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Covid in China: Fish tested amid Xiamen outbreak

More than five million people have been ordered to undergo Covid-19 testing in the coastal Chinese city of Xiamen this week, after some 40 cases of the virus were detected. But they're not the only ones who have been ordered to get tested: an official notice states that some forms of sealife are also expected to join the latest mass-testing drive.
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Covid booster rollout of dual-strain jab to start on 5 September

The rollout of the UK’s dual-strain Covid vaccine is set to start on 5 September, the NHS has announced, as it prepares to give boosters to millions of Britons ahead of winter.Some 26 million people are to be offered a Covid jab as part of the autumn booster programme, including all over-50s and those with compromised immune systems.Care home residents and people who are housebound will be vaccinated first during the week of 5 September, before the rollout is widened to the over-75s and those susceptible to serious illness in the following week.Moderna’s dual-strain vaccine, which offers protection against the...
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A-level results: More disadvantaged students set for university than pre-Covid

Thousands more students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds have been accepted onto university courses this year compared to the last time students sat A-level exams before the pandemic. Around 6,800 of this group got the grades needed for their first or second choice university - a rise from 3,770 in 2019, according to Ucas. “We’re encouraged to see early indications of a continued increase in the rate of disadvantaged students gaining places,” John Blake from the Office for Students said. It came as hundreds of thousands of pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland found out their marks on...
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International Business Times

2 Florida Residents Die From Bacterial Infection After Eating Raw Oysters

Two Florida residents died weeks apart due to a bacterial infection after consuming raw oysters. In both cases, the oysters came from Louisiana. One of them had visited a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, called Rustic Inn Crabhouse, in July. The Florida Department of Health confirmed it was investigating a person's death linked to the restaurant, NBC 6 reported.
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CDC director announces shake-up, citing COVID mistakes

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the nation’s top public health agency on Wednesday announced a shake-up of the organization, saying it fell short responding to COVID-19 and needs to become more nimble. The planned changes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — CDC leaders...
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Arcturus Reports Durability Data Against Omicron Variants, Including BA.5, at Six-Month Timepoint Following Booster with ARCT-154 COVID-19 Vaccine

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 18, 2022-- Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (the “Company”, “Arcturus”, “Arcturus Therapeutics”, Nasdaq: ARCT), a global, late-stage clinical messenger RNA medicines company focused on the development of infectious disease vaccines and significant opportunities within liver and respiratory rare diseases, today announced updated data from its ongoing ARCT-154 booster clinical trial. The new results demonstrate broad neutralizing antibody response against Omicron variants of concern, including BA.5, lasting for up to at least six months after administration of low-dose (5 mcg) ARCT-154 booster. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220818005266/en/ Exploratory pseudovirus microneutralization (MNT) assay results...
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Rapid collaborations drive research in COVID-19 and beyond

In 2001, the National Academy of Medicine reported that it took about 17 years to translate research findings into U.S. clinical practice. The AMA leads the charge on public health. Our members are the frontline of patient care, expanding access to care for underserved patients and developing key prevention strategies.
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How Long Will It Take to Understand Long Covid?

Rachel Robles contracted Covid in March 2020. The 27-year-old data analyst has not gone a single day without symptoms since. Most doctors did not believe her when she described how she had gone from running the Brooklyn Half Marathon the previous year to enduring such crippling fatigue that her couch felt like quicksand. How she suddenly struggled to put numbers together, despite her technical training. How no matter how many breaths she took, she always felt starved for air.
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