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WHO says no change to COVID-19 transmission guidance after US draft change

22-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 9:52 AM

The World Health Organization has not changed its policy on aerosol transmission of the coronavirus, it said on Monday after US health officials published draft new guidance [...] » More

Asia offers more flu shots to head off COVID-19 complications

15-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Some Asian countries are rolling out early and more aggressive influenza vaccination programmes this year, seeking to reduce the potential of people contracting the flu and [...] » More

CanSino Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial in Pakistan expected to begin this month

10-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:56 AM

Falling COVID-19 infection numbers in Pakistan will not affect a Phase 3 clinical trial for a potential vaccine being developed by China’s CanSino Biologics, which is [...] » More

WHO’s Tedros says ‘vaccine nationalism’ would prolong pandemic

05-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 9:53 AM

WHO director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that “vaccine nationalism” would only slow the effort to quash the pandemic and called for vaccines [...] » More

Widespread COVID vaccinations not expected until mid-2021, WHO says

05-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

A World Health Organization spokeswoman said on Friday it does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, stressing the importance of [...] » More

US CDC tells states to prep for COVID-19 vaccine distribution as soon as late October

US CDC tells states to prep for COVID-19 vaccine distribution as soon as late October

04-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked state public health officials to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine to high-risk groups [...] » More

Scientists see downsides to top COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, China

01-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:18 AM

High-profile COVID-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, [...] » More

How common cold viruses are being used in vaccines from Russia, China

01-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:18 AM

The modified common cold viruses behind high-profile COVID-19 vaccine candidates from China’s CanSino Biologics and Russia’s Gamaleya Institute have been studied [...] » More

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears to work as well in older adults in early study

27-Aug-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 9:55 AM

Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) said on Wednesday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine induced immune responses in older adults similar to those in younger participants, offering hope that [...] » More

US says testing not needed for some exposed to COVID-19, sparking outcry

27-Aug-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 9:52 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this week that people exposed to COVID-19 but not symptomatic may not need to be tested, shocking doctors and [...] » More

Exclusive: Fauci says rushing out a vaccine could jeopardise testing of others

25-Aug-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 8:39 AM

The top US infectious diseases expert is warning that distributing a COVID-19 vaccine under special emergency use guidelines before it has been proved safe and effective in [...] » More

Russia vaccine roll-out plan prompts virus mutation worries

22-Aug-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Russia’s plan to roll-out its “Sputnik-V” COVID-19 vaccine even before full trials show how well it works is prompting concern among virus experts, who warn [...] » More

Explainer: World Health Organization’s struggle for a global COVID-19 vaccine plan

20-Aug-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday urged countries to join a global pact aimed at ensuring less wealthy countries have access to COVID-19 vaccines, warning about [...] » More

WHO warns people under 50 driving virus spread in Asia-Pacific

19-Aug-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

Coronavirus cases in Asia-Pacific countries are now being driven by people under the age of 50 who may not know they are infected, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, [...] » More

Harvard researchers want more ‘crappy’ tests for COVID-19

05-Aug-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

The aphorism “perfect is the enemy of good enough” has been played out to tragic effect in the US’s inadequate testing for the coronavirus, according to [...] » More