Experts call for including pregnant women in COVID-19 vaccine trials

More than 210,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19, and tens of thousands are testing positive daily. The best way to defeat the pandemic is with a safe vaccine that can protect a large share of the population, especially people at higher risk of exposure, such as frontline health workers, and those more vulnerable, such as the elderly and, some health experts maintain, pregnant women. The data on whether pregnancy increases the risk for coronavirus infection or leads to more complications is incomplete, but there are preliminary indications that it is a potential risk factor.

By the workings of “herd immunity,” a vaccine wouldn’t even have to be given to everyone; if a large enough portion of the population is protected from infection, the virus won’t be able to keep spreading. The country is nowhere near that point at present.

It is encouraging to know that there are

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18 businesses including two fitness gyms fined for violating COVID-19 guidelines

Dubai: Following intensified inspections of commercial establishments, the Dubai Economy (DED) announced on Monday that it has imposed fines on 18 shops, including six in the retail sector, two in trading ready-to-wear garments, four shops in textiles and fabrics, two gyms and four other stores selling perfumes, mobile phones, electronics, and computer parts, for violating health and safety guidelines.

Stern warnings were issued to 12 commercial establishments for not placing the physical distancing stickers as part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) preventive measures. DED’s Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP), meanwhile, found on Sunday that 725 commercial establishments were fully compliant with the safety rules.

The DED noted the non-compliant businesses were from various shopping centres at Dubai International City, Al-Daghaya, and Ayal Nasir. The inspectors fined the commercial establishments after employees were found not wearing masks and not adhering to physical distancing. Warnings were issued to those that did not

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