Health news roundup: New Zealand COVID-19 death rate at record highs; Africa’s Leading Public Health Body Receives $100 Million and More from the World Bank

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Here is a summary of health news briefs.

Vigorous but coughing, COVID-positive Biden appears virtually at White House meeting

On Friday, US President Joe Biden appeared virtually during a meeting of economic advisers at the White House to highlight his good health a day after testing positive for COVID-19. Speaking from a distance during the meeting to discuss White House efforts to lower gas prices, Biden appeared vigorous and in high spirits but with a noticeably deeper voice, hours after his doctor released a statement that his symptoms had improved.

Explanation-What are the benefits and risks of Paxlovid to treat Biden’s COVID?

Here’s a look at the possible treatments US President Joe Biden will receive for COVID-19 and the risks he faces, having most likely been infected with the fast-spreading but less severe BA.5 variant. TREATMENTS

Kentucky judge extends stall on state abortion ban

A Kentucky judge on Friday extended a ban on the state enforcing an abortion ban triggered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade guaranteeing women nationwide the right to obtain abortions. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mitch Perry agreed with two abortion clinics, including a Planned Parenthood affiliate, that the ban and a separate law banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy likely violated the constitution of the state.

The oral vaccine is promising; hypertension increases risk of COVID hospitalization

Here is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that deserves further study to corroborate the findings and that has not yet been certified by peer review. An experimental pill vaccine shows promise

New Zealand’s COVID-19 death rate at record highs

New Zealanders are dying of COVID-19 at a record rate as the country battles a new wave of the Omicron strain which is particularly affecting the elderly population. Deaths from the virus reached 151 in the seven days to July 16, up from 115 in the worst week of the previous wave in March, according to Health Ministry data. In the past 24 hours, 26 people have died from COVID, all over the age of 60, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Africa’s leading public health body receives $100 million from the World Bank

Africa’s leading public health body, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), will receive $100 million from the World Bank to help African countries prepare for, detect and respond to outbreaks . The Africa CDC has played a major role in advising African countries during the COVID-19 pandemic and is also providing advice on diseases like monkey pox.

Nordic Bavarian monkeypox vaccine gets preliminary green light from EU medicines regulator

Danish biotech company Bavarian Nordic said on Friday that the European Union’s medicines regulator had recommended that its Imvanex vaccine be approved to also include protection against monkeypox on its label. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) had “adopted a positive opinion recommending that the marketing authorization for the company’s smallpox vaccine, IMVANEX, be extended to include the protection of people against monkeypox disease” , Bavarian said.

China reports first case of highly pathogenic avian flu in 2022

China has reported its first case of highly pathogenic avian flu this year, following an outbreak of H5N1 avian flu found among wild birds in the northwest province of Qinghai, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Friday. . Local authorities culled and disposed of 273 infected birds and no infection was found in poultry, he added.

Worried about Supreme Court, US House votes to protect birth control

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to protect access to contraception, responding to fears it could be threatened by a conservative Supreme Court that overturned the ruling that guaranteed a national right to abortion. The bill passed the Democratic-controlled House by a vote of 228 to 195, with all 220 Democrats and eight of 211 Republicans in the chamber backing it. He faces uncertain odds in the equally divided Senate.

Polio case found in suburban New York, first in nearly a decade

An adult resident of suburban New York has been diagnosed with polio after being paralyzed a month ago, state and local health officials said Thursday, marking the first confirmed case of the disease in the country in almost 10 years.

Tests have suggested that Rockland County’s case of the highly contagious and long-dreaded virus may have originated outside the United States, the New York State Department of Health said in a statement.

(With agency contributions.)

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