Lawsuits Target Virginia School Board Sex-Assault Response

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A pair of lawsuits that for years has plagued Virginia’s largest school system with allegations that it ignored students’ accusations of sex assaults are back in front of federal judges. One of the lawsuits includes allegations of horrific abuse suffered by a student at a Fairfax County middle school and … Read more

Omicron-targeting Covid vax shows high immune response: Pfizer & BioNTech

The new Covid shot that specifically targets Omicron variant elicits a strong immune response against the strain, widely known to evade vaccines, Pfizer and BioNTech have said. According to the companies, just a month after administration, a booster dose of the Omicron-adapted monovalent candidates (at 30 and 60 microgram … Read more

BioNTech/Pfizer say Omicron-targeting boosters elicit strong immune response

Pfizer and BioNTech’s Omicron-targeted Covid-19 vaccines elicit a strong immune response, significantly outperforming their previous vaccine at tackling the most prevalent variant, according to new data. The US drugmaker and its German partner said on Saturday they plan to discuss the data with global regulators, who meet next week for talks about co-ordinating a switch … Read more

FHFA recommits to UMBS in response to concerns about new g-fee

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is pressing ahead with a controversial guarantee fee that was proposed as part of the Enterprise Capital Regulatory Framework in 2020, but also pledged to not let it undermine the uniform — otherwise known as to-be-announced — securities market as some fear it could. “FHFA remains committed to the continued … Read more

Covishield booster post Covaxin priming improves immune response 58x: CMC

Covishield fares significantly better as a booster or third shot after primary vaccination with either Covishield or Covaxin, shows a Christian Medical College Vellore study on heterologous vaccine boosting. In an interview with Karan Thapar, Gagandeep Kang, microbiologist and professor at CMC Vellore, said that heterologous boosting with Covishield … Read more

For India, response to Covid won’t be complete without TRIPS waiver: Goyal

The package of measures, which the WTO is negotiating here as part of the response to COVID-19 pandemic, must include the patent waiver proposal of India and South Africa as it would help in dealing with this disease, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday. “For India, … Read more

New social media laws in response to rights violations, says Centre

India on Monday reissued new rules on social media companies that it proposed then abruptly withdrew last week, making no changes but explaining that the law was needed because the companies had violated Indians’ constitutional rights. The country last week released a draft of changes to its IT law … Read more

Strong T-cell response for blood cancer patients after vaccine; COVID breakthrough often serious for cancer patients By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The word “COVID-19” is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration By Nancy Lapid (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19 and cancer presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology … Read more