Vaccine development software shows promise in influenza effort, could help defeat coronavirus

A novel computer algorithm that could create a broadly reactive influenza vaccine for swine flu also offers a path toward a pan-influenza vaccine and possibly a pan-coronavirus vaccine as well, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications. “This work takes us a step closer to a pan-swine flu virus vaccine,” said Bette Korber, a computational biologist at Los […]

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Single-dose of BNT162b2 vaccine may not be protective without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection

Vaccine rollouts in many countries are bringing hope that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), will come to an end in the foreseeable future. Several vaccines have shown high protective efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 infection or severe disease. Study: Effect of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection on humoral and T-cell responses to single-dose […]

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SARS-CoV-2 modulates host cell central carbon metabolism for reproduction

A team of scientists from Sweden and India has recently characterized the host cell metabolic alterations associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Their findings reveal that SARS-CoV-2 modulates the host cell's central carbon metabolism to facilitate replication and infection propagation. Moreover, they observe that the severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) primarily depends on the blood […]

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“One of our basic needs is each other”: Months of social isolation changed us. How do we get back what we lost?

He texts you a picture. In it, Sarah Cornelius’ arms, sheathed in plastic, are clutched tight to Earl, as if they’re dancing, slowly, in the wind. Her head is resting snugly on her son’s chest. “Expand it,” Earl Cornelius says. “If you can expand it to see my mother’s face, that will give you a little bit of an idea. […]

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Covid vaccine update: Dr Chris on the side effects to expect from second jab – ‘fleeting’

Jonathan Van-Tam warns coronavirus battle 'not yet won' When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters.Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer.Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.You can unsubscribe at any time. The UK’s vaccination effort is operating at breakneck […]

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Antibody and T cell response to SARS-CoV-2 persist up to 8 months: Study of Ski Resort Ischgl

The first instance of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak in Austria was observed in the Ski resort Ischgl in early March 2020. Later, the virus spread across Austria and other countries in Northern Europe. Researchers conducted a cross-sectional study to gauge the seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in the population, as measured in the blood serum. They found […]

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New York officials downplay concern over new coronavirus variant

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief medical adviser on Thursday downplayed the results of two studies showing that a new coronavirus variant found in New York City in November may be more resistant to vaccines now being administered.FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to receive Pfizer’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a pop-up community vaccination center at […]

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Google-Backed Database Tracks Details on COVID Cases Worldwide

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A group of US and European epidemiologists on Tuesday launched an open international database that presents granular information on 5 million anonymized COVID-19 cases from more than 100 countries. Each case record in the database, which is housed at Global.health, contains up to 40 variables, including […]

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C.D.C. Traces Covid Outbreaks in Gyms, Urging Stricter Precautions

Public health officials on Wednesday urged gym-goers to wear masks when they work out and to remain six feet apart, as new research described the rapid spread of coronavirus infections during high-intensity exercise classes at gyms in Honolulu and Chicago. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised fitness centers to take a variety of measures to prevent […]

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Only 15% of AstraZeneca vaccine available in Germany has been used

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany has administered only 15% of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shots it has available, the health ministry said, as the vaccine faces public resistance after trials showed it to be less effective than alternatives.FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A test tube labelled “vaccine” in front of an AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationThe ministry […]

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