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COVID-19 explainer: How are antibodies formed and how long do they last?

Recently 62-year-old Dr KK Aggarwal, a former president of the Indian Medical Association and a prominent face of the medical fraternity in the country died after a lengthy battle with COVID.  The Padma Shri award winner had been on ventilator support at Delhi’s All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) hospital for few days before his death. He had taken ...

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COVID response: Japan provides stockpiled medical equipment to Bangladesh

As part of assistance for COVID-19 response, the Government of Japan has decided to provide Bangladesh with over 340,000 items including five different types of goods such as isolation gowns, which are part of the Asia-Europe Foundation’s stockpiled items financed by Japan. These goods will be delivered by Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) to Bangladesh from the warehouse in Singapore ...

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Moderna says its vaccine found safe, effective in teens

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was shown to be effective in adolescents aged 12-17 and showed no new or major safety problems in a clinical trial, the developer said on Tuesday, potentially setting the stage for a second vaccine for school-aged children to be authorised in July. Moderna Inc, whose vaccine is authorised for adults 18 and older, said it will submit ...

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Bangladesh reports first suspected black fungus death

A suspected ‘black fungus’ patient died at a hospital in the capital. The 65-year-old man breathed his last at BIRDEM Hospital while undergoing treatment three days ago. He was tested positive for Covid-19 one month ago and was admitted to the hospital with post-Covid complications, said Professor M Delwar Hossain, head of Respiratory Medicine Department of BIRDEM Hospital. Another patient ...

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Latest coronavirus comes from dogs: Study

Scientists have discovered a new canine coronavirus in a child who was hospitalized with pneumonia in Malaysia in 2018. If the virus is confirmed to be a human pathogen, it would be the eighth coronavirus, and the first canine coronavirus, known to cause disease in humans. It is not yet clear whether this specific virus poses a serious threat to ...

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2 COVID shots effective against India variant

A double dose of COVID-19 vaccines is almost as effective against the fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus first identified in India as it is against Britain’s dominant strain, English health officials said on Saturday. Britain’s health minister said the data was groundbreaking and he was increasingly hopeful that the government would be able to lift more COVID restrictions next month, ...

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Inside the race to find a COVID-19 treatment pill

In early 2020, as a new deadly coronavirus began spreading around the world, Pfizer Inc assembled what it called a “SWAT team” of scientists and chemists to identify a potential treatment to fight COVID-19. The US pharmaceutical giant, which had begun exploring a vaccine, also wanted to produce a pill that could stop the infection from progressing, similar to how ...

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Bangladesh urgently seeks 1.6mn AstraZeneca doses from UK

Bangladesh urgently seeks 1.6mn AstraZeneca doses from UK After its request to the United States, Bangladesh has urged the United Kingdom (UK) to help it by providing vaccine doses to meet its emergency needs as the second dose vaccination is disrupted in Bangladesh. Speaking to ITV News, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said described the vaccine situation in Bangladesh ...

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Bangladesh to get more 6 lakh doses of vaccine from China

China has decided to give more six lakh doses of coronavirus vaccine as gift to Bangladesh, said Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Dhaka on Friday. It said bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi over phone. During the talks, the Chinese Foreign Minister assured the Bangladesh Foreign Minister of ...

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Vaccinating children before poor morally wrong, Oxford scientist says

Offering children in some richer countries a coronavirus vaccine before some high-risk people in poorer ones is “morally wrong”, a group of MPs has been told. Prof Andrew Pollard, who helped develop the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, said the “inequity” of vaccine distribution must change “urgently”. The US and Canada have made a jab available to children as young as 12.   ...

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