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Covid-19 immunity may lasts for years: Study

A new study revealed that the Covid-19 patients who recovered from the disease may have strong immunity from the coronavirus eight months after infection. The study shows immune cells primed to fight the coronavirus should persist for a long time after someone is vaccinated or recovers from infection, said a report of MIT Technology Review. The result is an encouraging ...

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WHO advisers back spaced-out Covid jabs

Experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) gave cautious backing on Tuesday to a move already taken by some countries to delay giving out the second jabs of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. Faced with limited supplies of the vaccines, Denmark and Britain have both said they would wait for longer than the recommended 21-28 days between jabs so they could ...

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Coronavirus: India to export Covid vaccines ‘within weeks’

India will begin exporting locally-made coronavirus vaccines within a fortnight of their launch, a foreign ministry official has told the BBC. The official dismissed reports that India would ban exports of vaccines it is producing to meet local demand. India makes about 60% of vaccines globally and many countries are eagerly waiting for it to begin shipping doses.   It ...

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Exports of COVID vaccines are permitted to all countries: Serum CEO

Exports of COVID vaccines are permitted to all countries, Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla has tweeted as he tried to clear confusions. “I would like to clarify two matters; as there is confusion in the public domain, exports of vaccines are permitted to all countries and a joint public statement clearing up any recent miscommunication with regards to ...

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Bangladesh approves Oxford -Astrazeneca Vaccine for emergency use

The government has approved the Oxford University-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for emergency use to be imported from Serum Institute of India. In this regard, Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) granted no objection certificate to BEXIMCO Pharmaceuticals Ltd, local partner of Serum. The government is likely to make half of the advance payment today (Tuesday) against three crore doses. As per ...

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UK begins Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine rollout with dialysis patient

The first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus jab are to be given as the UK accelerates its vaccine programme to tackle a surge in cases. More than half a million doses of the vaccine are ready for use on Monday. The health secretary Matt Hancock described it as a “pivotal moment” in the UK’s fight against the virus, as vaccines ...

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India bars company from exporting vaccines

India will not allow the export of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for several months, the head of Serum Institute of India, which has been contracted to make 1 billion doses of the vaccine for developing nations, said Sunday. With rich nations reserving most of the vaccines that will be made this year, Serum Institute — the world’s largest vaccine ...

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Bangladesh to deposit Tk 600cr on Sunday to procure vaccines

The Bangladesh government will deposit over Tk 600 crore to the account of Serum Institute of India (SII) on Sunday for procuring Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) confirmed the matter on Saturday. The SII, local manufacturer of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, will be paid the money in advance and the rest of the amount after start of ...

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New variant ‘raises R number by up to 0.7’ in UK

The new variant of Covid-19 is “hugely” more transmissible than the virus’s previous version, a study has found. It concludes the new variant increases the Reproduction or R number by between 0.4 and 0.7. The UK’s latest R number has been estimated at between 1.1 and 1.3. It needs to be below 1.0 for the number of cases to start ...

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WHO grants emergency validation to Pfizer covid vaccine

The World Health Organization on Thursday granted emergency validation to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, paving the way for countries worldwide to quickly approve its import and distribution. Britain launched its inoculation drive with the US-German vaccine on December 8, with the United States, Canada and EU countries following suit. WHO said the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was the first to receive its “emergency ...

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