WHO says Covid variant of interest Mu may be more resistant to vaccines: All you need to know

Where was the variant first discovered? Now a variant of interest, it was first identified in Colombia in January 2021, and since then, there have been “sporadic reports” of cases and some larger outbreaks in South America and Europe, the UN health agency said in its weekly bulletin on Tuesday. As of August 29, over … Read more

English study finds long COVID affects up to 1 in 7 children months after infection

As many as 1 in 7 children may have symptoms linked to the coronavirus months after testing positive for COVID-19, the authors of an English study on long COVID in adolescents said on Wednesday. Children rarely become severely ill with COVID-19 but they can suffer lingering symptoms, and the study is one of the largest … Read more

France starts Covid-19 booster shot campaign for the elderly

France on Wednesday started administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine to people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions to shore up their vaccine protection, as the highly contagious delta variant is spreading in the country. People can get the shot on condition a minimum six-month period has passed since they got fully vaccinated … Read more

Vaccinated Singapore eases into reopening as other nations watch for lessons

Ronney Ng, who sells souvenirs in Singapore’s Chinatown, can hardly wait for the country to reopen its borders now that 80% of its population has been inoculated against COVID-19 – one of the world’s best vaccination rates. “Our business depends almost entirely on tourists; it is very tough for us if they are not visiting … Read more

Japan’s Moderna vaccine contamination woes widen as 1 million more shots suspended

Moderna Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine contamination woes in Japan have widened with another million doses being temporarily suspended, after foreign substances were found in more batches and two people died following shots from affected lots. The suspension of Moderna supplies, affecting more than 2.6 million does in total, comes as Japan battles its worst wave of … Read more

Coronavirus booster shots ‘not a luxury’, WHO Europe head says

A third-dose booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccination is a way to keep the most vulnerable safe and “not a luxury”, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The WHO said earlier this month data did not indicate a need for booster shots, while topping up already fully vaccinated people would further widen a vaccine-availability … Read more

Coronavirus digest: Singapore is now the most vaccinated country

Singapore has fully vaccinated 80% of its population against the coronavirus, the health minister said on Sunday. This makes it the world’s most inoculated country, as several parts of the world struggle to control the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant. “We have crossed another milestone, where 80% of our population has received their … Read more

Pfizer study finds a third shot greatly boosts Covid antibodies

Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday they were now applying to the Food and Drug Administration for supplemental approval of a coronavirus vaccine booster shot for those aged 16 and up, and will submit all their supporting data by the end of this week. The move came as the companies said that a third shot of … Read more

Taiwan rolls out homegrown Covid-19 vaccine amid criticism from Opposition

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday received her first shot of Medigen at a hospital in Tapei, kicking off the rollout of the domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine. In a Facebook post after receiving the vaccine, Tsai wrote, “Taking the vaccine can protect yourself, your family, as well as medical staff. Let’s do our part in … Read more

Coronavirus forces US to get a crash course in scientific uncertainty

When the coronavirus surfaced last year, no one was prepared for it to invade every aspect of daily life for so long, so insidiously. The pandemic has forced Americans to wrestle with life-or-death choices every day of the past 18 months — and there is no end in sight. Scientific understanding of the virus changes … Read more