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Some Chinese companies suspend production in Zhejiang province on virus outbreak

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -More than a dozen Chinese-listed companies said they had suspended production in coronavirus-hit parts of China's eastern Zhejiang province in response to local government's tightened COVID-19 curbs, causing…

How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant

By Tim Cocks JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - On Friday Nov. 19, Raquel Viana, Head of Science at one of South Africa's biggest private testing labs, sequenced the genes on eight coronavirus…

UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron variant cases, Israel closes borders

By Costas Pitas, Madeline Chambers and Toby Sterling LONDON/BERLIN/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Britain, Germany and Italy detected cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday and British Prime Minister Boris…

EU moves to halt air travel from places with new COVID variant

By Sabine Siebold and Marine Strauss (Reuters) - The European Union might halt air travel from places where a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa had spread, the bloc's…

Counter to Xi Jinping’s Gamble

Counter to Xi Jinping's Gamble Prof MD Nalapat General Secretary Xi Jinping, the head of the Communist Party of China since 2012, is playing a game of poker with the…

Engineering nanobodies as lifesavers when SARS-CoV-2 variants attack

Washington [US], June 22 (ANI): Scientists at Ohio State University are pursuing a new strategy in the protracted fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus by engineering nanobodies that can neutralise virus…

UK, US back ‘timely, transparent’ WHO-convened COVID-19 origins study

London [UK], June 11 (ANI): The United States and the United Kingdom on Thursday extended support to a "timely, transparent and evidence-based independent process" for the next phase of the…

Cannot compel China to give more info on COVID-19 origins, says WHO official

Geneva [Switzerland], June 8 (ANI): A top World Health Organization official on Monday said that the WHO cannot compel China to divulge more data on the origins of COVID-19. Mike…

PM Modi, Kamala Harris discuss US strategy for global vaccine sharing, Quad vaccine initiative

New Delhi [India], June 4 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday in a telephonic conversation discussed the US' strategy for global vaccine sharing…

Pandemics and Their Effect

Pandemics and Their Effect Except for a brief period in 1998 when I was researching for a dissertation on ‘Non Military Threats’, I never ever focused on pandemics as a…