South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s health regulator reported on Thursday a causal link between the death of an individual and Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine, the first time such a direct link has been made in the country. The person presented with rare neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome soon after being given … Read more

Polio found in New York wastewater as state urges vaccinations

Myanmar executes four democracy activists, drawing condemnation and outrage

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The polio virus was present in wastewater in a New York City suburb a month before health officials there announced a confirmed case of the disease last month, state health officials said on Monday, urging residents to be sure they have been vaccinated. The discovery of the disease from wastewater … Read more

‘Living with COVID’: Where the pandemic could go next

'Living with COVID': Where the pandemic could go next

LONDON/CHICAGO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – As the third winter of the coronavirus pandemic looms in the northern hemisphere, scientists are warning weary governments and populations alike to brace for more waves of COVID-19. In the United States alone, there could be up to a million infections a day this winter, Chris Murray, head of the … Read more

Biden again tests positive for COVID, says he feels fine

Biden again tests positive for COVID, says he feels fine

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on Saturday in what the White House doctor described as a “rebound” case seen in a small percentage of patients who take the antiviral drug Paxlovid. Biden, 79, who emerged from COVID isolation on Wednesday after testing positive on July 21, … Read more

If you are high risk, do not wait for updated COVID vaccines, experts say

If you are high risk, do not wait for updated COVID vaccines, experts say

CHICAGO, July 29 (Reuters) – People at high risk of severe disease who have yet to get a second COVID-19 booster should not wait for next-generation, Omicron-targeted vaccines expected in the fall, five vaccine experts told Reuters. In many countries, including the United States, the BA.5 Omicron subvariant of the virus is surging, but current … Read more

Reinfection, severe outcome more common with BA.5 variant; virus spike protein toxic to heart cells

Reinfection, severe outcome more common with BA.5 variant;  virus spike protein toxic to heart cells

A medical worker administers a dose of the “Cominarty” Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to a patient at a vaccination center in Ancenis-Saint-Gereon, France, November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo /File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register July 28 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on … Read more

US Senate passes bill to boost chip manufacturing, compete with China

US Senate passes bill to boost chip manufacturing, compete with China

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The US Senate on Wednesday passed sweeping legislation to subsidize the domestic semiconductor industry, hoping to boost companies as they compete with China and alleviate a persistent shortage that has affected everything from cars, weapons, washing machines and video games. The House of Representatives plans to vote on Thursday on … Read more

Wall Street falls as Walmart warning rattles retail sector

Wall Street closes lower as ad tech, social media stocks drop

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, US, July 21, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Walmart cuts profit forecast, drags retailers McDonald’s up as sales, profit top estimates GE jumps on higher profit, Coca-Cola up on forecast raise Indexes … Read more

WHO declares global health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

WHO declares global health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

Declaration is WHO’s highest level of alert Tedros breaks deadlock on advisory committee Decision welcomed as way to stem disease’s spread July 23 (Reuters) – The rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak represents a global health emergency, the World Health Organization’s highest level of alert, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday. The WHO label – … Read more

Amazon strikes $3.5 bln deal for One Medical in long march into US healthcare

Amazon strikes $3.5 bln deal for One Medical in long march into US healthcare

July 21 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Thursday agreed to buy primary care provider One Medical (ONEM.O) for $3.49 billion, expanding the e-commerce giant’s virtual healthcare and adding brick-and-mortar doctors ‘ offices for the first time. The all-cash deal would combine two relatively small players as Amazon continues a years-long march into US healthcare, … Read more