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New COVID variant could emerge amid drop in surveillance, vaccination, WHO warns – National

World health authorities are closer than ever to being able to declare the emergency phase of COVID-19 over, but a growing decline in surveillance and vaccination could open the door to a new variant of concern, says the World Health Organization (WHO). There are many tools available to protect individuals from severe illness and to …

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Doctors plead for kids to get vaccinated

Infectious disease specialists from Ontario’s overwhelmed children’s hospitals — including Hamilton — are jointly pleading with parents to get kids vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu during a surge of respiratory viruses that have caused a crisis in pediatric care. Their appeal focuses on kids between the ages of six months and five years, which …

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FDA pulls US authorization for Eli Lilly’s COVID drug bebtelovimab

Nov 30 (Reuters) – Eli Lilly and Co’s COVID-19 drug bebtelovimab is not currently authorized for emergency use in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration said, citing it is not expected to neutralize the dominant BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 subvariants of Omicron. Wednesday’s announcement takes away authorization from the last COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment, …

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China likely ‘very worried’ over zero-COVID protests, experts say. What’s going on? – National

China should reconsider its “zero-COVID” policy as protests over the measure break out in the nation, a former Canadian ambassador to the country says. Beijing has seen protests play out in the nation in recent days for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and its use of the zero-COVID strategy, with some citizens even calling …

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WHO to use ‘mpox’ for monkeypox to tackle stigma

‘Monkeypox’ name to be phased out slowly WHO received more than 200 name proposals Some countries, individuals raised concerns GENEVA, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Monday it would start using a new preferred term, “mpox”, as a synonym for monkeypox and urged others to follow suit after receiving complaints that …

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