North Korea orders national lockdown following report of first coronavirus outbreak

North Korea reported its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and ordering a national lockdown, with state media saying an Omicron variant had been detected in the capital, Pyongyang. North Korea had never confirmed a COVID infection before Thursday although South Korean and U.S. officials have said there could have… Read More North Korea orders national lockdown following report of first coronavirus outbreak

British PM Boris Johnson cancels all coronavirus restrictions in England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said he would end all coronavirus restrictions in England including mandatory self-isolation for people with COVID-19 and free testing, drawing scepticism from some scientists and political opponents. Johnson’s “living with COVID” plan has sparked alarm that it is premature and will leave the country vulnerable to new viral… Read More British PM Boris Johnson cancels all coronavirus restrictions in England

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth tests positive for coronavirus

Queen Elizabeth tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, sharpening concerns about the health of the world’s longest-reigning monarch two weeks after she marked 70 years on the British throne. The 95-year-old queen, who has been fully vaccinated against coronavirus, quipped just four days ago to Palace staff that she could not move much, and she… Read More Britain’s Queen Elizabeth tests positive for coronavirus

The UK has begun to use medications to treat COVID-19 instances before they become serious

People in the UK who are at increased risk of COVID-19 can now participate in the study of the first antiviral tablet for this virus that can be taken at home, while those who are classified as particularly susceptible can receive antibody infusions as soon as they test positive. Doctors had no therapies for COVID-19… Read More The UK has begun to use medications to treat COVID-19 instances before they become serious

South Korea approves emergency use of Pfizer’s coronavirus antiviral pill

South Korea authorised for emergency use Pfizer’s antiviral pills targeting COVID-19 as the first of its kind to be introduced in South Korea, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said on Monday. South Korea restored tough distancing curbs last week after easing them in November, after a series of record daily new infections and… Read More South Korea approves emergency use of Pfizer’s coronavirus antiviral pill

Nigeria destroys over one million doses of donated AstraZeneca corona vaccine with short shelf life

Nigeria on Wednesday destroyed more than a million doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccines in a bid to assure a wary public that they have been taken out of circulation. The destruction came more than a week after health authorities said some COVID-19 doses donated by rich Western nations had a shelf life that left only… Read More Nigeria destroys over one million doses of donated AstraZeneca corona vaccine with short shelf life

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for coronavirus

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, is still showing mild symptoms and has had to delay a booster vaccine he was due to receive this week, his office said on Monday. A statement from the presidency added that he reiterated a call for everyone to be vaccinated so as… Read More South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for coronavirus

South Africa’s Biovac to begin production of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in early 2022

South Africa’s Biovac Institute will start making Pfizer-BioNTech’s, COVID-19 vaccine early next year after receiving the drug substance from Europe, a Pfizer executive said on Monday. Biovac’s “fill and finish” deal with Pfizer, announced in July, will make it one of the few companies processing COVID-19 shots in Africa, where many countries have struggled to… Read More South Africa’s Biovac to begin production of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in early 2022