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WHO says Omicron subvariant BA.2 likely to have same severity as 'original'

WHO says Omicron subvariant BA.2 likely to have same severity as 'original'

-- 2022-02-02 18:26:08

The emerging BA.2 form of the Omicron coronavirus variant does not seem to be any more severe than the original BA.1 form, an official of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Vaccines also...

Many countries yet to see peak in Omicron wave: WHO

Many countries yet to see peak in Omicron wave: WHO

-- 2022-02-02 09:19:35

Many countries have not reached their peak in cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus and measures imposed to curb its spread should be eased slowly, the World Health Orga...

Massive volumes of Covid medical waste posing risk to health, environment: WHO

Massive volumes of Covid medical waste posing risk to health, environment: WHO

-- 2022-02-01 20:04:28

Discarded syringes, used test kits and old vaccine bottles from the COVID-19 pandemic have piled up to create tens of thousands of tonnes of medical waste, threatening human health and the environment...

Ivermectin shows ‘antiviral effect’ against Covid

Ivermectin shows ‘antiviral effect’ against Covid

-- 2022-02-01 16:47:16

Japanese trading and pharmaceuticals company Kowa Co Ltd on Monday said that anti-parasite drug ivermectin showed an "antiviral effect" against Omicron and other coronavirus variants in joint non-clin...

Huge volumes of COVID hospital waste threaten health: WHO

Huge volumes of COVID hospital waste threaten health: WHO

FE ONLINE DESK 2022-02-01 15:12:36

Discarded syringes, used test kits and old vaccine bottles from the COVID-19 pandemic have piled up to create tens of thousands of tonnes of medical waste, threatening human health and the environment...

Omicron subvariant ba.2 more infectious than ‘original’

Omicron subvariant ba.2 more infectious than ‘original’

-- 2022-02-01 08:13:16

The ba.2 subvariant of the omicron coronavirus variant, which has quickly taken over in Denmark, is more transmissible than the more common ba.1 and more able to infect vaccinated people, a Danish stu...

Scientists on alert over cases caused by omicron cousin ba.2

Scientists on alert over cases caused by omicron cousin ba.2

-- 2022-01-31 19:33:41

The highly transmissible omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus - the most common form of which is known as ba.1 - now accounts for nearly all of the coronavirus infections globally, although dramati...

Dieting won’t work if you don’t measure calories - here’s what you need to know

Dieting won’t work if you don’t measure calories - here’s what you need to know

Sirajum Munira Tuli 2022-01-30 16:51:48

The ideal measure of a person's daily calorie intake depends on age, metabolism, daily physical activities, etc. Generally, this requirement is considered 2,500 calories for men and 2000 calories for...

Merck's Covid-19 pill effective against omicron, find lab studies

Merck's Covid-19 pill effective against omicron, find lab studies

-- 2022-01-28 18:28:08

Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said on Friday six lab studies showed that their experimental oral Covid-19 drug, molnupiravir, was active against the omicron variant, reports Reuters. Th...

Boosters provide protection up to 95pc against Omicron deaths

Boosters provide protection up to 95pc against Omicron deaths

FE ONLINE DESK 2022-01-28 11:35:23

COVID-19 boosters increase protection against death from the omicron variant to 95 per cent in people aged 50 or over, the UK Health Security Agency said on Thursday. The UKHSA said that around six m...

Volunteers wanted to catch Covid in the name of science

Volunteers wanted to catch Covid in the name of science

-- 2022-01-28 10:34:19

The world's first medical trial authorised to deliberately expose participants to the coronavirus is seeking more volunteers as it steps up efforts to help develop better vaccines, Reuters reports. T...

EU approves Pfizer Covid pill for high-risk patients

EU approves Pfizer Covid pill for high-risk patients

-- 2022-01-28 08:47:51

The European Union's drug regulator on Thursday gave the green light to Pfizer Inc's antiviral COVID-19 pill for treating adults at risk of severe illness, as the region scrambles to boost its arsenal...

Post-Covid complications may linger for a year after recovery

Post-Covid complications may linger for a year after recovery

-- 2022-01-27 18:44:47

Covid-related complications may linger even for a year after recovering from the disease, according to an IEDCR study that focused on patients in Bangladesh. The research by the Institute of Epidemio...

Why Cauliflower is Special - 10 recipes

Why Cauliflower is Special - 10 recipes

SIRAJUM MUNIRA TULI 2022-01-26 17:11:04

After potatoes, there is hardly any vegetable that has as many variations in cooking as cauliflower has. Even it is hard to find haters of this winter vegetable; rather the number of people who wait...

Pfizer, BioNTech launch trial of omicron-targeted vaccine

Pfizer, BioNTech launch trial of omicron-targeted vaccine

-- 2022-01-26 16:52:19

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have started a clinical trial to test a new version of their vaccine specifically designed to target the COVID-19 omicron variant, which has eluded some of the protection pr...

