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Study: Lessons learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic: Why Australian schools should be prioritised to stay open. Image Credit: luchschenF / Shutterstock

Teachers and school staff should be prioritised for COVID vaccines

In most nations, intermittent school closures have been implemented to varying degrees since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, with children being likely transmitters of disease between one another, causing the virus to spread to homes and families. Children also bear the lowest risk of severe illness resulting from COVID-19, however, many have argued …

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Start-up launches India’s first COVID home test kit

Indian start-up Mylab Discovery Solutions hopes that its inexpensive COVID-19 home test kit—the country’s first—will help the massive South Asian nation better track the pandemic’s spread among its 1.3-billion people. CoviSelf was launched earlier this month and is the first home testing kit to be approved in India, which is slowly emerging from a brutal …

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Will people really need a yearly COVID booster vaccine?

Will people really need a yearly COVID booster vaccine?

(HealthDay)—As the number of people fully immunized against COVID-19 rises into the hundreds of millions, immunologists and infectious disease experts now are pondering a new question in the unfolding pandemic. Namely, how long will vaccine immunity last, and will people who’ve gotten the jab need booster shots to maintain their protection? It’s an important question, …

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Covid vaccination in Europe 'far from sufficient' to avoid resurgence: WHO

Covid vaccination in Europe ‘far from sufficient’ to avoid resurgence: WHO

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday that vaccination rates in Europe were still far off what was needed to stop a virus resurgence and called on countries to maintain protective measures. According to the organisation, 30 percent of people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and …

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Colds, bronchitis cases resurged after Texas eased COVID rules

Colds, bronchitis cases resurged after Texas eased COVID rules

After Texas relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, other respiratory illnesses—such as colds, bronchitis and pneumonia—made rapid rebounds. Pathologists from Houston Methodist Hospital found that the rhinovirus and enterovirus infections that can trigger these illnesses started rebounding in the fall of last year after Texas eased capacity limits in bars and restaurants. More recently, they found that seasonal …

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India posts record new COVID deaths after data revision

India posts record new COVID deaths after data revision

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain India on Thursday recorded a global record of more than 6,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours after one state dramatically revised upwards its data, stoking suspicions that the country’s toll is much higher than reported. According to health ministry figures, 6,148 people died in the previous 24 hours, taking total fatalities …

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US deaths from heart disease and diabetes climbed amid COVID

US deaths from heart disease and diabetes climbed amid COVID

In this Monday, March 30, 2020 file photo, a worker moves items at a Federal Medical Station for hospital surge capacity set up at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early June 2021, the U.S. saw remarkable increases in the death rates …

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Hotel COVID quarantines to be lifted for most vaccinated travellers to Canada

Hotel COVID quarantines to be lifted for most vaccinated travellers to Canada

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Mandatory hotel quarantines will be lifted for fully vaccinated incoming Canadian travellers as early as next month, officials announced Wednesday as COVID-19 cases have started trending down. The stays of up to three days at government-listed hotels were ordered for arriving airline passengers at their own expense in February to slow …

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Detecting rare blood clots was a win, but US vaccine safety system still has gaps

WTO inches forward in COVID vaccine patent waiver talks

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain After months of debate, WTO members on Wednesday took a first, small step towards a deal aimed at boosting production of COVID vaccines and treatments through patent waivers or compulsory licensing deals. The World Trade Organization has struggled to move forward on the hotly-debated issue, since all decisions at the global …

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'Breakthrough' COVID infections may be common in vaccinated transplant patients

‘Breakthrough’ COVID infections may be common in vaccinated transplant patients

New research suggests that many people who’ve undergone an organ transplant do not get an immune response from COVID-19 vaccines that’s strong enough to ward off a “breakthrough” infection. In a new review of 14 such cases, these breakthrough COVID-19 infections occurred in 10 recipients of new kidneys, two liver recipients, one lung recipient and …

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