Here is a summary of the current health briefs.
COVID-19 infections drop in Americas, more vaccines needed, health agency says
The number of new COVID-19 infections has declined over the past month in the Americas, even though only 37% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean are fully vaccinated, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO ). Over the past week, 1.2 million people were confirmed with COVID-19 in the region, up from 1.5 million new cases the week before.
WHO supports deployment of malaria vaccine for African children in major breakthrough
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that the only approved malaria vaccine should be widely administered to African children, potentially marking a major breakthrough against a disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year. The WHO recommendation is for RTS, S – or Mosquirix – a vaccine developed by UK drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.
Canada Imposes COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate on Federal Workers and Transportation
Canada will put unvaccinated federal employees on unpaid leave and demand COVID-19 injections for air, rail and sea passengers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday as he unveiled one of the mandate policies strictest vaccine systems in the world. Federal employees will be required to report their full immunization status through an online portal by October 29. Workers and passengers aged 12 and over on nationally operating trains, planes and shipping – which are regulated by the federal government – must prove they have been vaccinated by October 30.
Chilean tree holds hope for new vaccines – if stocks last
On a dusty farm track in the Chilean wine region, behind a wooden door surrounded by chains, forestry experts tend to a plantation of saplings whose bark holds the promise of potent vaccines. Quillan trees, technically known as Quillaja Saponaria, are rare evergreen trees native to Chile that have long been used by the indigenous Mapuche people to make soap and medicine. In recent years, they have also been used to make a highly effective shingles vaccine and the world’s first malaria vaccine, as well as foaming agents for products in the food, beverage and mining industries.
Pfizer study to vaccinate an entire Brazilian city against COVID-19
Pfizer Inc will study the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine by vaccinating the entire population over the age of 12 in a city in southern Brazil, the company said on Wednesday. The study will be carried out in Toledo, a population of 143,000, in the western part of the state of Parana, in collaboration with Brazil’s national immunization program, local health authorities, a hospital and a federal university.
The Brazilian regulator to investigate the hospital chain on the use of hydroxychloroquine
The Brazilian agency that regulates health insurance plans has opened an investigation into allegations that a hospital chain has tested unproven drugs on elderly patients with COVID-19 without their knowledge, the director of the regulator said on Wednesday. during a Senate inquiry. It was the first time that a regulator committed to investigating the harms of Prevent Senior, a major healthcare chain serving tens of thousands of patients in the Sao Paulo area.
The booster injection improves the immune response of chemotherapy patients; post-COVID depression helped by widely used drugs
The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the results and that has not yet been certified by peer review. The response of chemo patients to the vaccine improves with the booster
Sydney to exit COVID-19 lockdown next week after vaccination rate hits 70%
COVID-19-related restrictions will be further eased in Sydney from Monday, authorities said, as Australia’s largest city appears poised to emerge from a lockdown nearly four months after reaching its limit. 70% complete vaccination target. Fully vaccinated people in the state of New South Wales (NSW) will be able to leave their homes for any reason, including to visit pubs, retail stores, cinemas and gymnasiums, which will reopen according to strict social distancing rules.
US judge blocks application of near-total abortion ban in Texas
A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a near-total abortion ban in Texas, the strictest law in the United States, following a challenge by President Joe Biden’s administration after the State Supreme Court -Unis let her go. The action of U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin prevents the state from enforcing the Republican-backed law, which prohibits women from having an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, while litigation over its legality continues.
US to invest additional $ 1 billion in rapid COVID-19 testing
The U.S. government is committing to purchase an additional 180 million COVID-19 rapid tests for $ 1 billion, on top of the $ 2 billion test purchase plan it announced in September, a senior US health official. The combined purchases will help quadruple test output in the United States by December to around 200 million tests per month, said Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, during a call to the press.
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