Exclusive: WHO investigating links between cough syrup deaths, considers advice for parents

Jan 24 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating whether there is any connection between manufacturers whose contaminated cough syrups it has linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in three countries, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Citing “unacceptable levels” of toxins in the products, the WHO is … Read more

WHO urges ‘immediate action’ after cough syrup deaths

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has called for “immediate and concerted action” to protect children from contaminated medicines after a spate of child deaths linked to cough syrups last year. In 2022, more than 300 children – mainly aged under 5 – in Gambia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan died of acute kidney … Read more

US FDA proposes shift to annual COVID vaccine shots

Jan 23 (Reuters) – The US health regulator on Monday proposed one dose of the latest updated COVID-19 shot annually for healthy adults, similar to the influenza immunization campaign, as it aims to simplify the country’s COVID-vaccine strategy. The US Food and Drug Administration also asked its panel of external advisers to consider the use … Read more

Chinese pray for health in Lunar New Year as COVID death toll rises

BEIJING, Jan 22 (Reuters) – China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with its people praying for health after three years of stress and financial hardship under the pandemic, as officials reported almost 13,000 new deaths caused by the virus between January 13 and 19. Queues stretched for about one kilometer (a half-mile) … Read more

China says the COVID outbreak has infected 80% of the population

BEIJING, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The possibility of a big COVID-19 rebound in China over the next two or three months is remote as 80% of people have been infected, a prominent government scientist said on Saturday. The mass movement of people during the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday period may spread the pandemic, boosting … Read more

Thousands join rightist rally against Spanish government

MADRID, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Thousands of people packed into central Madrid on Saturday to protest against the Socialist government and accuse it of undermining the constitution, in a rally backed by rightist parties. Protesters massed in the Plaza de Cibeles in front of City Hall, waved Spanish flags, called on Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez … Read more

China plays down COVID outbreak with holiday rush at full tilt

Top official says COVID at ‘relatively low’ level Hospital, critical cases dropping, authorities say More than 2 bln trips expected over Lunar New Year Some fear the travel season could see infections surge BEIJING, Jan 20 (Reuters) – People across China crowded into trains and buses for one of its busiest days of travel in … Read more

China says critical COVID cases have peaked as holiday travel surges

Millions travel across the country for the Lunar New Year President Xi says worried about elderly, rural areas Daily deaths could hit 36,000 next week, analysis shows Chinese drugmakers rush to make fever medicines BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The number of COVID patients needing critical care in China’s hospitals has peaked, health authorities said … Read more

Millions of Chinese workers on the move ahead of Friday’s travel peak

Half a million people now cross China’s borders per day China now open to the world – state leader tells World Economic Forum Medical workers rush to vaccinate the elderly BEIJING, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Millions of urban workers were on the move across China on Wednesday ahead of the expected Friday peak of its … Read more

China reports huge rise in COVID-related deaths after data criticism

Nearly 60,000 COVID-related hospital deaths reported China has been criticized for under-reporting COVID deaths Official says emergency hospitalizations have peaked Travel recovering ahead of Lunar New Year holiday BEIJING, Jan 14 (Reuters) – China said on Saturday nearly 60,000 people with COVID-19 had died in hospital since it abandoned its zero-COVID policy last month, a … Read more