Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Experts sceptical that China travel curbs will be effective

International measures on travellers from China will likely have little effect on containing COVID, health experts said Tuesday, pointing to a surging variant in the United States that may pose a larger threat.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 border closures and community disconnect

One year on from the re-opening of Australia's borders to international flights, new research from Flinders University has highlighted how the border closures led people to feeling a profound disconnect from Australia, providing ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Cook Islands records first COVID death

The tiny South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands reported its first coronavirus-related death Sunday, more than two years after the pandemic erupted.


Japan approves Novavax as 4th COVID vaccine amid new surge

Japan's health ministry on Tuesday formally approved Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine, a fourth foreign-developed tool to combat the infections as the country sees signs of a resurgence led by a subvariant of fast-spreading omicron.

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