Approval of at-home tests releases a pandemic-fighting weapon

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved inexpensive, at-home coronavirus tests for over-the-counter sales this week, adding a potentially powerful weapon to the nation’s pandemic-fighting arsenal that experts say will likely still be needed despite increasing numbers of vaccinated Americans. One of them is Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology, who has called on federal… Read More »

Near point-of-care viral load testing enables quick clinical action for people with high viral load

A study conducted in Malawi has shown that near point-of-care technologies have the capacity to improve viral-load testing, increase the frequency and quality of clinical action and reduce the costs incurred by outpatients in HIV clinics. Near point-of-care assays allow HIV viral-load tests to be conducted within hours of sample collection at the same health… Read More »

Britons will be allowed to holiday in countries with high vaccination rates, PM to announce

Travel chiefs fear holiday booking ‘fiasco’ as Boris Johnson unveils traffic light system for foreign trips with countries rated on vaccination levels and Covid cases – as Europe faces a race against time to get infection rates down before summer season The Prime Minister will unveil a traffic light system that will see destinations rated… Read More »

Govt rules out stadium vaccination sites

The country’s top health officer has insisted COVID-19 vaccination efforts are ramping up quickly, as the federal government faces heavy criticism over a relatively slow rollout and missed targets. Acting chief medical officer Michael Kidd said on Monday both supply and administration of jabs would increase in the coming weeks, and that GPs and other… Read More »