Omicron as severe as previous COVID variants, large study finds

A sign requiring masks is seen outside of a closed-down business during the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Washington, US, December 27, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 5 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus is intrinsically as severe as previous variants, unlike assumptions … Read more

Bird flu puts organic chickens into lockdown from Pennsylvania to France

CHICAGO/PARIS, May 2 (Reuters) – Organic and free-range chickens have been thrown into lockdown. Egg-laying hens that normally have access to the outdoors can no longer roam as freely or feel the sun on their beaks as some US and European farmers temporarily keep flocks inside during lethal outbreaks of bird flu, according to egg … Read more

Measles cases jump 79% in 2022 after COVID hit vaccination campaigns

LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – Measles cases jumped by 79% in the first two months of this year compared to 2021, after COVID-19 and lockdowns disrupted child vaccination campaigns around the world, according to data from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). In January and February, there were 17,338 meal cases reported worldwide, up … Read more

‘We’re done with dead kids’: U.S. bars hand out free fentanyl tests

OAKLAND, Calif., April 20 (Reuters) – Walking into the Good Hop craft beer bar in Oakland, California, Alison Heller looks like any other patron thirsting for happy hour. But instead of heading to the bar, she goes straight to the bathroom, opens her backpack and pulls out a plastic bag with fentanyl test strips. She … Read more

The case for testing Pfizer’s Paxlovid for treating long COVID

Two long COVID patients recover after Paxlovid treatment Side effects, safety issues need to be studied CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – Reports of two patients who found relief from long COVID after taking Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) antiviral Paxlovid, including a researcher who tested it on herself, provide intriguing evidence for clinical trials to help those … Read more

Explainer: I’m eligible for a second COVID booster. Should I get one?

A 50-year-old and immunocompromised resident receives a second booster shot of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Waterford, Michigan, US, April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Emily Elconin Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register CHICAGO, April 11 (Reuters) – US officials now say that people 50 and older can get a second COVID-19 booster shot … Read more

British defence ministry says Russia targeting civilians

Ukraine seeks more weapons, harsher sanctions on Russia US, EU and Britain condemn railway station attack West imposes more trade restrictions on Russia LVIV, Ukraine, April 9 (Reuters) – Britain’s defense ministry said on Saturday that Russian forces were targeting civilians, a day after a missile attack on a train station crowded with women, children … Read more

Russia revokes registration of Amnesty and Human Rights Watch

An activist from Amnesty International holds a sign during a protest outside the Russian Embassy as part of a Global Day of Action for Ukraine, following Russia’s invasion in Mexico City, Mexico, March 24, 2022. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 8 (Reuters) – Russia’s justice ministry said on … Read more

Ukrainian forensic investigators start exhuming bodies from Bucha mass grave

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard next to bodies that were exhumed from a mass grave, during a visit of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in the town of Bucha, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine … Read more

Bucha shows the ‘cruel face’ of Russian army, says EU’s chief

KYIV, April 8 (Reuters) – European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the deaths of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha showed the “cruel face” of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s army, pledging to support Kyiv in its defense of the “border of Europe”. During a visit to Bucha, where forensic investigators started to … Read more