CoronaVac, an experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech, is safe, says Brazil’s leading biomedical research center called São Paulo's Butantan Institute. The vaccine candidate has been found safe for most participants in the Phase III clinical trial that is currently taking place in Brazil.
A new case study has found that the first UK patient has experienced sudden hearing loss due to the COVID-19 infection, suggesting that clinicians should check for the condition in people infected with the novel coronavirus. The details of the case have been described in the BMJ Case Reports.
A large study, funded by the World Health Organization (WHO), has found that remdesivir, an antiviral drug developed by Gilead Sciences, does not reduce the mortality rate among hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The study also found that the drug does not reduce the recovery time.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new guidance on the risks associated with the use of NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, in the fetus when the mother takes the drugs in their 20th or 30th week of pregnancy. NSAID use during that time of pregnancy could lead to kidney problems in the unborn.
Two new studies have found that people with blood group O are less likely to catch COVID-19 infection and are not vulnerable to serious illness even if they catch the virus. However, people with blood types A, B, or AB are more vulnerable to catch the virus and may have serious illness after testing positive.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been tested positive for COVID-19, Portugal’s soccer federation said Tuesday. He is currently doing well, has no symptoms. He has been kept in isolation. Apart from Ronaldo, two other Portugal football players, Jose Fonte and Anthony Lopes, have also been tested positive for the coronavirus.