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Judge rejects AstraZeneca’s challenge to Medicare drug price negotiations

U.S. District Judge Colm Connolly's decision comes one day before manufacturers have to respond to Medicare's initial price offers for their drugs.

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CVS and Walgreens to start selling abortion pill mifepristone this month 

CVS and Walgreens have received certification from the FDA to dispense the commonly used mifepristone at their retail pharmacies, spokespeople told CNBC.

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CDC updates Covid isolation guidelines for people who test positive

The shift in guidance comes as Covid hospitalizations and deaths continue to fall.

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Thousands more appointments hit by doctor strike

The NHS England said 91,000 appointments and procedures were cancelled due to the walkout this week.

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Medicaid challenges leave many Black Americans uninsured

In 2022, Black people were 1.5 times more likely to be uninsured than their white peers, according to a report from KFF.

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More than one billion people now obese - study

Researchers say there is an urgent need to change how the condition is tackled as it rises worldwide.

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Outages from Change Healthcare cyberattack causing financial 'mess' for doctors

Providers are facing growing financial pressures as crucial reimbursement systems remain down following the cyberattack on Change Healthcare.

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Here is Eli Lilly's competitive edge in GLP-1 obesity drugs and Abbott's secondary play

Every weekday, the Investing Club releases the Homestretch; an actionable afternoon update just in time for the last hour of trading.

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Ransomware group Blackcat is behind cyberattack on UnitedHealth division, company says

Change Healthcare confirmed that ransomware group Blackcat is behind the ongoing cybersecurity attack that's been impacting its systems since last week.

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Oprah Winfrey is leaving WeightWatchers board and giving away all her stock at critical weight loss moment

WeightWatchers' embrace of weight loss and obesity drugs is a big deal, but the market still isn't sold on its future, and Oprah's departure doesn't help.

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We need assisted dying vote after report - Rantzen

A cross-party group of MPs found evidence of care benefits in countries that allow assisted dying.

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Pfizer RSV vaccine maintains protection in older adults over two seasons in trial

The results come ahead of a meeting of an advisory panel to the CDC, which will consider whether seniors should take RSV shots annually or every other year.

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What are assisted dying, assisted suicide and euthanasia?

Many countries have legalised assisted dying, assisted suicide or euthanasia, which are different.

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Why are measles cases rising and what is the MMR vaccine?

Young people are being encouraged to have the MMR jab, as cases of measles rise across England.

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Measles campaign shows children pleading for jabs

Health officials want to remind busy parents in England of the serious risks if vaccinations are missed.

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Novavax stock falls 20% as vaccine maker misses quarterly estimates, sees sluggish 2024 sales

Novavax narrowed its losses in the quarter compared to the same period a year ago, even as demand for Covid products continues to plummet worldwide. 

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Healthy Returns: The newest treatment use for weight loss drugs? Liver disease

Zealand Pharma, Eli Lilly show the potential of treating liver disease with weight loss drugs, while the Change Healthcare outage continues after a cyberattack.

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CDC advisers recommend spring Covid boosters for older adults

People 65 and older should get another shot to protect against the virus, they said Wednesday.

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Smokers increasingly overestimate vape risk - study

Fewer smokers see vapes as less harmful, despite evidence tobacco is far less healthy, data suggests.

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The pet drugs vets are now prescribing look a lot more like human medications

New drug treatment options are coming for cats and dogs as the divide between animal and human health is starting to narrow.

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One down one to go — what we learned from TJX's great quarter and hope to hear from Salesforce

The Investing Club holds its "Morning Meeting" every weekday at 10:20 a.m. ET.

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Concerns raised over surgeon at children's hospital

Experts are reviewing the concerns raised about the former Great Ormond Street Hospital surgeon.

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Talking therapies may help menopause mood - study

Cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness can help with low mood and anxiety, research suggests.

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Viking Therapeutics stock jumps 120% after positive weight loss drug trial results

Analysts have suggested that larger pharmaceutical companies could potentially move to acquire a company like Viking Therapeutics. 

