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COVID Vaccines Saved Almost 20M Lives in First Year

That includes 1.9M in the US, researchers say

(Newser) - Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday. On Dec. 8, 2020, a retired shop clerk in England received the first shot in what would...

Long COVID Is Really Long—and Enigmatic

Health experts are flummoxed by diagnosing, treating this type of illness

(Newser) - In her two years of battling COVID-19, Lindsay Polega has been referred to, in order: an immunologist, cardiologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist, neurologist, then the immunologist again. Still, she's dealing with a list of symptoms including chest pain, hypertensive spikes, and hand numbness. Scrolling on her cellphone has caused vertigo, and...

FDA Authorizes COVID Shots for Kids Under 5
CDC Agrees:
Under-5 Shots
Can Begin

CDC Agrees: Under-5 Shots Can Begin

Biden calls final approval of COVID vaccine for young children a relief

(Newser) - Update: "For parents all over the country, this is a day of relief and celebration," President Biden said in a statement Saturday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved COVID vaccinations for children as young as 6 months old. Director Rochelle Walensky gave the final OK...

Fauci Has COVID
Fauci Has COVID

Fauci Has COVID

81-year-old is showing mild symptoms

(Newser) - After more than two years of fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci is now fighting a coronavirus infection—though since he is, of course, fully vaccinated against COVID-19, he's probably not in serious danger. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease said Wednesday that Fauci—the institute'...

Days After Biden Meeting, Trudeau Tests Positive

Canadian prime minister spent time with other leaders last week in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted Monday that he's tested positive for COVID-19, days after meeting with President Biden in Los Angeles and months after his first bout with the coronavirus. "I'll be following public health guidelines and isolating," the prime minister posted . "I feel...

Unvaccinated Andrew Giuliani Barred From In-Person Debate

TV station won't allow candidate for governor in studio

(Newser) - Andrew Giuliani, a first-time candidate for public office, will not be allowed into a TV studio to join the opening Republican debate in the New York governor's race on Monday because he's not vaccinated against COVID-19. Giuliani said WCBS-TV told him Sunday he'll be barred unless he...

FDA Posts Analysis of Pfizer Shots for Kids Under 5

Says the kid-sized dose appears to be safe and effective

(Newser) - Update: The FDA on Sunday posted its analysis of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5, announcing that the kid-sized doses do appear to be safe and effective. The agency posted a similar analysis of Moderna's vaccine for the youngest age group last week. Next up: Wednesday'...

WHO Report on COVID Origins Angers China

Team said there should be further investigation of lab leak theory

(Newser) - A team of scientists backed by the World Health Organization released a preliminary report Thursday on the search for the origins of the coronavirus pandemic—and China was angered by the suggestion that the theory the virus may have leaked from a lab merited further investigation. The team said that...

Authorities: Japanese Fugitive Tied to $7.2M COVID Relief Plot

Mitsuhiro Taniguchi is now in custody in Indonesia and set to be deported

(Newser) - For a week or two, Mitsuhiro Taniguchi was holed up in the home of an Indonesian fish trader, trying to convince him of his plan to invest in local fisheries. That won't be happening now, though, as he's been nabbed by authorities over the money he was perhaps...

Researchers: Dogs Can Detect COVID Better Than Some Tests
Scientists Find Much Cuter
Way to Sniff Out COVID

Scientists Find Much Cuter Way to Sniff Out COVID

Canines trained to smell for virus correctly IDed 97% of positive cases, 100% of asymptomatic ones

(Newser) - Suspect you have COVID but don't feel up to dragging yourself out to an urgent care for testing? Sometime in the future, you may be able to simply call your dog over. At least, that's what researchers are hoping after they found that dogs trained to sniff out...

Cocaine Kingpin Wants Out of Prison Due to Virus
Colombian Drug Boss
Dies in US Prison

Colombian Drug Boss Dies in US Prison

Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela helped run Cali cartel in Colombia

(Newser) - Update: Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela, who helped lead Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel, has died in an American prison, two years after losing his bid for compassionate release because of his poor health. The cause was lymphoma, the Guardian reports. Rodríguez Orejuela, who was extradited to the US in 2004, built...

Shanghai Prepares to Lift 2-Month Lockdown

'I could die' from happiness, resident says

(Newser) - Shanghai authorities say they will take major steps Wednesday toward reopening China's largest city after a two-month COVID-19 lockdown that has set back the national economy and largely confined millions of people to their homes. Already, a steady stream of people strolled in the Bund, the city's historic...

Doctor Who Hawked COVID 'Miracle Cure' Gets Jail Time

Jennings Ryan Staley of San Diego sentenced to 30 days over hydroxychloroquine scheme

(Newser) - In the early days of the pandemic, a San Diego doctor offered a beacon of hope—more specifically what he called a "miracle cure" for COVID. Now, however, Dr. Jennings Ryan Staley is going to prison for 30 days over his purported remedy , reports Fox 5 . Staley attempted to...

Everyone Masked Up at State Funeral, Except Kim Jong Un

North Korea says its COVID outbreak is easing, but many are skeptical

(Newser) - A huge number of North Koreans including leader Kim Jong Un attended a funeral for a top official, state media reported Monday, as the country maintained the disputed claim that its suspected coronavirus outbreak is subsiding. Since admitting earlier this month to an outbreak, North Korea has only stated how...

Pfizer Offers Update on Shots for Kids Under 5

Preliminary data suggest 3 shots offer strong protection for the youngest patients

(Newser) - Three doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday. Pfizer plans to give the data to US regulators later this week in a step toward letting the littlest kids get the shots. The news comes after months of anxious waiting...

At This Point, Vaccines Aren't What North Korea Needs

One expert suggests it's too late for mass vaccinations to help

(Newser) - North Korea isn't exactly fighting fire with fire when it comes to COVID, at least according to the BBC's monitoring of state media. The country of 25 million has no stockpile of or access to anti-viral drugs, so its population is reportedly being advised to turn toward less...

After 6-Week Break, COVID Briefings Are Back

Cases, hospitalizations are rising sharply

(Newser) - The coronavirus pandemic is far from over, officials warned at the White House's first COVID-19 briefing after a six-week hiatus. Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House's new COVID-19 coordinator, urged Congress to approve more funding for vaccines and treatments, the Guardian reports. "Without additional funding from Congress,...

Clapton Cancels Shows After Test
Clapton Cancels
Shows After Test

Clapton Cancels Shows After Test

Star contracts COVID after blaming ailments on vaccine

(Newser) - Eric Clapton has postponed a couple of concerts planned for Zurich and Milan this week after contracting COVID-19. A Facebook post said the 77-year-old rock star tested positive after a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Clapton has had AstraZeneca shots, People reports, though he's criticized the...

NK Shuns Outside Help as COVID Cases Skyrocket

Kim criticized officials for 'non-positive attitudes' and 'slackness'

(Newser) - North Korea on Wednesday added hundreds of thousands of infections to its growing pandemic caseload but also said a million people have already recovered from suspected COVID-19 just a week after disclosing an outbreak, which it appears to be trying to manage in isolation as global experts express deep concern...

Zero Cars Were Sold in Shanghai Last Month

Lockdown hit city's economy hard

(Newser) - Shanghai is finally beginning to emerge from a long, harsh lockdown that was initially supposed to last only a few days—but the economic damage will take time to recover from. In what Bloomberg sees as evidence of how strict the lockdown was, not a single car was sold in...

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