More Virulent, Deadly HIV Discovered

PRESS STATEMENT Identification of fast-spreading HIV variant provides evidence of urgency to halt the pandemic and reach all with testing and treatment Around 10 million people living with HIV are still not on antiretroviral therapy. GENEVA, 7 February 2022—Newly published research from the Netherlands has revealed the existence of a more transmissible and damaging variant of HIV. People living with the newly revealed HIV subtype experience double the rate of immune system decline (CD4 count), have higher HIV viral loads (amount of virus in the blood) and are vulnerable to…

Zimbabwe Approves Covid-19 Vaccination For 16-17 Year Olds

Zimbabwe’s health ministry has approved the use of China’s Sinovac Biotech Covid-19 vaccine for 16 and 17-year-olds, it said on Monday, adding that the country aimed to achieve herd immunity by the end of December. The ministry said in a statement that it had taken the decision after a recommendation from specialist paediatricians and was still considering whether to vaccinate younger children. “All the provinces, secondary schools, colleges, universities and vaccination centres are hereby required to commence the vaccination campaign of this age group with immediate effect,” the minister said.…