of Sussex says on World Aids Day that vaccinating the world against Covid is ‘test of our moral character’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Duke of Sussex has warned of “corporate greed and political failure” prolonging the Covid pandemic, comparing a “spectacular failure” of global vaccine equity to the …

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Concern about Covid-19 variant Omicron centers on spike protein mutations

The new Covid-19 variant, named Omicron, has mutations that could help it evade antibodies produced by the immune system. Scientists are conducting lab tests to better understand this new variant and pharmaceutical companies are testing how existing vaccines, as well as those in development, measure up the new mutations.

Does Cell Phone Radiation Affect Fertility?

What is the effect of cell phone radiation on sperm motility and DNA damage? “Are men talking their reproductive health away?” There have been “unexplained declines in semen quality reported in several countries.” Might cell phones be playing a role? “Radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) from these devices could potentially affect sperm development and function.” The …

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Poorer nations still lack access to world’s key antibiotics

Only 54 of 166 assessed treatments have policies aiding use by low-income countries, says non-profit group The world’s biggest drugs makers have pressed on in the fight against superbugs despite the pandemic, but millions of people in poorer countries, where the risk of drug-resistant infections is highest, are still missing out on key antibiotics. A …

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Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

WHO endorses use of world’s first malaria vaccine in Africa

World Health Organization’s director general hails ‘historic day’ in fight against parasitic disease The World Health Organization has recommended the widespread rollout of the first malaria vaccine, in a move experts hope could save tens of thousands of children’s lives each year across Africa. Hailing “an historic day”, the WHO’s director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom …

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Some Are Chasing Extra Vaccine Shots, While Scientists Debate

Boosters may not be necessary yet, many experts say, and the pursuit of additional shots raises ethical questions.

Some Are Chasing Extra Vaccine Shots, While Scientists Debate

Boosters may not be necessary yet, many experts say, and the pursuit of additional shots raises ethical questions.

Pfizer pushes for booster shots as WHO says greed is driving vaccine disparities

• Pharmaceutical company seeks FDA approval for third dose • Companies urged to instead prioritise less wealthy countries After a sharp increase in US Covid cases and amid fears of a surge of the Delta variant, Pfizer on Monday said it was seeking federal authorisation for third doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to be delivered …

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The Guardian view on waiving Covid vaccine patents: protect the world, not big pharma | Editorial

The US is now backing plans that could help billions more access vaccines. The UK should follow suit The rapid emergence of Covid vaccines has been a remarkable yet bittersweet success, pointing to both humanity’s scientific achievements and its social and economic failures. Experts created them at extraordinary speed; yet as the pandemic rages, many …

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EU ‘ready to discuss’ waiver on Covid vaccine patents

Emmanuel Macron also supports US-backed proposal described as a gamechanger by WHO Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The head of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said the bloc is “ready to discuss” a US-backed proposal for a waiver on the patents for Covid-19 vaccines and the French president, …

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India wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?

More than 100 countries are pushing for a temporary waiver of IP rules to boost vaccine access for developing nations. Why hasn’t it been approved? As India grapples with a devastating Covid wave that has overwhelmed its hospitals, offers of aid, including from Australia, have flooded in from around the world. The help on offer …

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Biden to Send Coronavirus Vaccine Abroad

President Biden will send up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine to countries pleading for help, but some see a medicine dropper for “a four-alarm fire.”

Biden to Send Coronavirus Vaccine Abroad

President Biden will send up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine to countries pleading for help, but some see a medicine dropper for “a four-alarm fire.”

Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors?

What does the world’s leading authority on carcinogens have to say about mobile phones? Do cell phones cause cancer? That’s a question billions of people would like to have answered and one I address in my video Cell Phone Brain Tumor Risk?. That’s why we have the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on …

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African health workers left without Covid jabs as paltry supplies dwindle

Fear of third wave and new variants as sub-Saharan vaccine distribution is dogged by supply disruption Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Millions of healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa continue to risk their lives to fight Covid-19 as authorities across the continent struggle to obtain and distribute vaccines to frontline medical staff. …

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Can Cell Phone Radiation Damage Your DNA?

Do mobile phones cause brain tumors? Whenever a trillion-dollar industry is involved—whether it’s Big Food, Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, or Big Telecom—there’s so much money that the science can get manipulated. When it comes to the potential human health effects of cell phone use, certainly, you might end up with a crick in your neck …

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The Guardian view on pandemic politics: we need cooperation, not confrontation | Editorial

Vaccinating the world is the only way out of Covid, but a mixture of nationalism and protectionism is blocking the exit Covid-19 has proved to be the greatest humanitarian and economic disaster of the century. A reported 2.7 million people have already died from the pathogen. Its recession is estimated to be twice as deep …

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Benefits of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risk, says EMA

European agency seeks to allay blood clot fears as Germany, France and Italy temporarily suspend use Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Europe’s medicines regulator has moved to stifle spiralling concern about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, saying the shot’s benefits outweigh the risks after four major EU countries announced they were suspending its …

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As Covid Deaths Soar in Brazil, Bolsonaro Hails an Untested Nasal Spray

Vaccines and critical-care beds are in short supply. Yet President Jair Bolsonaro is railing against social distancing and calling an experimental treatment from Israel “miraculous.”

