Weary of COVID Variants, EU Leaders Push to Step Up Vaccination

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union must prepare to vaccinate for new COVID-19 variants over the coming years after EU leaders discussed ways of stepping up innoculations and salvaging businesses, including tourism. The 27 EU leaders agreed to keep “tight restrictions” on public life and free movement in place as…

Where Did Researchers Find Probable COVID Reinfection?

Opinion > Weekly News Quiz — You passed medical training, now see if you can pass our weekly quiz by MedPage Today Staff February 27, 2021 The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up…

Push for better vaccine access as world cautiously looks ahead

Some of the world’s most powerful countries issued a rare unified call for better vaccine access for poorer nations on Friday, as inoculation campaigns strengthened and governments cautiously envisioned a post-COVID future. The unanimous support for the resolution at the UN Security Council came as G20 nations sought to align plans to relaunch economies when…

Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

Pharmacist Mike Ruane, of Scranton, talks to patients who signed up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru clinic at Scranton High School in Scranton, Pa., Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Sean McKeag/The Citizens’ Voice via AP) Just five weeks ago, Los Angeles County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests, including at a…

Czechs impose the tightest lockdown amid UK variant surge

An elderly woman receives Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a sports hall in Ricany, Czech Republic, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. With new infections soaring due to a highly contagious coronavirus variant and hospitals filling up, one of the hardest-hit countries in the European Union is facing inevitable: a tighter lockdown. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) With new…

NYC Officials Downplay Concern Over New Coronavirus Variant

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief medical adviser on Thursday downplayed the results of two studies that may suggest a new coronavirus variant found in New York City in November will be more resistant to vaccines now being administered. Dr. Jay Varma said it was premature to infer from laboratory results how…