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Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in UK

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for roll out. Immunisations could start within days for people in high priority groups. The UK has already ordered 40m doses – enough ...

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European regulator to decide Dec. 29 on 1st virus vaccine

The European Medicines Agency will convene a meeting on Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough data about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved, the regulator said Tuesday. The agency also said Tuesday it could decide as early as Jan. 12 whether to approve a rival COVID-19 ...

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BNP wants Army’s role in vaccine collection, distribution

BNP has demanded that the Army and relevant organisations be given the responsibility to procure the Covid-19 vaccine and preserve and distribute it. Members of the BNP standing committee, the highest policymaking body of the party, at a meeting on Sunday made the demand, said a press release on Monday. “There’s an apprehension that the activities of the life-saving vaccine ...

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Countrymen to get Covid-19 vaccine at no cost: Cabinet Secy

The government will purchase three crore doses of coronavirus or Covid-19 vaccine invented by AstraZeneca-Oxford and distribute those to countrymen at no cost. But it will depend on the decision of the World Health Organisation(WHO) that who will get the vaccine first. Cabinet Secretary Anwarul Azim came up with such a decision of the government after emerging from a virtual ...

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The virus won’t stop evolving when the vaccine arrives

In a 1988 essay on pandemics, Joshua Lederberg, Nobel laureate and president of The Rockefeller University, reminded the medical community that when it comes to infectious disease, the laws of Darwin are as important as the vaccines of Pasteur. As medicine battles bacteria and viruses, those organisms continue to undergo mutations and evolve new characteristics. Lederberg advised vigilance: “We have ...

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UK to pilot blood test that may detect 50 types of cancer

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is to pilot a simple blood test that may detect more than 50 types of cancer and, it is hoped, could help thousands of people by allowing the disease to be treated more successfully at an earlier stage. The Galleri blood test, developed by Californian healthcare company Grail, will be piloted with 165,000 patients ...

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Undiagnosed cases of HIV climb in Europe: report

A significant East-West divide and people over 50 years old are revealed as contributory factors as undiagnosed cases of HIV climb throughout the European Region as a whole, according to a report published Thursday by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO Europe). “More than 136,000 people were ...

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AstraZeneca says its vaccine needs ‘additional study’

The head of British drug manufacturer AstraZeneca said on Thursday further research was needed on its Covid-19 vaccine after questions emerged over the protection it offers, but the additional testing is unlikely to affect regulatory approval in Europe. AstraZeneca and its partner, the University of Oxford, announced on Monday that it was seeking regulatory approval for the vaccine after it ...

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