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Covid 19 World News – 21 August 2021

                          

  • Australia Reports Record Covid Cases As Police Block Sydney Protest
    Australian police patrolled the streets and blocked transport into the centre of Sydney on Saturday to prevent a planned anti-lockdown protest as the country reported a record high daily number of new COVID-19 infections.
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  • UK To Offer Covid Vaccines To Arriving Afghans
    London: The United Kingdom will provide vaccines against COVID-19 to Afghans coming to the country, the government said on Friday.
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  • Artificial Intelligence Helps Identify Existing Drugs That Can Kill SARS-Cov-2 In Cells Scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to identify several drug contenders already in use for other purposes — including one dietary supplement — that can block or reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection in cells.
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  • AstraZeneca Says Its Antibody Cocktail Prevents Covid In High-Risk Groups AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 antibody cocktail was found to be 77% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in high-risk people in a key trial that could expand the range of drugs available to vulnerable groups.
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  • Delta Drives US Covid Hospital Deaths To February Levels, ICUs Overflow Covid-19 patients are dying in U.S. hospitals at levels not seen since February, and the numbers could worsen as intensive-care units overflow in parts of the South.
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  • Israel To Begin Covid Booster Shots For Over 40 Year-Olds Israelis aged 40 and over will be able to receive coronavirus vaccine booster shots starting this weekend, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said Thursday, as the country battles a spike in infections.
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  • Pregnant Women Don’t Experience More Severe Symptoms After Covid Vaccine Jab: Study Pregnant and nursing women who receive the COVID-19 vaccine do not experience symptoms any more severe than their non-pregnant counterparts, according to a survey over 17,000 individuals.
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  • In Bid To Increase Coverage, Thailand To Explore Injecting Covid Vaccines Under Skin Thailand is studying the possibility of injecting coronavirus vaccines under the skin to try to stretch its limited supply, a health official said on Thursday, as the country races to inoculate the public faster amid a worsening epidemic.
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  • Pfizer Jab Effectiveness “Declines Faster” Than AstraZeneca: Oxford Study The effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 declines faster than that of the AstraZeneca jab, according to a new study published on Thursday.
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