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Hims & Hers soars 31% on rapid growth in mental health, weight loss and dermatology treatments

Shares of Hims & Hers Health popped Tuesday after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly results.

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Viking stock doubled Tuesday. Here's where the next moves in the obesity space could come from

Anti-obesity drugmakers Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly have a huge lead on their competition, but it's coming.

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Huawei spinoff Honor developing a smart ring after Samsung debuts its own wearable

Chinese electronics maker Honor is developing a smart ring, its CEO said, a day after Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy Ring.

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Ministers consider new vaping tax at Budget

Ministers fear that the relatively cheap cost of vaping makes it more accessible for young people.

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How dangerous is vaping and what is the disposable vape ban?

Vaping is far safer than smoking but the government wants to stop the sale of vapes to children

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The 11 GRANOLAS stocks power Europe to record highs, drawing Magnificent Seven comparisons

Over the last 12 months, just 11 stocks made up half of the gains that powered the pan-European Stoxx 600 stock index to a record-high close on Friday.

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New sickle cell gene therapies are a breakthrough, but solving how to pay their high prices is a struggle

Breakthrough sickle cell treatments are available in the U.S., but their high cost is forcing insurers to get creative.

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College to offer free medical degrees after $1bn gift

The record-breaking donation came from a 93-year-old former professor, who is the widow of a wealthy investor.

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Samsung debuts a 'smart ring' with health-tracking features — its first foray into the product category

Samsung's Galaxy Ring, its latest wearable, is launching with tracking features including heart rate and sleep monitoring.

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Highmark Health says it's combining tech from Google and Epic to give doctors easier access to information

Highmark Health on Monday announced it is integrating technology from Google Cloud and Epic Systems.

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UnitedHealth subsidiary Change Healthcare down for a fourth day following cyberattack

Change Healthcare's systems are down for the fourth day in a row after parent company UnitedHealth disclosed a suspected cyberattack.

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Moderna stock jumps after company posts surprise quarterly profit even as Covid vaccine sales plunge

Moderna reiterated its full-year 2024 sales guidance of roughly $4 billion.

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Novavax stock jumps after company settles dispute over canceled Covid vaccine purchase

The total amount Novavax will pay depends on whether Gavi decides to order more Covid shots from the cash-strapped company over the next five years.

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'Recovering from food addiction is like walking a tiger'

Writer Bryony Gordon opens up on her OCD, food addiction and health inequality.

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Jim Cramer says buy this data center equipment firm despite its weak guidance

Jim Cramer said Wednesday he still likes shares of Vertiv Holdings due to its exposure to the data center market.

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Nearly all doctors feel burnout, but many are encouraged by potential of AI, survey says

Doctors are struggling with burnout, staffing shortages and overwhelming administrative workloads, but many believe AI can help, a new survey found.

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AbbVie taps longtime executive Robert Michael as new CEO, succeeding Richard Gonzalez

Michael, who is AbbVie's chief operating officer, will become the company's second-ever CEO since the company spun out from Abbott Laboratories in 2013. 

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Healthy Returns: The launch of breakthrough Alzheimer’s drug Leqembi is off to a slow start

The Alzheimer's drug Leqembi from Biogen and Eisai is seeing a slow launch, but demand is rising. Meanwhile, headsets are making some users nauseous.

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'This is the mental health moment': Innovation and M&A are helping to boost these stocks to new heights

Two recent M&A announcements by big pharma are creating excitement among investors. Here's who is poised to benefit.

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Largest Covid-19 vaccine study yet finds links to health conditions

More than 13.5 billion doses of Covid vaccines have been administered globally over the past three years. A small proportion were injured by the shots, stoking debate about their benefits versus harms.

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How common is King's incidental cancer diagnosis?

Being diagnosed with cancer during treatment for another condition is something many experience.

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What is the UK Covid inquiry and how does it work?

The second round of public hearings examined how ministers made decisions during the pandemic.