World can bring an end to acute phase of pandemic, WHO chief hopes

World can bring an end to acute phase of pandemic, WHO chief hopes

-- 2022-01-24 15:19:22

The head of the World Health Organisation on Monday urged countries to work together to bring the acute phase of the pandemic to an end, saying that they now have all the tools available to do so. "T...

Sweden to seek Bangladesh's approval for human trial of nasal Covid jab

Sweden to seek Bangladesh's approval for human trial of nasal Covid jab

FE REPORT 2022-01-24 09:08:23

Sweden's Karolinska Institute is set to seek ethical clearance of Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) to start human trial of its developed nasal Covid-19 vaccine here. The ISR has already a...

Annual vaccine preferable to frequent booster shots, Pfizer CEO says

Annual vaccine preferable to frequent booster shots, Pfizer CEO says

-- 2022-01-23 16:27:34

Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on Saturday that an annual COVID-19 vaccine would be preferable to more frequent booster shots in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Pfizer/BioNtech's CO...

Firms to make cheap version of Merck Covid pill for poorer countries

Firms to make cheap version of Merck Covid pill for poorer countries

-- 2022-01-21 11:42:01

Nearly 30 generic drugmakers in Asia, Africa and the Middle East will make cheap versions of Merck & Co's Covid-19 pill, under a landmark UN-backed deal to give poorer nations wider access to a dr...

Sputnik V shows higher omicron-antibody levels than Pfizer

Sputnik V shows higher omicron-antibody levels than Pfizer

-- 2022-01-20 23:08:22

A small preliminary laboratory study has shown that levels of omicron-neutralising antibodies of people vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine did not decline as much as of those who had Pfizer sh...

Poorer nations to get low-cost versions of Merck’s Covid-19 pill

Poorer nations to get low-cost versions of Merck’s Covid-19 pill

-- 2022-01-20 17:54:21

An UN-backed agency has struck a deal for nearly 30 generic drugmakers to make low-cost versions of Merck & Co's Covid-19 pill, molnupiravir, for poorer nations, widening access to a drug seen as...

Covid transmission through breastmilk unlikely

Covid transmission through breastmilk unlikely

REUTERS 2022-01-20 13:32:15

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Rapid ant...

Incepta to launch Pfizer pill for treating Covid-19

Incepta to launch Pfizer pill for treating Covid-19

FE REPORT 2022-01-20 08:59:10

Incepta Pharmaceuticals Limited, one of the country's leading pharma companies, has announced the launching of Pfizer's oral antiviral medication - Paxlovid - for treating Covid-19. Incepta will mark...

Is pandemic entering endgame with Omicron?

Is pandemic entering endgame with Omicron?

Mashfiq Mizan 2022-01-18 16:55:38

Two years into the pandemic and with the surge of the highly infectious Omicron variant, people are despairingly asking when or even if this pandemic is ever going to end. The good news is experts co...

Winter flu or cold - lifestyle is the main culprit

Winter flu or cold - lifestyle is the main culprit

Swastika Karmaker 2022-01-17 16:13:26

It all starts with the leaves falling from the trees. The sniffles set in when the temperature falls and the daylight fades.  During the winter, the number of people catching a cold or flu due t...

Australia approaches the omicron peak as daily infections hover around record levels

Australia approaches the omicron peak as daily infections hover around record levels

-- 2022-01-15 11:52:29

Australia has likely neared the peak of its omicron wave, authorities said on Saturday, but warned daily infections will linger near record levels for "the next few weeks" after more than 100,000 case...

Children more likely to be hospitalised with omicron, British researchers say

Children more likely to be hospitalised with omicron, British researchers say

-- 2022-01-14 20:22:37

Young children and babies are proportionally more likely to be hospitalised with omicron compared to older children than with previous variants but the cases are still mild, British researchers said,...

J&J booster 85 per cent effective against hospitalisation by omicron for 1-2 months: Study

J&J booster 85 per cent effective against hospitalisation by omicron for 1-2 months: Study

-- 2022-01-14 15:19:20

A Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is 85 per cent effective in protecting against being hospitalised by the omicron variant for 1-2 months after it is received, the head of South Afri...

Why you should still try to avoid catching omicron variant

Why you should still try to avoid catching omicron variant

-- 2022-01-14 13:33:55

A fast-spreading omicron variant that causes milder illness compared with previous versions of the coronavirus has fueled the view that COVID-19 poses less of a risk than in the past, Reuters reports....

Polish scientists find gene that doubles risk of serious COVID illness

Polish scientists find gene that doubles risk of serious COVID illness

-- 2022-01-14 12:00:11

Polish scientists have found a gene that they say more than doubles the risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19, a discovery they hope could help doctors identify people who are most at risk from...