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CDC recommends booster shots for COVID-19 strains

In a positive move, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently endorsed updated COVID-19. This opens the door to a fall vaccination campaign that may be able to blunt a winter surge if enough Americans participate. According to the AP, the vaccine boosters targeting today's most common omicron strains should begin hitting…
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Chengdu locks down 21.2 million people in fight against COVID-19

As some of China's most populous and economically significant cities battle outbreaks, Chengdu, one of the country's largest cities, announced a lockdown of its 21.2 million residents as it launched four days of citywide testing for COVID-19. Residents of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, were ordered by the city government to stay at home…
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Smoking rates in Germany have increased since the start of the pandemic

There has been a marked rise in the number of smokers in Germany since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a long-term study conducted in the country. In the ongoing German Survey on Smoking Behaviour (DEBRA), more than one-third (34.5%) of people aged 14 and older smoke. This figure was about 27% before the pandemic erupted in…
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PM Modi wants to set up a medical facility in every district in India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre built on an approximately 50 acres area in S A S Nagar district of Punjab to the nation. He was accompanied by Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Union Minister Jeetendra Singh and AnandpurSahib MP Manish Tiwari.…
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Nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by preventable factors

A new study has revealed that nearly half of all cancer deaths occur because of factors that can be avoided, such as living an unhealthy lifestyle, according to researchers. An international research team writes in The Lancet, a British medical journal, that smoking, alcohol consumption, and obesity top the list of 34 risk factors. A study of about…
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Pfizer seeks approval for updated COVID vaccine booster

A major step towards launching a booster campaign to combat the newest members of the omicron family was taken by Pfizer on Monday when they asked US regulators to approve their combination COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration has ordered vaccine makers to modify their shots in order to counter BA.4 and BA.5, which are more effective…
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In two weeks, over 150 children have died from measles in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's government said that at least 157 children have died as a result of a measles outbreak that has spread across the country. More than 2,000 infections have been recorded. It has been less than a week since authorities said the first infection was recorded in the southern African nation, and reported deaths have almost doubled. "As of 15th…
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WHO sponsors 9th ISPAH Congress in Abu Dhabi

World Health Organization (WHO) is the official co-sponsor of the 9th ISPAH Congress taking place in Abu Dhabi from 23rd-26th October, announced Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC). With an engaging schedule of workshops, speeches, and sessions, the Congress will drive impactful conversations on encouraging physical activity adoption across all…
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648 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on the Chinese mainland

It was reported on Friday that the Chinese mainland reported 648 confirmed cases of COVID-19 transmitted locally, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the National Health Commission. It is estimated that 1,203 people who are asymptomatic locally were newly identified on the day. Of these, 14 are in Hainan and 410 are in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous…
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