US Army Walter Reed Scientists Develop Coronavirus Vaccine Effective Against All Variants Including Omicron

Within weeks reports Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research have developed Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle COVID-19 vaccine, or SpFN, a vaccine that is effective against COVID-19 and all its variants including Omicron. Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of Walter Reed’s infectious diseases branch, made the announcement in an exclusive interview with Defense One.   Walter Reed’s infectious diseases branch decided to focus on making a vaccine that would work against not just the existing strain but all of its potential … Continue reading “US Army Walter Reed Scientists Develop Coronavirus Vaccine Effective Against All Variants Including Omicron”

F.D.A. Antimicrobial Drugs Panel Endorse Merck’s Covid Pill Molnupiravir For High Risk Adults.

The Food and Drug Administration Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting voted on Tuesday to recommend authorizing the molnupiravir Covid pill from Merck for high-risk adults. It would be the first in a new class of antiviral drugs that could work against a wide range of variants, including Omicron. Molnupiravir has been shown to modestly reduce the risk of hospitalization and death, predominantly from the Delta, Mu and Gamma variants. The expert panel recommended it for Covid patients who are older … Continue reading “F.D.A. Antimicrobial Drugs Panel Endorse Merck’s Covid Pill Molnupiravir For High Risk Adults.”

Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc Attract Flight To Safety Bids on Virus Fears

The Japanese yen and the Swiss franc received safe haven bids on Friday as the global markets panicked on news of the Covid Omicron variant. In a thin market it also gave traders an opportunity to book profits after an extended rally in the US dollar. On the flip side commodity beneficiaries and the growth sensitive Australian dollar and Norwegian krone sold off. Moves weren’t just against the dollar. Whilst the euro rose 0.97 percent to a high of US$1.1312, … Continue reading “Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc Attract Flight To Safety Bids on Virus Fears”

Omicron’s Unusual Genetic Profile and Speed of Spread Concern Scientists

The new B.1.1.529 variant now known as Omicron has scientists concerned for two primary reasons. The first is epidemiological and rand the speed it is spreading. The second is its highly unusual genetic profile with ‘an unprecedented sampling’ of mutations. There are other genetic changes that have not been seen before, whose significance is as yet unknown. WHO recognized the new Covid strain as a variant of concern Friday. omicron Omicron is the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet Omicron … Continue reading “Omicron’s Unusual Genetic Profile and Speed of Spread Concern Scientists”

WHO Names New COVID Variant of Concern ‘Omicron’

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the new Covid strain, first referred to as lineage B.1.1.529 and now named omicron, as a variant of concern. WHO said it will take weeks to understand how the variant may affect diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. News of the South African variant sent shockwaves throughout financial markets in thin post Thanksgiving Day trade. Oil fell over 10% on the news with fear of economy’s shutting down again. omicron Omicron is the 15th letter of … Continue reading “WHO Names New COVID Variant of Concern ‘Omicron’”