COVID-19 vaccine boosters not widely needed: FDA, WHO scientists

Additional COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are not needed for the general population, leading scientists including two departing senior U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and several from the World Health Organization said in an article published in medical journal Lancet. The scientists said more evidence was needed to justify boosters. That view disagrees with the U.S. government plans to begin …

Shanghai to start vaccination for foreign minors

The Chinese city of Shanghai, on the country’s central coast, started administering novel coronavirus disease vaccines to foreign recipients aged between 12 and 17 in the city on Wednesday, September 15, according to the office of the city’s epidemic prevention and control workgroup. These foreign minors in the country’s biggest city can voluntarily use their passports, international travel documents, or …

Tsina sa Amerika at ibang bansa: dapat itakda ang plano ng aksyon sa karapatang-pantao

Ipinanawagan ng Tagapagsalita ng Ministring Panlabas ng Tsina sa Amerika, Kanada, Pransya, Alemanya, Hapon at iba pang bansang madalas gumagawa ng usapin sa karapatang-pantao, na itakda ang sariling pambansang plano ng aksyon ayon sa pandaigdigang pamantayan, para igarantiya ang karapatang-pantao ng kanilang mga mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng aktuwal na aksyon. Sa kanyang talumpati sa ngalan ng mahigit 40 bansa sa …

Space log: Understanding life support systems aboard China’s space station

Life support systems, which regenerate air, water and other resources, are crucial for the sustainable operation of China’s space station, an Astronaut Center of China official said. China has five such systems at the space station. One is for gas regeneration and purification, including the removal of carbon dioxide and harmful gases. Others include water electrolysis to make oxygen, urine …

WHO calls for wealthy countries to share more COVID-19 vaccine doses

The World Health Organization is calling for wealthy countries to speed up redistribution of COVID vaccines to 92 low- and middle-income countries. Former co-chairs of the WHO’s Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia, and Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand, in a report earlier this year called for one billion …

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen to retire from F1 at end of 2021

Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo Racing will retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, the 41-year-old Finnish racer confirmed last week. Raikkonen posted on Instagram: “This is it. This will be my last season in Formula 1. This is a decission I did during last winter. It was not an easy decision but after this season it is …

EU, AstraZeneca reach agreement on vaccine supply dispute

The European Union and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca have reached an agreement after a dispute on Covid-19 vaccine delivery schedules, announced a spokesperson. The settlement will ensure the delivery of the remaining vaccine doses still due to EU member states, and put an end to a lawsuit that the EU had launched against the pharmaceutical company before the Brussels Court, explained …

China rolls out measures to nurture cultural and creative products

China rolled out a set of measures to nurture creative cultural products at cultural and arts institutions, including museums, libraries, art galleries, memorial halls and other cultural sites across the country. A document detailing the measures was jointly issued by eight cultural and finance departments, including the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Finance, State Administration for Market Regulation …

NCOV UPDATE 9/8

As of 6 p.m. on September 8, there were over 222 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll reaching 4.6 million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 199 million recoveries. The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 41 million confirmed cases and some 669,000 …