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Japanese Covid-19 patient receives world’s first living donor lung transplant

Japan’s Kyoto University Hospital has said that it has conducted the world’s first living donor lung transplant on a Covid-19 patient who lost functionality of both her lungs. The patient, a woman who lives in western Japan, is currently in intensive care. Her husband and son, who donated part of their healthy lungs, are in stable conditions after the surgery, ...

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India to review COVID-19 vaccines after blood clot warning

A government panel of experts is investigating for any domestic cases of blood clotting, even mild ones, as a side effect of the two COVID-19 vaccines being administered in India, financial daily Mint reported on Friday, citing two people aware of the development. India is currently administering AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is manufactured by the Serum Institute and branded Covishield, ...

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Covid: Under-30s offered alternative to Oxford-AstraZeneca jab

Under-30s in the UK are to be offered an alternative Covid vaccine to the AstraZeneca jab due to the evidence linking it to rare blood clots. The recommendation comes after a review by the UK drugs regulator found that by the end of March 79 people had suffered rare blood clots after vaccination – 19 of whom had died.   ...

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Covid boosts risks for mental, neurological disorders in study

A third of Covid-19 survivors were diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition in the six months after being infected, according to the first large-scale research to compare the risks to other illnesses, including influenza. The University of Oxford study analyzed health records of 236,379 Covid-19 patients infected last year, according to a report in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. As ...

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India to launch workplace COVID vaccinations from April 11

Indian government is all set to launch workplace COVID vaccinations from April 11 in a bid to significantly boost the ongoing inoculation drive, which continues to battle hesitancy and wastage issues The decision came as India’s daily COVID cases touched a new and alarming peak of 1, 15,736, the highest since the first case was reported on January 30, 2020 ...

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Children suffering from inflammatory illness had mild Covid, shows new study

Many children with serious inflammatory illness did not display any symptoms of Covid-19 disease and those who did showed only mild symptoms, according to a new US study. According to the results published in the JAMA Pediatrics on Tuesday of the largest US study of the cases of the multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) in children, which can strike young people ...

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Here’s how well fit, multilayer masks reduce Covid particle transmission by 96%

Properly fitted multilayer masks block 84 per cent of particles expelled by a person wearing it, while two people donning these types of masks can reduce transmission by close to 96 per cent, according to a new study. While wearing a face mask can protect people from COVID-19, scientists, including those from Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, said ...

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Inoculation of 2nd dose vaccine to begin Apr 8

The government will start giving second dose of Covid-19 vaccine on April while inoculation of the first dose ends Tuesday. Khandker Anwarul Islam, Cabinet Secretary, said this while briefing journalists after Cabinet meeting on Monday. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has informed that the will soon receive more doses of vaccine,” he said. The Prime Minister virtually joined the Cabinet meeting. ...

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Bangladesh plans to produce Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

The government has plans to produce the coronavirus vaccine, developed by the UK’s University of Oxford and Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca, in Bangladesh. The local pharmaceutical companies will make the vaccine in their factories if they get the raw materials. The government wrote to Oxford-AstraZeneca last week, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque. It also sought help from the World Health Organization, ...

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Korea provides 95,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits to Bangladesh

As part of the humanitarian assistance efforts, the Government of South Korea has provided 95,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits to the Government of Bangladesh. Worth $800,000, the consignment of antigen test kits from SD BIOSENSOR, a leading test kit manufacturer in the Republic of Korea, was officially received by Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on March 4, said the ...

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