‘We’re done with dead kids’: US bars hand out free fentanyl tests

‘We’re done with dead kids’: US bars hand out free fentanyl tests

OAKLAND, Calif., April 20 (Reuters) – Walking into the Good Hop craft beer bar in Oakland, California, Alison Heller looks like any other patron thirsting for happy hour. But instead of heading to the bar, she goes straight to the bathroom, opens her backpack and pulls out a plastic bag with fentanyl test strips. She … Read more

Omicron infection induces limited immune response in unvaccinated; COVID hospital deaths rise on weekends

Omicron infection induces limited immune response in unvaccinated;  COVID hospital deaths rise on weekends

Test tube labeled “COVID-19 Omicron variant test positive” is seen in this illustration picture taken January 15, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 18 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings … Read more

The case for testing Pfizer’s Paxlovid for treating long COVID

The case for testing Pfizer’s Paxlovid for treating long COVID

Two long COVID patients recover after Paxlovid treatment Side effects, safety issues need to be studied CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – Reports of two patients who found relief from long COVID after taking Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) antiviral Paxlovid, including a researcher who tested it on herself, provide intriguing evidence for clinical trials to help those … Read more

Fourth shot protects against severe Omicron outcomes; COVID may increase risk of rare eye blood cells

Fourth shot protects against severe Omicron outcomes;  COVID may increase risk of rare eye blood cells

A health worker prepares a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as the COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues amid talks of a fourth dose for high-risk groups including those over the age of 60, in Malcha shopping mall, Jerusalem, December 22, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 14 … Read more

Germany’s Scholz says he will not make second push for vaccine mandate

Germany’s Scholz says he will not make second push for vaccine mandate

Bill for mandatory shots fails to get majority Fighting pandemic in autumn more difficult, says minister Failure evokes challenging differences within ruling coalition BERLIN, April 7 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was disappointed the lower house of parliament on Thursday voted against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for people over 60, but would … Read more

Fed officials to take clearer to balance sheet; ‘many’ back big rate hikes

Fed officials to take clearer to balance sheet;  ‘many’ back big rate hikes

April 6 (Reuters) – Federal Reserve officials in March “generally agreed” to cut up to $95 billion a month from the central bank’s asset holdings as another tool in the fight against surging inflation, even as the war in Ukraine tempered the first US interest rate increase. Minutes of the Fed’s March 15-16 meeting showed … Read more

US considers vaccines to protect poultry from deadly bird flu

US considers vaccines to protect poultry from deadly bird flu

Chickens feed from a row of feed bins at C&A Farms in Fairmont, North Carolina June 10, 2014. Picture taken June 10, 2014. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register CHICAGO, April 4 (Reuters) – The US Department of Agriculture is looking into vaccines as an option to protect poultry against deadly bird … Read more

Shanghai lockdown deepens after new surge in asymptomatic COVID cases

Shanghai lockdown deepens after new surge in asymptomatic COVID cases

SHANGHAI, April 5 (Reuters) – The major Chinese financial center of Shanghai extended restrictions on transportation on Tuesday after a day of intensive city-wide testing saw new COVID-19 cases surge to more than 13,000, with no end to the lockdown in sight . After originally taking a more piecemeal approach aimed at minimizing economic disruptions, … Read more

China sends military, doctors to Shanghai to test 26 million residents for COVID

China sends military, doctors to Shanghai to test 26 million residents for COVID

Shanghai reports 9,006 symptomatic and asymptomatic cases for April 3 City launches largest public health response since virus emerged Citizens complain of unsanitary conditions in quarantine centers SHANGHAI, April 4 (Reuters) – China has sent the military and thousands of healthcare workers into Shanghai to help carry out COVID-19 tests for all of its 26 … Read more

Fed’s Williams: Pace of rate increases depends on how economy responds

Fed’s Williams: Pace of rate increases depends on how economy responds

John Williams, chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, speaks at an event in New York, US, November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PRINCETON, NJ, April 2 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve needs to move monetary policy towards a more neutral stance, … Read more