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Netherlands temporarily halt AstraZeneca shots for under-60s

The Dutch government said Friday it is temporarily halting AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccinations for people under 60 following reports of very small number of people suffering unusual blood clots after receiving the shot. The Dutch decision comes three days after authorities in Germany also stopped using the AstraZeneca’s vaccine in the under-60s, citing fresh concerns over unusual blood clots reported in ...

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Global Covid caseload tops 129 million

As the pandemic rages on, the overall number of global Covid-19 cases has now surpassed 129 million. The total case count reached 129,510,295 while the death toll from the virus mounted to 2,826,852 on Friday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The US, the worst-hit country in terms of active patients and deaths, has so far recorded 30,539,844 cases ...

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Pfizer vaccine 91% effective in updated data

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech said on Thursday their COVID-19 vaccine is around 91% effective at preventing the disease, citing updated trial data that included participants inoculated for up to six months. The shot was also 100% effective in preventing illness among trial participants in South Africa, where a new variant called B1351 is dominant, although the number of those participants ...

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Covid: Children ‘well protected by Pfizer vaccine’

Pfizer says trials of its Covid vaccine in children aged 12 to 15 show 100pc efficacy and a strong immune response. Initial results from trials in 2,260 adolescents in the US also suggest the vaccine is safe with no unusual side-effects. The drug company says it will submit its data to the US and European authorities for emergency use in ...

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Germany limits use of AstraZeneca Covid jab for under-60s

Germany is suspending routine use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people aged below 60 because of a risk of rare blood clots, reports BBC. The German medicines regulator found 31 cases of a type of rare blood clot among the nearly 2.7 million people who had received the vaccine in Germany. Canada earlier suspended use of the AstraZeneca jab ...

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WHO releases report on COVID-19 origin-tracing joint study with China

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday released a 120-page report on their joint study with Chinese experts in Wuhan on the origins of COVID-19 from January 14 to February 10. Below is a brief summary of the report. What are the most likely scenarios?   The joint international team examined four scenarios for SARS-CoV-2 introduction: • direct zoonotic transmission ...

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‘Extremely unlikely’ that Covid-19 leaked from Wuhan lab: WHO

A team commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to investigate the source of the coronavirus in Wuhan in January concluded that it was “extremely unlikely” that the pathogen originated in a top-security lab in the ground-zero Chinese city. A WHO report – seen on Monday (March 29) by AFP before its official release – found that Covid-19 was most ...

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WHO report says animals likely source of COVID

A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press. The findings were largely as expected and left many questions unanswered. The team proposed further ...

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Aerobic exercise may help address dialysis-related symptoms

Aerobic exercise may reduce several hemodialysis-related symptoms experienced by patients with kidney failure, a new study finds. The study indicated that aerobic exercise lessened several hemodialysis-related symptoms, including restless leg syndrome, symptoms of depression, muscle cramping, and fatigue. “We found that as little as 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise two to three times per week seemed to improve ...

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Bangladesh receives 12 lakh vaccine doses from India as gift

Bangladesh has received a consignment of 12 lakh more doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine gifted by neighbouring India. A special flight carrying 12 lakh doses of coronavirus or Covid-19 vaccine landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 1.45pm on Friday, said sources at DGHS. Later, the vaccines were taken to district EPI store in Tejgaon of Dhaka. The vaccine ...

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