Research Advances on Covid immunity
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- Some vaccinated COVID-19 survivors may be immune for life, according to new research.
- UK aims to offer everyone aged 50+ their second dose before June 21 to keep easing on track.
- Immunity to the coronavirus lasts at least a year, possibly a lifetime, improving over time especially after vaccination, according to two new studies. The findings may help put to rest lingering fears that protection against the virus will be short-lived.
- New Public Health England (PHE) analysis shows that individuals who receive a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine have approximately 80% lower risk of death with COVID-19 compared with unvaccinated individuals.
- The government is aiming to offer everyone aged over 50 their second coronavirus vaccination by June 21 as it battles to keep the lifting of lockdown restrictions on track.
- More than two million people in Scotland are now fully vaccinated and hopes grow of a further relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.
- Glasgow will move down from Level 3 to Level 2 from June 5 given the key indicators continue to remain stable or fall, the First minister said.
- The United States has administered almost 295 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Sunday morning and distributed 366,316,945 doses, which is more than the total US population.
- The U.S. has reported the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in more than a year, as the nation’s airports over Memorial Day weekend experienced the largest number of travelers since the pandemic began.
- Taiwan reported yesterday 266 new local COVID cases, 10 deaths, and 89 backlog cases. In response to this recent increase, the Taiwan government has signed contracts with two domestic companies to purchase a total of 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Also, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of an artificial intelligence (AI) system that will help doctors to read chest X-rays and thus more quickly detect COVID-19 infections.
- To eliminate the spread of the virus, Melbourne has entered a seven-day hard lockdown. Australia's second most populous state of Victoria, the epicentre of the country's latest coronavirus hotspot, reported 11 new cases of community transmission on Monday, taking the current cluster to 51.
- The EU's medicines agency (EMA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-15 year olds - the first jab allowed for this age group in the bloc.