Covid-19 Live Updates: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Protects Against Severe Illness and May Reduce Transmission, F.D.A. Analyses Find

Here’s what you need to know: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine showed 86 percent efficacy against severe forms of Covid-19 in the United States, and 82 percent against severe disease in South Africa.Credit…Justin Tallis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The one-shot coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson provides strong protection against severe disease and death […]

US: Severe cold, power outages cause major water problems

According to Report About 7 million people in Texas – a quarter of the United States’s second-most populous state – have been told to boil their water or stop using it entirely as homeowners, hospitals, and businesses grappled with broken water mains, burst pipes and power outages. Winter storms during the past week in the […]

Death toll rises as severe winter storm sweeps US

Millions are without power as a winter storm grips the southern and central United States, with the death toll rising to 20 from record-breaking cold weather. More than 20 storm-related deaths have been registered by Tuesday, as storm warnings were issued in parts of Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and the hardest-hit state of Texas. More […]

Which Covid Vaccine Should You Get? Experts Cite the Effect Against Severe Disease

At first glance, the results reported on Friday from the long-awaited trial of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine might have seemed disappointing. Its overall efficacy — the ability to prevent moderate and severe disease — was reported at 72 percent in the United States, 66 percent in Latin American countries and 57 percent in South […]

Blood Plasma Reduces Risk of Severe Covid-19 if Given Early

It will be difficult “to find and diagnose them within that vanishingly small window,” said Dr. Ilan Schwartz, an infectious disease physician at the University of Alberta who wasn’t involved in the study. “The study looks solid, but not necessarily practical in the real world.” Plasma has additional logistical hurdles, Dr. Titanji, of Emory University, […]

Japan weighs state of emergency amid ‘severe’ COVID-19 surge

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that he was considering declaring a state of emergency in the greater Tokyo area over a “very severe” third wave of COVID-19 infections, casting fresh doubt over whether Japan can push ahead with the Olympics and keep economic damage to a minimum. Japan saw a record 4,520 […]

‘Severe test’: As North Korean economy tanks, Kim needs solutions

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will likely seek fresh impetus for driving growth at a ruling party congress in January after the pandemic added to the pain of sanctions that leave him with a smaller economy than the one he took over nine years ago. After closing its borders in response to Covid-19, North Korea’s […]

WHO official: ‘Next pandemic may be more severe’

NEW YORK : The “fragile” world needs to get its act together and honor those who have died by getting better at fighting COVID-19 because “the next pandemic may be more severe,” Dr. Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergencies Program, said on Monday. In the WHO’s final COVID-19 press conference of […]

Small Number of Covid Patients Develop Severe Psychotic Symptoms

Brain scans, spinal fluid analyses and other tests didn’t find any brain infection, said Dr. Gabbay, whose hospital has treated two patients with post-Covid psychosis: a 49-year-old man who heard voices and believed he was the devil and a 34-year-old woman who began carrying a knife, disrobing in front of strangers and putting hand sanitizer […]

Moderna Vaccine Is Highly Protective and Prevents Severe Covid-19, Data Show

But fewer cases of Covid-19 occurred among trial participants in the early days of the Moderna trial, making it harder to measure differences between the vaccinated group and the placebo group. In any case, health officials have said that for both vaccines, two doses are essential for full protection. A second difference involves the ability […]

ADB predicts a less severe economic dip for Asia

Developing Asia is expected to contract less than previously expected as China and India post economic recoveries. Developing Asia is on course to contract this year, but probably less than previously thought as China’s economy enjoys a faster than expected recovery, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Thursday. Economic growth in developing Asia, a […]

Severe fire danger for Australia as temperatures smash records

Rural Fire Service forecasts ‘very high to severe fire danger’ in parts of New South Wales, issues total fire ban. Parts of Australia, including Sydney, sweltered through the hottest November night on record with temperatures likely to stay high on Sunday, prompting authorities to issue a total fire ban. In Sydney, temperatures surpassed 40 degrees […]