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Pfizer, BioNTech seek emergency use of COVID-19 shots in US

Pfizer formally asked U.S. regulators Friday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic — but not until after a long, hard winter. The action comes days after Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech announced ...

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Oxford vaccine reports strong P-II results; expects efficacy data by Christmas

Following the breakthroughs in the race to deliver a coronavirus vaccine reported by Pfizer-BioNTech and then Moderna, the University of Oxford expects to release data on the efficacy of its own candidate in the coming weeks, with the latest trial results published in The Lancet suggesting it produces a strong immune response in older adults. Developed jointly with global pharma ...

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WHO advises against remdesivir for coronavirus treatment

The anti-viral drug remdesivir should not be used to treat Covid-19 patients no matter how severe their illness as it has “no important effect” on survival chances, the World Health Organization said Friday. Scratching one of the few treatments that had shown some initial promise in severe patients, a WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) of international experts said there was ...

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Covid: Oxford vaccine shows ‘encouraging’ immune response in older adults

The Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows a strong immune response in adults in their 60s and 70s, raising hopes that it can protect age groups most at risk from the virus. Researchers say the Lancet phase two findings, based on 560 healthy adult volunteers, are “encouraging”. They are also testing whether the vaccine stops people developing Covid-19 in larger, phase three ...

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Physicians of public hospitals can’t stay in private workplaces during office time

Physicians of public hospitals in the country cannot stay in private hospitals to serve patients during their office hours as restriction has been imposed in this regard. The taskforce committee of the health ministry took such a decision in a meeting on Wednesday. Based on the decision, physicians working in government hospitals will notify taskforce or authorities concerned to stay in private ...

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WHO hails ‘encouraging’ Covid vaccine news

The World Health Organization chief hailed Monday “encouraging” news about Covid-19 vaccines but expressed concern about surging cases in many countries and insisted that complacency was not an option. “We continue to receive encouraging news about COVID-19 vaccines and remain cautiously optimistic about the potential for new tools to start to arrive in the coming months,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom ...

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Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95pc protection

A new vaccine that protects against Covid-19 is nearly 95 percent effective, early data from US company Moderna shows. The results come hot on the heels of similar results from Pfizer, and add to growing confidence that vaccines can help end the pandemic. Both companies used a highly innovative and experimental approach to designing their vaccines. Moderna says it is a ...

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JU student dies of dengue

A student of Jahangirnagar University (JU) died of dengue at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Ranjit Das Chauhan, a student of Government and Politics Department of 2016-17 session (46 Batch) of the university. Ranjit, hailing from Cumilla Adarsha Sadar Upazila, was also a resident student of Shaheed Rafiq Jabbar Hall ...

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US provides ventilators to Bangladesh to respond to COVID-19

The United States Government through US Embassy in Dhaka and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has delivered 100 pledged state-of-the-art ventilators to Bangladesh to assist its fight against COVID-19. Donation fulfills the US government’s offer of critically needed supplies and supports needed for Bangladesh’s urgent response to the pandemic. It also contributes to the strengthening public health cooperation ...

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