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'There are loads of people that vape at school'

A group of teenagers in Fife have been making a documentary about the impact of disposable vapes.

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Sunak reveals he fasts at beginning of the week

The PM says he tries to fast at the start of the week so he can indulge in his “weakness for sugary things” on other days.

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UK Covid inquiry comes to Scotland… in 90 seconds

The BBC's Kirsten Campbell outlines what can be expected during three weeks of evidence held in Edinburgh.

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Nearly 10,000 died from Covid-19 last month, fuelled by gatherings and new variant, WHO says

Almost 10,000 Covid-19 deaths were reported in December, the WHO said, as it warned the virus remained a threat despite partially passing under the radar.

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What to do if you have Covid

No Covid restrictions are in place across the UK, so how should you manage having it?

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WHO classifies JN.1 coronavirus strain as ‘variant of interest’

The strain makes up an estimated 15 per cent to 29 per cent of cases in the US, and some infections have been detected in China, though the public health risk remains low.

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Defending Eat Out to Help Out - PM's day at Covid inquiry

Arriving amongst protests, Rishi Sunak defends his time as chancellor during the pandemic, as he gives evidence to the Covid inquiry.

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Error to open pubs not schools, Covid inquiry told

The ex-children's commissioner in England says most senior officials did not put children first.

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Nobel Medicine Prize 2023: how Katalin Kariko helped pave way for Covid-19 vaccine discoveries

Katalin Kariko’s obsession with researching mRNA to fight disease once cost her a faculty position at a prestigious US university. Now, her pioneering work has won her the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

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Anti-Covid drug molnupiravir may have led to virus mutations, study says

Pharmaceutical giant Merck’s antiviral pill molnupiravir was one of the earliest treatments rolled out during the pandemic to prevent Covid becoming more severe in vulnerable people.

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What you need to know about Covid as new variant rises

Hospital admissions have risen since the summer and a new variant is spreading. Should we be concerned?

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WHO warns of ‘concerning’ Covid-19 trends ahead of winter

Covid-19 death toll is on the rise again in the Middle East and Asia, while intensive care unit admissions are increasing in Europe, the WHO says.

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Covid and flu winter jabs to be brought forward

Vaccines for the most vulnerable will start being given in September instead of October in England.

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Should we be worried about Covid this winter?

Experts are not too concerned about a new variant of Covid but say monitoring should continue.

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How much do junior doctors really get paid?

The BBC asked two junior doctors in England to show us their payslips and reveal their salaries.

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WHO classifies Eris as Covid-19 ‘variant of interest’

The fast-spreading variant also known as Eris, the most prevalent in the United States, also has been detected in China, South Korea, Japan and Canada, among other countries.

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Pioneer of mRNA vaccine touts technology’s promise while in Hong Kong for award, recalls how Covid placed her in spotlight

Hungarian-American biochemist Professor Katalin Kariko hopes mRNA science can be used for wound-healing and to prevent or treat other conditions, even cancer.

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Hong Kong can attract pharmaceutical giants by having own drug regulatory system, health chief says while citing need for R&D in Covid aftermath

Health secretary Lo Chung-mau says firms are often spurred to carry out research where a regulator is based.

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Cheap diabetes drug cuts risk of long Covid by 40 per cent, study shows

The findings on metformin – the most common medication for treating type 2 diabetes – could be a ‘landmark’ in the fight against the little-understood condition.

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Hong Kong gloves tycoon pivots to produce Covid-killing reusable masks with lifespan of up to 4 years

Entrepreneur Juliana Lam founded Innotier, whose mask she says can instantly eliminate 99 per cent of the coronavirus and last for up to 200 washes.

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: parents warned about rise of other respiratory illnesses despite Covid wave peaking

HKU experts sound alert on flu, RSV and pneumococcal infections, with children and elderly most at risk.

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Covid Hong Kong: daily caseloads will drop soon, pandemic advisers forecast, with current ‘small wave’ no cause for alarm

Professor Lau Yu-lung from HKU says city experienced an expected ‘small wave’ and there is no need for concern as most people have immunity.

