Human embryos susceptible to coronavirus at early stages of development, scientists say MOSCOW. KAZINFORM - American and British biologists have discovered that embryo cells at the early stages of development will be highly susceptible to the coronavirus attacks if its particles manage to enter the system of a pregnant woman. The results of their observations were published in an article in the bioRxiv electronic library, TASS reports.
Pfizer-BioNTech, WHO strike deal on 40M vaccine doses GENEVA. KAZINFORM - The World Health Organization (WHO) and makers of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine announced Friday that they are ready to provide up to 40 million initial doses to poorer countries through the COVAX facility, Anadolu Agency reports.
EU postpones issuing ‘vaccination passports’ BRUSSELS. KAZINFORM The EU decided Thursday to postpone the issuing of vaccination certificates to people immunized against COVID-19 and opted to strongly deter all unnecessary travel within the bloc and with third countries to curb the spread of the virus.
Tokyo’s tally of new coronavirus cases for January tops 30,000 TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Tokyo's tally of new coronavirus infections for January topped 30,000 on Thursday, with the month already accounting for around a third of the capital's cumulative total, as Japan continues to grapple with a third wave of the pandemic, Kyodo reports.
New virus cases under 400 again; alert in place against potential upticks in S. Korea SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases fell back below 400 Friday on the back of tougher virus curbs, but health authorities warned against complacency as they try to further slow down new infections, Yonhap reports.
Brazil reports 2nd highest daily death toll from COVID-19 BRASILIA. KAZINFORM - Brazil on Wednesday (Jan. 20) had the day with the second highest death toll in 2021. In 24 hours, 1,340 deaths were confirmed to have been caused by COVID-19. The figure comes after January 7, when 1,524 new fatalities were notified, Agencia Brasil reports.
IOC's Bach says Tokyo Olympics will be held, not mulling «plan B» TOKYO. KAZINFORM International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach voiced confidence Thursday that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead this summer, saying there is «no plan B» even as doubts grow amid a sharp resurgence of coronavirus cases in the Japanese capital and elsewhere.