DUBAI (REUTERS) - Hospitals in many Iranian provinces are running out of capacity to handle Covid-19 cases, health authorities say, with the coronavirus now killing around 300 people a day or one person every five minutes. The authorities have complained of poor social distancing, and Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi said the pandemic could cause 600 daily deaths in coming weeks if Iranians failed to respect health protocols in the Middle East's hardest-hit country. A caption that ran on state television news said an Iranian died of coronavirus every five minutes, a rate that corresponds to daily death tallies reported by the authorities of just above or below 300 over the past 20 days. Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV on Sunday that 32,616 people had died of the disease and the number of confirmed cases had reached 568,896. Some experts have doubted the accuracy of Iran's official coronavirus tolls. A report by the Iranian Parliament's research centre in April suggested that the coronavirus tolls might be almost twice as many as those announced by the health ministry. The report said that Iran's official coronavirus figures were
LONDON (REUTERS) - The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca produces a robust immune response in elderly people and young people, and adverse reactions were lower among the elderly, British drug maker AstraZeneca said on Monday (Oct 26). A vaccine that works is seen as a game-changer in the battle against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 1.15 million people, hammered the global economy and shuttered normal life across the world. The Financial Times reported that the vaccine, being developed by Oxford and AstraZeneca, triggers protective antibodies and T-cells in older age groups. It cited two people familiar with the finding. Immunogenicity blood tests carried out on a subset of older participants echo data released in July which showed the vaccine generated "robust immune responses" in a group of healthy adults aged between 18 and 55, the newspaper reported. "It is encouraging to see immunogenicity responses were similar between older and younger adults and that reactogenicity was lower in older adults, where the Covid-19 disease severity is higher," an AstraZeneca spokesman told Reuters. "The results further build the body of evidence for the safety and immunogenicity
China is the United States' "absolute number one" national security threat, said Indian-American Republican politician Nikki Haley on Saturday (local time), adding that US President Donald Trump has made sure Beijing does not steal American intellectual property.