Hydroxychloroquine Not Recommended for Prevention of COVID-19In a guideline published in the British Medical Journal on March 2, the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising against the use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent infection from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the disease COVID-19.
WHO says Report on Virus Origins Due in Mid-MarchThe findings of a WHO-led mission to Wuhan, China, to investigate the origins of the CCP virus are expected in mid-March, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
But days later, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appeared to walk back on this statement, saying that “all hypotheses remain open and require further study.”
Hundreds Gather in Illegal Protest in SwedenSwedish police dispersed hundreds of people who had gathered in central Stockholm to protest CCP virus restrictions set by the Swedish government.
Senate Democrats Reject All Republican Amendments But 3 Before Passing Relief Bill in Partisan VoteDemocrats rejected all but three Republican amendments to the $1.9 trillion relief bill, which cleared the Senate in a partisan vote Saturday.
Merck Says Study Shows Drug Causes Quick Reduction in VirusU.S. drugmaker Merck & Co Inc said on Saturday the experimental antiviral drug molnupiravir it is developing with Ridgeback Bio showed a quicker reduction in infectious virus in its phase 2a study among participants with early COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus.
California OKs Reopening of Ball Parks, DisneylandCalifornia has cleared a path for fans to hit the stands at opening-day baseball games and return to Disneyland nearly a year after CCP virus restrictions shuttered major entertainment spots.
Brazil Variant Can Reinfect Survivors; Vaccine Antibodies Pass Into Breast MilkA CCP virus variant circulating in Brazil is likely able to reinfect people who survived infections with earlier versions of COVID-19, new data suggest.
White House: Relief Bill Remains 'Incredibly Progressive' Despite Senate CompromisesWhite House spokesperson Jen Psaki said Friday that the $1.9 trillion relief package—panned by Republicans as a liberal wish list packed with non-pandemic-related spending priorities—is an "incredibly progressive bill," and expressed the expectation that congressional progressives will give it their stamp of approval when the bill circles back to the House.
Greece, Cyprus Woo UK Tourists as Travel Curbs PersistGreece and Cyprus have both promised to facilitate the arrival of British tourists in the Mediterranean holiday destinations this summer, even as the UK authorities step up their crackdown on “illegal” foreign travel in the run-up to Easter.
Speedy Variants Power Virus Surge Sweeping EuropeEurope recorded 1 million new CCP virus cases last week, an increase of 9 percent from the previous week and a reversal that ended a six-week decline, WHO said Thursday.
“The spread of the variants is driving the increase, but not only,’’ said Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, citing “also the opening of society, when it is not done in a safe and a controlled manner.”
The so-called UK variant is spreading significantly in 27 European countries monitored by WHO and is dominant in at least 10 by the agency's count: Britain, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Israel, Spain, and Portugal.