infectious diseases

Chinese Censors Scrub Internet After Senior Party Official Gives Speech on Beijing Zero-Covid Timeline

CNN † Chinese censors rushed to remove an apparently misleading quote from a senior Communist Party official published in state media on Monday claiming that the “zero-CovidThe policy would remain in effect in Beijing for the next five years in an effort to tame an online backlash. Beijing Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper for …

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In China’s ‘zero-Covid’ lockdowns, one daughter’s struggle to get medicine for her father strikes a chord

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in the CNN newsletter Meanwhile in China, a three-week update that explores what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it’s impacting the world. Register here. CNN † What was meant to be a simple message, a daughter taking her elderly father to the …

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Pfizer Says Updated Booster May Offer More Protection Against Ommicron

Pfizer says changing its COVID-19 vaccine to better target the ommicron variant is safe and effective. The update, in a statement issued Saturdaycomes just days before regulators determine whether Americans should get another round of booster shots starting this fall. The most commonly used vaccines currently in circulation tend to target the original, more dangerous …

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Covid: Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 escape antibodies from vaccination and previous infection, studies suggest

CNN † Omicron subvariants According to new data from researchers at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, BA.4 and BA.5 appear to escape antibody responses in both people who have had a previous Covid-19 infection and those who have been fully vaccinated and boosted . However, Covid-19 vaccination is still expected to provide …

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