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BioNTech says it will know in 2 weeks whether the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Pfizer works against the new variant rapidly spreading in southern Africa

11 days ago   |   By Business Insider

BioNTech says it's testing the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Pfizer against the new variant that appears to have emerged in southern Africa. Peter Kovalev/TASS/Getty Images
BioNTech is testing its COVID-19 vaccine against a rapidly-spreading variant, the Financial Times reported.
The B.1.1.529 variant has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, and Israel.
BioNTech said it would know in two weeks whether its shot works against the variant.
BioNTech says it's testing the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Pfizer against the new variant that appears to have emerged in...
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Belgium records Europe's first case of the new coronavirus variant spreading in southern Africa

11 days ago   |   By Business Insider

A coronavirus vaccine vial. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images Belgium recorded its first case of the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading across southern Africa, its health minister said Friday. Frank Vandenbroucke announced that the B1.1.529 variant was found in an unvaccinated traveler who entered Belgium and tested positive on November 22, De Morgen reported. Previous cases had been restricted to South Africa, Botswana, and a single case in Hong Kong. This story is developing. Please check back for updates. Read the original article on Business Insider
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A leading infectious diseases expert has pleaded with Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett to help fight coronavirus variants in Africa

11 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Doctors Without Borders nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose performs a COVID-19 test on a health worker at the Vlakfontein Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 13, 2020. Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images
South Africa's top infectious diseases expert has asked billionaires to help fight coronavirus variants in Africa.
Tulio de Oliveira said Africa needs financial support "to control and extinguish variants."
His plea comes amid concerns about a "worrying" new variant that has spread fast across southern Africa.
South Africa's leading infectious diseases expert has appealed to the world's...
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Shanghai limits transport due to COVID, cuts tourism

Shanghai limits transport due to COVID, cuts tourism

11 days ago   |   By Travel and Tour World

Local COVID-19 cases in eastern parts of China prompted Shanghai city to limit tourism activities. Nearby city to cut public transportation services, as China insists on zero-tolerance against letting clusters spread.
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UK urgently brings travel restrictions to stop COVID-19 spreading

UK urgently brings travel restrictions to stop COVID-19 spreading

11 days ago   |   By Travel and Tour World

Britain is bringing in travel restrictions for six African countries due to a new COVID-19 variant.
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New report from WTTC and Trip.com Group reveals latest consumer trends and the shift in traveller behaviours

New report from WTTC and Trip.com Group reveals latest consumer trends and the shift in traveller behaviours

11 days ago   |   By Travel and Tour World

The World Travel & Tourism Council and Trip.com Group have launched ‘Trending in Travel', a new report that shows the latest trends traveller behaviour and future booking patterns in the wake of COVID-19.
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Rise of a new coronavirus variant in Africa looks like the disaster scenario experts warned of if rich nations hoarded vaccines for themselves

11 days ago   |   By Business Insider

A man receiving a coronavirus vaccination on a train in South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo
A new coronavirus variant was found in southern Africa. Experts worry it could be the worst so far.
Scientist had warned that a dangerous new variant could emerge if there isn't global vaccine access.
They said all countries need vaccines before wealthy ones get boosters. Rich nations didn't listen.
As coronavirus vaccines were produced, approved, and rolled out, health experts said the doses needed to make it around the world, not just to the richest countries. This was needed, they...
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'A black Black Friday': Here's what analysts are saying as global stocks plunge on fears about new COVID variant

11 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Global stocks plunged Friday. Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Global stocks are cratering after a new, highly mutated COVID variant was discovered in South Africa.
Analysts said volatility would be worsened by poor liquidity, with US trading limited by Thanksgiving.
Another said investors are simply taking no chance as they wait for more details about the new variant.
Global stocks are being hammered on Friday after a new, heavily mutated COVID variant was identified in South Africa, causing countries to limit travel and sparking fears of another wave of cases. Scientists are racing to find out...
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Israel has reported its first COVID-19 case involving a 'worrying' new coronavirus variant that's spreading fast in southern Africa

11 days ago   |   By Business Insider

An Israeli woman receives a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Ramat Ha Sharon on July 30, 2021. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner
Israel has reported its first COVID-19 case involving a "worrying" new coronavirus variant.
The B.1.1.529 variant was detected in a person traveling to Israel from Malawi, the Israeli health ministry said.
The variant, which appears to have emerged in southern Africa, is concerning experts .
Israel has identified its first COVID-19 case involving a "worrying" new coronavirus variant that is spreading fast in southern Africa. The variant, known as B.1.1.529...
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