Pregnant Women Get Conflicting Advice on Covid-19 Vaccines

The W.H.O. and the C.D.C. provide differing views, and experts partly blame a lack of data because expectant mothers have been excluded from clinical trials.

Pharmaceutical giants not ready for next pandemic, report warns

Ten of the world’s most infectious diseases identified by the WHO not being catered for by drug firms The world’s biggest pharmaceutical firms are little prepared for the next pandemic despite a mounting response to the Covid-19 outbreak, an independent report has warned. Jayasree K Iyer, executive director of the Netherlands-based Access to Medicine Foundation, …

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World’s poor need action, not Covid ‘vaccine nationalism’, say experts

Nations outbidding each other creates an ‘immoral race towards the abyss’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Pharmaceutical companies should do more to transfer vaccine technology to prevent the poorest countries falling behind in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, according to an expert. The warning came from Dag-Inge Ulstein, the co-chair of …

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WHO platform for pharmaceutical firms unused since pandemic began

Exclusive: ‘pool’ to share Covid-19 information has received no contributions since May 2020 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A World Health Organization program for pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily share Covid-19 related knowledge, treatments and technology so they can be more widely distributed has attracted zero contributions in the eight months since …

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After Quick Vaccine Success, Israel Faces New Virus Woes

Israel imposes a tighter lockdown as coronavirus infections soar, the British variant spreads, vaccines are running out and a debate erupts over its responsibility to the Palestinians.

No data to support UK delay of vaccines’ second dose, says WHO

Move to postpone second jab by up to 12 weeks is not supported by scientific evidence, experts find Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There is no scientific evidence for a delay of more than six weeks in administering the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid, say experts from the …

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Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal

When it comes to rice and rice-based products, pediatric nutrition authorities have recommended that arsenic intake should be as low as possible. “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been monitoring the arsenic content in foods” for decades, yet despite the “well-established science describing the health risks associated with arsenic exposure, no standards have …

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Scheme to get Covid vaccine to poorer countries at ‘high risk’ of failure

Risk assessment documents say cost, delays and shortages could lead to billions not vaccinated until 2024 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The global scheme to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to poorer countries faces a “very high” risk of failure, potentially leaving billions of people with no access to vaccines until as late …

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Will everyone in the world have access to a Covid vaccine? – video explainer

The hunt for a coronavirus vaccine is showing promise but it is premature to say the end of the pandemic is nigh. Several rich countries have signed a ‘frenzy of deals’ that could prevent many poor nations from getting access to immunisation until at least 2024. Also, many drug firms are potentially refusing to waive patents and other intellectual property rights …

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Bill Gates, Covid-19 and the Quest to Vaccinate the World

The billionaire is working with the W.H.O., drugmakers and nonprofits to defeat the coronavirus everywhere, including in the world’s poorest nations. Can they do it?

AstraZeneca, Oxford are latest to unveil Covid-10 vaccine results

The partners pooled results from two trials and two different dosing regimens, one appearing to be more effective than the other. They hope to produce 3 billion doses in 2021 with an emphasis on serving poorer countries.

UK faces calls to drop opposition to patent-free Covid vaccines

Request will be made at WTO meeting in order to allow mass production of treatments Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK will be asked to reconsider its opposition to waiving intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments at a World Trade Organization meeting on Friday, a move that would …

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Where will poorer countries stand in the queue for a Covid-19 vaccine? | Clare Wenham and Mark Eccleston-Turner

The lion’s share of the potential Pfizer vaccine is already claimed by high-income nations The news that joint efforts by the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and the German biotech company BioNtech have produced a vaccine that is 90% effective at protecting people from Covid-19 has been understandably applauded – in spite of the caveats. Pfizer …

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The Crowding Out Strategy to Eating Healthier

It may be more expedient politically to promote an increase in consumption of healthy items rather than a decrease in consumption of unhealthy items, but it may be far less effective. The World Health Organization has estimated that more than a million deaths “worldwide are linked to low fruit and vegetable consumption.” What can be …

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WHO says trials show malaria and HIV drugs don’t cut Covid-19 hospital deaths

Hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir not found to help patients in hospital Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir for patients in hospital with Covid-19 after they failed to reduce mortality. …

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Takeaways from My Webinar on COVID-19

On December 30, 2019, Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital in the Hubei province of China, messaged his fellow physicians, alerting them to the appearance of what he thought as SARS. Thirty-nine days later, after becoming infected with the very virus he tried to warn his colleagues about, he was dead at …

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