Experts heralded the launch of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine as a turning point in the pandemic

Only a few weeks ago, Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca was being applauded for the speed with which it developed its COVID-19 vaccine.

Experts heralded the launch of the jab as a turning point in the pandemic, not least because it can be transported and stored more easily than its Pfizer/BioNTech counterpart.

The Anglo-Swedish firm also won plaudits for promising to provide the vaccine on a non-profit basis to lower- and .

Now the vaccine has become a headache, with questions about its effectiveness,

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Germany will from Saturday ban most travellers from countries hit by new, more contagious coronavirus variants to prevent a surge in infection numbers, the government said Friday.

The move, set to last until February 17, is necessary “to protect the people of Germany and to limit the entry and rapid spread of the new virus variants”, according to a government decree seen by AFP.

The affected countries are Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa, as well as the southern African kingdoms of Lesotho and Eswatini.

The entry restrictions cover arrivals by air, bus, rail and

It’s the final day of our four week home workout challenge. It’s time to sweat it out for the final time and burn some serious calories with celebrity trainer Svava Sigbertsdottir

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Remdesivir is the only antiviral drug approved for use in the U.S. against COVID-19. Credit: Gilead.

More effective antiviral treatments could be on the way after research from The University of Texas at Austin sheds new light on the COVID-19 antiviral drug remdesivir, the only treatment of its kind currently approved in the U.S. for the coronavirus.

The study is published today in the journal Molecular Cell.

Remdesivir targets a part of the that allows it to make copies of itself and spread through the body. For the first time, scientists identified a critical mechanism that the drug

(HealthDay)—The number of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) associated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine more than doubled in 2020 compared with 2018 and 2019, according to a research letter published online Jan. 26 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Justine Perez, Pharm.D., from the Grenoble Alpes University Hospital in France, and colleagues quantified the change in number and type of reported ADRs associated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 2018 and 2019.

A total of 21,305 reports of 152,201 suspected ADRs concerning chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine were extracted from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

It’s the final week of our new four week home workout series. It’s time to sweat it out yet again and burn some serious calories with celebrity trainer Svava Sigbertsdottir with this fat burning HIIT workout 

Well done for making it to the final week of our new home workout series. Are you ready to give yourself a final push? Let’s complete week four and give it 100 per cent effort!

For a series that will challenge your body while helping you to focus and organise your thoughts for the new year ahead then this challenge is one to follow.