Tag - covid-19-variants

 
 

COVID 19 VARIANTS

Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 21, 2021
EU backs Novavax shot as region's fifth COVID-19 vaccine
It is not clear yet how Novavax performs against the omicron variant, or whether a booster dose will be needed.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 20, 2021
Moderna says its booster dose appears protective against omicron
The data, which has not yet been peer reviewed, tested blood from people who had received the vaccine against a pseudovirus engineered to resemble the omicron variant.
Japan Times
JAPAN / First Person
Dec 20, 2021
Quarantining at home after returning to Japan? Omicron means you shouldn’t count on it.
I had settled back into the pandemic lifestyle at home after getting back from the U.K., only to be asked to again head to a quarantine hotel due to an omicron case on my flight.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 20, 2021
Most of the world’s vaccines likely won’t prevent infection from omicron
They do seem to offer significant protection against severe illness, but the consequences of rapidly spreading infection worry many public health experts.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 19, 2021
Japan's tightened entry rules over omicron to last into new year
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the government will continue with the immigration measures until more details of the new variant are known.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 18, 2021
In South African virology labs, a hunt for the next coronavirus variant
The discovery of the omicron coronavirus variant by South African and Botswanan scientists has lent urgency to efforts to isolate the virus and test its ability to evade vaccines.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Dec 18, 2021
Omicron rewrites the COVID plan for 2022
As the omicron variant gains momentum in Europe and the United States, scientists are rewriting their expectations for the COVID-19 pandemic next year.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 18, 2021
Pfizer says pandemic could extend through 2023, studies three-dose vaccine course for children
Pfizer executives said the company believed that by 2024, the disease should be endemic around the globe, meaning it would no longer be a pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 17, 2021
Fears over community spread rise after omicron slips through Japan's airport testing
Although the authorities have denied that two recent cases are instances of community spread, omicron's growth globally has made that outcome much more likely.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 17, 2021
Omicron's surge is turning London into a ghost town
Although venues are still open, trade is slowing ahead of the key peak festive period as people stay home and avoid socializing in pubs, clubs and restaurants.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 17, 2021
Scientists are racing to gauge the threat of omicron
While the omicron variant is reported to be mild, 'it's not going to be mild in everyone.” And the question is how much its rapid spread will contribute to hospitalizations and deaths.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 16, 2021
New studies raise hopes that vaccines prevent severe omicron cases
Scientists reported on several studies suggesting that T cells in vaccinated people can put up a strong defense against the variant.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 15, 2021
Health ministry formally approves Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for a booster shot
The government plans to allow booster shots six months after the second shot whenever possible — a reduced timeline from the current plan of eight months.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 15, 2021
As omicron spreads, vaccine effectiveness against severe COVID drops slightly, WHO says
The variant is probably present in most nations worldwide and should not be dismissed as 'mild,' WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 15, 2021
Conservatives abandon Boris Johnson over new COVID-19 rules
With nearly 100 lawmakers from Johnson's own party voting against him, it was a stinging rebuke of their leader that undermines his authority just as omicron threatens the country.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 15, 2021
Pfizer says COVID-19 pill near 90% protective against hospitalization and death
Recent lab data suggests the drug retains its effectiveness against the fast spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 13, 2021
Japan reports four new omicron cases at airport screening sites
The new cases of the variant, which is believed to be highly transmissible, brings the total number of infections detected in Japan to 17.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Dec 11, 2021
After a month of shifting rules, who can enter Japan?
Over the past month, Japan's border control policies have flip-flopped over the newly discovered omicron variant of the coronavirus, leaving many would-be travelers confused.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Dec 11, 2021
Two weeks into the omicron outbreak: Where to from here?
A little more than two weeks since omicron's discovery a lot has been learned about the latest coronavirus variant. A lot remains to be discovered.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 11, 2021
Boosters provide 70% to 75% omicron protection in U.K. study
The findings come as the U.K. accelerates its booster campaign in the face of the heavily mutated variant.

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