Covid ‘tsunami’ will drive health systems towards collapse: WHO

Covid ‘tsunami’ will drive health systems towards collapse: WHO

Geneva: A “tsunami” of Omicron and Delta Covid-19 cases will pile pressure on health systems already being stretched to their limits, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday.The WHO said the Delta and Omicron variants of concern were “twin threats” that were driving new case numbers to record highs, leading to spikes in hospitalisations and deaths.”I am highly […]

Omicron risk remains ‘very high’: WHO

Omicron risk remains ‘very high’: WHO

Geneva: The risk posed by the Omicron variant is still “very high”, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, after Covid-19 case numbers shot up by 11 percent globally last week. Omicron is behind rapid virus spikes in several countries, including those where it has already overtaken the previously-dominant Delta variant, the WHO said in its […]

Pfizer strikes global licensing deal for Covid pill

Pfizer strikes global licensing deal for Covid pill

Geneva: US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Tuesday announced a deal to make its prospective antiviral Covid-19 pill available more cheaply in the world’s least wealthy countries. Pfizer will sub-licence production of its promising Paxlovid pill to generic drug manufacturers for supply in 95 low- and middle-income nations covering around 53 percent of the world’s population. Under the deal […]

Iraqi PM safe after drone attack on residence, military says

Iraqi PM safe after drone attack on residence, military says

BAGHDAD: A drone laden with explosives targeted the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Baghdad early on Sunday in what the Iraqi military called an attempted assassination, but said Kadhimi escaped unhurt. The attack, which security sources said injured several members of Kadhimi’s personal protection detail, came after protests in the Iraqi capital […]

Britain approves Merck’s COVID-19 pill in world first

Britain approves Merck’s COVID-19 pill in world first

LONDON: Britain on Thursday became the first country in the world to approve a potentially game-changing COVID-19 antiviral pill jointly developed by U.S.-based Merck (MRK.N) and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, in a boost to the fight against the pandemic. Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recommended the drug, molnupiravir, for use in people with mild […]

Taliban behead a member of Afghan women’s volleyball team

Taliban behead a member of Afghan women’s volleyball team

New Delhi: Mahjubin Hakimi, a member of the Afghan women’s national volleyball team who played in the youth age group, was beheaded by the Taliban in Kabul. In an interview with the Persian Independent, Suraya Afzali (a pseudonym), one of the coaches of the Afghan women’s national volleyball team, confirmed that the athlete had been […]