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30 Covid-19 vaccine candidates under various stages of development: India

India’s federal health ministry on Friday said about 30 Covid-19 vaccines were under various stages of development in the country, reports Xinhua. According to the ministry, of the 30 vaccines, three were in the advanced stage. “Nationally, nearly 30 COVID-19 vaccine candidates are under development, by both industry and academia. These vaccines are in different stages of pre-clinical and clinical ...

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Coronavirus testing: Simple test gives results in 90 minutes

A rapid test can accurately diagnose a coronavirus infection within 90 minutes without needing a specialist laboratory, say scientists. The study by Imperial College London showed the “lab-on-a-chip” gave comparable results to current tests. The device is already being used in eight NHS hospitals to quickly identify patients who are carrying the virus. However, experts warn that the kit will ...

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Novo Nordisk introduces fastest acting insulin

Danish pharmaceutical giant, Novo Nordisk launched on Thursday fastest acting insulin for the patients living with diabetes in Bangladesh. This insulin (fast-acting insulin as part) will work four times faster than short acting human insulin while two times faster than conventional rapid acting insulin which can be used in people with type-1 and type-2 diabetes, said Novo Nordisk at a launching ...

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More research needed into COVID-19 effects on children: WHO chief

More research is needed into factors that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease among children and adolescents, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Since the start of the COVID pandemic, understanding its effects on children has been a priority, said Tedros joining the heads of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ...

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Covid-19: How different masks stop the virus

An experiment conducted by researchers from Duke University has found well-fitted valve-less N95 masks, triple-layer surgical masks and double-layer pleated cotton masks (that can be tied tightly) are the most effective in stopping the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). The researchers analysed 13 kinds of popularly used face masks to determine the best to stop the spread of the virus. ...

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Oct, Nov to be ‘tougher’ with more coronavirus deaths: WHO Europe

The World Health Organization expects Europe to see a rise in the daily number of Covid-19 deaths in October and November, the head of the body’s European branch told AFP on Monday. “It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said, as the continent currently experiences a surge ...

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Gilead in $21 bn deal for Immunomedics

US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences confirmed Sunday that it is buying American biotech firm Immunomedics, which makes a breast cancer drug, for $21 billion. Under the transaction, to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 2020, Gilead will buy Immunomedics at a price of $88 per share, more than double the current value of $42.25. The California drug giant plans ...

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Iran to soon start human trials for anti-coronavirus vaccine

Iranian medical scientists will soon start human trials for an anti-coronavirus vaccine after the stage of animal trials has passed, official news agency IRNA reported on Saturday. “We hope these activities will bear the desired result in order to provide better preventive services for the people,” Jalil Koohpayehzadeh, dean of Iran University of Medical Sciences and a member of Tehran ...

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Coronavirus vaccine India: Covaxin to be available by early 2021, says AIIMS doctor

Even as Oxford University’s vaccine candidate, AZD1222, one of the most promising ones in the race hit a pause after safety concerns, Indian authorities raised hopes that all is not lost. India’s homegrown vaccine candidate, Covaxin, which is currently in its second phase of testing will most probably be cleared for public use in the early months of 2021, according ...

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Public transport exposing people to coronavirus risk

Public transports are routinely flouting the government’s health guidelines, putting passengers at risk of contracting coronavirus. Many local buses operating in the capital are seen carrying passengers more than their capacity and hardly any of them has sanitising equipment despite government instruction. On May 31, the government reset the fares of long-haul buses and minibuses, hiking those by 60 percent ...

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