Pfizer, AstraZeneca vaccines 87% effective in 60+ age group after one dose: data – National

One dose of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Pfizer was 86.6 per cent effective in preventing infections among people aged 60 and older, real world data released by South Korea showed on Wednesday. Data by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) showed the Pfizer vaccine, jointly developed by BioNTech, was 89.7 per […]

A look at why India’s COVID-19 data is vastly undercounted – National

Even after more than a year of devastating COVID-19 surges across the world, the intensity and scale of India’s current crisis stands out, with patients desperate for short supplies of oxygen, pleas for help from overwhelmed hospitals, and images of body bags and funeral pyres. As daily case counts soar far beyond what other […]

U.S. CDC hopes to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reviewing data – National

Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet again on Friday to consider whether to it is safe to resume injections of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, as senior U.S. health officials prepare for a green light. The panel last week called for more data about a possible link to […]

Texas police to demand Tesla share data from fatal crash to determine Autopilot use – National

Texas police will serve search warrants on Tesla on Tuesday to secure data from a fatal vehicle crash, a senior officer told Reuters on Monday, after CEO Elon Musk said company checks showed the car’s Autopilot driver assistance system was not engaged. Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4, said evidence including witness statements […]

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over 90% effective 6 months after booster shot, data shows – National

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90 per cent effective against the virus at least six months after receiving a second dose. Referencing data released Tuesday from its Phase III clinical trial, the pharmaceutical giant said in a press release its vaccine was up to 95 per cent effective against “severe cases […]

Facebook acknowledges personal information of 500M users posted online, says data is ‘old’ – National

The phone numbers and personal data of more than 500 million Facebook users has been posted online by a low-level hacker in a forum for free. Alon Gal, CTO of Hudson Rock, a cybercrime intelligence firm first discovered the leak on Saturday. Read more: Head of Facebook Canada warns news posts could be blocked […]

Real-world data shows Pfizer, Moderna vaccines highly effective after just 1 shot – National

COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna reduced risk of infection by 80 per cent two weeks or more after the first of two shots, according to data from a real-world U.S. study released on Monday. The risk of infection fell 90 per cent by two weeks after the second shot, the study of […]

EU COVID-19 vaccine passport to provide data on immunization, recovery, tests – National

The European Union’s executive will propose next week that new COVID-19 certificates combine information on vaccination, recovery from the sickness and test results to avoid discrimination between citizens, a senior official said. Southern EU countries reliant on tourism hope such “passports” would help unlock its summer season this year but ran into opposition from […]

‘When will it end?’: New data suggests COVID-19 could become endemic – National

Chris Murray, a University of Washington disease expert whose projections on COVID-19 infections and deaths are closely followed worldwide, is changing his assumptions about the course of the pandemic. Murray had until recently been hopeful that the discovery of several effective vaccines could help countries achieve herd immunity, or nearly eliminate transmission through a […]

China refused to give WHO investigators raw data on early coronavirus cases: team member – National

China refused to give raw data on early COVID-19 cases to a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of the pandemic, one of the team’s investigators said, potentially complicating efforts to understand how the outbreak began. The team had requested raw patient data on 174 cases that China had identified from the early […]