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New coronavirus variant identified in New York — researchers

A new coronavirus variant that shares some similarities with a more transmissible and intractable variant discovered in South Africa is on the rise in New York City, researchers said on Wednesday.

Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine closes in on US approval

Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) one-dose coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine appeared safe and effective in trials, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said...

In boost for COVID-19 battle, Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in...

JERUSALEM — The first big real-world study of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be independently reviewed shows the shot is highly effective at preventing coronavirus...

Singapore’s first Chinese COVID-19 vaccines arrive ahead of approval

SINGAPORE — Singapore received its first batch of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech on Tuesday, its health ministry...

Rich countries must increase COVID-19 vaccine supply to poor nations, Argentina,...

MEXICO CITY — The presidents of Mexico and Argentina on Tuesday pressed the United Nations and the world’s richest countries to improve poorer nations’ access to COVID-19 vaccines, deriding efforts as grossly inadequate so far.

How the pandemic changed political communication—and why it matters

The social impact of COVID is self-evident. It has touched the everyday aspects of each of our lives, from simple tasks such as shopping, to meeting family members on Zoom, to (not) socializing with friends. Each of these has been transformed over the last year in ways never imagined before March 2020.

Pandemic aid to poorest countries critical to US interests  — Treasury...

WASHINGTON — Wally Adeyemo, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s nominee for the No. 2 job at the US Treasury, said it was critical to...

AstraZeneca to miss second-quarter EU vaccine supply target by half —...

BRUSSELS — AstraZeneca Plc has told the European Union (EU) it expects to deliver less than half the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines it...

Japan vaccine supplies to be limited, delaying shots for elderly —...

TOKYO — Japan will only receive limited doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines for the first months of the inoculation rollout and shots for the elderly will be distributed gradually, the country’s inoculation chief said.

[B-SIDE Podcast] No vaccine, will travel?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6PgBxtcqF9SFg9EITSkOqf Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side The tourism and hospitality industry is focusing on the domestic market since pandemic-related restrictions have hamstrung international travel. While the...

Pfizer says South African variant could significantly reduce vaccine protection

A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce antibody protection from the Pfizer Inc./BioNTech SE vaccine by two-thirds,...

South Korea warns against lax distancing as daily COVID-19 count hits...

SEOUL — South Korea’s Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Wednesday warned against loosening enforcement of social distancing rules after the number of new coronavirus cases hit the highest levels in nearly 40 days.

Germany dashes hopes of businesses for quick reopening of economy

BERLIN — German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Tuesday dashed hopes of business lobby groups for a quick reopening of the economy, saying the country should not rush to ease coronavirus restrictions as this could risk another wave of infections.

Herd immunity is the end game for the pandemic, but the...

In the past fortnight, two vaccine stories made headlines around the world.

Japan extends economic recovery as exports, capex shake off COVID pain

TOKYO —  Japan’s economy expanded more than expected in the fourth quarter, extending the recovery from its worst postwar recession thanks to a rebound in overseas demand that boosted exports and capital spending.

Israeli study finds 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 cases with Pfizer...

JERUSALEM — Israel’s largest healthcare provider on Sunday reported a 94% drop in symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections among 600,000 people who received two doses of Pfizer’s vaccine in the country’s biggest study to date.

White House cites ‘deep concerns’ about WHO COVID report, demands early...

WASHINGTON — The White House on Saturday called on China to make available data from the earliest days of the COVID-19 outbreak, saying it has “deep concerns” about the way the findings of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) report were communicated.

COVID may have taken ‘convoluted path’ to Wuhan, WHO team leader...

WUHAN — The head of a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) said bats remain a likely source and that transmission of the virus via frozen food is a possibility that warrants further investigation, but he ruled out a lab leak.

Eli Lilly’s antibody combination receives FDA emergency use authorization for COVID-19

Eli Lilly’s combination antibody therapy to fight COVID-19 has been granted emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Lilly said on Tuesday.

Are two masks better than one?

NEW YORK — When it comes to protecting yourself against new coronavirus variants, two masks may be better than one. A number of politicians, including...

South Africa has paused AstraZeneca COVID vaccine rollout but it’s too...

South Africa will pause its rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine after a small study suggested it offers minimal protection against...

Parenting in a pandemic: how to develop stronger family relationships during...

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has undoubtedly affected us. It has increased our worries and concerns about physical health. COVID-19 has added to the existing challenges parents face, and has also created greater awareness surrounding the fragility of mental health.

Pfizer targets at least 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses this year,...

