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Merck’s Covid pill suggested by FDA advisory panel for emergency use

Merck’s Covid pill suggested by FDA advisory panel for emergency use

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Merck's novel antiviral pill to cure Covid-19 was suggested for emergency use approval by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel, clearing the path for the government to approve the very first oral medicines for treating Covid.

The drug, known as molnupiravir, was voted by the agency's Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee (AMDAC) for treating people with chronic to moderate Covid-19 who are at risk of serious disease or hospitalization.

Prior to voting in favor of the medicine, members of the committee posed various questions as well as voiced concerns about its efficacy and safety during the daylong community mee

AbbaDox, Zadara Edge Cloud partner to offer PACS-as-a-Service

AbbaDox, Zadara Edge Cloud partner to offer PACS-as-a-Service

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Edge cloud services provider, Zadara has teamed up with AbbaDox, one of the largest suppliers of cloud-based radiology information SaaS solutions, to provide a complete PACS-as-a-Service with unlimited platform-edge computational capacity, low-latency network connectivity, as well as storage.

This on-demand service adds to AbbaDox's existing technology stack ecosystem, providing imaging centers as well as radiology providers with cost-effective options to be profitable and competitive in an ever-changing industry.

Imaging providers are leading the way in the implementation of cloud technologies in healthcare by streamlining back-off

NCSC: UK cyberattacks hit new record, targeting COVID vaccine research

NCSC: UK cyberattacks hit new record, targeting COVID vaccine research

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The National Cyber Security Centre, a cybersecurity guidance and support agency of the UK government, also known as NCSC, has reportedly stated that Britain had to address a record 777 incidents of cyberattacks over the course of the past year, with COVID-19 vaccine research being the prime target for these attacks.

According to reports, the NCSC, which is a part of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), stated that several of the supposed attacks were traced back to hostile states, including China and Russia.

The incidents also included a vast global hacking campaign, which has been blamed on the foreign intelligence ser

DrugStoc secures $4.4M Series A funding to further expand in Nigeria

DrugStoc secures $4.4M Series A funding to further expand in Nigeria

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DrugStoc, a Nigerian startup dealing with e-health pharmaceutical distribution, has reportedly closed a $4.4 million Series A funding round. With the investment, the firm aims to aggressively expand in the country to deliver pharmaceutical products to around 100 million people.

As it advances outside Lagos, the West African country's economic core, the firm intends to expand into 16 new states across Nigeria. The strategy aligns with its more ambitious goal of foraying outside Nigeria and into other African markets.

It is reported that within Nigeria, ready accessibility to pharmaceutical products can avert thousands of easily preve

Israel to announce impending decision on approving Pfizer for children

Israel to announce impending decision on approving Pfizer for children

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During a recent cabinet meeting, Naftali Bennett, the Prime Minister of Israel, reportedly stated that Israel is looking into data on Pfizer's new corona medicine and the issue of securing its supplies for the nation’s population.

Meanwhile, the country’s Ministry of Health also announced that a decision on whether or not to approve the COVID-19 vaccination for children, aged between 5 to 11, will be unveiled on Wednesday.

Addressing the same, PM Bennett stated that there might be positive news concerning a cure for COVID-19. Over the weekend, the PM has asked the system to do an in-depth study of the purported new drug

UK Government to offer Covid booster jabs at walk-in sites in England

UK Government to offer Covid booster jabs at walk-in sites in England

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The government of England has reportedly announced that booster Covid-19 shots are now available across walk-in clinics throughout England as the National Health Service (NHS) hopes to boost consumption ahead of a ‘challenging’ winter coming ahead.

Around 30 million individuals that had their second vaccine more than six months ago will be eligible to have a booster shot without scheduling an appointment.

Seemingly, people can locate their closest walk-in center using the NHS online walk-in finder. According to NHS England, over six million people have had a booster shot or a third dose already.

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Thermo Fisher introduces SpeciMAX kit for safe saliva collection

Thermo Fisher introduces SpeciMAX kit for safe saliva collection

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Thermo Fisher, an American firm offering scientific instruments and software services, has reportedly introduced SpeciMAX Stabilized Saliva Collection Kit. The device has been designed to collect saliva for research purposes in a safe manner.

For safer specimen collection, the Stabilized Saliva Collection Kit retains viral nucleic acids inside a harmless stabilization solution that inhibits the activity of common respiratory viruses. The package includes a spill-resistant funnel, a screw cover to preserve the specimen after collection, and a standard size tube that fits perfectly into viral RNA extraction automated processes for high throughput specimen processing.

COVID-19 has erased years of progress in life expectancy: Report

COVID-19 has erased years of progress in life expectancy: Report

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According to a study led by scientists from the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, Oxford University, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the greatest reduction in life expectancy within the western Europe since the time of the Second World War.

According to reliable sources, scientists examined data collected from 29 countries across Europe, as well as Chile, and the United States, and found that life expectancy decreased last year on a massive scale, wiping out years of progress.

The life recorded expectancies showcased major reduction of almost 2.2 years, relative to 2019 levels, among males in the US, followed by a decline

UK, S. Korea enter COVID-19 vaccine swap to ensure adequate jab supply

UK, S. Korea enter COVID-19 vaccine swap to ensure adequate jab supply

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In a joint effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea have reportedly inked a vaccine swap agreement for ensuing the sufficient supply of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses in each nation.

Under the deal, the UK will send more than 1 million BioNTech/Pfizer vaccines to the Republic of Korea for enhancing their vaccination program. The first batch is anticipated to arrive in the forthcoming weeks.

By the end of the year, South Korea will be returning the same volume of doses to the United Kingdom, as the government advances with its vaccine launch and the booster program through the winter months.