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Origins of COVID-19 once again spark debate

The acrimonious debate over the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic flared up again last week with a report from an expert panel concluding that SARS-CoV-2 likely spread naturally in a zoonotic jump from an animal to humans—without help from a lab. www.science.org/content/article/evidence-suggests-pandemic-came-nature-not-lab-panel-says “Our paper recognizes that there are different possible origins, but the evidence towards […]

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COVID-19 cases rise across Europe

Another wave of COVID-19 infections may have begun in Europe as cases begin to tick up across the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said last Wednesday. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/982296?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=398271FG&impID=4751294&faf=1 “Although we are not where we were one year ago, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is

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US extends COVID-19 pandemic status

The Biden administration extended the Covid-19 pandemic’s status as a public health emergency for another 90 days, preserving measures such as expanded Medicaid and higher payments to hospitals. The decision follows comments President Joe Biden made in September describing the pandemic as over. Some Republican lawmakers said afterward that the administration should wind down its

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Indonesia launches domestic COVID-19 vaccination

Indonesia launched its first home-grown COVID-19 shot Thursday to help reduce the world’s fourth most populous nation’s dependency on imported vaccines. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/982435?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=398271FG&impID=4751294&faf=1 President Joko Widodo announced the vaccine brand, IndoVac, as a new milestone for Indonesia’s pharmaceutical industry that will manufacture primary series vaccines, booster vaccines and vaccines for children, which have been in development

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Omicron subvariants becoming dominant strains

The subvariants known as BQ.1.1, BQ.1, BQ.1.3, BA.2.3.20 and XBB are among the fastest spreading of the main Omicron lineages. Based on UK data, the BQ variants, as well as BA.2.75.2 and BF.7 are the most concerning due to their growth advantage and immune evasiveness, the US health security agency has said. BF.7 has also

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