Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promoted the anti-influenza drug Avignan, saying his country would “expand to the greatest possible extent its administration to patients wishing to take it,” The Japan Times reported in late April. The news organization said a Chinese study found the drug to be effective, especially among patients with mild symptoms, so Beijing is including it in treatment guidelines. But the drug – also known as favipiravir – may cause birth defects. … [Read more...] about Madagascar’s COVID-19 ‘Cure’ Raises Pride, Health Concerns and Political Risks
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President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered the government to work out a reopening plan for mosques and beaches, according to a statement read on state television. It will start with large mosques in big cities, where masks and social distancing measures will be required. … [Read more...] about The Latest: Italian air traffic picking up post lockdown
In the US, before those vaccines are licensed, a rigorous vaccine safety system ensures that they are safe and effective, involving multiple rounds of testing and clinical trials. Backed by the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC, this system upholds, in the words of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the safety and "scientific integrity" of any new vaccine. Even with the accelerated timelines attempted in the development of a coronavirus vaccine, safety is still prioritized by what doctors describe as many steps being executed in parallel compared to the traditional linear, years-long model of vaccine development. … [Read more...] about Will a Covid-19 vaccine signal an end to the anti-vaccine movement?