Omicron variant

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 07, 2022, the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine is prepared for administration ahead of a free distribution of over the counter rapid Covid-19 test kits to people receiving their vaccines or boosters at Union Station in Los Angeles. - US health officials on August 31, 2022, authorized updated Covid-19 vaccinations by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech that specifically target the latest strains of the Omicron variant, with the goal of jump-starting a new booster campaign. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

EU watchdog set to approve first Omicron jabs

The EU's drug regulator is on Thursday expected to authorise the first Covid-19 vaccines for the Omicron variant, although they do not target the latest strains.
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 14, 2021, a medical staff member prepares a syringe with a vial of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccine clinic at the Jewish Community Centerin the Staten Island borough of New York City. - Moderna cut its 2021 forecast for Covid-19 vaccine deliveries on November 4, 2021, pushing back some doses to next year and sending shares sharply lower. The biotech company, which has soared to prominence this year on the success of its coronavirus vaccine, cited longer delivery times for international shipments. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

UK approves updated Moderna vaccine targeting Omicron variant

The UK's drug regulator said Monday it had approved an updated Moderna vaccine against the coronavirus that targets the Omicron variant as well as the original form.
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Dose of Moderna's original Spikevax vaccine. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Moderna announces positive results for Omicron vaccine

US biotech company Moderna on Wednesday announced positive results for a new vaccine that targets both the original Covid strain and Omicron and sees the shot as its "lead candidate" for a
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Curcumin from turmeric

Curcumin ‘cure’ for Omicron variant of COVID-19

A recent study published in the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine demonstrated that the phytochemical curcumin is a potent therapeutic prospect against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Omicron
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People check in at a Covid-19 testing centre in Hong Kong on February 25, 2022, as yet another record high number of new Covid-19 infections were recorded in the city. (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP)

Hong Kong’s Omicron-fuelled outbreak spreads within prisons

Hong Kong prisons on Friday reported a worsening coronavirus outbreak involving more than 200 inmates at a time when hundreds of political activists and protesters are being kept behind bars.
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People lie in hospital beds outside the Caritas Medical Centre in Hong Kong on February 16, 2022, as the city faces its worst Covid-19 coronavirus wave to date. (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP)

China’s Xi orders Hong Kong to suppress outbreak ‘above everything else’

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has called for Hong Kong to take "all necessary measures" to control an Omicron-fuelled Covid-19 outbreak, Beijing-affiliated newspapers in the city said Wednesday, a day after leader Carrie
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A long queue of people snakes down a road for a mobile specimen collection station for Covid-19 testing in Hong Kong’s Tung Chung district on February 10, 2022, as authorities scrambled to ramp up testing capacity following a record high number of new infections. (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP)

Hong Kong leader says city ‘overwhelmed’ by Omicron wave

Hong Kong's health facilities have been overloaded by an "onslaught" of Covid-19 infections, its leader said, even as authorities cling to a "zero-Covid" policy despite an unprecedented rise in cases fuelled by
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A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Reuters

WHO laments ‘tragic’ 500,000 Covid death toll since Omicron

The World Health Organization lamented Tuesday that half a million Covid-19 deaths had been recorded since the Omicron variant was discovered, calling the toll "beyond tragic".
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Dr. Hans Kluge said that current evidence showed "school settings" have not been a "main contributor to the epidemic."Aytug Can Sencar / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images file

Europe in Covid ‘ceasefire’ that could see end of pandemic: WHO

Two years after the outbreak of Covid-19, Europe could soon enter a "long period of tranquillity" due to high vaccination rates, the milder Omicron variant and the end of winter, the WHO
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Customers are pictured at the fishmarket in Torvehallerne in Copenhagen on February 1, 2022, as Denmark becomes the first EU country to lift coronavirus restrictions despite record case numbers, citing its high vaccination rates and the lesser severity of Omicron variant. - February 1, 2022 de facto lifts all domestic restrictions, including the use of a vaccine pass, mask-wearing and early closings for bars and restaurants. Some border measures will remain in place for another four weeks, including tests and/or quarantine depending on travellers' immunity status. (Photo by Liselotte Sabroe / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT

Denmark unmasks to ‘live normally’ again with Omicron

Denmark waved goodbye to facemasks and health passes on Tuesday as it became the first European Union country to lift all of its domestic Covid curbs despite record numbers of cases of
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Travellers queue at a check-in counter at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron. - A flurry of countries around the world have banned ban flights from southern Africa following the discovery of the variant, including the United States, Canada, Australia,Thailand, Brazil and several European countries. The main countries targeted by the shutdown include South Africa, Botswana, eSwatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

COVID-19: Blanket travel restrictions don’t work

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has welcomed the call of its sister UN agency, World Health Organization (WHO), for restrictions on travel to be lifted or eased.
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This file picture taken on October 20, 2021, shows medics wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) work in the intensive care unit for Covid-19 coronavirus patients in the Moscow Sklifosovsky emergency hospital in Moscow. - Russian authorities said on November 1, 2021, that doctors were under "extraordinary" strain due to surging coronavirus cases in Europe's worst-hit country, with Moscow shuttered during a nationwide holiday to curb infections. Russia is one of the worst-hit countries in the world and a devastating wave this autumn has seen infections and deaths reach new records, with more than 1,000 fatalities per day. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Europe could be headed for pandemic ‘endgame’

The Omicron variant has moved the Covid-19 pandemic into a new phase and could bring it to an end in Europe, the WHO Europe director said Sunday.
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