Within a week of overturning the constitutional right to an abortion, the United States Supreme Court dealt a severe blow to the nation’s ability to strictly regulate and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming. US President Joe Biden described Thursday’s ruling as “devastating”, while China questioned the United States’ […] Continue reading ->
The world’s transport ministers pledged to cut road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2030, as part of a political declaration adopted at the first-ever United Nations High Level Meeting on Global Road Safety, which opened Thursday in New York City.   The debate came as a new Lancet series suggested that some half a million […] Continue reading ->
Monkeypox appears to be establishing itself as a prominent danger to high-risk populations such as children, immune-compromised people and pregnant women, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned. Already, WHO said authorities confirmed cases involving two children in the UK and a child each in Spain, France and the Netherlands. Tedros, however, […] Continue reading ->
Pfizer and BioNTech have announced positive safety, tolerability and immunogenicity data for two Omicron-adapted COVID-19 mRNA candidate vaccines – but for an earlier strain of Omicron than those that are currently globally dominant.  The two Omicron-adapted vaccine candidates were given to 1,234 participants aged 56 years and older as boosters, and “elicited substantially higher neutralizing […] Continue reading ->
Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided not to declare monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), it could change its mind if there is evidence of “significant spread” in the next 21 days.    This was announced over the weekend following the meeting of the WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency […] Continue reading ->