Viktor Orban receives Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine creator Katalin Kariko
On Thursday morning, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban met with Katalin Kariko, the Hungarian-born research biologist and biochemist, who is the co-patent owner of the technology leading to synthetic mRNA-based vaccine development, the PM s press chief Bertalan Havasi told Hungary s state news agency (MTI).
Polish vaccine on its way
Researchers at Warsaw s University of Technology are working on the development of Poland s anti-covid vaccine without the support of big pharmaceutical companies, relying solely on their committment and expertise. The vaccine is ready to be tested on animals, but the project still needs supporters.
Key things to know about major Covid-19 vaccine candidates
There are currently more than 100 vaccine candidates under development, with four major vaccines raising hope in Europe. We have gathered the most important information people need to know.
We mustn t forget and excuse the sins of communist dictatorships
Hungary is contributing tens of millions of dollars to the goal of the American Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) to build a museum and a research center in Washington, the Hungarian foreign minister said on his Facebook page on Sunday.
Vaccine efficiency over 90 per cent very good
"It s not really a competition," according to the vice president of the AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company. The more vaccines in the market, the better our position to ensure immunity across the population globally, she said. If a vaccine s efficiency exceeds 90 per cent, it is considered very good, professor Piotr Rzymski from the Poznan University of Medical Sciences has said.
Opting for one vaccine reflects short-term thinking
There are more than a dozen potential vaccines on the market and hundreds more are still in the experimental stage, according to Dr. Piotr Rzymski, professor at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences. When it comes to vaccines, the expert recommends that countries should diversify.
Drones to deliver supplies to hospitals in V4 country
The country will establish an air corridor to ensure that the supply of temporary hospitals remains stable even at the peak of the pandemic. The drones will deliver tests and blood samples.
Conservative and national alternative for European law
Hungary s government has decided to set up the V4 + Professor Network and Junior Program. The aim of the initiative is to establish a professional community and knowledge base that can reflect the region s specific perspective regarding Europe s legal and state development, as well as key issues around European integration. Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga described the initiative as another stage of the Visegrad Cooperation.
Virologists on strike in protest against politicians negligence
Five leading Flemish virologists have gone on a silent strike: the experts have not spoken to the press since the weekend in protest against what they described as the Belgian government’s reckless coronavirus measures.
Flu jabs to help contain the virus
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has proposed setting up temporary outpatient hispitals - so-called "fever clinics" - for the autumn and winter periods to better protect the elderly from both the coronavirus and the regular flu, which has similar symptoms. Influenza vaccination coverage within the EU among those aged over 65 is mediocre in Germany, while the rates are the highest in Ireland.
Hungary s lung transplantation program goes independent
Hungarian Human Resources MInister Miklos Kasler has described 8 September as a milestone in Hungary s lung transplantation history, stressing that - going forward - Hungary will be able to perform lung transplant surgeries independent of Vienna s AKH Clinic. From a total of HUF 3bn (€8,4 million), Hungary s National Blood Transfusion Service received three new, well-equipped operating theatres, the minister told a press briefing in Budapest on Thursday.
3,700 receive positive coronavirus tests by mistake
In the coming days Swedish health authorities will contact thousands who had received positive coronavirus tests results by mistake. The error also affects Sweden s national coronavirus statistics.
20 countries pre-order Russian Covid-19 vaccine, WHO is sceptical
Twenty countires have pre-ordered a billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Russia, the chief of Russia s Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has said. Although the European branch of the World Health Organization welcomed Tuesday s announcement by Russian researchers, WHO remains concerned that the new vaccine has not been trialed sufficiently.
Shutting down wind farms costs over ten million euros a day
The coronavirus-induced lockdown has contributed to a nosedive in large corporations demand for energy. However, shutting down wind farms for a single day costs over ten million euros, which repeatedly shows that green energy can be risky due to inefficient storage technologies.
Biotech company announces breakthrough in coronavirus research
The first signs of a breakthrough are on the horizon in the fight against the Covid-19 virus, the biotechnology company Moderna announced on Monday. The body of the first patients vaccinated by the US company produced antibodies in response to the new vaccine, which prevented the coronavirus from spreading in the cells.
Government to monitor citizens using tracing app
The British government is launching a nationwide campaign to encourage the public to use a new tracing application. The program would make it easy to track people, which could help the government s fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. However, the planned measure raises serious privacy rights issues.
Antidote to coronavirus may be in blood plasma
British and American researchers are gearing up to use the blood of coronavirus survivors to fight against SARS-CoV-2. Doctors hope that antibodies, people who recovered from Covid-19 have built up, will help to provide effective protection against the new virus.
European Research Council president quits over EU s coronavirus response
Mauro Ferrari, President of the European Research Council submitted his resignation to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The top scientist justified his decision on the grounds that he is deeply disappointed over the EU s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Human trial of coronavirus vaccine to begin in Europe
The clinical trial of a new vaccine called APN01 against the novel coronavirus will begin next week with the involvement of volunteers in Austria, Germany and Denmark, the Austria-based Apeiron Biologics announced on Thursday. Following the track of the United States, Europe will also enter the phase of human vaccination in the fight against Covid-19.
F1 engineers develop portable breathing aid
Engineers at the University College London and the Mercedes AMG Formula One team have developed a light-weight, mechanical breathing device, a so-called CPAP apparatus. The first forty ventilators have been delivered to four London hospitals and the UK government has placed an order for 10 thousand respirators.
The two major modes of pandemic response
Although there is no direct consensus among virologists on the proper mode of pandemic response, countries can be split into two major groups that are mutually critical of each other, even though both of them yield around the same number of casualties.
