Category Archives: Medical

Coronavirus Moves to New Regions, Lingers in Others

  WASHINGTON – A record number of new coronavirus infections worldwide was confirmed Wednesday. The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 106,000 new COVID-19 cases were identified globally within 24 hours, the highest daily number since the outbreak began. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a news briefing Wednesday that almost two-thirds of the new cases were confirmed in just four countries. He did not name them, but several news reports name the four

US Health Chief Rejects Notion of Coronavirus Failure

The United States leads the world with nearly 90,000 coronavirus deaths, but the U.S. health chief Sunday rejected the notion that the government had failed its people. “You can’t celebrate a single death,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNN, but contended, “It could have been vastly, vastly worse.” President Donald Trump said

Viruses Are Always Changing, Here’s Why That Could Hamper Development of an Effective COVID-19 Vaccine

The Trump administration is pushing to have hundreds of millions of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine available by the end of the year. However, experts say the unprecedented speed risks taking shortcuts on safety, and there’s no guarantee that any of the vaccine candidates will work. Eight contenders are at the front of the pack.

WHO Chief Warns Countries to Lift COVID Restrictions With Extreme Caution

  World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Wednesday that countries lifting restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus risk having to reimpose them if they do not ease them with extreme caution. “The risk of returning to lockdown remains very real if countries do not manage the transition extremely carefully and in

This Time, Pence Wears Mask as He Tours Indiana Plant

This time, he wore a mask. Vice President Mike Pence donned a face covering Thursday as he toured a General Motors/Ventec ventilator production facility in Indiana after coming under fire for failing to wear one earlier this week in violation of Mayo Clinic policy. The facility in Kokomo had been closed because of the coronavirus

Scientists at Oxford Take Early Lead in Race to Create Vaccine

Scientists at Oxford University are racing to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus well ahead of the standard medical timeline. The scientists have expressed confidence in their ability to do it quickly, raising hopes around the world that a vaccine will not have to wait until next year. The first injections of the vaccine being