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Pfizer’s COVID cash stack opens deal opportunities
On Tuesday, investors are hoping to hear Pfizer Inc’s plans for what could be a one-in-a-generation cash injection from COVID-19 treatments and vaccines in 2022, with some looking to the drugmaker to spend on deals. Pfizer’s sales in 2021 are expected to exceed $80 billion – its highest annual figure on record, according to chief executive Albert Bourla. Analysts expect revenue to top $100 billion in 2022 as production of Pfizer’s oral antiviral treatment Paxlovid resumes.
With superheroes and puppets, the Philippines boosts its campaign to vaccinate children
Ironman, Captain America, puppeteers and stilt performers entertained children at a vaccination center in the Philippines on Monday, part of a drive to boost its COVID-19 inoculation campaign among its youngest citizens. Artists made swords and models from balloons as “superheroes” posing for photos with children aged 5 to 11 after receiving their snaps in the capital Manila.
Easing restrictions in ‘COVID zero regions’ could cause 2 million deaths in one year – Chinese study
Restoring normal population mobility in “COVID-zero regions” like China will cause some 2 million deaths in a year and the key to controlling the virus is to develop vaccines that are more effective in preventing infection. , Chinese researchers said. China’s ‘zero-COVID’ restrictions have come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks as it hosts the Winter Olympics in Beijing while using sweeping restrictions to try to prevent the spread of the more infectious variant of Omicron.
Nigeria receives 2 million doses of J&J COVID vaccine from EU countries
Nigeria has received 2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine from Finland, Greece and Slovenia, with more EU donations expected to arrive in the coming weeks, officials said on Monday. government officials. The delivery is part of a European Union pledge to African countries through the COVAX initiative launched by the World Health Organization in 2020 to distribute vaccines to some of the world’s poorest people.
US CDC urges Americans to avoid travel to Japan, Cuba and Armenia due to COVID cases
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday advised against travel to six countries including Japan, Cuba, Libya, Armenia, Oman and the Democratic Republic of Congo for cases of COVID- 19. The CDC now lists more than 130 countries and territories with COVID-19 cases as “level four: very high.” It lists just over 50 countries as “tier three: high,” discouraging non-essential travel by unvaccinated Americans.
New Jersey and Delaware to end school mask mandates to transition to ‘normalcy’
The governors of New Jersey and Delaware said Monday their states would lift school mask mandates in the coming weeks, aiming for a return to “normality” as the surge in coronavirus infections fueled by the Omicron variant declines in their states. states. The change signals the desire of at least some Democratic state governors, including Phil Murphy of New Jersey and John Carney of Delaware, to remove their states from states of emergency and move to policies that address the virus in part of normal life.
Nerve stimulation device helps paralyzed patients walk, cycle and swim
Three patients whose lower bodies were left completely paralyzed after spinal cord injuries were able to walk, cycle and swim using a nerve stimulation device controlled by a touchscreen tablet, researchers reported on Monday. researchers. Patients’ injuries in an area called the thoracic spine – below the neck and above the lowest part of the back – lasted one to nine years before they received treatment. They were able to take their first steps less than an hour after neurosurgeons first implanted prototypes of a nerve stimulation device remotely controlled by artificial intelligence software.
COVID disrupts health services in more than 90% of countries -WHO
Disruptions to basic health services such as immunization programs and treatment for diseases like AIDS have been reported in 92% of 129 countries, a World Health Organization survey of the impact revealed on Monday. of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, conducted in November-December 2021, showed services were “severely impacted” with “little or no improvement” from the previous survey in early 2021, the WHO said in a statement. sent to reporters.
Japan plans to quickly approve Shionogi COVID pill
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday the government would consider granting conditional advance approval for the oral COVID-19 treatment developed by Shionogi & Co Ltd, as the company prepares to start a late-stage global trial. Shionogi chief executive Isao Teshirogi told reporters that the company could file in Japan for early approval of the drug as early as next week and could supply enough doses for 1 million people by the end of the day. end of March.
Many babies of mRNA-vaccinated mothers have antibodies at 6 months; Moderate COVID linked to higher birth risks
Here is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that deserves further study to corroborate the findings and that has not yet been certified by peer review. Many babies have maternal mRNA-vaccine antibodies at 6 months
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