Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine shows 97.6% efficacy

Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine shows 97.6% efficacy

The Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) have reported that the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine showed a 97.6% efficacy. This was based on the analysis of data on disease infection rate among people receiving both shots of the vaccine. The vaccine, which is based on an established and well-studied platform of human adenoviral vectors, uses two different vectors for the two jabs for vaccination. Data from 3.8 million Russians who received both components of Sputnik V from 5 December last year…

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Third pandemic wave in Sweden slowing down,but cases still high

Third pandemic wave in Sweden slowing down,but cases still high

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Sweden has decreased in the past week, but infections are still at a high level and it is too early to say whether the trend will continue, the Health Agency said on Tuesday. Swedenhas experienced a severe third wave of the pandemic and the number of patients treated at intensive care has been the highest since during spring last year, although deaths have remained low. The country, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, registered 14,911 new coronavirus cases since Friday, health agency…

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Norway’s prime minister gets COVID-19 vaccine as it speeds up its vaccinations

Norway’s prime minister gets COVID-19 vaccine as it speeds up its vaccinations

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has received her first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19, her office said on Monday. Four other cabinet ministers were also vaccinated, all receiving the vaccine produced by Moderna, the office said in a statement. “I hope everyone who is offered a vaccine will accept it. Vaccination will eventually allow us to reclaim the everyday life we all long for,” said Solberg, who is 60 years old. The prime minister is due to attend a NATO summit in June, and the military alliance has recommended…

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Third dose of COVID vaccine ‘likely’ needed within 1 year: Pfizer CEO

Third dose of COVID vaccine ‘likely’ needed within 1 year: Pfizer CEO

Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla has said that COVID-19 vaccine recipients will “likely” need a third dose between six to 12 months after they’re fully vaccinated and suggested vaccinations for coronavirus could be needed every year. According to The Hill, Bourla made these remarks while speaking to CNBC’s Bertha Coombs at a CVS Health event that he predicts based on current data a “likely scenario” will involve the COVID-19 vaccine being administered to patients annually. Bourla said it “remains to be seen” how often any potential additional vaccines would be provided….

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Worldwide impact of sex life during Lockdown: Report

Worldwide impact of sex life during Lockdown: Report

Sex life in lockdown: Lockdown significantly affected our health (for good and bad), our work and how we socialise. These consequences have been widely discussed, but far less attention has been given to the effect on our sex lives. Studies from around the world tell a similar story. Research conducted in India,Italy,Turkey,US,UK and Europe in 2020 all points to the decline in sex with partners as well as solo acts, directly attributed to lockdown. For most, pandemic-induced lockdowns created an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear. Many experienced unprecedented health-related anxiety, financial…

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STUDY SHOWS THAT GLOBAL TOURISTS ARE EXPOSED TO A GREATER BURDEN OF MULTI DRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIA

STUDY SHOWS THAT GLOBAL TOURISTS ARE EXPOSED TO A GREATER BURDEN OF MULTI DRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIA

Travelers can pick up the bacteria even during short visits and further spread the strains after returning home. International travellers are particularly vulnerable to virulent strains of drug-resistant bacteria – often picking up several different types during a trip through spending time in the company of other tourists, a new study has revealed. The global spread of intestinal multidrug resistant gram-negative (MDR-GN) bacteria poses a serious threat to human health worldwide, with MDR clones of E.coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae threatening more antibiotic resistant infections around the world. Researchers monitored a…

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CHINA,INDIA, RUSSIA MUST STEP UP EFFORTS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS: US SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE JOHN KERRY

CHINA,INDIA, RUSSIA MUST STEP UP EFFORTS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS: US SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE JOHN KERRY

The world’s big emitting countries, including China, India, Russia and Japan need to “really step up” and begin to lower greenhouse gas emissions, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has said as he called on all nations to raise their ambition to fight against climate change. Kerry on Friday joined UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a special virtual event to mark the United States rejoining the Paris Agreement. The United Kingdom will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November this…

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Russia approves its third COVID-19 vaccine, CoviVac

Russia approves its third COVID-19 vaccine, CoviVac

Russia has already approved two COVID-19 vaccines, including the Sputnik V shot, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, following a similar approach of granting approval before seeing any late-stage trial results. The preemptive approvals had raised concerns among some scientists in the West, but inoculations with those first two shots began on a mass scale in Russia only after trials were concluded and showed success. Sputnik V was approved in August and late-stage trials began in September. Mass vaccination was launched in December, after preliminary trial results showed the vaccine to…

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Sweden plans tighter Coronavirus measures as 3rd wave of covid-19 fear looms

Sweden plans tighter Coronavirus measures as 3rd wave of covid-19 fear looms

The centre-left government on Wednesday put forward a proposal that for the first time would allow it to close shopping centres, gyms, and restaurants and to fine those who fail to obey the rules SKr2,000 ($240). “There is a significant risk of a third wave of infection . . . It can be necessary to shut down parts of Sweden,” said social minister Lena Hallengren. The country, which stood out internationally because of its refusal to introduce a lockdown, has since December brought in more and more restrictions. Coronavirus cases per capita have ticked…

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Finland discovers unique variant of coronavirus that may not show up on PCR tests

Finland discovers unique variant of coronavirus that may not show up on PCR tests

Virus variants have been scientists’ main struggle while vaccine efforts started to pick up steam around the world against the global COVID-19 pandemic, and now a new strain in Finland may have mutated in a way that enables it to escape detection in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, according to experts. Helsinki-based Vita Laboratories said the variant Fin-796H was different from strains previously found in South Africa and the U.K. and that the new mutated coronavirus may not show up in PCR tests, Finland’s national public broadcaster YLE reported. “The…

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