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Beyond Covid-19, WHO chief hopes for ‘historic’ pandemic accord

WHO member countries have begun negotiations towards an international agreement aimed to ensure the world is better equipped to prevent or more effectively respond the next time a pandemic hits.

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: daily caseloads hit 10,000, but health chief says outbreak manageable amid high vaccination rate, lower Covid severity

But Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau assures public high vaccination rate and lower severity of illness mean outbreak still manageable.

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: US drug maker Moderna says bivalent Covid vaccine approved for local use, marking second such jab available in city

Bivalent vaccines target Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, with the first such jab by BioNTech introduced in December.

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Hong Kong experts urge city to stay vigilant as WHO declares end to Covid-19 global public health emergency

Residents advised to get vaccines and booster shots to keep themselves safe because ‘battle is far from over’.

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Singapore’s Covid cases are on the rise, but most young children aren’t fully protected by jabs

Only 28 per cent of children aged five to 11 have ‘minimum protection’ against the disease, according to the city state’s Health Ministry, as weekly Covid case numbers top 27,000.

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WHO says Covid deaths down 95 per cent this year, hopeful of declaring end of emergency phase

WHO chief says hopeful of moving out of Covid emergency phase ‘sometime this year’.

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Private doctors in Hong Kong allowed to order more Covid-19 oral drugs from government to help tackle surge in cases

Family doctors had warned they were running out of oral antivirals Paxlovid and molnupiravir as cases climbed in the past two weeks.

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Mobile printer for mRNA vaccine patches could be used for ‘next Covid’, scientists say

These ‘microneedle patches’ can be self-administered, are relatively painless, and could be more palatable to the vaccine-hesitant.

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WHO warns Covid pandemic remains volatile, ‘still a lot of people dying’

In the last 28 days, more than 23,000 deaths and three million new cases have been reported to the World Health Organization.

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Hong Kong has dumped 50,000 Covid vaccine doses since start of inoculation drive, including improperly stored stock

Wastage inevitable and proportion of discarded jabs, at 0.2 per cent, small, medical experts say.

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong detects 7 cases of highly infectious Omicron subvariant that has caused alarm overseas, authorities confirm

Top health expert Professor David Hui says XBB.1.16 subvariant found in some of city’s testing samples.

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong government adviser expects WHO to declare end to pandemic ‘in about 3 months’, but warns of current flu surge

Professor Lau Yu-lung assures residents city is on track to normality, with most of population vaccinated or having acquired immunity through infection.

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WHO says China has more Covid-19 origin data: ‘We need to know’

The health agency’s chief demanded that Beijing share all relevant information, saying that if it does, ‘we will know what happened’.

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Hong Kong doctors observe Covid vaccine rush with 2 weeks to go before jabs become chargeable

Health sector representatives estimate costs could be similar to what mainland visitors are charged for the BioNTech bivalent jab, at HK$1,800.

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Coronavirus: who can get free fourth or fifth booster shot under Hong Kong’s revised vaccine scheme?

Starting late April, city will stop offering free additional boosters to all residents.

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Covid Hong Kong: government pandemic adviser defends vaccine policy to charge for fourth, fifth shots

HKU expert Ivan Hung says move would mean public resources can be focused on vulnerable groups instead.

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Covid vaccines past ‘use by’ date given to patients at Hong Kong private clinic – investigation launched

Department of Health on routine check finds 14 people given expired BioNTech bivalent vaccine shots at Kowloon Bay medical centre.

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Are weight-loss injections the answer to obesity?

The appeal is clear - but should we be turning to appetite-suppressing injections?

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New Covid-19 origins data points to raccoon dogs in China market

A new analysis of specimens collected in 2020 in Wuhan found evidence of the virus along with genetic material from raccoon dogs, according to scientists.

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Got too many masks after Hong Kong axed its face covering rules? Here are some helpful hints for using them up

Internet users suggest converting masks into improvised feather dusters, while health expert advises residents to keep one month’s supply just in case.

