Last Friday, doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center successfully replaced the heart of a very sick man with a specially-grown pig's heart. It's the first time this surgery has ever been done. After three days, the patient appears to be doing very well.
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To recap 2021, NewsForKids.net is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year. Today we’re looking at some of the positive stories that made the news this year.
On Friday, the World Health Organization released information on a new version of the virus that causes Covid-19. The new variant, which has been named "Omicron", was first spotted in South Africa. Countries around the world are now racing to prepare for Omicron.
The drug companies Merck and Pfizer have each come up with new medicines that can help protect people from the worst effects of the coronavirus. These medicines won't replace vaccines, but could help treat people who get Covid-19.
Scientists have attached the kidney of a specially grown pig to a human body and found that it worked without problems. Though much is still unknown, the news is a huge step forward for tens of thousands of patients with kidney trouble.
In late March, the African nation of Eswatini celebrated something that people in many countries take for granted - hot water at health clinics across the country. The hot water is heated by the sun, and could save many lives.
As coronavirus outbreaks in places like India grow worse, many people want drug companies to share the secrets behind their Covid-19 vaccines. So far, several rich countries are fighting efforts to share this information.
The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in India, with over 300,000 new cases every day. The outbreak is so bad that India's health care system is having trouble keeping up. In response, countries from around the world are sending supplies to help out.
A new vaccine against malaria has shown strong results in early tests in the African nation of Burkina Faso. More tests are needed, but it's possible that the vaccine could wind up saving hundreds of thousands of lives every year.
Zipline, a company which focuses on using drones to deliver medical supplies, is now delivering coronavirus vaccines to remote areas in Ghana. Soon the company will provide similar services in other countries, too.
It's been over a year since Covid-19 began spreading around the world. Since then, amazing progress has been made on getting the virus under control. But tackling the coronavirus quickly is still important, since the virus is also changing.