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US flu hospitalizations are highest in 10 years, officials say

A spike in flu cases in the early fall has pushed US hospitalization rates for the illness to their highest level in a decade for this time of year, US health officials said Friday. , noting that vaccination rates have decreased. The surge in flu cases comes alongside pressure on hospitals from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and COVID cases, officials said, urging people to get vaccinated and offering to help states that may need additional support. .

Lilly and Boehringer say Jardiance slows kidney disease progression in trial

Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly said their diabetes drug Jardiance has been shown to slow the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD), as they seek to catch up with market segment leader AstraZeneca. In a statement Friday, the two partners said Jardiance reduced the risk of kidney disease progression and cardiovascular death by 28%, citing results from an late-stage trial that included people with and without diabetes.

German expats in China will have access to BioNTech vaccine, says Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a deal on Friday to allow expatriates in China to use Germany’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and pushed for Beijing to make the vaccine freely available to Chinese citizens. In his first visit to China since he became foreign minister and the first by a G7 leader since the pandemic, Scholz said China and Germany had different approaches to combating the virus but had a joint responsibility to eliminate it.

Pfizer/BioNTech Omicron injection shows strong response after one month

US drugmaker Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE said on Friday that their Omicron-adapted injection targeting the BA.4/5 subvariants produced a stronger antibody response in older adults than the original injection after one month. In October, the companies released data showing the vaccine produced higher virus-neutralizing antibodies in humans after a week, but did not disclose the levels of antibodies produced in the study.

China vows to continue ‘dynamic cleaning’ COVID strategy

China will persevere with its approach of “proactive cleaning” of COVID-19 cases as soon as they emerge, health officials said on Saturday, adding that measures must be more precisely implemented and meet the needs of vulnerable people. The country’s strict COVID containment approach can still control the virus, despite the high transmissibility of COVID variants and asymptomatic carriers, an official with China’s National Health Commission told a news conference.

US Supreme Court to Hear Amgen Bid to Revive Cholesterol Drug Patents

The US Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Amgen Inc’s bid to revive patents on its cholesterol drug Repatha that were invalidated due to a legal challenge from rivals Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA. The judges took up Amgen’s appeal of the lower court ruling that dismissed Repatha’s patents. Amgen and other drugmakers have said the case is evidence of their ability to obtain and defend patents on important drugs.

Fact Box: What are the novel coronavirus variants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 and why are they important?

New offshoots of Omicron’s dominant BA.5 subvariant, known as BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, are gaining traction in the United States as the SARS-Cov-2 virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. The new sub-variants of the coronavirus and how they can affect people are described below.

China reports 3,837 new cases for November 4 vs. 4,045 the day before

China reported 3,837 new COVID-19 infections on Nov. 4, of which 657 were symptomatic and 3,180 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Saturday. That compares with a six-month high of 4,045 new COVID-19 infections reported the day before, of which 757 were symptomatic and 3,288 were asymptomatic infections, which are counted separately by China.

New Mexico town delays abortion ban

The Clovis city commission on Thursday postponed a vote on an ordinance designed to ban abortions in the New Mexico city near the Texas border, fearing challenges to the measure in a state where the procedure remains legal. Clovis would become the first city to pass a so-called “sanctuary city for the unborn” ordinance in a state controlled by the Democratic Party, according to anti-abortion advocates, who say it’s part of a national push toward “blue city.” “. ” it states.

China to make ‘substantial’ changes to its COVID policy soon: former government expert

China will make substantial changes to its “dynamic zero” COVID-19 policy in the coming months, a former Chinese disease control official said at a conference organized by Citi on Friday, according to a recording of the session heard by Reuters. Separately, three sources familiar with the matter said China could soon further ease quarantine requirements for incoming travellers.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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