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Andes virus is carried by wild rodents native to South America, and people can be infected through exposure to infected animals or their droppings. Like other hantaviruses, Andes virus infection can lead to a severe and often fatal respiratory disease in humans, called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). Importantly, Andes virus is the only hantavirus known to spread person to person. Read more here
The World Health Organisation's top emergency expert said on Monday (November 30) that the world risked future pandemics if it suffered "amnesia" and did not learn from the current coronavirus crisis. Mike Ryan also took a swipe at developed nations in particular, saying that northern countries had been running healthcare systems "like low-cost airlines" and that the world was paying the price for that now. Watch here
Moderna will apply for US and European emergency authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1 per cent effective with no serious safety concerns, the company said. SBS Reports
The coronavirus pandemic could wipe out 25 years of increasing gender equality, new global data from UN Women suggests. BBC Reports
AstraZeneca is facing tricky questions about its success rate that some experts say could hinder its chances of getting speedy US and EU regulatory approval. SBS reports
Global coronavirus cases top 60 million as United States reports record number of hospitalisations. It's believed the global tally reflects only a fraction of the actual number of infections, with many countries lacking testing capacity or only testing the most serious cases. Read more here
Researchers find COVID immunity lasts longer than first thought. Studies of patients have shown cells in their bodies remember the coronavirus for at least eight months after infection and naturally trigger an immediate immune response. Further information can be viewed here
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Sunday in Berlin after the virtual G-20 summit that "COVID-19 is a global challenge that can only be answered by all". Watch SBS here
Experts worry that many COVID-19 infections and deaths in Africa are being missed or unrecorded, as testing rates for the continent of 1.3 billion people are among the lowest in the world.
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Global hopes of overcoming the coronavirus pandemic were boosted after a second vaccine was found to be nearly 95 per cent effective in a trial. Click here to read more.