UN to debate how science and technology can boost COVID-19 recovery

UN to debate how science and technology can boost COVID-19 recovery

Industry 4.0 and the challenges of sustainable urban development will be in focus at the 25th session of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development. Ministers, policymakers, heads of international organizations and leading experts will examine how science, technology and innovation can help the world recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic during 25th session of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development from 28 March to 1 April in Geneva and online. The sessions will focus on the themes of “Industry 4.0 for inclusive development” and…

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Joe Biden US has ordered enough Pfizer anti-viral pills to treat 10 million Americans

Joe Biden US has ordered enough Pfizer anti-viral pills to treat 10 million Americans

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he is encouraged by data released by Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) on its COVID-19 anti-viral medicine and his administration has ordered enough of the pills to treat 10 million Americans. “Getting vaccinated and getting your booster shot remain the most important tools we have to save lives. But if this treatment is indeed authorized — and once the pills are widely available — it will mark a significant step forward in our path out of the pandemic,” Biden said in a statement. Pfizer said…

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A year into vaccine drive, America’s Covid-19 death toll hits 8,00,000

A year into vaccine drive, America’s Covid-19 death toll hits 8,00,000

The US death toll from Covid-19 topped 8,00,000 on Tuesday, a once-unimaginable figure seen as doubly tragic, given that more than 2,00,000 of those lives were lost after the vaccine became available practically for the asking last spring. The number of deaths, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Atlanta and St. Louis combined, or Minneapolis and Cleveland put together. It is roughly equivalent to how many Americans die each year from heart disease or stroke. The United States has the highest reported toll…

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US Senate Votes To Block Joe Biden Vaccine Mandate

US Senate Votes To Block Joe Biden Vaccine Mandate

The US Senate on Wednesday voted to block President Joe Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large private employers, in a symbolic win for conservatives that will have little tangible effect. The measure passed 52-48 with the support of all 50 Republicans in the upper chamber and two centrist Democrats, but is not expected to fare well in the House of Representatives, where it may only have support from the right. Under Biden’s plan, all companies with more than 100 workers will have to require their employees to be immunized or undergo…

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Omicron Not More Severe Than Delta Variant Of Covid: Top US Scientist

Omicron Not More Severe Than Delta Variant Of Covid: Top US Scientist

Top US scientist Anthony Fauci said Tuesday early indications suggested the Covid-19 Omicron variant was not worse than prior strains, and was possibly milder, while cautioning it would take weeks to judge its severity. Speaking to AFP, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor broke down the knowns and unknowns about Omicron into three major areas: transmissibility, how well it evades immunity from prior infection and vaccines, and severity of illness. The new variant is “clearly highly transmissible,” very likely more so than Delta, the current dominant global strain, Fauci said….

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U.S. Detects the Omicron COVID-19 variant in 19 States

U.S. Detects the Omicron COVID-19 variant in 19 States

The fast-spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus has now been reported in 50 countries and 19 states, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She added, “we expect that number to continue to increase.” States that have detected the variant range from Hawaii to Texas to Massachusetts. The reports are part of a new surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. that now tops 100,000 cases per day. While officials and researchers are concerned about the transmissibility of the omicron variant, they also…

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Contact tracing revs up in some states as Omicron reaches U.S.

Contact tracing revs up in some states as Omicron reaches U.S.

Some of the U.S. cases involve people who hadn’t traveled recently, meaning the variant was likely already circulating domestically in some parts of the country. The arrival of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the U.S. has health officials in some communities reviving contact tracing operations in an attempt to slow and better understand its spread as scientists study how contagious it is and whether it can thwart vaccines. In New York City, officials quickly reached out to a man who tested positive for the variant and had attended…

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Six more U.S. states find Omicron cases, Delta still top U.S. coronavirus threat

Six more U.S. states find Omicron cases, Delta still top U.S. coronavirus threat

Six more U.S. states confirmed infections of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Friday but the Delta strain likely remains a greater threat as winter sets in and Americans gather for the holidays, experts said. New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Utah each reported their first cases of the Omicron variant on Friday. Missouri was awaiting CDC confirmation of a case involving a St. Louis resident who had recently traveled within the United States. Scientists are still investigating the impact of the highly contagious Omicron variant, which was first…

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U.S. administers 468.5 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines- CDC

U.S. administers 468.5 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines- CDC

The United States had administered 468,516,782 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Saturday morning and distributed 581,107,805 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Those figures are up from the 466,348,132 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Dec. 3 out of 580,893,145 doses delivered. The agency said 235,297,964 people had received at least one dose, while 198,592,167 people had been fully vaccinated as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Saturday. The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna (MRNA.O) and Pfizer/BioNTech…

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EU member states agree to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant ‘Omicron’ rapidly spreading there

EU member states agree to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant ‘Omicron’ rapidly spreading there

The new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa.It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region.European Union member states have agreed to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there, Associated Press journalist Zeke Miller reported on Twitter. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had earlier on Friday recommended that the member states take action over concerns of the new variant. The World Health Organization has named it “Omicron” and classified it as a…

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