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Johnson & Johnson’s adenovirus vector based vaccine – a game changer?

Johnson & Johnson’s adenovirus vector-based vaccine, developed by its subsidiary Janssen Biotech Inc. reported 66% overall vaccine efficacy with a single dose after 28 days in a global Phase III trial with 43,783 participants. However, efficacies were different at different trial locations: 72% efficacy in the US, 66% in Latin America, and 57% in South […]

Travelling to the USA winter 2021?

Effective January 26, 2021 all airline passengers to the United States aged two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, passengers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. https://ie.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ […]

When will I receive my COVID-19 vaccination?

Use the Omni Calculator to check your place in the queue for your COVID-19 vaccination. This online tool will give an approximate date to when you may receive your vaccination. Who is the Omni Calculator? The Polish startup Omni specialises in custom built online calculators that attempt to solve real life problems in only a […]

Learning from Polio

The polio epidemics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries had a swift and definitive effect on the path of modern medicine. The public feeling was overwhelmingly fearful – a survey of Americans in 1952 found that their fear of polio was second only to that of nuclear warfare. The development of treatment and […]

The latest Covid-19 vaccinations and treatment candidates – Part 2

Since the first case of SARS-Cov-2 was identified in Wuhan, China as the cause of a respiratory outbreak, our journey to discover a treatment began. Although the origin of SARS-CoV-2 resulting in the Covid-19 virus remains unclear, the pursuit to produce vaccination and other treatment alternatives is rapidly underway. As our understanding of the novel […]

A review of the most promising Covid-19 vaccinations

The human body has an impressive immune system to help protect us against disease and infection. For the most part, it’s incredibly efficient in fighting against foreign microorganisms. The problem is, some invasive pathogens can overwhelm our immune system more than others leading us to develop severe symptoms of the illness. Why Covid-19 Is so […]

Polio

Polio, or poliomyelitis, has almost been relegated to the annals of history by modern medicine and targeted vaccination programs. Two of the three strains of the virus that causes polio have now been eradicated worldwide, and efforts continue to try and finally eliminate this virulent disease. What is Poliomyelitis? Polio is a condition caused by […]

Vaccine Good News!

Pfizer who are working with Germany’s BioNTech to develop a Covid-19 vaccine are planning to seek FDA approval in the 3rd week of November, 2020 for it’s Covid-19 vaccine assuming the current trial results prove positive. An open letter from the CEO of Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla released the following open letter on […]

Bubonic Plague

The bubonic plague is a zoonotic disease affecting rodents and transmitted by fleas from rodents to other animals and to humans. Direct person-to-person transmission does not occur except in the case of pneumonic plague, when respiratory droplets may transfer the infection from the patient to others in close contact. link Patients develop sudden onset of […]

Travelling to Australia this summer 2020?

Travel restrictions You can only travel to Australia if you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or are a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia. Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia will need to have an […]

Travelling to NZ this summer 2020?

The New Zealand border is closed ! The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers wanting to travel to New Zealand by either air or sea. link There are some exceptions to the closure There are two reasons why you might be allowed to travel and enter NZ while the border is […]

Travelling to the USA this summer 2020?

With specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States. For a full list of exceptions, please refer to the relevant proclamations in the links below. link. Entry into the US is restricted for those travelling from Ireland, the UK, Schengen […]

Travelling to Europe this summer 2020?

The information below is accurate at the time of writing. Albania Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020. The Government of Albania has declared that only European Union residents and nationals are eligible to board these outbound flights to the EU at this time. This restriction does not apply to passengers traveling to Serbia or […]

Dexamethasone & COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it welcomes the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom which indicates that dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19.  Dexamethasone is a steroid-based medication which works by suppressing the immune system, which has been in existence since the 1960s. […]