COVID-19: New hope rides on protein-based vaccines
20 December 2021 | 1:46 pm
It's hoped that protein-based vaccines will help push the global COVID-19 vaccination program in poorer countries. Those who oppose vaccination are interested in them, too.
The transformative AlphaFold neural network has predicted the structures of more than 350,000 proteins from various organisms. This could "fundamentally change biological research."
Four million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine sent by the United States arrive at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on two British Airways aircraft. Officials from the UN children’s agency UNICEF received the doses at the airport on behalf of Nigeria.
The Pan American Health Organisation launched a new platform to try to manufacture vaccines in the region as opposed to importing them. Its director also called for more donations.
Western nations have an interest in fueling Vietnam's pandemic recovery, as the EU's largest trade partner in Southeast Asia. The EU is also eager to get a geopolitical foothold in the Indo-Pacific region.
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The education board for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second biggest in the US, votes that children aged 12 or over who attend public schools in the city will have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by the start of next year. This is the first such requirement by a major education board in the US.
The African Union Special Envoy for Covid-19 response Strive Masiyiwa says African countries want to buy Covid-19 vaccines rather than keep waiting for jabs and implores producers to give the continent a fair shot at access.
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Kids under 12 years generally can't get a COVID vaccine. US authorities will rule on emergency approval for the BioNTech-Pfizer jab for 5 to 11-year-olds.
A live broadcast video from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been removed from Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. In the video, the president falsely stated that UK citizens are developing AIDS after receiving two Covid-19 vaccine doses. After the video was posted, fact-checking and governmental entities scrambled to clarify that there is no evidence to demonstrate a link between Covid-19 vaccines and the development of viruses such as HIV.
Leaders of G20 nations endorsed a landmark deal to establish a global minimum tax rate. They were, however, at odds on issues like coronavirus vaccines and fighting climate change.
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