G7 has to go down difficult road on vaccines

Mohamed A. El-erian Recognizing that “no one is safe until everyone is safe,” the G7 last week announced additional steps to facilitate more “affordable and equitable access to vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics” globally to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). But translating stated intent into effective action will require both bold political leadership at home and […]

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UK’s support to global vaccine facility Covax to help Pakistan

Newswire Islamabad: The UK’s world-leading support to the global COVID-19 vaccines facility Covax will help millions of Pakistanis protect themselves against Coronavirus.So far, the UK has committed £548m to the global Covax initiative, making the UK the largest single donor. The Covax initiative is the key way that more than 180 countries will have fair, […]

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Britain to intentionally infect people with virus in first such study

London: In order to gain a better understanding of the coronavirus, a British study will intentionally infect participants with the pathogen, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced on Wednesday.The study would be the world’s first “human challenge” study on the novel coronavirus, it said.Up to 90 volunteers between the ages of 18 […]

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Whole Pakistan grateful as they receive Covid-19 vaccine aid from Iron Brother China

Gwadar Pro Islamabad: Pakistan’s government and more than 220 million citizens offered gratitude to Iron Brother China as they received the first batch of Sinopharm vaccine in aid this week.On behalf of the Pakistani government and people, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed gratitude to the Chinese government for providing the vaccine as the country […]

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China proud to be the first to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan: Ambassador Nong Rong

Gwadar Pro Islamabad: Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong this week said that Iron Brother China was proud to be the first country to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan. “We are ready for our iron brother! Happy to learn that the Chinese government donated vaccines have been loaded to the special plane sent by Pakistan. Proud to […]

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UK finds more coronavirus cases with ‘concerning’ mutations

Michelle Roberts London: Public Health England is investigating cases of coronavirus with ‘worrying’ new genetic changes that have been found in some regions of the UK. Tests show they have a mutation, called E484K, that is already seen in the South Africa variant.Although this change may reduce vaccine effectiveness, the current ones in use should […]

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Rehman Malik thanks China for donating 500,000 coronavirus vaccine’s doses

Newswire Islamabad: Senate Standing Committee on Interior Chairman Rehman Malik this week thanked the Chinese government for donating 500,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan and urged the government to ensure that vaccines are made available free for the whole population. Chairing the meeting, he said mere 500,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine are […]

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Personalized brain stimulation alleviates severe depression symptoms

Targeted neuromodulation tailored to individual patients’ distinctive symptoms is an increasingly common way of correcting misfiring brain circuits in people with epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease. Now, scientists at UC San Francisco’s Dolby Family Center for Mood Disorders have demonstrated a novel personalized neuromodulation approach that — at least in one patient — was able to […]

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Immune system mounts a lasting defense after recovery from COVID-19, researchers find

As the number of people who have fought off SARS-CoV-2 climbs ever higher, a critical question has grown in importance: How long will their immunity to the novel coronavirus last? A new Rockefeller study offers an encouraging answer, suggesting that those who recover from COVID-19 are protected against the virus for at least six months, […]

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Boris Johnson and other leaders must heed the lessons of lockdown

Mohamed A El-erian UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent warning that the lifting of England’s current third lockdown will be no “great open sesame,” despite a fall in infections and the encouraging progress of the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program, should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the underlying dynamics […]

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Generous China pledges free of cost Covid vaccines to Pakistan

Islamabad: In yet another generous move, Iron Brother China this week promised to send 0.5 million Covid-19 vaccines free of cost to Pakistan amid Islamabad’s fight against the pandemic.Speaking to journalist here after holding talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi over the telephone, FM Qureshi Pakistan was expected to receive the first free shipment […]

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COVID-19 reduced US life expectancy

The COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed more than 336,000 lives in the United States in 2020, has significantly affected life expectancy, USC and Princeton researchers have found. The researchers project that, due to the pandemic deaths last year, life expectancy at birth for Americans will shorten by 1.13 years to 77.48 years, according to their study […]

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Big virus resurgence highly unlikely in China

China Economic Net Beijing: It is highly unlikely that China will experience a major resurgence of the novel coronavirus during the upcoming Spring Festival, given that the nation has created containment measures to quickly identify, isolate and control any possible outbreaks, a health official said.Feng Zijian, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control […]

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Do viruses make us smarter?

A new study from Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterise the human brain.Researchers have long been aware that endogenous retroviruses constitute around five per cent of our DNA. For many years, they were considered junk […]

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Japan praises the first anti-polio drive of 2021 in Pakistan

Newswire Islamabad: Matsuda Kuninori, Ambassador of Japan, has praised Pakistan’s decision to launch the first polio vaccination drive of 2021 and reiterated Japan’s commitment to continue its support to eradicate polio from Pakistan and the globe.During the five-day campaign, around 285,000 polio workers will engage in the vaccination of over 40 million children, wearing masks, […]

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Palace cancels 2021 royal garden parties with Queen Elizabeth II due to new lockdown

Maria Puente London: More pandemic disappointment in the United Kingdom: There will be no chance of tea with the queen in her gardens this summer, Buckingham Palace announced. Royal garden parties, one of the few gatherings where ordinary Brits get to mingle with Queen Elizabeth II and members of her family, are off for 2021, […]

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As pandemic drags on, Japan getting comfortable with new work styles

Noriyuki Suzuki Tokyo: The coronavirus pandemic has prompted Japan Inc to embrace more flexibility in work styles but has also changed how employees see their jobs. Working remotely from home and taking online meetings have become the main ways to reduce human contact and infection risks. The forced transition coincided with Japan’s embryonic efforts in […]

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