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

GLOBAL ECONOMY Factories squeezed by higher prices, weak demand

GLOBAL ECONOMY Factories squeezed by higher prices, weak demand

Staff work inside a non woven filter fabric factory, where the fabric is used to make surgical face masks, in Taoyuan, Taiwan, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON/LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Factories across the United States, Europe and Asia struggled for momentum in July … Read more

China’s economic wobbles worsen as factory, property woes mount

China's economic wobbles worsen as factory, property woes mount

Employees wearing face masks work on a car seat assembly line at Yanfeng Adient factory in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Factory activity slows in July vs June – Caixin survey … 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

China’s factory activity contracts unexpectedly in July as COVID flares up

China's factory activity contracts unexpectedly in July as COVID flares up

Employees work on the production line of vehicle components during a government-organized media tour to a factory of German engineering group Voith, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China July 21, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register China July official manufacturing PMI below forecast July official services … 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

Fed to unveil another big rate hike as signs of economic slowdown grow

Fed to unveil another big rate hike as signs of economic slowdown grow

US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell takes questions during a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) in Washington, US, June 15, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – With the Federal Reserve expected to hike its key … Read more