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T cell shortage linked to severe COVID-19 in elderly; antiseptic spray may limit virus spread – KSL.com

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
Shortage of ‘naive’ T cells raises COVID-19 risk in elderly
A lower supply of a certain type of immune cell in older people that is critical to fighting foreign invaders may help explain their vulnerability to severe COVID-19, scientists say. When germs enter the body, the initial “innate” im…

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You Can Now Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in China. That Might Not Be a Good Thing – Yahoo News

An unofficial vaccine rollout is gathering pace despite the warnings of international public health experts

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A staff member works during a media tour of a new factory built to produce a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at Sinovac, one of 11 Chinese companies approved to carry out clinical trials of potential coronavirus vaccines, in Beijing on September 24, 2020. Credit – Wang ZhaoAFP/Getty Images
Li Shurui didnt hesitate. Faced with putting his life on hold indefinitely or the risk of catching COVID-19 by returning to university in the U.K., the 22-year-old business student decided to roll…

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The number of older people getting coronavirus in Europe is rising again. That’s really bad news – CNN

Europe is deep in the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic, and a particularly worrying trend is beginning to emerge: More older people are becoming infected….

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(CNN)Europe is deep in the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic, and a particularly worrying trend is beginning to emerge: More older people are becoming infected.
Over the summer months, the continent saw infection clusters popping up mostly among younger people who were venturing out into bars, restaurants and other public spaces. While that wasn’t ideal, it meant the death rate stayed relatively low, since younger people are statistically less vulnerable to the virus and most avoid getting…

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Spike in South Korea flu shot deaths fuels vaccine doubts – Al Jazeera English

South Korea is giving the seasonal flu vaccine to millions to ward off any complications with COVID-19.

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At least 13 South Koreans have died after receiving flu shots in recent days, according to official and local media reports, fuelling doubts about vaccine safety even as authorities rule out a link and as global efforts to find a vaccine against COVID-19 intensify.
Health authorities said on Wednesday there were no plans to suspend the programme to vaccinate approximately 19 million people for free after a preliminary investigation into six deaths found no direct connection with the drug they had…

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