Health News Roundup: Betting Big on Drug Discovery, UK’s OMass Therapeutics Raises $100M; Congo begins Ebola vaccinations to stem outbreak in northwest, WHO says and more
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Betting big on drug discovery, Britain’s OMass Therapeutics raises $100m
Betting on a new formula for the arduous, expensive and failure-prone field of drug discovery, UK-based company OMass Therapeutics announced on Thursday that it has raised $100 million in Series B funding. Including the latest injection – led by a A group of leading new investors including Google Ventures and Sanofi Ventures as well as existing investors such as Syncona and Oxford Science Enterprises – OMass has raised over $150m since its inception in 2016.
Congo begins Ebola vaccinations to stem outbreak in northwest, WHO says
The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched vaccination against Ebola to stem an outbreak in the northwestern city of Mbandaka, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday.
Two people are known to have died so far in the city of more than a million people where people live close to road, river and air links to the capital Kinshasa.
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UK transfer of former patients to care homes during pandemic was illegal – court
The British government acted unlawfully at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when it moved elderly patients from hospitals to care homes without regard to the fact that people without symptoms could spread the virus, a court found on Wednesday. . Britain’s coronavirus death toll soared at the start of 2020, overtaking its European peers, boosted by the deaths of elderly people, many of whom had been moved from hospital to residential care to do room for COVID patients.
Measles cases jump 79% in 2022 after COVID hits vaccination campaigns
Measles cases jumped 79% in the first two months of this year compared to 2021, after COVID-19 and lockdowns disrupted childhood vaccination campaigns around the world, data from the UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). In January and February, 17,338 measles cases were reported worldwide, compared to 9,665 in the same period last year.
Malaysia to lift more COVID restrictions to ease mask mandate
Malaysia will further ease COVID-19 restrictions from early next month, including lifting restrictions on those not vaccinated against the coronavirus and removing the need to wear masks outdoors, its minister has said. of Health. The Southeast Asian nation has seen some of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in the region, but surges in infection have since eased thanks to an accelerated vaccination program.
EU estimates up to 80% of population has had COVID
The European Commission has said between 60% and 80% of the EU population is thought to have been infected with COVID-19, as the bloc enters a post-emergency phase in which mass reporting of cases is not no longer necessary. In preparing for this less acute phase, European Union governments should step up vaccination of children against COVID-19, the bloc’s executive body said, noting that it was considering developing antivirals.
Shanghai focuses on vaccinating the elderly as new cases decline
The COVID-hit city of Shanghai is making more resources available to improve vaccination rates among the elderly as the number of daily cases declines and it seeks a way out of four weeks of strict lockdown restrictions. The city, battling China’s biggest coronavirus outbreak, saw new asymptomatic cases drop to 9,330 on April 27, down 22% from the previous day and its lowest rate in 24 days, with infections symptomatic, also down by almost a fifth.
Beijing, hit by COVID, increases restrictions and fears Shanghai-like misery
China’s capital Beijing closed some public spaces and stepped up checks in others on Thursday as most of the city’s 22 million residents embarked on further mass COVID-19 testing aimed at avoiding a Shanghai-style lock. While Beijing launched three rounds of mass testing this week in a number of districts, it locked down a number of residential compounds, office buildings and a university after infections were found. Some schools, entertainment venues and tourist sites have also been closed.
As access to abortion in the United States shrinks, this doctor travels to fill a void
Inside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, a quiet space with a few windows and archival photos of the city lining the walls, a woman clapped her hand against her stomach as Dr Shelly Tien was performing a surgical abortion. Tien, 40, had flown to Birmingham the day before and would be flying home to Jacksonville, Florida that night. A week earlier, she had performed abortions at a clinic in Oklahoma. She is one of about 50 doctors who cross state lines, according to the National Abortion Federation, to offer abortions in places with limited abortion access.
(With agency contributions.)