COVID-19 roundup: Global cases on decline, latest recommendations by WHO

Highlights Global COVID-19 cases are falling since mid-March China’s capital city Beijing began three rounds of COVID-19 testing for all residents of its largest district, Chaoyang, on Monday WHO has suggested Pfizer's oral antiviral dru...

COVID-19 booster dose for Aussie kids? Here’s what ATAGI says

Highlights According to ATAGI, adolescents aged 12-15 years do not require a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine COVID-19-related severe illness is very rare in adolescents in the age group of 12-15, and a primary series of vaccinat...

Moderna recalls vaccine doses- here’s why

Highlights Moderna has recalled over 700000 doses of its Covid-19 vaccine produced by contract manufacturer Rovi. The exact substance found in the vial is not yet disclosed, and no safety issues have been identified; but the entire lot is recal...

‘Telephone voting’ option likely for people who test COVID+ on May 21

Highlights Australian Electoral Commission will start a telephone voting system for those who will be in isolation on poll day (21 May 2022). People who cannot attend voting booths are encouraged to apply for a postal vote, which will be accept...

Is Australia speeding towards a twindemic?

Highlights Experts have suggested the possibility of a twindemic approaching Australia during the winter season. A twindemic refers to a possibility of a severe seasonal flu occurring alongside a rise in COVID-19 infections. It seems crucial f...

COVID-19: What do we know about XE variant reported in UK?

Highlights A new COVID-19 variant, XE, has marked its presence in the United Kingdom XE is a recombinant version of Omicron strain BA.1 and BA.2 So far, there is no sufficient proof to draw conclusions about the new strain’s transmissibi...

COVID-19: Winter booster dose recommended for vulnerable groups

Highlights ATAGI has recommended an additional booster dose of COVID-19 for certain population groups in Australia The additional booster dose will be the fifth dose for severely immunocompromised people Comirnaty (Pfizer) and Spikevax (Modern...

Latest updates on COVID vaccine for children under 6 years of age

In a significant development, Biotech firm Moderna has shared interim data from its COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA-1273) Phase 2/3 KidCOVE research in children aged 6 months to under 2 years and 2 years to under 6 years. After a 25 μg two-dose primary ...

Insight into surging COVID-19 infections across the globe    

Highlights Despite its strict "zero-COVID" policy, COVID cases in China are on the rise. As of 21 March, China has reported 11,180 new cases in the last 24 hours. Hong Kong is set to lift a ban on flights and ease its social distancing restric...

New COVID-19 variant detected in Israel

Highlights Cases of new COVID-19 variant have been recorded in Israel. The new variant is said to be a combination of Omicron’s dominant subvariants BA.1 and BA.2 Israel has granted exemption to those travelling from Ukraine for COVID te...