The U.S. may switch to annual COVID-19 vaccines, similar to the flu shot

U.S. COVID-19 vaccines will be recommended annually as new boosters become available to combat currently circulating variants of the coronavirus, reports Reuters. By the end of this week, 90% of Americans will live within 5 miles of sites where the updated vaccines will be administered, and people can get a ... Read more

China has approved a needle-free, inhaled version of the COVID-19 vaccine

China has become the first country to approve a needle-free vaccine against COVID-19. It was manufactured by CanSino Biologics Inc., located in Tianjin. The approval sent the maker’s shares up 14.5% early Monday in Hong Kong, reports Bloomberg. China’s National Medical Products Administration has approved CanSino’s Ad5-nCoV for emergency use ... Read more

The COVID-19 pandemic started in a market in Wuhan: new research findings

The starting point of the COVID-19 pandemic was the Wuhan seafood market, where mammals were also sold. That’s the conclusion of two new studies published Tuesday in the journal Science, reports CNN. The research used two different approaches in the work. In one, scientists used mapping and social media reporting ... Read more

Nearly 15 million people have died in two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, a WHO study

WHO calculated the total number of redundant deaths in the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an analysis of the global excess mortality in 2020-2021, the global pandemic killed 14.91 million people. This estimate is much higher than the registered number of deaths directly caused by the ... Read more

Sub-variants of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 avoid protection from its previous versions

Even those who fell ill with the first subvariants of Omicron may not be safe from its subsequent mutations. This is confirmed by the data from South Africa , reports ArsTechnica. Now the country is at the beginning of a new wave of disease. It is dominated by two sub-variants ... Read more

The United States has approved the first respiratory test for COVID-19

FDA approved the first test that detects coronavirus by analyzing respiration. The test should be performed by a trained operator, but the test takes only about three minutes. The test detects respiratory chemicals associated with the pathogen. If the test is positive, the agency recommends PCR diagnostics. According to the ... Read more