Category Archives: Medical

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…

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…

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…

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…

Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccination Pace Slows Despite Receipt of Supplies

African health officials say the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations has slowed on the continent, raising concerns about stopping the pandemic. They are calling on Africans to get inoculated as soon as vaccine arrives through the COVAX initiative, which aims for equitable, global access. The World Health Organization African Region also is warning people against lowering

Two Chinese Nationals Killed, Others Kidnapped in Eastern Congo: Army

Two Chinese nationals have been killed and an unknown number of other people have been kidnapped in an attack by the CODECO militia on a mining camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an army spokesman said Thursday. A local chief and a civil society leader also confirmed the two deaths and said eight other