Doctors sound alarm over 5-fold jump in kids swallowing magnets from toys

  by Marlowe HOOD Agence France Presse Doctors from major hospitals in England sounded an alarm on Wednesday over a fivefold increase in the number of young children requiring medical treatment after swallowing magnets from toys. Nearly half of these kids aged four months and up required surgery to remove the magnets, often followed by complications, they reported in a research letter published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, a medical journal. From 2016 […]

Malnutrition strikes children in DR Congo’s fragile Kasai region

by Marthe BOSUANDOLE MBUJI-MAYI, DR Congo (AFP) — Claudine Kamwanya’s twins are barely two but have the ethereal look of the very old. Wizened features and saucer-like eyes peer from their tiny emaciated faces. “How can I satisfy their hunger?” Kamwanya, who has two other children and is pregnant with a fifth, asks helplessly. “My husband doesn’t work and I sell only water.” Acute malnutrition stalks the diamond-rich but fragile Kasai region in the Democratic […]

Covid jab maker BioNTech to build SE Asia manufacturing site

FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP) — Covid jab maker BioNTech said Monday it would build a southeast Asia headquarters and manufacturing site in Singapore to produce hundreds of millions of mRNA-based vaccines per year. Construction of the site will start this year, and it could become operational by 2023, the German company said in a statement. “With this planned mRNA production facility, we will increase our overall network capacity and expand our ability to manufacture and deliver […]

WHO approves China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine

by Robin MILLARD GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization on Friday approved the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use — the first Chinese jab to receive the WHO’s green light. The UN health agency signed off on the two-dose vaccine, which is already being deployed in dozens of countries around the world. The WHO has already given emergency use listing to the vaccines being made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and the […]

Russia approves one-dose ‘Sputnik Light’ Covid jab

  MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Health officials in Russia approved a single-dose version of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the developers of the shot said Thursday. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which helped finance the vaccine, said in a statement that Sputnik Light “demonstrated 79.4 percent efficacy” compared to 91.6 percent for the two-shot Sputnik V. The results, it said, were drawn from “data taken from 28 days after the injection was administered as […]

Pfizer/BioNTech jab confirmed to protect 95% in largest study yet

by Patrick GALEY PARIS, France (AFP) — The largest real-world study yet of the Pfizer/BioNTec vaccine on Thursday confirmed that the jab provided more than 95 percent protection against Covid-19, but found that the level dropped significantly when people received just one of the two prescribed doses. The authors of the research from Israel’s national vaccination campaign said it showed real-world proof that the pandemic could be ended by rapid, global vaccination programmes. An analysis […]

Mali woman gives birth to nine babies: government

BAMAKO, Mali (AFP) — A Malian woman gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco on Tuesday and all nine babies are “doing well”, her government said, although Moroccan authorities had yet to confirm what would be an extremely rare case. Mali’s government flew 25-year-old Halima Cisse, a woman from the north of the poor West African state, to Morocco for better care on March 30. She was initially believed to have been carrying septuplets. Cases of […]

Moderna vaccine gets WHO approval for emergency use listing (EUL)

  (Eagle News) – The Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO). In a statement dated April 30, WHO said that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA 1273) has been approved for listing “for emergency use, making it the fifth vaccine to receive emergency validation from WHO.” With this WHO approval for Emergency Use Listing (EUL), it would allow other countries to “expedite their own regulatory approval […]

Medical oxygen: Why it is lacking and how it is made

by Isabel MALSANG PARIS, France (AFP) — Difficulty breathing is one of the most common severe Covid-19 symptoms, and as photos of people waiting in long lines for oxygen canisters in India and elsewhere attest, supplies of medical oxygen are far from adequate everywhere in the world. – Why the long waits for oxygen in developing nations? – India is only the latest country to confront a lack of medical oxygen supplies. Earlier in the […]

WHO jab experts want more AZ clot data from outside Europe

by Robin MILLARD Agence France Presse GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization’s vaccine advisors called Thursday for more data on the incidence of blood clots in people who received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine outside Europe. The WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunisation updated their guidance on the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus jab, rewriting the section on precautions in light of data from Europe on clotting. “WHO continues to support the […]

PHL doctor explains what people can do amid evidence of airborne transmission of COVID virus

Importance of increased ventilation, stricter observance of health protocols cited by pulmonologist, Dr Eileen Aniceto in “Balitalakayan” interview   (Eagle News) – The public should take extra precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19 after scientific evidence showing that COVID-19 is now not just spread through droplets, close contact, or even by touching infected surface, but through the air. Airborne transmission of COVID-19 means that the virus can be spread in farther distances (more than six […]

PHL FDA issues EUA to J&J’s single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

  (Eagle News) – After careful consideration, the Philippine Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to the “Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine” of Johnson and Johnson on Monday, April 19. The single dose vaccine can only be used for individuals aged 18 and above. The FDA said that Johnson and Johnson was able to provide all the supporting documents, and these had been reviewed by local experts. The EUA was issued amid a […]