Pfizer Inc. said on Tuesday it expects to generate $15 billion, or about a quarter of its total revenue this year, from sales of its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine co-developed with German partner BioNTech SE. 

Depression is a ‘silent pandemic,’ warns doctors

CHILDREN who have been confined at home over the pandemic are at risk of depression, warned experts.

Millennials are not the only ‘burnout generation’ (just ask the rest...

In her new book, Can’t Even, American journalist Anne Helen Petersen writes of how Millennials have become “the burnout generation”: “[It’s] feeling that you’ve hit the wall exhaustion-wise, but then have to scale the wall and just keep going. There’s no catharsis, no lasting rest, just this background hum of exhaustion.”

Schools in low-income countries are embracing ‘low-tech’ solutions amid the pandemic

“Low-tech” interventions such as paper-based activities and radio programs are helping educational institutions in low-income countries educate those who need it the most amid...

Rumors and fear dog Philippine plan for coronavirus vaccine drive

According to one rumor circulating in the Philippines, the coronavirus vaccine will allow President Rodrigo R. Duterte to kill people at the push of a button.

Pfizer vaccine only slightly less effective against key South African mutations...

NEW YORK — Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine appeared to lose only a small bit of effectiveness against an engineered virus with three key mutations from the new coronavirus variant found in South Africa, according to a laboratory study conducted by the US drugmaker.

Coronavirus cases surpass 100 million worldwide

GLOBAL coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as countries around the world struggle with new virus variants and vaccine shortfalls.

CDC researchers see little evidence in-person school drives COVID-19 infection

Studies in the United States and abroad found little evidence schools were spreading coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, showing a “path forward” to in-person classes, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday.

Peru volunteer who received placebo in Sinopharm vaccine trial dies of...

LIMA — A volunteer who received the placebo in the local Peruvian trial of a coronavirus vaccine produced by China’s Sinopharm Group Co. Ltd. has died from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related pneumonia, the university carrying out the trial said on Tuesday.

Working from home is losing its effectiveness, bank execs say

Working from home has been surprisingly successful for global banks during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic but is losing its effectiveness, two...

Moderna says it believes vaccine will work against new variants

Moderna Inc. said on Monday it believes its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine protects against new variants found in Britain and South Africa, although...

New COVID-19 variant defeats plasma treatment, may reduce vaccine efficacy

JOHANNESBURG — The new COVID-19 variant identified in South Africa can evade the antibodies that attack it in treatments using blood plasma from previously recovered patients, and may reduce the efficacy of the current line of vaccines, scientists said on Wednesday.

WHO plans slew of COVID-19 vaccine approvals for global rollout

BRUSSELS — The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to approve several COVID-19 vaccines from Western and Chinese manufacturers in coming weeks and months, a...

The big barriers to global vaccination

We will not be able to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us until the world’s population is mostly immune through vaccination or previous exposure to the disease.

Climate risks jostle with pandemic as fractured world struggles to respond,...

LONDON — Failure to stem climate change poses as serious a global risk as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, in both the scale of impact and level of threat, top business and other leaders warned on Tuesday.

As WHO fumes at Western drugmakers, China fills void on vaccines

For months, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries to come together to ensure a fair distribution of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines among rich and poor nations. Now it’s starting to lose patience.

WHO says close to Pfizer deal that would give poorer countries...

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) is in advanced negotiations with Pfizer to include the firm’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) shot in the body’s vaccine-sharing scheme, which would speed vaccine deliveries to poorer countries, a senior WHO official said on Monday.

Sinovac steps up defense of shot after confusing data

China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. defended the efficacy of its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) shot, saying the vaccine that’s being rolled out from Indonesia to...

Thailand sold itself as a paradise COVID retreat — no one...

It’s hard to imagine a more luxurious place to spend two weeks of quarantine than the Anantara Phuket Suites & Villas in Thailand, where visitors are pampered in private residences that can have their own pool and courtyard.

Brazil clears emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca vaccines, shots begin

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday approved emergency use of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and Britain’s AstraZeneca, clearing the way for immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave.

How to stay safe with a new fast-spreading coronavirus variant on...

A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 10 states in America, and people are wondering: How do I protect myself now?

China to donate 500,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to Philippines

China will donate 500,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to the Philippines and vowed to accelerate infrastructure investment in the Southeast Asian nation as ties between...

How China is controlling the COVID origins narrative: silencing critics and...

Just over a year has gone by since the novel coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and the world still has many questions about where and how it originated.