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Chinese pharmaceutical stocks surge as flu overtakes Covid-19 to become main virus ravaging mainland

Shares of Chinese drug makers that produce medication for influenza have made strong gains, as the ailment overtakes Covid-19 as the major pandemic ravaging the country.

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No more masks by April? Hong Kong finance chief raises hopes by saying city will drop unpopular Covid rule by ‘end of season’

Financial Secretary Paul Chan takes questions on radio programme, but most callers focused on mask mandate instead of overall budget blueprint.

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Singapore says death of man in 2021 is first linked to Covid-19 vaccine

The health ministry said the Bangladeshi’s death from heart inflammation 21 days after he took Moderna-Spikevax jab was a medical misadventure.

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s daily RAT policy for students ‘likely to be removed’ by next month if Covid situation stable, education chief says

Secretary for Education Christine Choi says authorities will review local Covid trend and take into account experts’ views.

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Hong Kong customs seizes Covid-19 drugs worth HK$15 million, arrests 20 suspects

Preliminary tests found that one type of medication did not contain the claimed ingredients.

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Merck’s Covid-19 drug linked to new virus mutations, study says

Merck & Co’s Covid-19 pill is giving rise to new mutations of the virus in some patients, according to a study that underscores the risk of trying to intentionally alter the pathogen’s genetic code.

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Patients behaving strangely: Hong Kong doctors report people chasing Covid antivirals, collecting for many ‘family members’

Medical Association says it is suspicious how some patients go from doctor to doctor asking for Covid drugs.

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Coronavirus: patients at Hong Kong isolation facilities set to leave as mandatory stays end

Mandatory tests for travellers and quota for mainland China border crossings may also end in coming days, says pro-Beijing heavyweight Tam Yiu-chung.

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Coronavirus: room exists to further ease testing for Hong Kong, mainland China cross-border travellers, CY Leung says, while expert proposes review

Leung, now a vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, points to caseloads being kept at bay despite border reopening and festive break.

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Covid-19: Hong Kong must decide for itself when to lift curbs, health experts say ahead of WHO decision on pandemic status

Local health experts also discuss if Hong Kong government should begin review of epidemic response soon or wait until later date.

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Coronavirus: lift mask mandate for outdoors after winter flu threat, Hong Kong government pandemic adviser urges

Chinese University professor and government pandemic adviser David Hui says masks should still be worn on public transport, as well as in hospitals and care homes.

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Covid-19: China’s ‘exhausted’ doctors and nurses work long hours for reduced pay

Doctors and nurses in some of China’s public hospitals are facing pay cuts or salary delays amid a surge in coronavirus cases, as local government finances come under extreme strain.

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Coronavirus: 1 in 7 Hongkongers vaccinated with 4 shots; isolation order for infected patients could be dropped ‘by end of January’

Civil service minister Ingrid Yeung reveals more than 1 million residents have received fourth Covid jab, urges young and elderly to get their shots soon.

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Millennials and Covid stress: Hong Kong beauty queen hid in hotel, bingeing on piles of junk food

Many Hongkongers aged 25 to 40 faced physical and mental health issues during pandemic, survey shows.

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Cross-border parents urge government to reopen Lo Wu checkpoint to help students get to class in Hong Kong

Survey finds more than one in three cross-border pupils prefer the checkpoint for their daily commute.

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Hong Kong Covid-19 reinfections increase by 4 times amid case surge, but experts say no cause for concern

Covid-19 reinfection rate has increased from 1.5 per cent to 6 per cent over past three months.

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Coronavirus: Hongkongers stock up on diarrhoea and vomiting medicine amid concerns over new Omicron subvariant

Experts say XBB unlikely to cause new wave because city has been exposed to subvariants and has enough immunity.

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Coronavirus: China traveller screening ‘unjustified’ despite Covid-19 surge, says EU health agency

The US and several other countries have introduced mandatory Covid-19 tests on travellers arriving from China after a surge in cases. Such measures are not necessary for the EU as a whole, said the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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