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Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

A Chinese pharmaceutical company said Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States. Yin Weidong, the CEO of SinoVac, vowed to apply to the US Food and Drug Administration to sell CoronaVac in the United States if it passes its third and final round of testing in humans. ...

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Is one-shot Covid vaccine enough? Johnson and Johnson begins final trial

Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday kicked off a final 60,000-person trial of a single-shot COVID-19 vaccine that potentially would simplify distribution of millions of doses compared with leading rivals using two doses. The company expects results of the Phase III trial by year end or early next year, Dr. Paul Stoffels, J&J’s chief scientific officer, said in a joint press ...

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Countries urged to take stronger action to stop spread of Covid 19 infodemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the UN, specialised agencies and partners today called on countries to develop and implement action plans to promote the timely dissemination of science-based information and prevent the spread of false information while respecting freedom of expression. WHO, the UN, UNICEF, UNAIDS, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the ...

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Want to get effective Covid-19 vaccine at right time: Health Minister

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday said the government is working to procure the most effective Covid-19 vaccine at right time for the people. “Many countries are working on coronavirus vaccine. Nine companies are in the final stage of trial. The government is in constant touch with at least five of them,” he said. Maleque said once any country introduces ...

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Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign begins October 4

The national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign will start across the country from October 4 and to be continued till October 17. The campaign aims to feed vitamin A plus capsules to all children aged between six and 59 months. Line Director Dr SM Mustafizur Rahman of the Institute of Public Health Nutrition informed the matter to media. Under the campaign ...

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The different types of coronavirus tests

Three broad categories of tests are commonly used to detect coronavirus. Two among these diagnose whether you have an active infection and a third indicates if you previously had the virus, reports AP. Here’s how they work: Genetic Tests Most tests look for bits of the virus’ genetic material, and require a nasal swab that is taken by a health ...

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Is it possible for Type 2 diabetes to turn into Type 1?

Diabetes is a chronic disease, which has no known cure. Once being diagnosed with it, a diabetic can only manage the symptoms by keeping the blood sugar level in control. Medication and lifestyle changes are two effective ways to control the condition from getting worse and living a happy life. Diabetes in itself is a complex health condition and even ...

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Scientists find SARS-CoV-2 RNA in Bangladesh wastewater

A team of scientists from Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU) and North South University (NSU) has claimed to make the first and successful attempt to detect SARS-CoV-2 viruses’ genetic material in the sewage water. The team is led by Professor Firoz Ahmed, Chairman Dept. of Microbiology, Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU), said a media release issued by NSTU ...

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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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