Japan PM: New Disease Command Centre May Come After Pandemic

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday his plan to create a government agency to better fight infectious diseases has not changed but will come into existence only after the coronavirus pandemic is over. While running for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership last month,…

Antibodies Wane but Other Immune Defenses Remain Alert

(Reuters) – A new study may help explain why mRNA vaccines are more effective at preventing COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths than they are at preventing infection with SARS-CoV-2. Experiments on blood samples from 61 fully vaccinated adults showed that by six months, neutralizing antibody levels had declined. But “your immune…

Illinois Issues Mask Mandate, Orders Vaccines for Schools

(Reuters) – Illinois will require all eligible students and school employees to be vaccinated and re-instituted an indoor mask mandate under an order announced by Governor J.B. Pritzker on Thursday. Pritzker, a Democrat, issued the new policy amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases spurred largely by the Delta variant of…

Flu Vaccination Linked With Less Severe COVID-19

(Reuters) – Flu vaccination may lower the risk for severe illness from the coronavirus, including life-threatening sepsis infections and strokes, according to a report in PLoS One. The researchers studied nearly 75,000 COVID-19 patients, half of whom had received the most recently available flu shot. SARS-CoV-2-positive patients who had received…