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Dutch say ready to roll out vaccine pending approval

The Netherlands is ready to roll out coronavirus vaccines to some 3.5 million people in the first quarter of next year, the health minister announced on Friday. The inoculation drive will first target people older than 60 and those working in high-risk medical jobs, and kick in as soon as Europe’s medicines regulator gives the […]

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South Africa rolls out second coronavirus vaccine trial

South Africa will launch clinical trials of a US-developed coronavirus vaccine with 2,900 volunteers this week, the second such study in the African country worst hit by the disease, lead investigator Shabir Madhi said Tuesday. Known as NVX-CoV2373, the vaccine was developed by US biotech company Novavax from the genetic sequence of SARS?CoV?2, the virus […]

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‘Breast is best’ push out of touch

University of Queensland researchers have discovered why only 34 per cent of mothers exclusively breastfeed to six months, despite the global push to increase rates to 50 per cent. Lead researcher Dr. Katrina Moss said mothers primarily stopped breastfeeding because of milk shortages or breastfeeding difficulties, such as latching and mastitis. “Mothers can feel intense […]

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Think you already had COVID-19? New antibody study may find out.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is starting a study to determine how many Americans have already had COVID-19 without knowing it. The researchers will analyze participants’ blood samples for the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These antibodies can show if a person has been infected with COVID-19 in […]