AstraZeneca boosts COVID-19 portfolio with RQ Bio deal

This photo shows a general view of the offices of British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca PLC in Macclesfield, Cheshire on July 21, 2020. (PAUL ELLIS / AFP) LISBON / WINDHOEK/ THE HAGUE - AstraZeneca moved to bolster its COVID-19 portfolio of antibodies on Tuesday with a $157 million licensing deal for...

WHO: COVID-19 death toll in Europe tops 2 million

A couple holds each other at a COVID-19 intensive care unit of the la Timone hospital in Marseille, southern France on Dec 23, 2021. (DANIEL COLE / AP) WASHINGTON / COPENHAGEN / JOHANNESBURG - The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has exceeded two million in Europe, the World Health Organization...

Study: New Omicron sub-lineages can dodge immunity

A healthcare worker speaks with a woman queuing for a PCR Covid-19 test at the Lancet laboratory in Johannesburg on Nov 30, 2021. (EMMANUEL CROSET / AFP) JOHANNESBURG / SANTIAGO / LISBON - Two new sublineages of the Omicron coronavirus variant can dodge antibodies from earlier infection well enough to...

Testing notices issued for 40 locations

The government on Wednesday issued compulsory testing notices for 40 places across Hong Kong. Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19. The buildings are located in Sheung Shui,...

US to widen COVID-19 antiviral pill distribution

This Oct 18, 2021 handout photo courtesy of Merck & Co,Inc. shows capsules of the antiviral pill Molnupiravir. (HANDOUT / MERCK & CO,INC. / AFP) WASHINGTON /  HAVANA / LONDON / PARIS -  President Joe Biden's administration is aiming to expand access to COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments like Pfizer Inc's Paxlovid by...

Africa’s COVID-19 cases near 11.41m

In this file photo taken on Aug 25, 2021, a man looks on as he receives a jab of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine from a healthcare worker inside the Transvaco COVID-19 vaccine train stationed at the Springs Train Station outside of Johannesburg. (PHOTO / AFP) ROME / SANTIAGO / BUENOS AIRES...

Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 11.4m

A teenager (second right) waits in line with his hand on his shoulder to receive a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 at the Cultural Paz Flor event in Luanda on Dec 16, 2021.(OSVALDO SILVA / AFP) ADDIS ABABA / ROME / SANTIAGO - The number of confirmed COVID-19...

Compulsory testing ordered for 40 buildings

The government on Sunday issued compulsory testing notices for 40 places across Hong Kong. Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for more than two hours from April 18 to 24 must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 on Monday or Tuesday. The buildings are...

HK sees number of daily Covid cases drop further

Health authorities on Saturday reported 523 new Covid-19 infections, down by about 50 cases from the day before. About half of the cases were identified through rapid antigen tests, while the rest were confirmed by laboratories. Officials said they are closely monitoring the Covid figures for these two weeks to...

Compulsory testing ordered for 40 places

The government on Saturday issued compulsory testing notices for 40 places across Hong Kong. Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for more than two hours from April 17 to 23 must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 on Sunday or Monday. The buildings are...