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Vaccines Effective Against New Omicron Subvariants, WHO Chief Says


Vaccines are effective against new omicron sub-variants driving a surge in Covid-19 cases in South Africa, the head of the World Health Organization said.

“It’s too soon to know whether these new sub-variants can cause more severe disease than other omicron sub-variants, but early data suggest vaccination remains protective against severe disease and death,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a media briefing in Geneva Wednesday.

Scientists in South Africa and Botswana discovered omicron late last year and South Africa was the first country to experience a major surge of infections as a result of the variant. Now BA.4 and BA.5, two omicron sub-variants, are driving a new spike in cases in South Africa.

Global deaths due to Covid-19 have fallen to the lowest levels since March 2020, with about 15,000 fatalities last week, according to the WHO.


Covid: How new drugs are finally taming the virus


The first patients in the NHS are being offered a new drug to help treat Covid-19. As Covid treatments are changing, fewer patients are becoming seriously ill or dying. So does this mean we are finally taming the virus?

At the start of the pandemic there were no drugs for Covid. In April 2020, I stood in a Covid intensive care ward while a doctor, in full PPE, told me they had nothing but oxygen to treat critically ill patients. I watched patient after patient on ventilators being turned on to their fronts to help their lungs take in oxygen.

It’s a deeply troubling memory that will always remain with me.

Now things have changed enormously. At the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, the critical care unit looks and feels very different. Firstly, staff are no longer in full PPE, because most wards are Covid-free. At the peak a year ago the hospital trust was caring for 90 critically ill Covid patients. Today there are just three.

It is now the exception, rather than the norm, for patients to go on a ventilator. Hospital stays are much shorter and survival rates have improved significantly.

“Two years ago we had nothing,'” says Dr Matthias Schmid, head of infectious diseases at the RVI, who treated the UK’s first Covid patient at the end of January 2020.

“Now we have a range of treatments available which reduce the severity and prevent death in a huge number of patients.”

The focus now is on keeping patients from ever needing hospital treatment. That’s where antivirals come in.

There are thousands of medicines on the shelves in the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s automated dispensary, which is the size of a couple of shipping containers. When one of the pharmacists types in the name of a drug, the robot arm races down the central aisle, selecting the medicine and dropping the pack down a chute.

The box of pills selected is called Paxlovid – it’s an antiviral which, in trials, cut Covid hospital admissions by 88%. The treatment is being dispatched to high-risk patients across the UK who have just tested positive.

Through the Antivirals Taskforce, the government has procured nearly five million doses of Paxlovid and another antiviral, molnupiravir.

Both are designed to prevent a Covid infection from turning serious and form part of the armoury of treatments we now have against Covid.

Covid will not disappear completely, but even if a new more deadly variant emerges it should be managed by a combination of vaccines and the increasing range of effective drug treatments.

Covid has been the biggest challenge ever faced by the NHS. Two years on, hospitals can begin to plan for a future not completely free of the disease, but one where it no longer dominates healthcare and society.


Number of COVID patients in US hospitals reaches record low


COVID-19 hospitalization numbers have plunged to their lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic, offering a much needed break to health care workers and patients alike following the omicron surge.

The number of patients hospitalized with the coronavirus has fallen more than 90% in more than two months, and some hospitals are going days without a single COVID-19 patient in the ICU for the first time since early 2020.

The freed up beds are expected to help U.S. hospitals retain exhausted staff, treat non-COVID-19 patients more quickly and cut down on inflated costs. More family members can visit loved ones. And doctors hope to see a correction to the slide in pediatric visits, yearly checkups and cancer screenings.

“We should all be smiling that the number of people sitting in the hospital right now with COVID, and people in intensive care units with COVID, are at this low point,” said University of South Florida epidemiologist Jason Salemi.


BBC Proms 2022: Ukrainian refugee orchestra among the line-up


An orchestra of Ukrainian refugees will take centre stage at this year’s Proms, alongside concerts by Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Cynthia Erivo.

The newly-formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra features players who recently fled the war, alongside Ukrainian musicians from European orchestras.

Ukraine is granting an exemption to the military-age male musicians, allowing them to leave the country and play.

Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson said they would “honour those who have died”.

The orchestra will perform at the Proms on 31 July, two weeks after the Proms season launches.


Brother Of Youngest Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Finishes Race In Honor Of Brother


Henry Richard, 20, was emotional as he completed his first Boston Marathon on Monday. He was 10 years old when his 8-year-old brother Martin was killed and his sister Jane lost her left leg in the bombing.

Henry’s parents and sister Jane were there to meet him with hugs at the finish line.

“It meant the world to me that they were here waiting,” Henry said.

Henry ran with Team MR8, to raise money for the Martin Richard Foundation, which promotes inclusion, kindness, and peace in Martin’s legacy.

Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston Marathon winner, was there to give Henry his medal.

“It’s great to get here finally. It’s been years in the making for me so I’m just so happy I could finally be here,” Henry said. “I know Martin would have been doing it with me — so happy to finish it, that’s all I can think about.”


Former Wolves owner Steve Morgan donates £50m to help find type 1 diabetes cure


Steve Morgan, through the foundation that bears his name, has given £50 million to help fund diabetes research.

The Liverpool-born businessman, who owned Wolves from 2007 until 2016, has made the donation after his son’s diagnosis. Hugo Morgan, son of Mr Morgan and his wife Sally, was diagnosed with the condition when he was seven years old.

The money will fund the Steve Morgan Foundation (SMF) Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge which will “cultivate collaboration” between researchers, scientific organisations and diabetes charities to “drive innovation and accelerate research breakthroughs worldwide”, led by Diabetes UK and JDRF UK.

“We’re so incredibly proud to announce this landmark partnership with Diabetes UK and JDRF UK,” Mr and Mrs Morgan said in a joint statement.

“With the expertise of the two leading diabetes charities in the UK, and our shared ambition to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes, the SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge will supercharge type 1 diabetes research, with the aim of having new treatments and ultimately a cure.

“We know from our own experience the impact that type 1 diabetes has on family life – it’s something we carry with us every day. But with research we can change that, and allow people with type 1 diabetes and their families to live without this relentless, lifelong condition.”