False beliefs: Coronavirus will not vanish in warm weather
Italian virologist Roberto Burioni refutes the popular belief that the novel coronavirus will disappear with the arrival of summer. He also overthrows the argument of climate activists and points out that air pollution does not escalate the spread of the virus.
Hungarian scientists decipher entire genetic code of coronavirus
The entire genetic code of coronavirus has been deciphered, which is important for further Hungarian and international research, the University of Pecs (PTE) informed Hungarian public news agency MTI on Saturday.
Global race to develop coronavirus vaccine underway
The EU offered up to €80 million of financial support to German company CureVac, whose researchers are developing a coronavirus vaccine. According to German press reports, Washington is also interested in the company and the White House tried to convince CureVac s management to relocate to Boston, but the German government and the EU have intervened. American, Australian, British and Hungarian researchers and pharmaceutical companies have also entered the race to find a coronavirus cure.
Human trial of coronavirus vaccine begins
On Monday the first human trial of a vaccine to protect against the coronavirus pandemic began the involvement of 45 healthy volunteers in Seattle, USA, according to BBC World. Researchers have produced the vaccine to protect against Covid-19 artificially by copying the genetic code of the virus. The results of the first tests on animals are encouraging.
Barred chemist sells toxic drugs against coronavirus
The internet and the various social media platforms are home to an increasing amount of misinformation and fake medicine ads published by companies that want to profit from the coronavirus outbreak. An American company is selling a "miracle cure" that contains chlorine dioxide. They say it kills the COVID-19 virus, but in reality it damages bodily organs. Amazon has pledged to ban from its online store any products that have proved ineffective against the coronavirus.
Electric cars no greener than traditional vehicles
Even though the local carbon dioxide emission of electric vehicles is zero, if we count the products whole lifecycle and the costs of producing and storing the energy needed to manufacture them, the situation is much worse. All in all, e-cars are not "greener" than petrol or diesel vehicles, Barna Hanula PhD, dean of Hungary s Szechenyi Istvan University, said at a conference in Slovakia.
Environmentalist says carbon dioxide not poisonous
Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, as it is essential to life on Earth, Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore has said.
Peope shoud keep climate-friendly goats, not cats
As climate protection is shifting up yet another gear, we are supposed to ditch our pets and buy goats instead. Sigrid Agenas, professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, has come up with a revolutionary idea of replacing conventional pets with more "climate-friendly" animals.
Wind turbine blades producing green energy severely pollute environment
Wind turbine blades cannot be processed in an environmentally friendly way, thus they extremely pollute the environment. In Europe, 3800 pieces of jumbo jet wing-sized turbine blades should be disposed of by 2022.
Belgians swap butter for bugs in new waffle
Even the famous Belgian waffle cannot escape the trends of the progressive world and its latest efforts to reduce our ecological footprint. When scientists have replaced butter with insect-based fat, unsuspecting diners failed to notice the difference between the traditional waffles and those using insect fat, according to research published by the Ghent University.
Mourning glaciers is unnecessary scaremongering
"In fact, this process defines a glacier: they move," the former prime minister of Iceland, David Gunnlaugsson, has said. In an article for British political weekly The Spectator , he writes that it is quite effective to pose teary-eyed next to them but Iceland s glaciers are nothing to worry about. Still, many use the phenomenon for scare-mongering.
Earth is warming because of asthmatics, according to new climate hysteria
Climate protectors have now proven that using asthma inhalers results in the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as meat consumption. Patients, however, need the inhalers to breathe.
So much for climate hysteria: images show ozone hole shrinking
While liberal climate protesters have been disrupting the order of metropolises for weeks, the ozone hole turned out to be the smallest since 1982. NASA images revealed that the unusual weather above Antarctica has drastically decreased ozone loss in September and October.
Don t panic! Hundreds of scientists refute climate emergency claims
More than 500 scientists and climate experts sent a statement to the United Nations (UN), declaring that "There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm. We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050." Meanwhile, the 16-year-old climate activist Swedish teenager demands climate neutrality from the leaders of the world citing the very scientists of the world.
Application to connect patients with doctors in Czechia
In a few years, hundreds of thousand of patients will be connected with their physicians via communication tools and applications in the Czech Republic, enabling remote diagnosis and monitoring.
Hungarian climate neutrality may become reality by 2050
According to Hungarian President Janos Ader, the Hungarian climate neutrality is not impossible at all. If Hungary is able to update its technologies and better use its resources, it may become climate neutral by 2050.
Czech baby delivered 117 days after mother was declared brain-dead
The baby girl who was named Eliska following her deceased mother s wish, was born 117 days after the death of her mother via caesarean section at Munich University Hospital. The birth of the baby was announced a week ago, and now further details about this unique birth have been provided by doctors.
V4 startups to get scholarships
The aim of the V4 Startup Force programme is to ensure that talents in the region can develop together and get to know each other at the beginning of their successful careers, in order to strenghten their commitment to the region. The programme develops the teams with the help of the leading V4 figures.
Hungarian kids won world championship with robot guide dog
Primary school students from Hungary won the approval of an international jury in Denmark with a robot guide dog. The eight- and nine-year-olds—the youngest even in their own age category—returned to Hungary with gold medals from the World Robot Olympiad (WRO).
EU to prepare for defence against drone attacks
The European Commission raises attention to “terror drones.” British EU Security Commissioner Julian King stated that they are preparing to address the possible threats, as the fast evolution of drone technology makes it necessary.