As India’s COVID-19 cases climb, neighbouring Bangladesh faces variant threats – National

India’s surge in COVID-19 cases is having a dangerous effect on neighbouring Bangladesh. Health experts warn of imminent vaccine shortages just as the country should be stepping up its vaccination drive, and as more contagious virus variants are beginning to be detected. On Saturday, health authorities said that for the first time, a coronavirus […]

COVID-19 variant first found in U.K. accounts for 70% of cases in Pakistan: researcher – National

A coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom now accounts for up to 70 per cent of COVID-19 infections across Pakistan, a research centre studying the disease in the country said on Saturday. The country has imposed strict nationwide restrictions in the lead up to the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr next week […]

Variant first found in India appears more transmissible, British researchers say – National

British officials could declare one of the new coronavirus strains first found in India a “variant of concern,” the BBC said on Friday, as scientists flagged evidence that it spreads more quickly than the original version of the virus. Scientists have recommended that one version of the variant first found in India, known as […]

Novavax vaccine shows 51% efficacy in COVID-19 infections caused by B.1.351 variant – National

Novavax Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine had efficacy of 51 per cent against infections caused by the South African variant among people who were HIV negative, and 43 per cent in a group that included people who were HIV positive, according to a new analysis published on Wednesday. The variant, known as B.1.351, carries mutations that […]

Israel logs Indian COVID-19 variant, sees some vaccine efficacy against it

Israel has registered eight cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India and believes that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is at least partially effective against it, an Israeli health official said on Tuesday. An initial seven cases of the Indian variant were detected in Israel last week among people arriving from abroad and who have since undergone preliminary […]

Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot less effective against South African variant: study – National

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer reviewed. The study, released on Saturday, compared almost 400 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, […]

Brazil detects 1st case of South Africa COVID-19 variant as deaths skyrocket – National

Brazil has recorded its first confirmed case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa, a fresh danger sign for a country already ravaged by the world’s worst daily death toll and scrambling to make space for burials. Scientists warned on Wednesday that yet another new variant could be emerging in Brazil’s […]

New ‘Eek’ COVID-19 variant causes concern in Japan – National

Japanese health authorities are concerned that variants of COVID-19 are driving a nascent fourth wave in the pandemic with just 109 days remaining until the Tokyo Olympics. The variants appear to be more infectious and may be resistant to vaccines, which are still not widely available in Japan. The situation is worst in Osaka, where infections […]

P.1 variant is spreading in Canada. What do we know about it and vaccines?

As cases of COVID-19 variants grow in Canada, so too does concern from disease experts. The rapid spread of the P.1 variant in British Columbia has added new urgency to the race between variants and vaccines. In just a matter of days, cases have surged from double to triple digits. The variant, which was […]

With COVID-19 variant cases on the rise, what do experts recommend? – National

Just as vaccination drives are picking up steam across Canada, deadlier and possibly more transmissible COVID-19 variants are spiking up infection rates among Canadians. “It’s very concerning,” Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control at University Health Network, Toronto told Global News Wednesday. The “impact of transmission” when it comes to […]