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Canada approves Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Health Canada has approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in this country, with 168,000 doses expected to arrive by the end of the year. The regulator announced the approval on Wednesday after completing a review of the Massachusetts-based biotechnology company’s clinical trial data. “The data provided supports favourably the efficacy of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as well as its safety,” ...

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Hunting for ‘Disease X’

Showing early symptoms of hemorrhagic fever, the patient sits quietly on her bed, wrangling two toddlers desperate to flee the cell-like hospital room in Ingende, a remote town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They are waiting for the resul Showing early symptoms of hemorrhagic fever, the patient sits quietly on her bed, wrangling two toddlers desperate to ...

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UK coronavirus variant now has no significant impact on vaccines: WHO

Despite a number of mutations so far of SARS-CoV-2 virus, the culprit behind the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, none of them, including the latest UK variant, has made a significant impact on the susceptibility of the virus to any of the currently used therapeutics, drugs or the vaccines under development, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have said. According to ...

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Singapore gets Asia’s first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses

Singapore received Asia’s first delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Monday, capping what the city-state’s premier said had been a “long and arduous” year spent fighting the pandemic. The trade and finance hub last week joined a handful of other countries around the world, including Britain and the United States, which have approved the jab. It plans to innoculate its ...

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‘Covid-19 vaccines for 4.5 cr people to reach Bangladesh by May-June’

Covid-19 vaccines for 4.5 crore people will reach Bangladesh in May and June next year, said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam. The Cabinet Secretary said this while addressing reporters after a cabinet meeting at the secretariat on Monday (December 21). He said, “At the end of January or the beginning of February, 3 crore vaccines will arrive for 1.5 crore ...

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Will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines?

Not until there’s enough data from studies in different age groups, which will stretch well into next year. The Pfizer vaccine authorized in the U.S. this month is for people 16 and older. Testing began in October in children as young as 12 and is expected to take several more months. The Food and Drug Administration will have to decide ...

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Coronavirus: Trump’s Covid vaccine chief admits delivery mistake

The army general in charge of distributing Covid vaccines in the US has admitted he failed over the initial number of doses promised to states. Gen Gustave Perna, the head of Operation Warp Speed, said he took “personal responsibility for the miscommunication” to state governors. More than a dozen states have expressed alarm at a cut in the expected number. ...

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Oxford vaccine may be approved before New Year

  The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is expected to be approved for use in the UK soon after Christmas. According to senior government officials, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is likely to authorize the vaccine on December 28 or 29, reports the Daily Mail. The organization is now awaiting the final data regarding the vaccine from Oxford University ...

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South Asian healthcare professionals urge members of the community to get their flu vaccine

  Higher prevalence of some long-term health conditions in South Asians puts them at higher risk of serious complications from flu. Public Health England (PHE) research suggests that people infected with both flu and COVID-19 viruses are more at risk of severe illness and death. South Asian healthcare professionals are coming forward to encourage more people in the community to ...

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Moderna’s vaccine endorsed by FDA advisory board

The head of the Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that his agency will move to quickly authorize the second COVID-19 vaccine to fight the pandemic, hours after the shot won the key endorsement of a government advisory panel. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement that regulators have communicated their plans to drugmaker Moderna, which co-developed the ...

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