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Drinking water unexpectedly rich in microbial life

Drinking water unexpectedly rich in microbial life | Virology News | Scoop.it
Flow cytometry can now be officially used for the quantification of microbial cells in drinking water. The new analytical method provides much more realistic results than the conventional method, in which bacterial colonies are grown on agar plates.
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Pretty much mirrors phage practicals we used to do in MCB here at UCT: tap water was always cleaner in terms of coliphages than bottled mineral water.  I'd still go with phages over flow cytometry, though: it was exquisitely sensitive, and a LOT cheaper.

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SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 escapes neutralization by South African COVID-19 donor plasma 

SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2, a novel lineage of the coronavirus causing COVID-19, contains multiple mutations within two immunodominant domains of the spike protein. Here we show that this lineage exhibits complete escape from three classes of therapeutically relevant monoclonal antibodies. Furthermore 501Y.V2 shows substantial or complete escape from neutralizing antibodies in COVID-19 convalescent plasma. These data highlight the prospect of reinfection with antigenically distinct variants and may foreshadow reduced efficacy of current spike-based vaccines.

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IN. VITRO. Important note!! The 501Y.V2 variant is NOT associated with greater rates of reinfection, meaning it does NOT seem any worse than the wild-type in escaping immunity.
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Hancock rebuked for suggesting coronavirus vaccine won’t combat new strain 

Hancock rebuked for suggesting coronavirus vaccine won’t combat new strain  | Virology News | Scoop.it
The government’s chief scientific adviser criticised the health secretary yesterday for suggesting that vaccines would be 50 per cent less effective against the South African variant of coronavirus.
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Deep Recombination: RNA and ssDNA Virus Genes in DNA Virus and Host Genomes 

Deep Recombination: RNA and ssDNA Virus Genes in DNA Virus and Host Genomes  | Virology News | Scoop.it
Viruses are notorious for rapidly exchanging genetic information between close relatives and with the host cells they infect. This exchange has profound effects on the nature and rapidity of virus ...
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Revisiting the Spanish flu: the 1918 influenza pandemic in Rio de Janeiro

Revisiting the Spanish flu: the 1918 influenza pandemic in Rio de Janeiro1     Adriana da Costa Goulart Master's in Social History from Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF); Rua Mariz e Barros, 98/401; 24220-121 Niterói – RJ Brazil; adrianacgoulart@yahoo.com.br     ABSTRACT The article analyzes the political and social impacts of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic in the city of Rio de Janeiro, then Brazil's federal capital. Through an analysis of press reports from Rio de Janeiro and of other documentation, I explore how the epidemic served as a tool for political engineering. Data sources include annals, reports, and bulletins from a federal ministry, the Mayor's Office, and the Chamber of Deputies, along with studies from the Brazilian Academy of Medicine and dissertations from Rio de Janeiro's Faculdade de Medicina. My concern is how the epidemic impacted the representation of certain political and social actors and how it reaffirmed a group of sanitarians as an intelligentsia with a vocation for political leadership–a group that came to play a key role in the process of modernizing Brazilian society. Keywords: Spanish flu; epidemic; public health; political and social history; governability; political and social representation; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.    

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Covid in Ireland: Government deal with GPs over Astrazeneca vaccine is close 

Covid in Ireland: Government deal with GPs over Astrazeneca vaccine is close  | Virology News | Scoop.it
Cabinet will meet today to discuss an agreement between the government and GPs to ensure the smooth roll-out of the Astrazeneca vaccine.A senior government source confirmed that a Department of Health...
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Pandemic loneliness hits people under 30 harder

Pandemic loneliness hits people under 30 harder | Virology News | Scoop.it
The loneliness that comes with the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly hard on people under 30 and those with previous mental health issues, research finds.
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Myanmar, Seychelles to get Made in India vaccine on Friday, India News News | wionews.com

Myanmar, Seychelles to get Made in India vaccine on Friday, India News News | wionews.com | Virology News | Scoop.it
Seychelles and Myanmar will be getting Made in India vaccines on Friday. 

Seychelles will get 50,000 doses of vaccines on Friday at around 1 pm local time. The amount is significant since the population of the country is 97,000.
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And STILL South Africa has none...!!
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New China swine fever strains point to unlicensed vaccines | Reuters

New China swine fever strains point to unlicensed vaccines | Reuters | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new form of African swine fever identified in Chinese pig farms is most likely caused by illicit vaccines, industry insiders say, a fresh blow to the world's largest pork producer, still recovering from a devastating epidemic of the virus.
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1918 Influenza: the mother of all pandemics

1918 Influenza: the mother of all pandemics | Virology News | Scoop.it
The "Spanish" influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, which caused approximately 50 million deaths worldwide, remains an ominous warning to public health. Many questions about its origins, its unusual epidemiologic features, and the basis of its pathogenicity remain unanswered.
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Chinese health experts call to suspend Pfizer's mRNA vaccine for elderly after Norwegian deaths - Global Times

