Philippine Lawyers, Opposition Politicians Rip Duterte for Threat to Jail Vaccine Dodgers

A lawyers group and opposition politicians slammed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday for threatening to arrest Filipinos who refused to be inoculated against COVID-19, with one attorney saying there was no legal basis for the leader’s warning. Critics described Duterte’s remarks during a nationally televised rant the night before as the wrong response to […]

No vaccine hesitancy in India: Survey

New Delhi: There is no vaccine hesitancy in India. Belying the narrative put forward by a section of the media, the latest IANS CVoter Covid Tracker shows that overall, 80 per cent in India are pro-vaccine, which is almost 10 per cent more positive than the American public sentiment on vaccines. Yashwant Deshmukh, Founder-Director of […]

Hungary in the safest green zone – where can we travel from now on?

According to the freshly published epidemiological map of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Hungary is in the safest green zone. As a result, Hungarians can visit two more popular foreign destinations without any test or certificate. In the last three months, the epidemiological data of Hungary has significantly improved. The low […]

St Vincent’s Healthcare Group rejects calls to sell site of new NMH

The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has rejected calls to sell the site of the new National Maternity Hospital. In a statement, the group said that for the delivery of integrated patient care on the Elm Park Campus, it must retain ownership of the site. It said the views of the hospital on this matter were […]

Poorer nations short of Covid vax supply: WHO

IANS File Photo London, June 22 (IANS): Many poorer countries lack Covid-19 vaccine doses to continue with their inoculation programmes, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. WHO senior adviser Dr Bruce Aylward said the Covax programme — the international vaccine-sharing initiative — had delivered 90 million doses to 131 countries, but it is nowhere […]

Brussels starts offering Johnson & Johnson vaccine to under-41s tonight

All adults living in the Brussels-Capital Region, including those under 41 years old, will be able to register to voluntarily get vaccinated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine from Tuesday evening. As is already the case in Flanders, under-41s living in Brussels will also be able to indicate their willingness to get the single-dose […]

Moderna’s president talks COVID-19 and vaccine technology

Soon after a new coronavirus began spreading around the world, little-known vaccine developer Moderna began working with the U.S. National Institutes of Health to create a vaccine using a new technology. That vaccine is now one of the pillars of the U.S. COVID-19 response, with 130 million doses administered just six months after regulators authorized […]

COVID-19 update: 21,958 more shots, 6 more deaths, 191 new cases

State health officials announced today that 21,958 more doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to Illinois residents and workers across the state. That brings the total number of doses administered statewide to 12,260,505, with Illinois Department of Public Health officials now reporting 46.8% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. IDPH records show vaccine […]

Digital Media on the Frontline: Supporting the Ones who Support the Rest

Workers during the pandemic, both frontline and those who worked from home reported high levels of stress. Credit: John Alvin Merin / Unsplash NEW YORK, Jun 22 2021 (IPS) – For Dr Farzana Khan, a frontline worker and a second-generation immigrant from Pakistan living in California, social media helped her connect and realign herself during […]

Rand Paul Sows Confusion by Wrongly Implying COVID Survivors Don’t Need Vaccine

Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) posted a Twitter thread asserting that people who have survived a covid-19 infection were unlikely to be reinfected and have better immunity against variants than those who have been vaccinated against — but not infected by — SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid. The social media communication represented his […]