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Why Australia lags behind the US on Omicron vaccines

Why Australia lags behind the US on Omicron vaccines

Christine Kelly administers a COVID vaccine to seven-year-old Cohen Doherty, while his mum, Leanne, watches.CREDIT:LOUISE KENNERLEY On Monday Australia’s drug regulator approved an updated COVID-19 vaccine designed to specifically target a variant that is no longer...

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Time to go back to basics in coronavirus fight

Time to go back to basics in coronavirus fight

COVID-19 is on the rise again. Many thought that the recurrent spikes were supposed to be seasonal, like the flu, but this disease seems to have a mind of its own. Increases in the rates of infection are putting health services everywhere under stress, though less...

Can new Omicron subvariants evade vaccine immunity?

Can new Omicron subvariants evade vaccine immunity?

Many parts of Western Europe and the United States are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases thought to be driven by new subvariants of Omicron. These rises come alongside the easing of safety measures that were previously put in place to curb the spread of the SARS-CoV-2...

Monkeypox Can Be Airborne, Too

Monkeypox Can Be Airborne, Too

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance last week for travelers wishing to protect themselves against monkeypox. This was one of its recommendations: “Wear a mask. Wearing a mask can help protect you from many diseases, including...

A tantalizing clue to why omicron is spreading so quickly

A tantalizing clue to why omicron is spreading so quickly

Omicron is spreading lightning fast. In the U.S., the percentage of cases caused by this new coronavirus variant jumped seven times in just a week, from 0.4% of the total cases sequenced to 2.9%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. And it's...