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Scientists see risk of lost opportunity for long COVID research in China

A woman presents her health code to a pandemic prevention worker in a protective suit to enter a residential compound as coronavirus disease outbreaks continue in Beijing, on 4th December, 2022

Shanghai, ChinaReuters With more than a full year past since China eased restrictions and let COVID-19 sweep its households, scientists are worried a unique opportunity may be slipping away to study long COVID from possibly hundreds of millions of infections in that country. Global disease experts say little is known about China’s experience with long-term […]

UK PM Sunak reportedly said “just let people die”, COVID inquiry hears

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak visits the pathology labs at Leeds General Infirmary, to show how yesterday's budget is supporting those affected by coronavirus, in Leeds, Britain on 12th March, 2020.

London, UKReuters Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was quoted as saying the government should “just let people die” during the COVID-19 pandemic rather than impose a second national lockdown, the inquiry into how Britain handled the crisis heard on Monday. Patrick Vallance, who was the government’s chief scientific adviser during COVID, made a note in his […]

Virtual worshippers often satisfied, but more Americans choose in-person services

Worship at North Coast Church in Vista, California.

United StatesReligion News Service At the height of the pandemic, many Americans who attended in-person worship services turned to their computers and their couches instead for virtual viewing. Now, the Pew Research Center finds a third of Americans regularly attend in-person worship services while a bit more than a quarter regularly watch religious services on […]

WHO “overstretched” in response to increasing health emergencies

Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends the World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21st May, 2023.

London, UKReuters A growing number of health emergencies around the world, from COVID-19 to cholera, have left the World Health Organization’s response “overstretched”, a senior advisor said on Tuesday.  Speaking at the UN agency’s annual meeting, Professor Walid Ammar, chair of a committee reviewing the WHO’s emergency response, said funding and staffing gaps were widening […]

Fewer US evangelicals support public school childhood vaccine requirements, survey shows

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United StatesRNS In what could be a sign of COVID-19’s influence, some sectors of US society – specifically white evangelicals and Republicans – are showing a growing aversion to the requirement that schoolchildren be vaccinated for illnesses like mumps and measles. Overall, about 70 per cent of Americans say healthy children should be mandated to […]