Second UK military Ebola worker flies back home after needlestick injury

“On a visit to the country before Christmas, I witnessed first-hand the bravery and commitment of the personnel who are doing such a fantastic job in Sierra Leone. Their efforts are deserving of the highest praise and we wish all the best for their two colleagues who are now in the UK.”

UK plan to shun EU vaccine scheme ‘unforgivable’, say critics

“The EU vaccine initiative’s cap on how many doses participating countries get is the best way to ensure there is enough vaccine for those in need in the rest of the world,” he said. “Delivering vaccine according to need and not who can pay the highest price is not just morally right, but also the […]

‘Pushing for it very hard but not for votes’: Trump hopeful Covid-19 vaccine will be out by end of 2020

During an Aug. 7 presentation to a panel of experts convened by the National Academy of Medicine, which is helping decide who will be first in line for a shot, Operation Warp Speed chief adviser Moncef Slaoui said significant production ramp-up should start in November. It will continue accelerating over the following months until it […]

Ebola is highly contagious … plus seven other myths about the virus

Each patient in the current Ebola outbreak is infecting on average two healthy people (this figure, known as the R0 value, can be reduced with appropriate precautions). The Sars outbreak of 2002-03 had an R0 of five, mumps 10 and measles a huge 18. Ebola could be much more infectious than it is.

Participants in UK coronavirus study could be monitored for up to 25 years

The study will track participants’ health through clinic and GP visits, while a subset of participants will also be asked to complete questionnaires, undergo brain scans and provide blood, urine and sputum samples. Some participants will also undergo additional assessments.

Spanish police break up a coronavirus infection party intended to deliberately spread the virus as fears of a resurgence on the continent grow amid quickly rising cases in France and Holland

German officials are worried because cases are spreading across the country, unlike previous spikes linked to particular factories or apartment blocks. Only 55 districts have seen no new cases in the last seven days, down from 117 a month ago.  

As global Covid-19 tally surpasses 20 million, WHO urges people not to despair

As more things once unthinkable became harsh reality — having to wear a facemask in touristy spots in Paris, or reserve a spot on Copacabana beach in Rio via an app and then social distance on the sand — the World Health Organization urged people not to despair.

World surpasses 20 million coronavirus cases, WHO warns against despair

As more things once unthinkable became harsh reality — having to wear a facemask in touristy spots in Paris, or reserve a spot on Copacabana beach in Rio via an app and then social distance on the sand — the World Health Organization urged people not to despair.

Inner Mongolia banner to offer free HPV shots

Incidents and mortality related to cervical cancer have grown over the last two decades in the country as Chinese youth begin to have sexual intercourse at a younger age than in previous generations, which increases exposure to potential HPV infection, said Qiao Youlin, professor of epidemiology at the Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences […]

Richie Mawson was a beloved dad and Liverpool fan. Did a late lockdown cost him his life?

As Richie lay in hospital and the scale of the loss of life was becoming clear, the finger-pointing began. On 2 April, Matthew Ashton, the incoming public health director for Liverpool, told the Guardianthat “it was not the right decision to stage the match”. On 19 April, the mayor of Madrid admitted that it was […]