Delta Variant
COVID variants Researchers examine molecular factors that provide some variants the edge

Deciphering the molecular basis of different variants of COVID-19 is essential to know their progression in more detail so as to improve disease management

Will Omicron trigger new COVID-19 wave?

Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and NewsClick’s Prabir Purkayastha talk about the Omicron variant, its transmission rates, and if those who are vaccinated are safe

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

Global decline in mortality rate: Is the pandemic petering out

Dr. Satyajit Rath discusses COVID-19 mortality rates in the United States, infections in Kerala and the efficacy of the Sputnik vaccine

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