HEALTH

UK Covid vaccine rules cause hesitancy – Africa health chief

The head of Africa’s health agency has warned that the UK’s policy of not accepting Covid-19 vaccine certificates from the continent could increase vaccine hesitancy. Dr John Nkegasong said the UK’s stance was confusing and had far-reaching implications for vaccination campaigns. “We do not understand why the UK has taken this position,” he told a …

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Rejecting COVID Inquiry, China Peddles Conspiracy Theories Blaming the U.S.

When a conspiracy theory started circulating in China suggesting that the coronavirus escaped from a U.S. military lab, it had largely stayed on the fringe. Now, the ruling Communist Party has propelled the idea firmly into the mainstream. This week, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman repeatedly used an official podium to elevate unproven ideas that …

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Inslee announces educator vaccination requirement and statewide indoor mask mandate

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a vaccination requirement for employees working in K-12, most childcare and early learning, and higher education, as well as an expansion of the statewide mask mandate to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. The governor was joined for the announcement by Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and Secretary of …

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Ivermectin Shows No Clear Benefit in the Treatment of Covid-19

Ivermectin is a horse dewormer and anti-parasitic medication that has been promoted across the world for the treatment of Covid-19. It has been in the news a lot recently because a large portion of the evidence base for the drug appears to have been based on fraudulent research, which, as scientific rigor goes, is usually …

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Inslee announces vaccination requirement for most state employees, private health care and long-term care workers

 Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a requirement for most state workers, and on-site contractors and volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. State employees and workers in private health care and long-term care settings will have until October 18 to be fully vaccinated. The requirement applies to state workers, regardless of …

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Covid: WHO calls for booster pause to vaccinate poorer nations

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a suspension on booster vaccines for Covid-19 until at least the end of September. WHO Chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a pause would allow for at least 10% of the population in every country to be vaccinated. A number of nations including Israel and Germany have …

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Covid-19: The mystery of rising infections in India’s Kerala

The southern Indian state of Kerala accounts for more than half of the country’s new Covid-19 infections. The BBC’s Soutik Biswas and Vikas Pandey report on why cases continue to rise in the state, months after the waning of the deadly second wave. In January 2020, Kerala reported India’s first Covid-19 case in a medical …

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