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Pfizer, which is developing the vaccine with its German partner BioNTech, now is on track to apply later this month for emergency-use approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, once it has the necessary safety information in hand.

Even if all goes well, authorities have stressed it is unlikely any vaccine will arrive much before the end of the year, and the limited initial supplies will be rationed.

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 11/10/2020 - 16:41

What's the science behind mink and coronavirus? (bbc.com)

bbc.com

Mutations in coronavirus have triggered culls of millions of farmed mink in Denmark.

Part of the country has been put under lockdown after Danish authorities found genetic changes they say might undermine the effectiveness of future Covid-19 vaccines.

More than 200 people have been infected with mink-related coronavirus.

And the UK has imposed an immediate ban on all visitors from Denmark amid concerns about the new strain.

Read the complete story on bbc.com.

Submitted by Admin on Mon, 11/09/2020 - 18:21

Tiny variants in genes may dictate severity of coronavirus (theguardian.com)

theguardian.com

It has been one of the most baffling aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Healthy young men and women have become infected with the virus and developed life-threatening side effects. But at the same time, many of their contemporaries have simply shrugged off the condition.

Unknown factors are clearly leaving some people vulnerable to the pandemic’s worst effects even though some of them are young, are not overweight and do not suffer from other obvious health problems. Scientists think that tiny genetic differences are causing some to be struck down while many others are spared.

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 11/03/2020 - 19:54

Coronavirus: Slovakia holds national test but president calls for rethink

bbc.com

Slovakia has begun an ambitious project to test everyone over the age of 10 for Covid-19, but the president has said she thinks the idea is "unfeasible".

The operation to test four million people is to last over two weekends.

Infections have soared in Slovakia and officials argue the only alternative would be a total lockdown.

President Zuzana Caputova called for a rethink of the plan after armed forces chiefs said there were not enough trained health workers to carry it out.

Submitted by mo2 on Mon, 11/02/2020 - 04:54
cnn.com

(CNN)As much of the world struggles to contain new waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, Taiwan just marked its 200th consecutive day without a locally transmitted case of the disease.

Submitted by mo2 on Fri, 10/30/2020 - 16:10

White House science office says Trump ended COVID-19 pandemic as US hits record cases (thehill.com)

thehill.com

The White House science office listed "ending the COVID-19 pandemic" as the top accomplishment of President Trump's first term, even as the U.S. has set records for new daily infections and numerous hospitals across the country are stretched to their breaking points.

Submitted by mo2 on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 19:50