1. The latest health news
The Serum Institute of India – the world’s largest vaccine maker – has developed the country’s first cervical cancer shot, which will reach the market soon, the company and India’s government announced at the start of September.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new guide for the responsible use of the life sciences. It calls on everyone involved to mitigate bio-risks and safely govern dual-use research.
The WHO has also today released a new set of guidelines on workplace mental health.
Pfizer has started a late-stage US trial of an influenza vaccine. It’s among the first such studies for a messenger RNA flu shot.
And Pfizer and BioNTech have applied for US Food and Drug Administration approval for their Omicron-tailored COVID-19 vaccine booster for children aged 5-11.
Canada is set to remove all COVID-19 restrictions for inbound travellers from 1 October. It will also end testing, quarantine and isolation requirements.
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria reached $14.25 billion in pledges following an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Portugal has approved a preventative shot against monkeypox and approved the use of smaller doses – known as “dose-sparing” – due to limited supplies.
The Pan American Health Organization has warned that Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Peru are at very high risk for the reintroduction of polio as a result of dwindling vaccination rates during the COVID-19 pandemic.