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Telangana healthcare worker dies on 11th day after vax shot – Telugu360

Telangana healthcare worker dies on 11th day after vax shot – Telugu360

A healthcare worker has died in Telangana — third case of its kind — a few days after taking Covid-19 vaccine, though health authorities maintained the fatality was not due to vaccination. The 55-year-old woman from Mancherial district was given the vaccine dose at the primary health centre in Kasipet on January 19, but complained of shortness of breath and giddiness only on January 29, officials said on Sunday. According to Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivas Rao, she was admitted to Medilife Hospital at Mancherial. She was shifted to Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIM) Hyderabad on January 30, where she succumbed at about 11 pm. “The cause of death is clearly indicative of underlying morbiditi...
South Africa Orders 20 Million Doses of Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine, Says Report – News18

South Africa Orders 20 Million Doses of Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine, Says Report – News18

South Africa has secured 20 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the health minister told a Sunday newspaper. Africa's worst virus-hit country has yet to begin vaccinating its population against Covid-19, stirring criticism over slow procurement and lack of strategy. A first shipment of AstraZeneca/Oxford jabs produced in India is due to arrive on Monday, with injections expected to start two weeks later. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told The Sunday Times that 20 million additional vaccines had been ordered from US drugmaker Pfizer. "These vaccines are secured and awaiting manufacturers to submit final agreements with details of delivery dates and exact amounts," said Mkhize. The health ministry did not respond to several AFP requests for comment. The new Pfizer orde...
Dr. Fauci Says These 2 Side Effects Mean Your COVID Vaccine Is Working – Best Life

Dr. Fauci Says These 2 Side Effects Mean Your COVID Vaccine Is Working – Best Life

While COVID vaccine side effects can seem alarming, medical experts have cautioned that they are typically mild to moderate, only last up to 48 hours, and are actually an indication that your shot is working. During a Jan. 28 interview with MSNBC, chief White House COVID adviser Anthony Fauci, MD, recently name dropped two side effects in particular that he feels should be viewed as a welcome sign that your immune system is responding to your vaccination. Read on to find out which side effects are good news, and for Fauci's firsthand account of getting the COVID vaccine, check out Dr. Fauci Says He Had These Side Effects From His Second Vaccine Dose. Fauci explained that the two unpleasant side effects in parti...
University of Glasgow: NEW DATA HIGHLIGHTS PLASTICITY AND POTENTIAL FOR IMMUNE ESCAPE WITHIN THE SARS-COV-2 SPIKE PROTEIN – India Education Diary

University of Glasgow: NEW DATA HIGHLIGHTS PLASTICITY AND POTENTIAL FOR IMMUNE ESCAPE WITHIN THE SARS-COV-2 SPIKE PROTEIN – India Education Diary

The N439K mutation, which was originally discovered in the first half of 2020 and is considered to be one of the first important SARS-CoV-2 RBM mutations, because it occurred within the receptor binding domain (RBD) in the virus’s Spike protein that interacts with the human ACE2 receptor. The study, which was conducted by an international team of scientists including researchers at the MRC University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) and is published today in the journal Cell, shows how this change in SARS-CoV-2’s genome increases the binding affinity of the virus to the human ACE2 receptor. The frequent occurrence of mutations within the RBM highlights the ‘plasticity’ of this part of the Spike protein, which is a major target of vaccines and therapeutic monoclonal an...
Sacrificing equity for speed? California’s COVID vaccine rollout stirs concern – CalMatters

Sacrificing equity for speed? California’s COVID vaccine rollout stirs concern – CalMatters

In summary As disparities emerge in California’s vaccine rollout, many fear that low-income communities and essential workers are being pushed to the end of the line. In the affluent desert community of Rancho Mirage, Eisenhower Hospital recently invited donors to get their COVID vaccinations alongside health care workers in what executives called a private “test” clinic. In Walnut Creek, public health officials cut off a concierge doctor’s vaccine supply amid concerns she allowed people to jump the line at the immunization clinic she organized. Hollywood power brokers are flying in private jets to Florida, where vaccine eligibility is looser.  It’s not hard to see why health equity advocates are increasingly con...
Researchers develop gene therapy vector for blood disorders – The Shillong Times

Researchers develop gene therapy vector for blood disorders – The Shillong Times

Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have developed a potentially safer and more effective gene therapy vector for blood disorders.The newly-developed gene therapy vector will focus on blood disorders like sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia.It is being considered potentially safer and effective than those currently used in gene therapy trials for these conditions.The findings of the study were published today in the journal ‘Molecular Therapy’. The vector, an engineered vehicle for delivering functional copies of the hemoglobin gene to correct a genetic abnormality, leads to the production of more hemoglobin with a lower dose, minimising the risk of toxic side effects.“These results have many potential benefits for the successful treatment of patients affected...
Vaccines prevented 37 million deaths in LMICs in the last 20 years – India Education Diary

Vaccines prevented 37 million deaths in LMICs in the last 20 years – India Education Diary

Vaccine programmes in low- and middle-income countries have prevented 37 million deaths in the last 20 years alone – 36 million in children under 5. These are the findings of the most comprehensive study of the impact of vaccination programmes yet undertaken, published today in The Lancet. The research, led by an international consortium including researchers at Imperial College London, shows the success is predicted to continue, with a further 32 million deaths predicted to be prevented by vaccination programmes by 2030 (28 million deaths prevented in under-5s), if progress is sustained. Professor Neil Ferguson said: “These findings show that since 2000, 36 million children under 5 have been saved by vaccines and another 28 million will be saved by 2030. “The magnitude o...
Covid-19 personality types: deniers, contemplators, worriers, warriors & more – The Indian Express

Covid-19 personality types: deniers, contemplators, worriers, warriors & more – The Indian Express

A new paper published in the journal Humanities and Social Sciences Communication argues that people develop Covid-19 personalities during the pandemic. Mimi E Lam, a researcher at the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway, has flagged the consequences of the different personalities and groups that are created in a time of severe social restrictions and uncertainty. She addresses several challenges that the pandemic poses. “The pandemic affects various groups differently, something that can create an ‘us vs them’ thinking and sow seeds of conflict, discrimination and racism,” she said in a statement issued by UiB. Lam identifies and explains some early Covid-19 personality types: DENIERS: who downplay the viral threat, promoting business as usual SPREADERS: who want...
60-Day Study Suggests Covid May Cause Significant Damage to Male Fertility – Breitbart

60-Day Study Suggests Covid May Cause Significant Damage to Male Fertility – Breitbart

A German study suggests that the Chinese coronavirus may inflict long-term on male fertility, with sperm quality significantly impacted over a period of 60 days. Researchers at the Justus-Liebig University compared 84 coronavirus-infected men with a 104-strong age-matched control group, and found, according to the Telegraph, that “sperm concentration was reduced by 516 per cent, mobility by 209 per cent and sperm cell shape was altered by 400 per cent”. “These effects on sperm cells are associated with lower sperm quality and reduced fertility potential,” explained PhD student Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki, who led the research. “Although these effects tended to improve over time, they remained significantly and abnormally higher in the Covid-19 patients, and the magnitude of these...