Indian-American named second-in-command at US CDC
"In my new role, I will be honored to serve not just Maine, but the entire nation and carry forward the good work that we have done here. As I prepare for this next step, I thank the people of Maine for taking care of me, as I've always asked them to take care of each other," Nirav D. Shah said in a statement.
Almost 60,000 people have died of Covid in China in past five weeks
Anecdotal reports and long queues at morgues and crematoriums point to a high death toll, but until Saturday the authorities had only officially recorded a few dozen Covid-19 deaths, the report said. The shortfall was due to stringent definitions of how a death is attributed to Covid. Only people who died of respiratory failure were counted.
China may be seeing around 10 million Covid reinfections on top of 900 million infections
Reports of infection rates of around 70 per cent across much of China in recent days would mean an estimated 900 million people in China have been infected at least once with Omicron. If Chen's figure were to be extrapolated nationwide, that would mean the country is also seeing around 10 million reinfections, RFA reported.
US health agencies see possible link between Pfizer's updated Covid-19 shot, strokes
Following the availability and use of the updated vaccine, CDC's Vaccine Safety Datalink, a near real-time surveillance system, met the statistical criteria to prompt additional investigation into "whether there was a safety concern" for ischemic stroke in people aged 65
Omicron new subvariant accounts for 43% new Covid cases in US
The subvariant XBB.1.5 is spreading quickly in the US. It made up 30.4 per cent of the total cases in the week ending January 7, rising from 20.1 per cent from a week before and 11.8 per cent from two weeks prior, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the CDC.
Covid cases in China touch 900 million
The report estimates that 64 per cent of the country's population has the virus, BBC said. It ranks Gansu province, where 91 per cent of the people are reported to be infected, at the top, followed by Yunnan (84 per cent) and and Qinghai (80 per cent). A top Chinese epidemiologist has also warned that cases will surge in rural China over the lunar new year.
Covid over? Japan reports all-time high 489 deaths in single day
Japan reported 185,472 new coronavirus cases, down 13,401 from Wednesday. Tokyo reported 13,427 new cases, down 3,345 from Wednesday. "The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was a record high 489," reports Japan Today. The number of infected people hospitalised with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 49, down five from Wednesday.
China stops transit visa exemption for S.Korean, Japanese nationals
The move came a day after Beijing announced measures to halt the issuance of short-term visas for business, tourism, medical treatment and general private affairs. On January 2, South Korea made it mandatory for all arrivals from China to undergo a PCR test within the first day of their entry into the country.
Covid vax acceptance up globally, young people hesitant about boosters
The willingness of parents to vaccinate their children also rose slightly, from 67.6 per cent in 2021 to 69.5 per cent in 2022. However, vaccine acceptance decreased in eight countries and almost one in eight vaccinated respondents, particularly younger men and women, were hesitant about receiving a booster dose.
mRNA Covid-19 vaccines can increase serious adverse 21events, claims US researcher
"We found the vaccine increases serious adverse events at a rate of one in 800. At the time of the publication, my co-authors and I did not believe our single study warranted the withdrawal of messenger RNA vaccines from the market. However, since its publication, multiple new pieces of evidence have come to light, and this has caused me to re-evaluate my position," said Fraiman in a video that surfaced online.