Call to delay compulsory Covid vaccines for NHS staff

She said: “If you’re marching today, just take a moment, think about the people that you’ve been looking after who have experienced Covid, think about your colleagues who you’ve been working with, and think about the best way to make sure that we’re all protected, and that we’re all as safe as possible, because we are very much in this together and it’s down to us to look after each other too.”

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Beijing to maintain COVID emergency status as Winter Olympics loom, Health News, ET HealthWorld

China’s capital Beijing urged all its local districts on Saturday to maintain “full emergency mode” as the city continued to report new local coronavirus cases, less than two weeks before the start of the Winter Olympic Games.

A total of 27 domestically transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms and five local asymptomatic carriers have been found in Beijing since Jan. 15, Pang Xinghuo, an official at Beijing city’s disease control authority told a news conference on Saturday.

Elsewhere, the northeastern city of Harbin will conduct a city-wide exercise to test its roughly 10 million people for COVID-19 from Monday, although it has had no recent cases, calling it an pre-emptive move ahead of the long Lunar New Year holiday.

The city government said on its official WeChat account it had made the decision in view of how the week-long holiday, which officially starts on Jan. 31, was a peak travel period for the country.

Cities across China have in recent weeks imposed tougher restrictions to try to control new outbreaks of COVID-19, a task that has also taken on extra urgency as Beijing prepares to host the Winter Olympics at the start of next month.

Many cities have advised residents to

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‘incidental Covid’ Responsible For Most Deaths During Third Wave, Health News, ET HealthWorld

KOLKATA: Around 30% of Bengal’s 554 Covid fatalities in the past month were from Kolkata, the state health department data revealed on Thursday. A majority of those who succumbed to Covid in the state during the period had mild Covid infections but severe comorbidities.

Kolkata on January 19 reported highest single-day Covid fatality of 14 in this current surge of the pandemic. For Bengal, the highest single-day Covid fatality was on January 15, when 39 deaths were reported.

On Thursday, Bengal recorded 37 deaths, nine of which were from the city. In the past month, Bengal had reported 3,12,430 Covid cases, a third of which — 1,04,325—were reported from Kolkata.

But Covid fatalities in the past one month threw up curious patterns. Among the 554 who died of Covid in this period in Bengal, 423 had comorbidities, while 131 didn’t have any diagnosed comorbidity. More than 76% deaths had been caused by comorbidities during the first wave. Non-comorbid deaths had increased sharply in the second wave.

“This time, severity of Covid infection is comparatively less but deaths due to comorbodity in Covid-infected people still remains a concern. People are taking the pandemic very lightly this time but the reality is

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Sputnik V offers higher protection than Pfizer against Omicron, claims study, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Moscow: A comparative study conducted at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani (Italy) by a joint team of researchers from the Italian Institute and the Gamaleya Center showed that two doses of Sputnik V provide more than two times higher geometric mean titers (GMT) of virus neutralizing antibodies than two doses of Pfizer vaccine against the Omicron variant. The antibodies induced in response to Sputnik V were 2.1 times higher in total and 2.6 times higher 3 months after vaccination in comparison to those induced by Pfizer.

The study was conducted on comparable sera samples from individuals vaccinated with Sputnik V and Pfizer with a similar level of IgG antibodies and virus neutralizing activity (VNA) against Wuhan variant.

The research conducted by a team of 12 Italian and nine Russian scientists led by Francesco Vaia, Director of the Spallanzani Institute and Alexander Gintsburg, Director of the Gamaleya Center has been published in medRxiv.

The study also showed that among the top quartile of individuals with high RBD-specific IgG antibodies, 100 percent of those vaccinated with Sputnik V were able to neutralize the Omicron variant in comparison to 83.3percent of individuals vaccinated with Pfizer. Among all samples, 74.2 percent

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