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Covid in Europe: Vaccine suspension hits rollout as cases rise

Several European countries are experiencing a new surge in coronavirus infections, while a number have also suspended use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine over safety concerns. The European Medicines Agency is standing by its decision to approve the vaccine and has reiterated there is “no indication” the jab causes blood clots. It is investigating further and its results are due to ...

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Moderna starts testing Covid-19 vaccine on young children, infants

Moderna has begun testing its Covid-19 vaccine on children and infants between the ages of six months and 12 years old in a study, as the pharmaceutical company seeks to expand approval for its vaccine to children, the company said on Tuesday. The company said that that the first participants in the KidCOVE study on pediatric Covid-19 vaccinations had been ...

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Covid-19: Continue using AstraZeneca vaccine, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries not to pause Covid vaccinations, as several major EU member states halted their rollouts of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab. It said there was no evidence of a link between the vaccine and blood clots. Germany, France, Italy and Spain joined smaller nations in halting vaccinations as a precaution while checks are made. The ...

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Covid-19: Netherlands suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The Netherlands has become the latest country to suspend use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine over concerns about possible side effects. The Dutch government said the move, which will last until at least 29 March, was a precaution. The Republic of Ireland earlier made a similar decision over reports of blood clotting events in adults in Norway. But the World ...

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Millions of AstraZeneca Covid vax doses lying idle in US

Even as a severe supply constraints remain the biggest concern for many nations trying to accelerate the vaccine drive against Covid-19, tens of millions of AstraZeneca doses are lying idle in the US manufacturing facilities. This is because results of the vaccine’s crucial clinical trial in the US are yet to be declared and the company has not yet applied ...

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Oxford-AstraZeneca: EU says ‘no indication’ vaccine linked to clots

There is no indication that the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is linked to an increased risk of blood clots, the EU’s medicines regulator says. It said the number of cases in vaccinated people was no higher than in the general population. The statement came after a number of countries, including Denmark and Norway, suspended the use of the jab.   The ...

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AstraZeneca further cuts EU vaccine supply target to 30 million

AstraZeneca cut its supply forecast of COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union in the first quarter to about 30 million doses, a third of its contractual obligations and a 25% drop from pledges made last month, a document seen by Reuters shows. The shortfall is a further blow to EU’s vaccination plans already being hampered by repeated delays in supply ...

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Vidya’s journey to making healthier choices 

  Like many South Asians, food is a huge part of my daily routine. It represents our history, our culture and our traditions. And as a community, we often use it to show affection to family members, by feeding them large portions of delicious food. Whilst this is a beautiful gesture, I’ve really wanted to make healthier choices. When my ...

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A year on, WHO still struggling to manage pandemic response

When the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic one year ago Thursday, it did so only after weeks of resisting the term and maintaining that the highly infectious virus could still be stopped. A year later, the U.N. agency is still struggling to keep on top of the evolving science of COVID-19, to persuade countries to abandon their ...

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