Healthcare and Pharmaceutical


  • Coronavirus tracker: the latest figures as countries fight Covid-19 resurgence

    December 23, 2020

    The FT analyses the scale of outbreaks and the number of deaths around the world The human cost of coronavirus has continued to mount, with more than 77m cases confirmed globally and more than 1.69m people known to have died. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic in March and it has spread to more ...

  • FBI warns of ongoing COVID-19 vaccine related fraud schemes

    December 22, 2020

    US federal agencies have warned about scammers exploiting the public’s interest in the COVID-19 vaccine to harvest personal information and steal money through multiple ongoing and emerging fraud schemes. The warning was issued earlier today through the FBI National Press Office by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Health and Human Services Office ...

  • Coronavirus mutation no reason to panic: virologist

    December 21, 2020

    The new variant of COVID-19 found in the UK may spread quickly, but that doesn’t mean it’s more dangerous. The newly developed vaccines will still work, though they may need further adjustments down the line. Following alarming reports of a highly contagious coronavirus mutation in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe has sealed itself off. According to ...

  • New coronavirus variant ‘out of control’, UK health secretary warns

    December 20, 2020

    The new strain of COVID-19 is out of control and people need to behave as if they already have the virus, especially in the new Tier 4 areas of England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned. The five-day Christmas bubble period has been reduced to just Christmas Day for England, Wales and Scotland – and scrapped ...

  • Global COVID-19 cases surpass 75 million

    December 19, 2020

    Global coronavirus infections surpassed the 75 million mark on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, as several nations around the world begin vaccinating against the virus. Britain this month became the first Western country to start immunizing with the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNtech, followed by the United States which has ...

  • 45 Million Medical Images Left Exposed Online

    December 15, 2020

    More than 45 million medical images—and the personally identifiable information (PII) and personal healthcare information (PHI) associated with them–have been left exposed online due to unsecured technology that’s typically used to store, send and receive medical data, new research has found. A team from CybelAngel Analyst Team uncovered sensitive medical records and images–including X-rays CT scans ...

  • COVID-19: US approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, with first jab ‘to be given in less than 24 hours’

    December 12, 2020

    The US government advisory panel has authorised the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, marking a turning point in America where the pandemic has killed more than 295,000 people. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the vaccine for emergency use for people aged 16 and older, with healthcare workers and nursing home residents expected to be ...

  • Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine: Allergy warning over new jab

    December 9, 2020

    People with a history of significant allergic reactions should not have the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid jab, regulators say. It came after two NHS workers had allergic reactions on Tuesday. The advice applies to those who have had reactions to medicines, food or vaccines, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said. The two people had a reaction shortly after ...

  • European Medicines Agency says it has been targeted by cyber attack

    December 9, 2020

    In a short statement published on its website, the agency said: “EMA has been the subject of a cyberattack. The agency has swiftly launched a full investigation, in close cooperation with law enforcement and other relevant entities. “EMA cannot provide additional details whilst the investigation is ongoing. Further information will be made available in due course,” ...

  • Severe MDHexRay bug affects 100+ GE Healthcare imaging systems

    December 9, 2020

    A vulnerability in GE Healthcare’s proprietary management software used for medical imaging devices could put patients’ health privacy at risk, potentially their lives. The flaw received the name MDHexRay (CVE-2020-25179) and a severity score of 9.8 out of 10. It affects more than 100 CT, X-Ray, MRI device models in a dozen product lines from the ...

  • India: Mystery illness kills one and leaves 200 in hospital in Andhra Pradesh

    December 7, 2020

    At least one person has died and 200 others are in hospital in India due to a mystery illness. The first cases were detected on Saturday evening in the ancient city of Eluru, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Patients are suffering from symptoms ranging from nausea and anxiety to seizures, convulsions and loss of consciousness, doctors ...

  • INTERPOL warns of organized crime threat to COVID-19 vaccines

    December 2, 2020

    LYON, France – INTERPOL has issued a global alert to law enforcement across its 194 member countries warning them to prepare for organized crime networks targeting COVID-19 vaccines, both physically and online. The INTERPOL Orange Notice outlines potential criminal activity in relation to the falsification, theft and illegal advertising of COVID-19 and flu vaccines, with the ...

  • Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved for use next week in UK

    December 2, 2020

    The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination. Britain’s medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe to be rolled out. The first 800,000 doses will be available in the UK from next ...

  • Covid could have been in US as early as December 2019

    December 1, 2020

    Covid could have been in the US as early as December 2019, according to a new government study. Experts say that means the coronavirus was present in the country weeks earlier than scientists and health officials had previously thought. Scientists say that an analysis of blood donations shows that the virus may have been spreading across the ...

  • Covid vaccine: Moderna seeks approval in US and Europe

    November 30, 2020

    Moderna is filing for US and European emergency regulatory approval of its coronavirus vaccine so that it can be recommended for widespread use. Regulators will look at trial data for the mRNA vaccine and decide if it is safe and effective enough to recommend for roll out. Clinical studies show the jab is more than 94% effective ...

  • Covid Vaccines: 5 Things An Actual Scientist Wants Anti-Vaxxers To Know

    November 30, 2020

    2020 has been a bumper year for conspiracy theories. The coronavirus crisis has breathed new life into nonsense-based movements such as QAnon and David Icke. And the recent flurry of positive news around vaccines has inevitably focused some of this misguided energy into the supposed harms and risks associated with inoculation, once again fuelling the anti-vax movement ...

  • COVID-19: Baby ‘born with antibodies’ after mother contracted virus while pregnant – report

    November 29, 2020

    A woman who had COVID-19 when she was pregnant has given birth to a baby who has antibodies against the virus, according to a report. The Singaporean woman caught the virus in March and the baby was born on 7 November, COVID-free but with antibodies, the Straits Times reported. The mother, Celine Ng-Chan, told the newspaper: “My ...

  • Personal data of 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients exposed online

    November 26, 2020

    The personal and health information of more than 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients has been leaked online after a hospital employee uploaded a spreadsheet with usernames, passwords, and access keys to sensitive government systems on GitHub this month. Among the systems that had credentials exposed were E-SUS-VE and Sivep-Gripe, two government databases used to store data ...

  • How Effective Are The Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates?

    November 23, 2020

    The University of Oxford and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca have become the latest developers to release initial data regarding the effectiveness of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate. Interim data from Phase III trials has revealed that their vaccine is 70.4% effective at preventing Covid-19 and the news comes hot on the heels of positive results from other ...

  • Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine is highly effective

    November 23, 2020

    The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms, a large trial shows. Interim data suggests 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose. The results will be seen as a triumph, but come after Pfizer and Moderna ...