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Ghana kicks off Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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by Bertha Serwa Ayi, M.D., FACP, FIDSA, MBA With eyes tightly shut in anticipation of his injection, Dr. Frederick Kwarteng, Head of Department of the Orthopedics, Accident and Emergency at the Korlebu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana became one of the first medical doctors in Africa to receive the first dose of COVISHIELD. Ghana became […]

Will survivors of variant P.1 have antibodies that also neutralize B.1.351 — and vice versa?

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA The SARS-CoV-2 variants first described in Manaus, Brazil “P.1.” and in South Africa “B.1.351” share at least five mutations including the antibody-evading changes at amino acids 484 and 417 in the spike protein. Potential cross-protection against the P.1 variant by the new Moderna-NIH B1.351 variant vaccine has been […]

Russia shared sequence of mutated H5N8 flu infecting humans with GISAID: Will other nations also develop human tests and vaccines?

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA The Russian News Agency TASS reported on Feb. 20  that Russia had shared the genetic sequence of the mutated H5N8 avian influenza viruses that in December infected seven minimally symptomatic poultry farm workers in Astrakhan, southern Russia. The Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID) is the […]