GSK says tests indicate antibody drug works against Omicron

GSK says tests indicate antibody drug works against Omicron

Sotrovimab, developed with Vir, tested in lab and on hamstersKey Omicron mutations did not elude drug activity in studyTests continuing on further mutationsDec 2 (Reuters) – Laboratory analysis of the antibody-based COVID-19 therapy GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) (GSK) is developing with U.S. partner Vir (VIR.O) has indicated the drug is effective against the new Omicron variant, the … Read more

Supreme Court conservatives appear willing to gut abortion rights

Supreme Court conservatives appear willing to gut abortion rights

Liberal justices warn against overturning precedentsMississippi law bans abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancyBiden lawyer urges against “contraction” of rightsWASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled a willingness to dramatically curtail abortion rights in America and perhaps overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the procedure … Read more

Tech rally lifts Wall Street from Omicron-driven rout

Tech rally lifts Wall Street from Omicron-driven rout

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterS&P tech, consumer discretionary sectors lead gainsBanks sink as rate hike bets get postponedTwitter down 0.6% after CEO Dorsey steps downIndexes up: Dow 0.39%, S&P 1.10%, Nasdaq … Read more

Dutch police arrest couple attempting to flee quarantine for Spain

Dutch police arrest couple attempting to flee quarantine for Spain

The “Appointment Desk” for quarantine and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test appointments inside Schiphol Airport is pictured after Dutch health authorities said that 61 people who arrived in Amsterdam on flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 27, 2021. REUTERS/Eva PlevierRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterAMSTERDAM, Nov 28 (Reuters) … Read more

New coronavirus variant Omicron keeps spreading, Australia detects cases

New coronavirus variant Omicron keeps spreading, Australia detects cases

Nov 28 (Reuters) – The new Omicron coronavirus variant kept spreading around the world on Sunday, with two cases detected in Australia, even as more countries tried to seal themselves off by imposing travel restrictions.Health officials in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, said two passengers who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa on … Read more

Israel to ban entry of foreigners from all countries over Omicron

Israel to ban entry of foreigners from all countries over Omicron

A passenger arrives to a terminal at Ben Gurion international airport before Israel bans international flights, taking effect from Monday midnight until the end of January, in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and new coronavirus strains, in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Ronen ZvulunRegister now for FREE … Read more

Concerns over COVID variant trigger more travel curbs on southern Africa

Concerns over COVID variant trigger more travel curbs on southern Africa

Many states announce travel curbs, bans on southern AfricaDutch authorities test air passengers for Omicron variantGermany, Czech Republic have suspected Omicron casesNov 27 (Reuters) – Australia and several other countries joined nations imposing restrictions on travel from southern Africa on Saturday after the discovery of the new Omicron coronavirus variant sparked global concern and triggered … Read more

U.S. President Biden calls for intellectual property protection waivers after Omicron discovery

U.S. President Biden calls for intellectual property protection waivers after Omicron discovery

WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called on nations expected to meet at the World Trade Organization next week to agree to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in the wake of the identification of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa.However, the meeting he was referring to was … Read more

Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna expect data on shot’s protection against new COVID-19 variant soon

Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna expect data on shot's protection against new COVID-19 variant soon

Empty vials of the “Comirnaty” Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen inside a waste package at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination center in Madrid, Spain, November 24, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File PhotoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterLooking for signs that warrant a vaccine redesignBioNTech says it understands experts’ concernsBioNTech, Pfizer in effort to establish relaunch … Read more

Fauci says U.S. must study data before deciding on travel ban over new COVID-19 variant

Fauci says U.S. must study data before deciding on travel ban over new COVID-19 variant

WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Top U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said on Friday that a ban on flights from southern Africa was a possibility and the United States was rushing to gather data on the new COVID-19 variant.No decision to halt flights had yet been made, he said.The Wall Street Journal, citing people … Read more