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Zero-COVID, big money: China’s anti-virus spending boosts medicine, tech and construction

BEIJING, May 30 (Reuters) – China’s “zero-COVID” policy of constantly monitoring, testing and isolating its citizens to prevent the spread of the coronavirus has hit much of the country’s economy, but it has created growth bubbles in the medical, technology and construction sectors. The Chinese government, alone among major countries to have pledged to eradicate …

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US doctors reconsider Pfizer’s Paxlovid for low-risk COVID patients

May 28 (Reuters) – Use of Pfizer Inc. (PFE.N) COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid peaked this week, but some doctors are reconsidering the pills for low-risk patients after a US public health agency warned symptoms may return after people finish treatment with the drug, and that they should then self-isolate a second time. More quarantine time “is …

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Britain offers smallpox vaccine as monkeypox cases spread across Europe

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – A handful of monkeypox cases in Britain has prompted authorities to offer a smallpox vaccine to some healthcare workers and others who may have been exposed, as a handful of additional cases have been confirmed in parts of Europe. Monkeypox is a usually mild viral illness characterized by symptoms of …

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