Wanted: Volunteers to catch COVID in the name of science

Test tube with Coronavirus label is seen in this illustration taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 26 (Reuters) – The world’s first medical trial allowed to deliberately expose participants to the coronavirus is seeking more volunteers as it steps up efforts to help develop better … Read more

Britain says 6,000 more people needed for trial of Merck COVID pill

An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters on October 26, 2021. Merck & Co Inc /Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com … Read more

New York judge strikes down state mask mandate

Jan 24 (Reuters) – A New York judge overturned the state’s mask mandate on Monday, a week before it expired, ruling that the governor exceeded his authority by imposing a rule that needed to be passed by the state legislature. ‘State. Judge Thomas Rademaker of the New York State Supreme Court on Long Island found … Read more

Omicron survives longer on plastic, skin than prior variants; nose swabbing found best for rapid tests

Test tube labeled “COVID-19 Omicron variant test positive” is seen in this illustration picture taken January 15, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 24 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings … Read more

Italy’s Berlusconi hospitalised in Milan – source

MILAN, Jan. 23 (Reuters) – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been hospitalized in Milan, an informed person said Sunday, a day after he decided not to run for president. Berlusconi, 85, was hospitalized for routine medical checkups, the ANSA news agency reported. It was not immediately clear when he was in the hospital. … Read more

UK designates Omicron sub-lineage a variant under investigation

LONDON/COPENHAGEN, Jan. 21 (Reuters) – The UK Health Security Agency Friday designated a subline of the dominant and highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant as a variant under investigation, saying it could have a growth advantage. BA.2, which does not have the specific mutation seen with Omicron that can help distinguish it easily from Delta, is … Read more

Starbucks suspends vaccine, test requirement after U.S. court ruling

Jan 19 (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) has suspended the COVID-19 vaccine or test requirement for U.S. employees who had been mandated by the government, according to a memo sent to workers on Tuesday, following a an unfavorable US Supreme Court decision. The coffee giant said earlier this month that it would require its roughly … Read more

Thousands in Hong Kong volunteer to adopt hamsters amid COVID-19 fears

HONG KONG, Jan. 19 (Reuters) – Thousands of people in Hong Kong volunteered to adopt unwanted hamsters on Wednesday after a massive government cull order over COVID-19 sparked fears panicked owners would leave their pets behind. Authorities on Tuesday ordered 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet stores and storage facilities to be culled after tracing … Read more

Japan set to widen COVID-19 curbs as Omicron drives record infections

TOKYO, Jan. 19 (Reuters) – Japan on Wednesday stood ready to widen its COVID-19 borders to the capital Tokyo and a dozen regions covering half the population as the Omicron variant of coronavirus causes record new infections. The measures, already in place in three regions, are expected to be approved by the prime minister from … Read more

Gilead says counterfeit HIV drugs ended up with patients

The logo of pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Inc in Oceanside, California, US, April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK (Reuters) – An unauthorized network of drug distributors and suppliers has sold pharmacies more than $250 million in counterfeit versions of HIV treatments over the past … Read more