A COVID-19 vaccine candidate made by Chinese researchers successfully induced the development of neutralizing and binding antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to early results from a non-randomized phase I clinical trial published Friday in The Lancet.  The trial results follow on to results announced by Moderna earlier this week, which found […] Continue reading ->
New research published in The Lancet on Friday found that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine has ‘no benefit’ for coronavirus patients, and could even increase the risk of heart arrhythmias and mortality.  “This is the first large scale study to find statistically robust evidence that treatment with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine does not benefit patients with COVID-19,” said […] Continue reading ->
Over the past 24 hours, the world has seen the largest-ever increase in new COVID-19 infections, with most of the 106,000 cases cases occurring in just four countries, warned WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday.  “In the last 24 hours, there have been 106,000 cases reported to WHO – the most in […] Continue reading ->
Although a proposal to include Taiwan as a World Health Assembly (WHA) observer was delayed until the WHA 73 session resumes again later this year, that didn’t prevent WHO member states from locking horns over the issue in statements on the second day of this week’s virtual WHA session.  The charge was led by a […] Continue reading ->
With overwhelming support, the World Health Assembly (WHA) on Tuesday approved a resolution to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, which represents the strongest commitment yet from the global community to international cooperation in fighting the pandemic as well as ensuring access to COVID-19 treatments and future vaccines. The final text also called for an independent evaluation […] Continue reading ->
Children are 30 times more likely to experience Kawasaki-like disease in Bergamo, Italy’s epicentre of infections and deaths, reported a Lancet study of 29 children on Wednesday. The SARS-CoV-2 virus could trigger symptoms similar to those of a severe cardiovascular illness called Kawasaki disease. While there were 19 cases of Kawasaki disease in the past […] Continue reading ->
As reports of COVID-19 patients presenting with cardiovascular symptoms continue to surface, World Health Organization experts say more research is needed to understand all of the clinical presentations of the new disease. Still, they underlined that the new coronavirus primarily causes respiratory disease. “It is clear that in a proportion of patients, [COVID-19] is causing […] Continue reading ->
As the 73rd World Health Assembly approaches, the European Union-sponsored draft resolution on the COVID-19 response is gathering steam and storm as it rolls closer to the planned opening of the Assembly on 18 May – with far less clarity about how it might actually hit the shores of the public debate.  The resolution aims […] Continue reading ->
Up to 190 000 Africans could die of COVID-19 within the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail. And up to 44 million Africans, or 26% of the African population, could be infected by the virus, according to a new modelling study  by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa. A proactive […] Continue reading ->