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Official: Chinese vaccines’ effectiveness low

Official: Chinese vaccines’ effectiveness low

Health
In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boostBy JOE McDONALD and HUIZHONG WU Associated PressApril 11, 2021, 7:30 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country's top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to get a boost.Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, at a conference Saturday in the southwestern city of Chengdu.Beijing has distributed hundreds of millions of doses...
Study: Bacteria in vagina may impact effectiveness of HIV preventive drugs

Study: Bacteria in vagina may impact effectiveness of HIV preventive drugs

Health
Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The effectiveness of medication to prevent HIV in women depends at least in part on the health of vaginal bacteria, according to a study published Thursday by PLOS Pathogens. The medication, called PrEP, is designed to prevent HIV infection in people considered to be at higher risk for HIV, including men who have sex with men, IV drug users and sex workers. Advertisement PrEP is highly effective at preventing infection with the virus, reducing a person's risk for getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken as prescribed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, research suggests that the drug works less well in women, although the exact reasons for this remain unclear. "The data in this study indicate that the vaginal microbime can impac...
Dow futures rip 700 points higher amid report Gilead drug showing effectiveness treating coronavirus

Dow futures rip 700 points higher amid report Gilead drug showing effectiveness treating coronavirus

Finance
U.S. stock futures surged on Thursday night after a report said a Gilead Sciences drug was showing effectiveness in treating the coronavirus. The move pointed to a jump for the stock market on Friday.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 700 points, or about 3%. S&P 500 futures gained 2.8% while Nasdaq 100 futures were up by 1.8%.Gilead shares jumped by 14% in after-hours trading after STAT news reported that a Chicago hospital treating coronavirus patients with Remdesivir in a trial were recovering rapidly from severe symptoms. The publication cited a video it obtained where the trial results were discussed."This is obviously good news. Of course, we've heard a few other pieces of good news like this recently and they didn't pan-out as well as people had hoped," said ...