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U.S. nears record poultry deaths from bird flu; virus type complicates fight

Oct 18th, 2022 - CHICAGO (Reuters) - A near-record number of U.S. chickens and turkeys have died in this year’s outbreak of avian flu, as a different form of the virus than farmers battled before has infected more wild birds that then transmit the disease, officials said. More than 47 million birds have died due to infections and cullings. This has spurred export bans, lowered egg and turkey production, and con...

Factbox-Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 550.3 million, death toll at 6,769,980

Jul 8th, 2022 - (Reuters) - More than 550.3 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 6,769,980 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open tmsnrt.rs/2FThSv7 in an exter...

More than half of Americans have had COVID infections -U.S. study

Apr 27th, 2022 - (Reuters) -Following the record surge in COVID-19 cases during the Omicron-driven wave, some 58% of the U.S. population overall and more than 75% of younger children have been infected with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to a U.S. nationwide blood survey released on Tuesday. The study issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention marks the first...

EXCLUSIVE-EU to move away from emergency phase of COVID pandemic - document

Apr 26th, 2022 - BRUSSELS, April 26 (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to say the EU has entered a new post-emergency phase of the pandemic in which testing should be targeted and monitoring of COVID-19 cases should be similar to sample-based flu surveillance, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. The shift comes amid a gradual drop of cases and a fall in the number of deaths linked to COVID-19...

Omicron sub-variant BA.2 makes up nearly 75% of COVID variants in U.S. - CDC

Apr 19th, 2022 - April 19 (Reuters) - The BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron is estimated to make up 74.4% of the coronavirus variants in the United States as of April 16, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. Last week, the agency said the sub variant made up 86% of U.S. COVID-19 cases as of April 9. (Reporting by Bhanvi Satija in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)

Tesla's Shanghai factory resumes production - Chinese local media

Apr 19th, 2022 - SHANGHAI, April 19 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc resumed production at its Shanghai plant on Tuesday following a three-week stoppage, Chinese local media reported. 8,000 employees at the plant reported to work, the report said. (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom)

Moderna says dual variant booster with Beta more effective vs Omicron than current shot

Apr 19th, 2022 - (Reuters) - Moderna Inc on Tuesday said a COVID-19 booster designed to target the Beta variant as well as the original coronavirus generated a better immune response against a number of virus variants including Omicron. Moderna said the results were a good sign for the company’s plans for future shots targeting two COVID-19 variants. Dr. Jacqueline Miller, a top Moderna scientist, said the comp...

Analysis-Demand for Pfizer's COVID pills lags around the world

Apr 19th, 2022 - (Reuters) - Worldwide demand for Pfizer Inc’s oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid has been unexpectedly light due to complicated eligibility requirements, reduced testing, and potential for drug interactions, a Reuters review of data and interviews with experts has found. Demand also has been hampered by the perception that Omicron infections are not that severe. Paxlovid was expected to...

COVID SCIENCE-Omicron infection induces limited immune response in unvaccinated; COVID hospital deaths rise on weekends

Apr 18th, 2022 - April 18 (Reuters) - The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Omicron infection induces limited immune response Unvaccinated people infected with the Omicron variant are unlikely to develop immune responses that will protect them against other vari...

Ferrero recalls some chocolates due to potential Salmonella contamination

Apr 12th, 2022 - April 12 (Reuters) - Ferrero said on Tuesday it was voluntarily recalling some of its Kinder chocolates in the United States, saying the products may be contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium. There are no reports of illness in the United States to date from the chocolates, Ferrero added. (Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

Omicron sub-variant BA.2 makes up 85.9% of COVID variants in U.S. - CDC

Apr 12th, 2022 - April 12 (Reuters) - The BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron is estimated to make up 85.9% of the coronavirus variants in the United States as of April 9, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. A resurgence in COVID-19 cases in parts of Asia and Europe has raised concerns that another wave could follow in the United States, but the country’s health experts believe it...

France reports over 217,000 new COVID-19 infections - health ministry

Mar 29th, 2022 - PARIS (Reuters) - France on Tuesday reported 217,480 new COVID-19 infections over the last 24 hours, a level unseen since early February. 1,538 people are currently in intensive care units, France’s health ministry said, 5 more than on Monday.

U.S. FDA considering additional round of boosters in the fall -official

Mar 29th, 2022 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will weigh the benefits of authorizing a round of boosters of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a broader population in the fall, a top official said on Tuesday. The agency authorized on Tuesday a second booster dose of either vaccine for older and immunocompromised people. “It would not be surprising if there ...

Bulgaria reports bird flu outbreak at industrial farm

Mar 28th, 2022 - SOFIA, March 28 (Reuters) - An outbreak of bird flu on a Bulgarian farm with over 177,000 laying hens has forced authorities to begin slaughtering the remaining flock, the country’s food safety agency said on Monday. The outbreak in the town of Asenovgrad is the sixth industrial farm hit by the highly pathogenic avian influenza type A in southern Bulgaria since December. The risk to humans from...

Pfizer to sell up to 4 mln courses of COVID pills to UNICEF this year

Mar 22nd, 2022 - March 22 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday it has agreed to sell up to 4 million courses of its oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid to UNICEF for use in 95 low-income countries. The deal accounts just over 3% of Pfizer’s projected production of 120 million Paxlovid courses for this year. The company said the 95 countries covered in the UNICEF deal account for around 53% of the world...

BRIEF-Pfizer, Biontech To Seek Authorization Of Second Coronavirus Booster Shot For People 65 And Older - WaPo


Brazil registers 68,893 new cases of coronavirus, 488 deaths -health ministry

Mar 8th, 2022 - March 8 (Reuters) - Brazil has had 68,893 new cases of the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, and 488 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said on Tuesday. The South American country has now registered 29,138,362 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 652,829, according to ministry data. (Reporting by Carolina Pulice)

Omicron sub-variant BA.2 makes up 11.6% of COVID variants in U.S. - CDC

Mar 8th, 2022 - (Reuters) - The BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron was estimated to be 11.6% of the coronavirus variants circulating in the United States as of March 5, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. Scientists are tracking a rise in cases caused by BA.2, the dominant variant in South Africa, which is spreading rapidly in parts of Asia and Europe. The World Health Organizat...

Iowa reports highly pathogenic bird flu again this week

Mar 8th, 2022 - (Reuters) - A highly pathogenic form of bird flu was reported in a commercial turkey flock in Iowa, making it the second reported outbreak in the top egg-producing state of the United States in less than a week. The outbreak was confirmed in Buena Vista County on Monday by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspect...

China says Hong Kong's priority is to cut COVID infections, deaths

Mar 8th, 2022 - HONG KONG, March 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong needs to stick to its “dynamic zero” coronavirus strategy, focused on reducing infections, severe illnesses and death, a senior Chinese health official said, as the city braced for details of an expected mass testing plan this month. Liang Wannian from China’s National Health Commission, who is in Hong Kong to coordinate efforts to battle a growing outbr...