Delta Variant
What does new research say about new Covid variant?

Dr. Satyajit Rath discusses the studies of Delta variant of COVID-19, protection by the vaccine, and the need for booster doses and probability of further mutation

Lawyers urge ICC to probe Saudi-led coalition’s war crimes in Yemen & other stories

Today we look at the latest efforts to prosecute war crimes committed in Yemen at the ICC, the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan & more

Will we need new vaccines against new COVID-19 variants?

Are vaccines less effective against the Delta variant? Does it spread faster and cause more severe illness? Will we need new vaccines soon?

People infected with Delta Variant shed virus before symptoms appear

Symptoms appear 5.8 days after infection and 1.8 days after they first tested positive for viral RNA, shows study. The R0 value for Delta was 6.4, much higher than the original variant’s value of 2-4

Less than 2% people are fully vaccinated in Africa while US calls for a third dose

The total COVID-19 cases in Africa has now crossed 7.5 million, yet less than 2% of the continent’s population has been vaccinated

Worst air in the world? Salt Lake City, Utah

Air pollution levels in Salt Lake City, Utah reached dangerous new highs following the wildfires in the region which have increased in recent years due to climate-change fueled droughts

Taliban declares general ‘amnesty’ as evacuations resume in Kabul and other stories

Today we look at the evacuations in Afghanistan and remarks by EU countries regarding possible refugees, ongoing rescue efforts after the earthquake in Haiti, and more

COVID-19 in Sri Lanka Public gatherings banned in Sri Lanka amid COVID-19 resurgence

Health experts have warned that if the present trend continues, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka could increase to 6,000 per day by mid-September

Inequity in COVID-19 testing has far reaching consequences for poor countries

Testing is crucial to combat the pandemic. But with all the funds and attention going towards vaccines, diagnostics is suffering, impeding key steps to curb the spread of the virus

Counting the uncounted COVID-19 deaths in India

In part two of this discussion between Professor Christophe Z Guilmoto and Indranil Mukhopadhyay, they discuss how India grossly underreported deaths from COVID-19

Pakistan COVID-19 Lockdowns in place as fourth COVID-19 wave hits Pakistan

The fourth wave of COVID-19 is gaining momentum in Pakistan, with Sindh province which has imposed a week-long lockdown being the worst affected

Dispatches from India: Women farmers take a stand

In this episode, we take a look at the Women Farmers’ Parliament that marked eight months of the historic farmers’ agitation, the Initial Public Offering by the Indian food delivery giant Zomato and the question of how effective vaccines are against the Delta variant

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