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Sinopharm protein booster stronger against omicron than earlier shot: Abu Dhabi study

An Abu Dhabi-led study has shown that a protein-based COVID-19 vaccine made by Sinopharm, when given as a booster shot, after two doses of an earlier shot from the Chinese firm, gave a stronger antibody response against the omicron variant than a third dose of the original. The authors of the study, which was published …

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Israel to admit some foreigners with presumed COVID-19 immunity

Israel said on Monday it will admit foreigners with presumed COVID-19 immunity from countries deemed medium-risk as of January 9, partially reversing a ban on entry by foreigners imposed in late November in response to the fast-spreading omicron variant. The Health Ministry said on Monday that travelers from 199 countries Israel has designated “orange” would …

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Tunisia’s Ennahda party says senior official detained by security forces

Tunisian security forces have detained a senior official from the biggest party in the suspended parliament for the first time since President Kais Saied seized governing powers in July, the party said. The moderate Ennahda, which accuses Saied of a coup for freezing the parliament and accumulating powers, said plainclothes agents seized Noureddine Bhairi on …

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UAE reports decline in daily COVID-19 cases, after six-month high in infections

There has been a slight decline in the number of daily UAE coronavirus cases – a day after recording a six month high in new infections. The Ministry of Health reported 1,732 new COVID-19 cases, 608 recoveries and one virus-related death on Monday. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. This is down from …

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Leading Israeli hospital to start fourth COVID-19 jab efficacy study

A leading Israeli hospital will begin a study on Monday to determine the safety and efficacy of a fourth coronavirus vaccine dose. Sheba Medical Center will administer a fourth dose to 150 medical workers who were vaccinated with third doses before August 20 and currently have a low antibody count, according to a statement from …

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France recommends COVID-19 booster jap three months after initial vaccines

France on Friday recommended that adults receive a Covid-19 booster vaccination three months after their initial jabs, reducing the current guideline of five months to better fight the omicron variant. The recommendation was published by the country’s HAS health authority, which advises the government in the fight against COVID-19. For more coronavirus news, visit our …

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