Healthcare and Pharmaceutical


  • Coronavirus second wave: Which countries in Europe are experiencing a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases?

    September 23, 2020

    Some countries — such as Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, North Macedonia — are seeing higher case numbers in August than they did earlier in the year. Belgium, Italy and the UK — among Europe’s worst-hit countries — are seeing a resurgence but, so far at least, nothing like March and April. Of the three, the ...

  • US coronavirus deaths surpass 200,000, with cases once again rising

    September 23, 2020

    The US death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis. “It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a ...

  • Healthcare lags behind in critical vulnerability management, banks hold their ground

    September 22, 2020

    Vulnerability management is a key component of modern strategies to combat cyberattackers, but which industries perform well in this area? The general public faces phishing attempts, spam, malvertising, and more in their daily lives. However, in the business realm, successfully targeting major companies — including banks, industrial giants, and medical facilities — can be far more ...

  • COVID-19: The UK could see 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October without further action

    September 21, 2020

    The UK could see 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October without further action, the government’s chief scientific adviser has warned. Sir Patrick Vallance said that “would be expected to lead to about 200 deaths per day” a month after that. The briefing at Downing St comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson considers whether to introduce ...

  • Patient dies after ransomware attack reroutes her to remote hospital in Germany

    September 17, 2020

    A woman seeking emergency treatment for a life-threatening condition died after a ransomware attack crippled a nearby hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, and forced her to obtain services from a more distant facility, it was widely reported on Thursday. German authorities are investigating the unknown perpetrators on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, the Associated Press, German news outlet ...

  • UK Government announces £500,000 to bolster healthcare cyber security

    September 15, 2020

    Medical suppliers and primary care providers are encouraged to apply for a slice of £500,000 to improve their cyber security. The initiative will cover all consultancy and certification costs for “hundreds” of the country’s healthcare firms. Announcing the funding at London Tech Week digital infrastructure minister, Matt Warman, said: “We know there is a heightened cyber threat ...

  • Pandemic panel condemns global failure to heed COVID-19 warnings

    September 14, 2020

    A collective failure by political leaders to heed warnings and prepare for an infectious disease pandemic has transformed “a world at risk” into a “world in disorder”, according to a new report on international epidemic preparedness. “Financial and political investments in preparedness have been insufficient, and we are all paying the price,” said the report by ...

  • UK records 3,330 more confirmed cases of COVID-19

    September 13, 2020

    The United Kingdom reported 3,330 confirmed new cases of COVID-19, according to government data published on Sunday, compared with 3,497 a day earlier. It also reported a further five new deaths from the coronavirus. Britain is to bring in a new ban on social gatherings on Monday in a bid to curb the increasing rise in infections. Read ...

  • Ebola in DRC: Outbreak total rises to 121

    September 12, 2020

    Since our last report on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Équateur Province in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Sept. 6, an additional nine total EVD cases have been reported–this includes one on Sept. 9, five on Sept. 10, and three on Sept. 11. This brings the outbreak total to 121 (115 ...

  • CDC warns of debilitating neurological condition outbreak in children amid coronavirus pandemic

    September 10, 2020

    Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) causes muscle weakness and paralysis The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned parents about a life-threatening neurological condition in children that could surge again this autumn. Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) typically starts with a child experiencing cold-like symptoms. The neurological disease, which has symptoms similar to polio, then can escalate ...

  • IATA Urges Aviation To Prepare For The COVID-19 Vaccine

    September 9, 2020

    IATA is urging airlines to start preparing for the transport of billions of COVID-19 vaccine shots. While a vaccine seems to be, optimistically, a few months away, the industry must make extensive preparations to carry it. The airline association is also pushing carriers to prepare for the surge in capacity needed to fulfill the vaccine ...

  • Coronavirus: Oxford University vaccine trial paused after participant falls ill

    September 9, 2020

    Final clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, have been put on hold after a participant had a suspected adverse reaction in the UK. AstraZeneca described it as a “routine” pause in the case of “an unexplained illness”. The outcome of vaccine trials is being closely watched around the world. The AstraZeneca-Oxford University ...

  • COVID-19 vaccines: early success and remaining challenges

    September 4, 2020

    In The Lancet, Denis Y Logunov and colleagues from the N F Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia present findings from two phase 1/2, non-randomised, open-label studies of a heterologous, replication-deficient, recombinant adenovirus vector-based vaccine in both frozen and lyophilised formulations.1 The researchers enrolled 76 healthy adult volunteers (aged 18–60 years) into the ...

  • Water and sanitation in a post-COVID world

    September 2, 2020

    Like many such events, this year’s World Water Week (Aug 24–28) conference will now be taking place virtually. Convened by the Stockholm International Water Institute, the meeting gathers scientists, business leaders, and policy makers, as well as civil society, to engage on one of the world’s most pressing set of challenges. It was only just over ...

  • Africa declared free of wild polio after four years with no new cases

    August 25, 2020

    Africa has been declared free of wild polio – a major victory against a disease that once paralysed 75,000 children across the continent each year. The African Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) confirmed the milestone on Tuesday, with no new cases having been identified since some were reported in northern Nigeria more than four years ago. The final ...

  • Hong Kong reports ‘first case’ of COVID-19 reinfection

    August 24, 2020

    Hong Kong scientists are reporting the case of a healthy man in his 30s who became reinfected with coronavirus four and a half months after his first bout. They say genome sequencing shows the two strains of the virus are “clearly different”, making it the world’s first proven case of reinfection. The World Health Organization warns it ...

  • Billions in coronavirus testing funds have yet to be spent, report

    August 21, 2020

    Months after Congress allocated roughly 25 billion dollars in federal aid to bolster coronavirus testing across the U.S., billions of dollars still remain unspent, according to an analysis of the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) data by The Wall Street Journal. The funds earmarked for federal agencies and states to boost testing, develop contact ...

  • New FritzFrog P2P botnet has breached at least 500 enterprise, government servers

    August 19, 2020

    A P2P botnet newly-discovered by researchers has struck at least 500 government and enterprise SSH servers over 2020. On Wednesday, cybersecurity firm Guardicore Labs published research into FritzFrog, a peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet that has been detected by the company’s sensors since January this year. According to researcher Ophir Harpaz, FritzFrog has attempted to brute-force SSH servers belonging ...

  • Coronavirus linked to MIS-C inflammatory syndrome in children

    August 19, 2020

    An inflammatory disease identified in children is linked to coronavirus, according to researchers at King’s College London. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is believed to be caused by an abnormal immune response to coronavirus. In the peer-reviewed study involving 25 children, 68% of them had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. Read more… Source: Sky News  

  • UK: Nearly 300 staff test positive for COVID-19 at factory that makes sandwiches for M&S

    August 13, 2020

    Nearly 300 employees have tested positive for coronavirus at a factory that makes sandwiches for M&S. The Greencore factory in Northampton, which employs around 2,100 people, said some of its staff are now self-isolating. Greencore said 79 workers had tested positive through NHS tests before the company decided to bring in a private testing program. A further 213 ...