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COVID-19 vaccines finally at hand after year-long sprint

Less than a year after an unknown coronavirus that has claimed 1.4 million lives began spreading across the globe, a number of highly promising COVID-19 vaccines are on the cusp of release. Health authorities could give a green light for emergency use within weeks, which would mark the most rapid vaccine development for a pandemic in history — but many ...

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AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine. A statement describing the error came days after the company and the university described the shots as “highly effective” and made no mention of why some study participants didn’t receive as much vaccine in the first of two ...

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Covid-19: World’s top latex glove maker shuts factories

The world’s largest maker of latex gloves will shut more than half of its factories after almost 2,500 employees tested positive for coronavirus. Malaysia’s Top Glove will close down 28 plants in phases as it seeks to control the outbreak, authorities said. The company has seen a huge surge in demand for its personal protective gear since the start of ...

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Covid: First Americans ‘could get vaccine in December’

The first Americans to receive a Covid-19 vaccine could get it as soon as 11 December, according to the head of the US coronavirus vaccine programme. Dr Moncef Slaoui told US network CNN the plan was to “ship vaccines to the immunisation sites within 24 hours” of a vaccine being approved. The comments come amid a surge in coronavirus cases ...

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When should be get screened for colon cancer?

Colorectal cancer begins in the colon or rectum and can be referred to as colon or rectum cancer depending upon where it originates. The large intestine or large bowel is known as colon and it is part of the digestive tract. Rectum is the chamber which begins at the end of the large intestine and ends at the anus. Colon ...

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Oxford University Covid vaccine shows 70pc protection

The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford stops 70% of people developing Covid symptoms, a large scale trial shows. It is both a triumph and a disappointment after vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna showed 95% protection, reports BBC. However, the Oxford jab is far cheaper, and is easier to store and get to every corner of the world ...

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COVID-19 vaccine: Moderna CEO says they will charge $25-$37 for per dose

US firm Moderna, which has already taken the lead with another one the BioNTech/Pfizer shot in the global chase for a vaccine, will charge governments between $25 and $37 per dose of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, report agencies. Chief Executive Stephane Bancel made the statement to the German weekly Welt am Sonntag (WamS). “Our vaccine therefore costs about the same ...

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Will social distancing weaken my immune system?

Will social distancing weaken my immune system? In short, no. Some worry a lack of contact with others will weaken their immune system by reducing its active contact with germs. But even when we’re staying 6 feet from others or spending most of our time at home, our bodies are continuously responding to plenty of bacteria and other germs that ...

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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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