WHO suspends UN supply of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine for COVID-19

April 2 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Saturday it has suspended supply through United Nations agencies of COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, produced by India’s Bharat Biotech, to allow the manufacturer to upgrade facilities and address deficiencies found in an inspection. The WHO asked countries that have received the vaccine to take appropriate actions, … Read more

Deliberate infection trial finds COVID symptoms don’t indicate viral shedding

A 3D-printed coronavirus model is seen in front of the words coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on display in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 1 (Reuters) – The world’s first “human challenge” trial in which volunteers were deliberately exposed to the coronavirus has … Read more

Dow, S&P close lower after 4 days of gains as Russia bombs Ukraine

The logo for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is displayed on the floor of the NYSE in New York City, US, March 29, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register US bond market spurs recession worry Private payrolls increased by 455,000 jobs in March Dow down 0.19%, S&P 500 … Read more

US authorizes second COVID booster for Americans 50 and older

March 29 (Reuters) – US health officials on Tuesday authorized a second COVID-19 booster dose of the two most commonly used COVID-19 vaccines for people age 50 and older, citing data showing waning immunity and the risks posed by Omicron variants of the virus. The US Food and Drug Administration agency said the new boosters … Read more

Drugmakers, scientists begin the hunt for long COVID treatments

March 25 (Reuters) – After producing vaccines and treatments for acute COVID-19 in record time, researchers and drugmakers are turning to finding a cure for long COVID, a more elusive target marked by hundreds of different symptoms afflicting millions of people. Leading drugmakers, including those who have launched antiviral pills and monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19, … Read more

Inside China’s electric drive for swappable car batteries

DETROIT/BEIJING, March 25 (Reuters) – A year ago Tesla dismissed the alternative path of electric car battery swapping as “riddled with problems and not suitable for widescale use”. It seems Beijing disagrees. In fact, China is pushing hard for swappable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) as a supplement to regular vehicle charging, with the government … Read more

‘Meme stock’ rally redux? GameStop, AMC shares rocket higher

NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) – More than a year after retail investors, aided by social media, forced an epic squeeze of a handful of heavily shorted stocks, a few of the famous “meme” stocks were back in the fast lane this weekend. GameStop Corp (GME.N)surged 14.5% on Wednesday and AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC.N)ended the … Read more

A third of US COVID now caused by Omicron BA.2 as overall cases fall

People still wear their masks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Los Angeles, California, US, February 8, 2022. REUTERS/David Swanson Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register March 22 (Reuters) – About one-in-three COVID-19 cases in the United States are now caused by the BA.2 Omicron sub-variant of the coronavirus, according to … Read more