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Countries, where coronavirus infections are declining, could face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
“We need also to be cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time,” said WHO emergencies head Dr. Mike Ryan. “We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now, it is going to keep going down.”
Novavax said on Monday it has started the Phase 1 clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine candidate with preliminary results slated for July.
The Maryland-based firm in April said it identified the candidate, NVX-CoV2373, with which it planned to use its Matrix-M adjuvant to enhance immune responses.
Adjuvants are mainly used to make vaccines induce a strong immune response and provide longer-lasting protection against viral and bacterial infection.
A loosely-knit volunteer group of data scientists and health experts has emerged in Indonesia’s West Java province as an increasingly important source of information and guidance in the face of patchy data and conflicting advice from the central government over measures to fight coronavirus.
The group, Kawal COVID-19 (Guard against COVID-19), also counters online misinformation, such as that smelling red onions is effective against coronavirus, and uses crowdsourcing to help hospitals find protective gear.
The WHO has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns.
It has previously recommended against using hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent coronavirus infections, except as part of clinical trials.
Children under the age of two should not wear masks because they can make breathing difficult and increase the risk of choking, a Japan medical group said, launching an urgent appeal to parents as the country reopens from the coronavirus crisis.
“Masks can make breathing difficult because infants have narrow air passages,” which increases the burden on their hearts, the association said, adding masks also raise the risk of heatstroke for the young ones.