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Iran starts limited COVID vaccinations with Russian shots

Iran starts limited COVID vaccinations with Russian shots

Health
Iran has launched a coronavirus inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle EastByThe Associated PressFebruary 9, 2021, 9:40 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTEHRAN, Iran -- Iran on Tuesday launched a coronavirus inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East with its death toll nearing 59,000.At a ceremony marking the start of the campaign, Parsa Namaki, son of Health Minister Saeed Namaki, received his first dose. The minister said the vaccination would be simultaneously carrie...
Germany expects limited EU approval for AstraZeneca vaccine

Germany expects limited EU approval for AstraZeneca vaccine

Technology
Germany’s health minister says he expects the European Union’s drug regulator to authorize a further coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca, but that currently available data may mean it isn't recommend for all older adultsByThe Associated PressJanuary 29, 2021, 10:05 AM• 2 min readBERLIN -- Germany’s health minister says he expects the European Union's drug regulator to authorize a further coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca on Friday, but that currently available data may mean it is not recommend for older adults.Jens Spahn said authorities are waiting to see what advice the European Medicines Agency issues with regard to vaccinations for people over 65, and Germany would then adjust its own guidance for doctors in the country.“We don't expect an unrestricted approval,” Spahn told r...
Asian tiger mosquito presents limited risk for Zika virus outbreaks

Asian tiger mosquito presents limited risk for Zika virus outbreaks

Science
Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The Asian tiger mosquito poses only a minor risk for Zika virus, according to new epidemiological simulations. The yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti is the primary vector for Zika virus, the infectious disease that can spread from mother to fetus, causing congenital deformities. Advertisement However, lab experiments have previously shown the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus can carry and transmit the disease. In 2019, scientists in France blamed several instances of Zika infection and transmission on the Asian tiger mosquito, an aggressive biter that originates from Southeast Asia but has colonized much of temperate Europe. Thanks to its ability to survive harsh winters, the Asian tiger mosquito is now found all over the world. The species is the second-most comm...
Oyster farming has a limited impact on vulnerable shorebirds

Oyster farming has a limited impact on vulnerable shorebirds

Science
May 14 (UPI) -- New research suggests oyster farming can safely coexist with four vulnerable shorebirds found along the Delaware Bayshore, including the federally threatened red knot. Every summer, red knots fly thousands of miles from Chile to their breeding grounds in the Arctic. Along the way, the birds stop on the Delaware coastline to feast on the eggs of horseshoe crabs. Conservationists have expressed concerns that oyster aquaculture industry development could make the Delaware Bayshore a less inviting place for shorebirds, including the red knot. For the new study -- published this week in the journal Ecosphere -- scientists analyzed the effects of oyster farming on the presence and behavior of four shorebird species: the red knot, ruddy turnstone, sanderling and semipalmated san...
Joe Burrow calls his physical traits limited compared to other QB prospects

Joe Burrow calls his physical traits limited compared to other QB prospects

Sports
March 2 (UPI) -- Former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but the Heisman Trophy winner believes his physical traits are "limited" compared to other quarterback prospects in the class. "I think it's my mental capacity in the game," Burrow said last week at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "I prepare better than anybody else. My physical traits are limited compared to some of the guys here. Everyone can see it. "I have to be smarter. I have to prepare better and I have to know what's happening before it happens so I can play fast." Burrow chose not to participate in drills at the combine. Those drills included a 40-yard dash, throwing sessions, vertical jump and more. They also gave NFL teams exact times and measuremen...