Monthly Archives: November 2021

COVID Omicron Variant Prompts Biden to Announce Air Travel Curbs on 8 Nations

U.S. President Joe Biden announced the United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries, effective Monday.The U.S. travel prohibition is still being worked out and will likely mirror earlier policy. The restrictions do not…

WHO Names New COVID Variant Omicron, Cautions Against Travel Measures

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday classified the B.1.1.529 variant detected in South Africa as a SARS-CoV-2 “variant of concern,” saying it may spread more quickly than other forms.Preliminary evidence suggested there is an increased risk o…

Britian’s COVID Genomics Head: Likely New Variant Will End Up in Country

It is likely that the new coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 that is spreading in South Africa will end up in Britain, the head of the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium said Friday, but efforts to buy time and reduce transmission would help.”I think buying ti…

EU to Suspend Travel From Southern Africa Over New COVID Variant

European Union states have agreed to suspend travel from southern Africa after the detection of a new COVID-19 variant, the presidency of the EU said Friday.A committee of health experts from all 27 EU states “agreed on the need to activate the emergen…

UN Recap: November 20-26, 2021

Editor’s note: Here is a fast take on what the international community has been up to this past week, as seen from the United Nations perch.UN Libya Envoy Resigns One Month Before Elections:U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres accepted his Libya env…

One step closer to interoperability: Applying SNOMED CT’s engine to the International Patient Summary

In 2022, SNOMED International will extend the core of SNOMED CT’s structured clinical terminology to deliver an open, standalone sub-ontology to support the scope of content within the International Patient Summary (IPS) under a Creative Commons license. London, United Kingdom, Nov. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At SNOMED International’s recent October Business Meetings held in […]