It’s an ‘open question’ whether omicron spells Covid endgame

It’s an ‘open question’ whether omicron spells Covid endgame

Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Chief Medical Advisor and Director of the NIAID, responds to questions from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on January 11, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images White House chief medical advisor Dr….

Thailand’s Baiya Phytopharm working on plant-based Covid vaccine

Thailand’s Baiya Phytopharm working on plant-based Covid vaccine

Thailand’s Baiya Phytopharm wants to develop the country’s first plant-based Covid vaccine. The start-up, founded by Dr. Suthira Taychakhoonavudh and Dr. Waranyoo Phoolcharoen in 2018, has been working on a vaccine using the leaves of an Australian tobacco plant. Suthira, a 37-year-old lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, told CNBC’s “Managing Asia” that she and her team…

China’s zero-Covid policy prolongs supply chain disruptions

China’s zero-Covid policy prolongs supply chain disruptions

Supply chain disruptions are being prolonged driven largely by China’s strict zero-Covid policy, according to an economist from Moody’s Analytics. The bottlenecks have lasted for about a year now but are expected to “materially ease in the early months of this year,” said Katrina Ell, a senior economist for Asia-Pacific at Moody’s Analytics. “So we would…

France reports new Covid infection record with omicron spreading

France reports new Covid infection record with omicron spreading

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, removes his face mask during a news conference. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images France saw its Covid-19 infection rate hit a new record on Tuesday as the new highly-contagious omicron variant sweeps across the European continent. The figure of 368,149 in the last 24 hours trumps a previous record of…

U.S. sets fresh records for Covid hospitalizations and cases with 1.5 million new infections

U.S. sets fresh records for Covid hospitalizations and cases with 1.5 million new infections

Medical staff treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient Frank Clark in his room on an isolated medical unit floor at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, U.S., January 5, 2022. Shannon Stapleton | Reuters The number of patients with Covid-19 in U.S. hospitals surpassed last winter’s peak over the weekend and the country reported another…

Sen. Paul’s accusations ‘kindles the crazies,’ incited death threats

Sen. Paul’s accusations ‘kindles the crazies,’ incited death threats

U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci called out Republican Sen. Rand Paul during a congressional hearing Tuesday, accusing the lawmaker of spreading bad information and inciting death threats against him over Fauci’s work on the Covid-19 pandemic. In a heated question-and-answer session before the Senate health committee, Fauci said Paul’s false accusations blaming the…

GE suspends Covid vaccine, test rules after high court nixes Biden mandate

GE suspends Covid vaccine, test rules after high court nixes Biden mandate

An employee helps install a traction motor onto the truck of a General Electric Evolution Series Tier 4 diesel locomotive at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty Images General Electric suspended its Covid vaccine and testing requirement on Friday after the Supreme Court blocked the Biden…