Tag: COVID-19

Two COVID antibody treatments no longer recommended by WHO

September 19, 2022

The World Health Organisation (WHO) “strongly advises against” the use of two COVID-19 antibody therapies developed during the early days of the pandemic, citing mounting evidence that the virus’ continued evolution has rendered the two therapies obsolete. The two therapies, sotrovimab as well as casirivimab-imdevimab, are designed to work by binding to the spike protein […]

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CLEA can help businesses mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19

May 20, 2022

Malaysians need to get accustomed to new and ever-changing standard operating procedures (SOPs) as they try to live with COVID-19. Much like the rest of the world, this move includes a hefty amount of worry about the safety of travel – be it just to the office. Dr. Chan Hai Feng, Founder and CEO of […]

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Over 170 Malaysians on Paxlovid fully recovered, no side effects reported

May 13, 2022

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that 173 COVID-19 patients have recovered fully as of May 9 after being administered Pfizer’s antiviral Paxlovid pills. “No side effects have been recorded by the patients either,” Khairy said. The patients had received the pills in mid-April. A total of 48,000 boxes of Pfizer’s Paxlovid pills for COVID-19 […]

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New COVID-19 breath test reports over 90% accuracy

April 25, 2022

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use approval for a breath-based COVID-19 diagnostics test. The test device has successfully identified 91.2% of positive cases in a cohort of 2,500 subjects, according to a metric known as test sensitivity. The specificity of the test was even higher, as it correctly identified […]

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IBD patients show effective COVID-19 vaccine response, despite fears

April 12, 2022

Patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are more susceptible to infection than the general population because of their treatment with immunosuppressive drugs. Nevertheless, these patients have been encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which has proven safe and effective according to recent research by Rutgers University in New Jersey. IBD is fairly common: the […]

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Fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose authorised for Americans over 50

March 31, 2022

The Head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Peter Marks, has encouraged getting a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for increased protection for high-risk persons. The FDA has already approved a second booster shot or fourth mRNA vaccine dose for American […]

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Opening of “Untold Stories of COVID-19” gallery exhibition by MRCS

March 25, 2022

The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) is opening their inaugural photo exhibition: RED Gallery “The Untold Stories,” that showcases MRCS’s mobile vaccination efforts for the undeserved community during COVID-19. The first of these vaccination initiatives was held outside main Vaccination Centres (PPVs) and focused on the bedridden and disabled (OKU) community. It then expanded to […]

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MSD announces new regional president amid COVID-19 research

February 28, 2022

MSD, a trade name of US-based biopharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc., have revealed a new President for its Human Health Division in Asia Pacific: David Peacock, appointed from February 1, 2022. David brings a broad range of experience and perspectives to MSD from previous senior roles in the UK, US, and across Asia. “I […]

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Oestrogen levels linked to severity of COVID-19 infection and risk of death in women

February 21, 2022

An observational study based on Swedish public health records has revealed increased levels of the hormone oestrogen plays a protective role in older women, against severe infection and risk of death from COVID-19. Women seem to suffer less from severe COVID-19 than men, according to health data, hypothesised as due to differences in hormone distribution. […]

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Malaysia’s first virtual COVID-19 screening made easy with CLEA app

February 17, 2022

To ease the COVID-19 screening processes in the country, especially for travellers who find it difficult to slot in last-minute testing into their travel schedule, a team of Malaysian healthcare workers have come up with CLEA, a virtual screening platform for COVID-19.  In place of physical screening, CLEA offers a seamless, safe, and easy way […]

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