COVID boosters effective against XBB variants: US CDC study – National

The updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer Inc/BioNTech and Moderna helped prevent symptomatic infections against the new XBB-related subvariantsoffering new evidence of how the vaccines perform against these fast-spreading strains, US officials said on Wednesday. Read more: XBB1.5: Here’s what we know about the ‘most transmissible’ COVID strain yet Read next: Feds eye bilateral health deals … Read more

WHO head ‘very concerned’ about COVID deaths as emergency declaration call looms – National

As the World Health Organization prepares to decide whether COVID-19 remains a global emergency, the UN agency’s director-general says key pandemic indicators are going in the wrong direction, including a rising number of deaths. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday he is “very concerned” about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it continues to have … Read more