Medicines agency says EU is seeing ‘new wave’ of COVID-19

The Hague the Netherlands — A senior official at the European Union’s medicines agency said on Thursday that many countries in the bloc are seeing a new wave of COVID-19, driven by highly transmissible mutations of the ommicron variant. Marco Cavaleri of the European Medicines Agency told an online briefing that the BA.4 and BA.5 … Read more

S Korean group drives balloons north amid hostilities | Health, medicine and fitness

By HYUNG-JIN KIM – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean activist said on Thursday that he has launched more massive balloons carrying COVID-19 relief supplies toward North Korea, days after the North vowed to crack down on such activities and a highly questionable claimed they were a source of the virus. … Read more

17 Million Canadians Got Omicron in 5 Months, New Federal Report Says

Some sobering numbers from Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force reveal how quickly the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and its subvariants spread across the country in late 2021 and the early months of this year. The task force illustrates that in just five months, between December 2021 and May 2022, 17 million Canadians were infected, the … Read more

Buy the dip in China’s markets despite Covid concerns: BOFA Securities

Short-term corrections in China’s stock markets could be a buying opportunity for investors, says a Bank of America Securities strategist. Winnie Wu, a Chinese strategist at the investment bank, acknowledged that there is still potential volatility from the evolving Covid situation in China, and that more bad news is on the horizon as Covid cases … Read more

Hot labor market and large layoffs continue despite threat of recession

Mixetto | E+ | Getty Images Workers are still reaping the benefits of a hot job market characterized by few layoffs, many job openings and high levels of voluntary departures, according to data from the US Department of Labor released Wednesday. The numbers show that the pandemic-era trend known as the Great Resignation is still … Read more

COVID-19 fourth-dose boosters offered to all people over 30

The country’s expert vaccine advisory body recommended that everyone over the age of 50 receive a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Most important points: ATAGI has recommended that people over 50 receive a fourth dose of the COVID vaccine A fourth dose can also be offered to people aged 30 to 49 years The … Read more

Teens and Mental Health; Plus, ‘all-in-one’ vaccine

InnovationRx is your weekly overview of healthcare news. To get it in your inbox, subscribe here† tThe mental health of American teens is declining as Generation Z faces a global pandemic and epidemic of gun violence in the United States. While overall rates of anxiety and depression remained relatively stable in the first year of … Read more

Britain’s Boris Johnson fights to remain prime minister during uprising | Health, medicine and fitness

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS – Associated Press LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fought to remain in office on Wednesday, brushing aside calls for his resignation after three cabinet ministers and a slew of senior officials said they could no longer serve under his scandal-plagued leadership. Johnson rejected demands that he … Read more

‘Taken too soon’: Remembering victims of Highland Park shootings | Health, medicine and fitness

By CLAIRE SAVAGE and HARM VENHUIZEN – The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) – Two of the victims of a July 4 mass murder in a Chicago suburb left behind a 2-year-old son. Another was staying with relatives in Illinois after being injured in a car accident about two months earlier. For some it was a … Read more

The COVID-19 positivity rate in San Antonio is the highest since the ommicron wave

SAINT ANTONIE – The COVID-19 positivity rate in San Antonio is the highest since the surge of the Omicron variant at the start of the year. The San Antonio Metro Health Department said Tuesday the positivity rate is 25.45 percent (it last reached that number in February), and the seven-day moving average stands at 949 … Read more