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Child winter respiratory illness on rise in summer

Parents are being warned to look out for the signs of a common childhood respiratory illness, RSV, cases of which unusually appear to be rising rapidly in the summer. RSV is a very common winter virus – but social distancing and lockdowns kept it at bay earlier this year. And this means young children have … Read More

Coronavirus: Italy brings in Covid certificate amid spike in infections

Italy is introducing a mandatory Covid vaccination certificate from 6 August, the latest country in Europe to announce such a scheme. The move will allow those aged 12 and over who have received at least one jab to access a range of venues, including indoor restaurants, cinemas and gyms. However, after disagreements within the governing … Read More

Covid vaccine: Eight-week gap seen as sweet spot for Pfizer jab antibodies

A longer gap between first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine makes the body’s immune system produce more infection-fighting antibodies, UK researchers have found. Experts say the findings support the UK’s decision on extending dosing intervals from the initial recommendation of three weeks. An eight-week gap seems to be the sweet spot for … Read More

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