UN to debate how science and technology can boost COVID-19 recovery

UN to debate how science and technology can boost COVID-19 recovery

Industry 4.0 and the challenges of sustainable urban development will be in focus at the 25th session of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development. Ministers, policymakers, heads of international organizations and leading experts will examine how science, technology and innovation can help the world recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic during 25th session of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development from 28 March to 1 April in Geneva and online. The sessions will focus on the themes of “Industry 4.0 for inclusive development” and…

Read More

PM Justin Trudeau to speak to Canada’s premiers about Omicron variant

PM Justin Trudeau to speak to Canada’s premiers about Omicron variant

Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was expected to speak by phone to the premiers of the country’s 10 provinces on Tuesday to discuss the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus, his office said. The call was set to take place at 6 pm ET (2300 GMT), according to a provincial source, who requested anonymity. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters that Ottawa would act quickly and do what was necessary but gave no details. Separately, the government leader in the House of Commons, Mark Holland, said Liberals…

Read More

Canada Could Soon See Rapid Surge In Covid-19 Cases As Omicron Spreads Locally

Canada Could Soon See Rapid Surge In Covid-19 Cases As Omicron Spreads Locally

COVID-19 cases in Canada may rapidly rise in the coming days due to community spread of the Omicron variant, mirroring the situation in the country’s most populous province of Ontario, Canada’s top health official said on Monday. The surge of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, which accounts for almost 40% of Canada’s population of 39 million people, has prompted the provincial government to suspend easing of restrictions that were planned to be lifted ahead of the holiday season. The province reported 1,536 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a more-than 70% jump…

Read More

TOP AMERICAN SCIENTIST: OMICRON NOT MORE SEVERE THAN DELTA VARIANT OF COVID-19

TOP AMERICAN SCIENTIST: OMICRON NOT MORE SEVERE THAN DELTA VARIANT OF COVID-19

Top US scientist Anthony Fauci said Tuesday early indications suggested the Covid-19 Omicron variant was not worse than prior strains, and was possibly milder, while cautioning it would take weeks to judge its severity. Speaking to AFP, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor broke down the knowns and unknowns about Omicron into three major areas: transmissibility, how well it evades immunity from prior infection and vaccines, and severity of illness. The new variant is “clearly highly transmissible,” very likely more so than Delta, the current dominant global strain, Fauci said….

Read More

Canada’s Omicron infections top double digits as more cases reported

Canada’s Omicron infections top double digits as more cases reported

Infections from the new variant of Covid on Friday crossed double digits in Canada, which includes cases reported in the country’s largest city Toronto, public health officials said.Canada’s chief public health officer Dr Theresa Tam said the country had so far detected 11 infections of the new variant dubbed Omicron, all involving people who had recently travelled abroad, and voiced concerns over its spread.“The emergence and spread of the Omicron variant of concern, including 11 recent detections in travellers coming into Canada and/or their close contacts, is yet another reminder…

Read More

Canada health body recommends Covid booster shots for all adults

Canada health body recommends Covid booster shots for all adults

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) on Friday recommended booster shots of the Covid for all adults as the new Omicron variant is identified in more countries. Ontario will lower the eligibility age for COVID-19 booster shots to 50 and up by mid-December, adding to a shifting map of booster shot eligibility in Canada. There are calls for provinces and territories to be more cohesive with each other on who gets a booster shot. The Canadian health body, that provides the government with medical and scientific on immunisations, said…

Read More

SIX MORE AMERICAN STATES FIND OMICRON CASES: DELTA STILL TOP U.S. CORONAVIRUS THREAT

SIX MORE AMERICAN STATES FIND OMICRON CASES: DELTA STILL TOP U.S. CORONAVIRUS THREAT

Six more U.S. states confirmed infections of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Friday but the Delta strain likely remains a greater threat as winter sets in and Americans gather for the holidays, experts said. New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Utah each reported their first cases of the Omicron variant on Friday. Missouri was awaiting CDC confirmation of a case involving a St. Louis resident who had recently traveled within the United States. Scientists are still investigating the impact of the highly contagious Omicron variant, which was first…

Read More

U.S. ADMINISTERS 468.5 MILLION DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINES- CDC

U.S. ADMINISTERS 468.5 MILLION DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINES- CDC

The United States had administered 468,516,782 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Saturday morning and distributed 581,107,805 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Those figures are up from the 466,348,132 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Dec. 3 out of 580,893,145 doses delivered. The agency said 235,297,964 people had received at least one dose, while 198,592,167 people had been fully vaccinated as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Saturday. The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna (MRNA.O) and Pfizer/BioNTech…

Read More

EU member states agree to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant ‘Omicron’ rapidly spreading there

EU member states agree to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant ‘Omicron’ rapidly spreading there

The new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa.It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region.European Union member states have agreed to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there, Associated Press journalist Zeke Miller reported on Twitter. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had earlier on Friday recommended that the member states take action over concerns of the new variant. The World Health Organization has named it “Omicron” and classified it as a…

Read More

UK, Germany and Italy detect New Omicron Covid-19 Variant Cases

UK, Germany and Italy detect New Omicron Covid-19 Variant Cases

Britain, Germany and Italy detected cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new steps to contain the virus, while more nations imposed restrictions on travel from southern Africa. The discovery of the variant has sparked global concern, a wave of travel bans or curbs and a sell-off on financial markets on Friday as investors worried that Omicron could stall a global recovery from the nearly two-year pandemic. Israel said it would ban the entry of all foreigners into the country and…

Read More