– Abbott Laboratories, the biggest U.S. supplier of powder infant formula including Similac, initiated a recall and closed its Sturgis, Michigan, manufacturing plant earlier this year after reports of serious bacterial infections in four infants. The recall and shutdown has worsened a baby formula shortage among multiple manufacturers that began with pandemic supply chain issues. Here are some details about what has happened: WHEN DID THE PLANT CLOSE? Production at an Abbott plant in Sturgis,…"Explainer-What happened with Abbott baby formula that worsened a U.S. shortage?"
GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that COVID-19 may spread rapidly in North Korea, where it said vaccination programmes had yet to begin. “With the country yet to initiate COVID-19 vaccination, there is risk that the virus may spread rapidly among the masses unless curtailed with immediate and appropriate measures,” said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO’s regional director for South-East Asia, in a statement sent to journalists. In the same statement, the WHO…"COVID-19 may spread rapidly in North Korea, WHO warns"
SEOUL – Standing tall in bright red hazmat suits, five North Korean health workers stride towards an ambulance to do battle with a COVID-19 outbreak that – in the presumed absence of vaccines – the country is using antibiotics and home remedies to treat. The isolated state is one of only two countries yet to begin a vaccination campaign and, until last week, had insisted it was COVID-free. Now it is mobilizing forces including the…"Lacking vaccines, N.Korea battles COVID with antibiotics, home remedies"
– Shanghai set out plans on Monday for the return of more normal life from June 1 and the end of a painful COVID-19 lockdown that has lasted more than six weeks and contributed to a sharp slowdown in China’s economic activity. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals for a case tracker and summary of news. EUROPE * Russia will promptly consider any request from North Korea for COVID-19 vaccine supplies, Kremlin…"Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
– General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Chrysler parent Stellantis NV said on Sunday they are reinstating a requirement that employees wear masks in southeastern Michigan where there are high levels of COVID-19. The Detroit Three automakers said in early March they would allow auto workers to stop wearing masks at workplaces where U.S. health officials said it was safe to do so. That month, the automakers said they would adopt revised guidance by…"Detroit Three automakers reinstate mask mandate at some Michigan facilities"
– Russia will promptly consider any request from North Korea for COVID-19 vaccine supplies, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “North Korean comrades are well aware of our various inoculations, they are aware of our extensive experience with COVID,” Peskov said. “If there are appeals from Pyongyang, they will be dealt with promptly.” At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and hundreds of thousands have shown fever symptoms,…"Russia would consider North Korea request for COVID vaccine supply"
SEOUL – North Korea’s admission that it is battling an “explosive” COVID-19 outbreak has raised concerns that the virus could devastate a country with an under-resourced health system, limited testing capabilities, and no vaccine programme. The isolated North confirmed on Thursday its first COVID-19 infections since the pandemic emerged more than two years ago, shifting to the “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system” and imposing a national lockdown. On Friday it reported its first COVID-related death.…"Explainer-How N.Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak could ignite a major health crisis"
– The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. COVID-19 symptoms still afflict many two years later Half of the COVID-19 patients discharged from a Chinese hospital in early 2020 still have at least one symptom two years later, a new study shows. Overall, regardless of initial disease severity, the 2,469…"Symptoms linger two years for some; inflammatory protein patterns may provide long COVID clues"
ROME – Italy will donate an additional 31 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX facility to help poorer countries, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Thursday. “I can announce that Italy will donate an additional 31 million doses through COVAX and we are also pledging 200 million euros via the ACT-Accelerator,” Draghi said in a videomessage to the Global COVID-19 summit in . The COVAX facility, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and…"Italy pledges 31 million additional doses through COVAX sharing scheme"
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s president told a global COVID-19 summit on Thursday that multilateral agencies and philanthropic organisations should buy vaccines and booster doses from African manufacturers to ensure that manufacturing capacity on the continent was retained. South African firm Aspen’s COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity is at risk because of a lack of orders. “International agencies that have had a lot of money donated to (them) for purchasing and procuring vaccines for developing economy countries…"S.Africa’s Ramaphosa to multilateral agencies: buy COVID vaccines from African providers"