Health News Roundup: With superheroes and puppets, Philippines boosts child vaccination drive; Easing curbs in ‘COVID-zero regions’ could cause 2 million deaths in a year – China study and more

Following is a abstract of present well being information briefs.
With superheroes and puppets, Philippines boosts child vaccination drive
Ironman, Captain America, puppeteers, and performers on stilts entertained kids at a vaccination middle in the Philippines on Monday, a part of a drive to spice up its COVID-19 inoculation marketing campaign amongst its youngest residents. Artists made swords and fashions from balloons as “superheroes” posed for photos with kids aged 5 to 11 after they acquired their photographs in the capital Manila.
Easing curbs in ‘COVID-zero areas’ could cause 2 million deaths in a year – China study
Restoring regular inhabitants mobility to “COVID-zero areas” like China will cause some 2 million deaths in a year and the important thing to controlling the virus is growing vaccines which can be higher at stopping an infection, Chinese researchers mentioned. China’s “zero-COVID” restrictions have come below rising scrutiny in latest weeks because it hosts the Winter Olympics in Beijing whereas utilizing sweeping restrictions to attempt to forestall the unfold of the more infectious Omicron variant.
U.S. funding to now cowl study of Novavax’s COVID-19 shot in adolescents
Novavax Inc mentioned on Monday U.S. authorities funding for its COVID-19 vaccine had been expanded to cowl a late-stage study in adolescents with a booster part. Novavax in July 2020 had acquired $1.6 billion in funding to develop its protein-primarily based vaccine below a authorities program geared toward accelerating entry to coronavirus vaccines and therapies, previously referred to as Operation Warp Speed.
U.S. CDC urges Americans to keep away from journey to Japan, Cuba, Armenia over COVID instances
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday suggested in opposition to journey to 6 nations together with Japan, Cuba, Libya, Armenia, Oman, and the Democratic Republic of Congo over COVID-19 instances. The CDC now lists more than 130 nations and territories with COVID-19 instances as “Level Four: Very High.” It lists simply over 50 nations as “Level Three: High,” discouraging non-important journey by unvaccinated Americans.
New Zealand PM warns of more COVID variants in 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic won’t finish with the Omicron variant and New Zealand should put together for more variants of the virus this year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned on Tuesday in her first parliamentary speech for 2022. Ardern’s warning got here as a whole bunch of protesters gathered exterior the parliament constructing in the capital Wellington, demanding an finish to coronavirus restrictions and vaccine mandates.
New Jersey, California amongst states shifting to ease masks mandates as Omicron ebbs
Officials in New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, California, and Oregon mentioned on Monday they may raise indoor masks mandates for faculties and different public locations in coming weeks, looking for a return to “normalcy” as hovering COVID-19 infections fueled by the Omicron variant abate. The modifications sign a rising inclination by political leaders in these states, all led by Democrats, to take pandemic-weary residents off an emergency footing and shift towards insurance policies that deal with the virus as a part of on a regular basis life.
Nerve-stimulation system helps paralyzed sufferers stroll, cycle and swim
Three sufferers whose decrease our bodies have been left utterly paralyzed after spinal twine accidents have been in a position to stroll, cycle, and swim utilizing a nerve-stimulation system managed by a touchscreen pill, researchers reported on Monday. The sufferers’ accidents to a area referred to as the thoracic backbone – under the neck and above the bottom a part of the again – have been sustained one to 9 years earlier than receiving the remedy. They have been in a position to take their first steps inside an hour after neurosurgeons first implanted prototypes of a nerve-stimulation system remotely managed by synthetic intelligence software program.
COVID disrupts well being providers in over 90% of nations -WHO
Disruptions in fundamental well being providers equivalent to vaccination packages and remedy of ailments like AIDS have been reported in 92% of 129 nations, a World Health Organization survey on the impression of the COVID-19 pandemic confirmed on Monday. The survey, carried out in November-December 2021, confirmed providers have been “severely impacted” with “little or no enchancment” from the earlier survey in early 2021, the WHO mentioned in a assertion despatched to journalists.
Japan to think about early approval for Shionogi COVID tablet
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida mentioned on Monday the federal government would take into account granting conditional early approval for the oral COVID-19 remedy being developed by Shionogi & Co Ltd, because the agency prepares to start out a late-stage international trial. Shionogi Chief Executive Isao Teshirogi instructed reporters that the corporate could file in Japan for early approval of the drug as quickly as subsequent week and that it could ship sufficient doses for 1 million folks by the tip of March.
Many infants of mRNA-vaccinated mothers have antibodies at 6 months; Moderate COVID tied to increased childbirth dangers
The following is a abstract of some latest research on COVID-19. They embody analysis that warrants additional study to corroborate the findings and that has but to be licensed by peer assessment. Many infants have maternal mRNA-vaccine antibodies at 6 months (This story has not been edited by (*2*) employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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