Oxford Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Paused After Participant Develops Rare Illness Says AstraZeneca

LATE-stage trials for a leading coronavirus vaccine have been suspended after a study participant suffered a “potentially unexplained illness”. AstraZeneca has put on hold phase three trials of a vaccine being developed in collaboration with the University of Oxford. The Australian Government last month signed an agreement with the UK-based company to secure the potential COVID-19 vaccine, if its trials prove successful. In a statement, AstraZeneca said it “voluntarily paused” the phase 3 clinical trial — which kicked off in July — to allow a review of the “single event”…

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Children Under 5 Could Spread Coronavirus More Than Adults- New Study

CHILDREN below the age of five could be major carriers of the coronavirus as compared to adults, a new study has found. By Michael Gwarisa According to the study “Age-Related Differences in Nasopharyngeal Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Levels in Patients With Mild to Moderate Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” which was  published in JAMA Pediatrics and led by Dr. Taylor Heald-Sargent, a pediatric infectious diseases expert at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, children are susceptible to infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2…

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New study reveals Oxford coronavirus vaccine produces strong immune response

A team of scientists at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group has taken the next step towards the discovery of a safe, effective and accessible vaccine against coronavirus. HealthTimes Reporter The results of the Phase I/II trial published today in the scientific journal, The Lancet, indicate no early safety concerns and induces strong immune responses in both parts of the immune system. The vaccine provoked a T cell response within 14 days of vaccination (white blood cells that can attack cells infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus), and an antibody…

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#COVID-19: WHO Warns Of Second Coronavirus Peak

THE World Health Organisation (WHO), has warned of a second peak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) amidst indications that the disease is currently in its first phase of infection the world over. HeanthTimes Reporter Briefing journalists on Monday, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said right now, we are “right in the middle of the first wave, globally.” “We’re still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up,” he added. We need to be also cognizant of the fact that the disease…

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Medical Solutions Donates Face Shields To Harare and Bulawayo City Councils

RECENTLY Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) certified medical equipment manufacturer, Medical Solutions Zimbabwe has donated a total of 200 face shields towards the Zimbabwe COVID-19 battle. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes soon after the handover event, Medical Solutions Director, Shepard Chakanza said the 200 face shields would be distributed evenly between the Harare and Bulawayo City councils health departments to advance the fight against the raging COVID-19 pandemic. We went to Wilkins  after we were told by the City of Harare to go and make a donation…

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20 Years In Jail For Spreading Fake News On COVID-19

 THE government has gazetted tough new laws that could see people spending up to 20 years in prison for spreading fake news on the novel coronavirus. SOURCE: NEWSDAY According to Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020, people who peddle information deemed false by the government face up to 20 years in prison, a hefty fine or both. “For the avoidance of doubt any person who publishes or communicates false news about any public officer involved with enforcing or implementing the national lockdown in his or her capacity as such, or about…

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#Breaking: Zim Confirms First Coronavirus Case

Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo has confirmed Zimbabwe’s first Coronavirus (Covid-19) case. By Michael Gwarisa The minister said the case was identified in Victoria Falls and is currently being monitored in the resort town while other suspected cases are also being checked at various health institutions. Read full statement from ministry below

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ARTUZ Calls For Immediate Closure Of Schools Amid #Coronavirus Fears

A firebrand Zimbabwean teachers union is threatening to pull out its members from school by March 20 should schools not be closed forthwith. By Kudakwashe Pembere The Rural Teachers Union calls for the closure of schools with immediate effect as the country prays to be spared by the menacing Coronavirus Disease. “Almost all schools have a population of more than 100 people who spend the day together. Therefore in the wake of this pandemic, ARTUZ wishes to advice the ministry to immediately close all government schools on the 20th of…

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South Africa Coronavirus Cases Shoot Through The Roof

Dr Zwelini Mkhize

SOUTH Africa could be battling to contain the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), amidst indications that the number of confirmed cases in the neighbouring country has  risen to 116.  By Michael Gwarisa Even though South Africa recorded Coronavirus later than Egypt, Algeria and other African countries, the sporadic rise in the Covid-19 cases in the Southern African country makes it the second highest country in Africa by in infection rate after Egypt which has 196 cases. South Africa Department of Health on Wednesday morning confirmed that  31 new cases were reported…

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Confusion Rocks Vic Falls Tourist Coronavirus Case

ZIMBABWE has once again been thrown into abyss of confusion following conflicting statements by the ministries of Health and that of Tourism relating to a case whereby a United Kingdom (UK) tourist is reported to have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) upon arrival in the UK a few days after leaving Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The bewilderment comes hot on the heels of a Post Cabinet Media briefing where Tourism and Hospitality Industries minister, Honorable Mangaliso Ndlovu told Journalists that the lady in question was yet to be tested contrary…

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