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Covid-19 vaccines effectiveness drops from 91% to 66% after Delta variant circulation: US CDC study shows

The vaccine effectiveness against Covid-19 infection dropped from 91% to 66% once the Delta variant accounted for the majority of circulating virus, according to a study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “While we did see a reduction in the protection of the Covid-19 vaccine against the Delta variant, it’s still […]

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Highly infectious Covid-19 Delta variant ‘raises big questions’ about New Zealand’s response

The arrival of the highly infectious Delta variant has “raised some big questions” about New Zealand’s pandemic response. Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said the variant “changes the game considerably” and makes existing protections “look less adequate”. It comes as the country announced a further 21 confirmed cases in the latest outbreak of the virus. […]

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New Zealand’s Delta Covid-19 outbreak started with traveler from Australia who had been in hotel quarantine

New Zealand’s growing Covid-19 outbreak that has sparked a national lockdown was caused by a traveller returning from Australia who had been in hotel quarantine. The New Zealander flew from Sydney to Auckland on August 7 and self-isolated in the Government’s makeshift quarantine facility at the Crowne Plaza hotel. An investigation found the patient picked […]

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New Zealand enters snap lockdown over one Covid-19 infection

New Zealand announced a snap lockdown after a man tested positive for Covid, the first case in six months. The case was detected in Auckland, which will be in lockdown for a week, while the rest of the country will be in lockdown for three days. Authorities say they are working on the assumption that […]

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United States averages over 107k daily Covid-19 infections as Delta surges

The United States is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections per day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge as health officials urge people to get vaccinated to stem a surging spread of the Delta variant. Across the country, 70.6 percent of adults have received at least one dose of vaccines, while […]

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‘Super-spreader Euro 2020’: Europe risks new wave of infections, WHO warns

The Covid-19 infections in Europe have risen by 10% in the past week after two months of decline and risk of a new wave of cases is growing, the World Health Organization has said. Regional director Hans Kluge blamed sluggish vaccine rollouts, new variants and increased social mixing. There are also concerns that the Euro […]

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Delta variant to account for 90% of EU Covid-19 cases in August: Bloc’s health agency

The Covid-19 Delta variant first identified in India would become a dominant strain, accounting for 90% of the new infections in the European Union in August, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has warned. The EU health agency echoed what the World Health Organization and the United States CDC earlier said. The […]

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Delta variant to become dominant strain in the United States, raising fear of ‘resurgence’

The Delta variant of the coronavirus first identified in India is said to become the dominant strain in the United States. The Delta variant of the coronavirus first identified in India is said to become the dominant strain in the United States. Infectious disease experts have warned of a ‘resurgence’ in Covid-19 later this year. […]

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Delta variant of Covid-19 expected to become dominant strain in the United States

The Delta variant of Covid-19 is expected to become the dominant strain in the United States, and it’s further reason why people need to ramp up the vaccination pace, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Friday. The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, is more transmissible than others […]