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Norway warns of vaccination risks for sick elderly patients after 23 die

Norway said Covid-19 vaccines may be too risky for the very old and terminally ill, the most cautious statement yet from a European health authority as countries assess the real-world side effects of the first shots to gain approval. Norwegian officials said 23 people had died in the country a short time after receiving their first dose of the vaccine. ...

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Bangladesh to get ‘first’ priority in receiving India’s vaccines: Delhi official

India considers Bangladesh as a priority country among its neighbours to receive Covid-19 vaccine, a government official said on Thursday as India is set to launch its world’s largest massive vaccination drive tomorrow. “In line with India’s First Neighbourhood Policy-2021, the neighbouring countries will receive India’s vaccines on priority basis among the neighbourhoods, Bangladesh will certainly get first priority to ...

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270m doses of Covid-19 vaccine secured by African Union

A provisional 270 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been secured by the African Union (AU) for distribution across the continent. All of the doses will be used this year, promises current AU head South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. This is on top of 600 million doses already promised but is still not enough to vaccinate the whole region. There ...

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J&J one-shot vaccine grants lasting response in early study

Johnson & Johnson’s experimental one-shot Covid-19 vaccine generated a long-lasting immune response in an early safety study, providing a glimpse at how it will perform in the real world as the company inches closer to approaching U.S. regulators for clearance. More than 90% of participants made immune proteins, called neutralizing antibodies, within 29 days after receiving the shot, according to ...

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Bangladesh’s Beximco could start private sales of vaccine next month

Bangladesh’s Beximco Pharmaceuticals will buy up to 3 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from Serum Institute of India at about $8 each for sale on the private market, Beximco’s chief operating officer told Reuters. The COO, Rabbur Reza, said that was about twice the price of around $4 that Beximco had agreed for separate supplies of 5 million ...

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Covid: WHO chief calls on governments to vaccinate at-risk groups in next 100 days

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called for a “collective commitment” to get vaccinations underway worldwide for health workers and others who are at high risk of contracting Covid-19, in the next 100 days. The UN health agency chief said this while briefing journalists in Geneva on Monday, a year on from the first-ever ...

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Bangladesh to begin Covid vaccination February first week

Director General of the Health Services Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam came up with the announcement at a press conference at the DGHS office in the capital on Monday. Khurshid Alam said, “The vaccine may reach the country by January 21-25… we’ll start the vaccination one week after its arrival in the country. That means the vacation will begin ...

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Mass Covid vaccination centres to open in England

Thousands more people will receive a Covid-19 vaccine this week as seven mass centres open across England. NHS England said hundreds more GP-led and hospital services would also open later this week. The government is aiming to vaccinate 15 million people in the UK – the over-70s, healthcare workers and those required to shield – by mid-February. Health Secretary Matt ...

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Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is “excellent news” that a third coronavirus vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. It is made by US company Moderna and works in a similar way to the Pfizer one already being offered on the NHS. The UK has pre-ordered 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine – 10 million ...

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India begins countrywide Covid-19 vaccination rollout from Jan 16

India is set to begin Covid-19 vaccination drive across the country on January 16 in a bid to prevent the people from being infected with the deadly virus. The government came up with an announcement Saturday evening, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a high-level meeting to review the pandemic situation in the country. Priority will be given to ...

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