Shanghai reports zero Covid cases for first time in months

BEIJING: China reported zero new Covid-19 infections in Shanghai for the first time since March on Saturday, as the country’s latest outbreak subsides after months of lockdowns and other restrictions. China is the last major economy committed to a zero-Covid strategy, stamping out all infections with a combination of targeted lockdowns, mass testing and long … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna ‘provides good clinical protection’ against Omicron subvariants

Moderna’s experimental Omicron booster generates high levels of antibodies that neutralize subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, according to preliminary clinical trial data. Key points: Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are becoming the dominant forms of COVID-19 in Australia and abroad New data from Moderna shows an updated booster tailored to Omicron generates high levels of antibodies … Read more

Sorry, Omicron Probably Doesn’t Protect You Against Reinfection

What did the study find? “The message is a little bleak, ” said Professor Danny Altmann, from Imperial’s department of immunology and inflammation. “Omicron and its variants are great at breakthrough, but bad at inducing immunity, thus we get reinfections ad nauseam, and a badly depleted workforce,” The researchers looked at blood samples from UK … Read more

north korea: North Korea’s missile tests cost up to $650 million: Report

SEOUL: North Korea has spent up to $650 million on missile tests this year — enough money to pay for a Covid-19 vaccination for the impoverished country’s entire population, a government-affiliated think tank in Seoul said Thursday. Pyongyang has conducted a record-breaking 18 weapons tests this year, and continued to launch missiles even after confirming … Read more

What We Know About BA.4 and BA.5 – NBC Chicago

Two new omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5 are gaining traction in the US, but how transmissible are they and what do we know about them? Here’s a breakdown of the newest mutations and what they could signal in the pandemic. What are BA.4 and BA.5? BA.4 and BA.5 are subvariants of omicron. The … Read more

Ontario lifts most remaining mask mandates as of Saturday

Masks will no longer be required in most of the last places where they were still mandatory, including public transit, as of Saturday, the province’s chief medical officer of health announced Wednesday. “With high vaccination rates and Ontario’s COVID-19 situation continuing to improve, most of the province’s remaining provincial masking requirements, including on public transit, … Read more

We Can’t Keep Getting The Same Formula in COVID-19 Booster Shots, Says Immunologist

Being up to date on COVID-19 vaccines means having had three or four doses of the same shot at this point. Current boosters are the same formulations as the first authorized shots, based on the original strain of the coronavirus that emerged in late 2019. They do still protect against severe COVID-19, hospitalizations and deaths. … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: Beijing opens up restaurants, cinemas as China eases burbs

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 6:17 a.m. Hong Kong is seeing Covid-19 cases climb again, with the number of new infections at a six-week high amid a growing cluster that originated at a group … Read more

beijing: Beijing to allow indoor dining, further easing Covid curbs

BEIJING -Beijing will further relax Covid-19 curbs by allowing indoor dining, as China’s capital steadily returns to normal with falling inflections, state media said on Sunday. Beijing and the commercial hub Shanghai have been returning to normal in recent days after two months of painful lockdowns to crush outbreaks of the Omicron variant. Dine-in service … Read more

COVID news: COVID infection risks, Paxlovid, cases, variants

In this stock photo, registered medical assistant Elaine Lomax handles a nasal swab specimen after it was collected at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site Thursday, April 16, 2020, in St. Louis. Jeff Robertson AP In the United States, more than 84 million people have tested positive for coronavirus as of Friday, June 3, according to … Read more