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Covid: New Oxford vaccine ‘ready by the autumn’ to tackle mutations

A vaccine to tackle the coronavirus variants could be ready to deploy by the autumn should it be needed, the Oxford-AstraZeneca team says. Prof Andy Pollard, from Oxford University, said tweaking a vaccine was a relatively quick process and would only need small trials before roll-out. It comes as the UK announced more than 10 million people had received a ...

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UK trial tests mixing different Covid-19 vaccines

UK scientists have launched the world’s first study examining whether different coronavirus vaccines can safely be used for two-dose regimens, an approach they say could give extra flexibility and even boost protection against Covid-19 if approved. Participants in the 13-month study will be given the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines in different combinations and at different intervals, the UK Department of ...

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Maharashtra: 3.45 lakh frontline workers get covid vaccine shot

A total of 3.45 healthcare workers in Maharashtra of India have received the coronavirus vaccine so far. Of these, as many as 3585 healthcare workers received the Covaxin (made by Bharat Biotech) vaccine shot across six centres in the state. The highest numbers are at Amravati (1101) followed by Nagpur (703)and Pune (558). Dr D N Patil, state immunization officer ...

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WHO-led Covid-19 probe team in China visits Wuhan virus lab

A team of investigators working on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) visited on Wednesday a major virus research laboratory in China’s central city of Wuhan, seeking clues to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Driving through thick morning mist, the team, led by WHO virus expert Peter Ben Embarek, arrived at the heavily guarded Wuhan Institute of Virology ...

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Covid: Israel’s vaccine rollout linked to infection fall

Israel’s vaccination programme is showing signs of working to drive down infections and illness in the over-60s. The fall appears to be most pronounced in older people and areas furthest ahead in their immunisation efforts. Early data from Israel suggests Covid-19 infection rates began to decrease among a group of vaccine recipients two weeks after they received the first shot ...

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Dr ABM Abdullah’s wife put on life support

Mahmuda Begum, wife of professor ABM Abdullah, the personal physician of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been placed on life support at Green Life Hospital in the capital. Dr Abdullah himself confirmed the matter to media this noon. She was hospitalised on December 22 after contracting coronavirus, but on Monday night, her oxygen saturation dropped below 65-70 and she was ...

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Covid: EU and AstraZeneca in ‘step forward’ on vaccines

The EU says UK-Swedish drug firm AstraZeneca will now supply an additional nine million Covid vaccine doses by March, after days of criticism of the bloc’s vaccination programme. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it was a “step forward”. But the 40m doses now expected are still only about half of what had been hoped, amid continuing supply problems. ...

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Covid-19: Mass vaccination campaigns underway

Mass vaccination campaigns are under way in the fight back against the coronavirus. A range of vaccines, designed in completely different ways, are being used to reduce people’s chances of getting sick, needing hospital treatment or dying. And two new vaccines have just been shown to work in large scale clinical trials.   Why do we need a vaccine? It ...

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EU vaccine export row: Bloc backtracks on controls for NI

The EU has reversed its decision to temporarily override part of the Brexit deal amid an ongoing row over Covid vaccine supplies in the bloc. The move would have seen checks at the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland to prevent shipments entering the UK. But the European Commission later said it would ensure the Northern Ireland Protocol is “unaffected”. ...

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