Chinese health experts call to suspend Pfizer's mRNA vaccine for elderly after Norwegian deaths - Global Times | Virology News | Scoop.it
Chinese health experts called on Norway and other countries to suspend the use of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines produced by companies such as Pfizer, especially among elderly people, due to the vaccines' safety uncertainties following the deaths of 23 elderly Norwegian people who received the...
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Israel: Provide Vaccines to Occupied Palestinians

Israel: Provide Vaccines to Occupied Palestinians | Virology News | Scoop.it
Israeli authorities should provide Covid-19 vaccines to the more than 4.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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Philippines now free of H5N6 bird flu, but monitoring another strain –

Philippines now free of H5N6 bird flu, but monitoring another strain – | Virology News | Scoop.it
MANILA, Jan 19, 2021, Reuters.The Philippines is now free of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus, the Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday…...
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'Redemption': How a scientist's unwavering belief in mRNA gave the world a Covid-19 vaccine

'Redemption': How a scientist's unwavering belief in mRNA gave the world a Covid-19 vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
For Katalin Karikó, vaccine approval is a validation of 40 years of hard work, and opens the door to a new generation of medicines...
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Hyperimmune response model could clarify severe COVID-19

Hyperimmune response model could clarify severe COVID-19 | Virology News | Scoop.it
Replication of a hyperimmune response in nonhuman primates could one day lead to treatments for people with severe cases of COVID-19.
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Inside the world's biggest vaccine factory, India's Serum Institute

Inside the world's biggest vaccine factory, India's Serum Institute | Virology News | Scoop.it
PUNE, India: The tiny clinking vials supervised by silent PPE-wearing technicians belie the excitement inside the world's largest vaccine ...
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Pakistan close to approving Russia's Sputnik vaccine as Covid cases rise 

Pakistan close to approving Russia's Sputnik vaccine as Covid cases rise  | Virology News | Scoop.it
Read more about Pakistan close to approving Russia's Sputnik vaccine as Covid cases rise on Business Standard. The country has already ordered 1.2 million doses from Chinese state-backed vaccine developer Sinopharm.
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Fears of ‘vaccine apartheid’ as countries mull immunisation passports

It may be a divisive move but proof of inoculation is likely to become the norm for anyone wanting to travel and enjoy life...
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Philippines now free of H5N6 bird flu, but monitoring another strain

Philippines now free of H5N6 bird flu, but monitoring another strain | Virology News | Scoop.it
MANILA: The Philippines is now free of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus, the Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday (Jan 19), citing a ...
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China builds massive Covid-19 quarantine camp for 4,000 people as outbreak continues

China builds massive Covid-19 quarantine camp for 4,000 people as outbreak continues | Virology News | Scoop.it
China is rushing to build a massive quarantine camp that can house more than 4,000 people, after an outbreak of Covid-19 this month that has left tens of millions of people under strict lockdown....
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Covid-19 Has Nearly Wiped Out the Flu—How Do We Keep It From Coming Back?

Covid-19 Has Nearly Wiped Out the Flu—How Do We Keep It From Coming Back? | Virology News | Scoop.it
Coronavirus measures like mask-wearing and increased vaccination rates have contributed to historically low levels of seasonal influenza, leading some to explore what might help most after the pandemic ends.
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Train Your Pet To Get Back To Normalcy after Lockdown

Train Your Pet To Get Back To Normalcy after Lockdown | Virology News | Scoop.it
Sometimes the most unexpected situations can give us the most cherishable moments of life. Undoubtedly, the abrupt quarantine period was a bit harsh to deal with as no one was actually prepared for it but then we coped up well. On one hand, staying at home seemed to be a conundrum for humans, it turned …
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Why has Europe been so slow at rolling out the Covid vaccine?

Why has Europe been so slow at rolling out the Covid vaccine? | Virology News | Scoop.it
The longer the the EU is travelling in the vaccine slow lane, the more politically toxic it will become.
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Western Cape vs ANC 'vaccine war' erupts: Should WC have its own jabs?

Western Cape vs ANC 'vaccine war' erupts: Should WC have its own jabs? | Virology News | Scoop.it
The ANC government faces the possibility of having its vaccine strategy challenged by DA forces in the Western Cape - who may try to find their own supply.
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Almost a third of recovered Covid patients return to hospital in five months and one in eight die

Research has found a devastating long-term toll on survivors, with people developing heart problems, diabetes and chronic conditions...
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System can get oxygen and fuel from salt water on Mars

System can get oxygen and fuel from salt water on Mars | Virology News | Scoop.it
An electrolysis system can pull oxygen and fuel from briny water, just like the H2O on Mars. The tech also opens up oceans as a fuel source here on Earth.
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