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2023: A Year of Inequality and Unprecedented Challenges
Explore the global anticipations for 2024—optimism, concerns, and transformative shifts. From economic outlook to climate anxiety, delve into the diverse expectations shaping the narrative of the coming year
Get insights into the emergence of JN.1, a sub-variant of Omicron, amid fresh Covid concerns. Understand its prevalence, characteristics, and impact on public health, as experts shed light on its transmissibility and implications for vaccinations and treatments."
A comprehensive investigation into long Covid and symptom prevalence in the United States reveals that one in seven individuals had experienced long Covid by the conclusion of 2022. Researchers from UCL and Dartmouth conducted this large-scale study, offering crucial insights into the profound impact of long Covid on affected individuals.
The World Health Organization's approval of the R21/Matrix vaccine, developed by Oxford University in collaboration with the Serum Institute of India, marks a pivotal moment in the battle against malaria. This disease claims the lives of approximately half a million people in Africa every year. The vaccine has shown remarkable efficacy, reducing malaria cases by up to 75%, and has the potential to be manufactured at scale and at an affordable cost.
SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, is not only still circulating among humans but is also infecting white-tailed deer in the United States, where it appears to be evolving more rapidly. While the origins of SARS-CoV-2 remain mysterious, the virus has demonstrated its ability to jump from humans to various other mammals, according to a recent study.
The Eris variant, also known as EG.5.1, has emerged as a major concern in the United Kingdom as it now constitutes one in seven new COVID-19 cases, making up 14.6% of the total infections in the country. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) recently reported that the variant is the second most prevalent in the UK, having gained momentum within a short period.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at risk of being derailed, leading to political instability, economic disruption, and irreversible environmental damage, warns The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2023: Special Edition. With just seven years remaining, urgent action is needed to reverse current trends and accelerate progress towards a better future for all.
In a bid to protect people everywhere from infection disease threats, through the power of pathogen genomics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a new global network named International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN).