An experimental new Moderna vaccine candidate has been found to 'neutralise' Brazil and South Africa coronavirus variant, Moderna Inc claim. Latest trials also found a third dose of either its current Covid-19 shot or the experimental new vaccine candidate increases immunity against both variants. The booster shots, given to volunteers previously inoculated with Moderna's two-dose vaccine regimen, also boosted antibodies against the original version of Covid-19, Moderna said. The early data comes from a 40-person trial testing both Moderna's existing shot and a version developed to protect against the South African variant of Covid-19 called mRNA-1273.351. Two weeks after the new jab, Moderna says both the booster shot and the tweaked vaccine increased the antibodies in the blood that can neutralise the two variants of concern. Stephane Bancel, chief executive of Moderna, said: "As we seek to defeat the ongoing pandemic, we remain committed to being proactive as the … [Read more...] about Experimental Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Brazil and South Africa Covid variants’
We meet a young man in Kampala, who was detained and tortured for his support of opposition leader Bobi Wine. We meet Zimbabwean comedians who are using humor to address difficult topics. We talk to a group of feminists who have started a radio show in Juba and in South Africa, an activist tells us why we should hold politicians to account. South Africa: Holding politicians to account After a fire in one of Cape Town’s informal settlements rendered hundreds of people homeless, social justice activist Nkosikhona Swartbooi confronted the responsible minister, Lindiwe Sisulu during a visit to the area. The confrontation resulted in a court case against the activist. Ugandan opposition supporter: ‘I was beaten and detained’ Uganda’s elections in January 2021 were widely criticized by international bodies for their unlevel playing field and violence surrounding the vote. A Ugandan opposition member and supporter of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, better … [Read more...] about How Important Is Free Speech?
THE PILOT of the doomed MH370 left "false trails" to dodge radars before the plane disappeared killing all 239 on board, it has been claimed. The theory that the captain made a series of zig-zagging movements to throw off air traffic teams comes seven years after the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 suddenly vanished - sparking the world's greatest aviation mystery . According to aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey - who has spent years investigating the flight’s 2014 disappearance - the pilot made a number of deliberate turns and speed changes to avoid detection before plunging into the Indian Ocean. Godfrey said his research suggests the pilot in command, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, took a “carefully planned” flight path to avoid “giving a clear idea where he was heading”, reports news.com.au. The Boeing 777 with 239 people on board mysteriously disappeared from radar after taking off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, bound for Beijing, on March 8 2014. The plane … [Read more...] about MH370 pilot left ‘false trails’ to avoid detection before plane disappeared killing all 239 on board
Drifting asleep in the front seat of her car, influencer Asha Grand had already blacked out by the time she slammed full-speed into a vehicle parked on the side of the road. The shocking near-death experience, captured on CCTV, came after the American YouTuber had taken Apetemin, an unlicensed medicine used by thousands of young girls desperate to get Kim Kardashian-style curves. Dangerously promoted as a means to gain weight rapidly, the product - which is illegal to sell in the UK - has seen users report terrifying side effects, ranging from severe fatigue to jaundice and even liver failure. Now, NHS leaders have urged Instagram to clamp down on accounts advertising Apetemin following a BBC documentary that revealed it is being widely flogged on social media and in shops. One woman tells the show she has been hospitalised twice after using it, before admitting: "I took it again and I collapsed down the stairs at home. Apetamin is the devil." With girls as young as 12 … [Read more...] about ‘We nearly died taking illegal ‘Slim Thick’ drug to look like Kim Kardashian – with terrifying side effects’
When Joe Biden boasted to world leaders last month that the US would halve its greenhouse emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels — urging his counterparts from countries like China and India to commit to stronger action — the US president left environmentalists unconvinced. The cuts are more ambitious than previous targets to burn less fossil fuel. But they will not stop the US from overshooting its fair share of the emissions that can be released to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally 1.5C, according to independent research project Climate Action Tracker. This is a question of justice: The US has polluted the atmosphere more than any other economy on the planet and also has more money to deal with it. Factoring in those inequalities, Biden's pledge is "very close to or just within" the range of cuts needed to reach 2C, said Andreas Geiges, a researcher at Climate Analytics, which jointly runs the project. But it falls … [Read more...] about Climate justice: Do pledges ignore unequal emissions?