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Covid: Vaccine protection still strong – Oxford jab creator

The vaccines are still providing strong protection, a year on from the initial two doses, says the scientist who developed the Oxford-AZ vaccine. The UK’s vaccine advisory body is set to decide whether booster doses against Covid-19 are needed this autumn, BBC reported. Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert told the BBC that offering a third booster dose to millions of people ...

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US could authorize Pfizer COVID-19 shot for kids age 5-11 in October

Top US health officials believe that Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized for children aged 5-11 years old by the end of October, two sources familiar with the situation said on Friday. The timeline is based on the expectation that Pfizer, which developed the shot with Germany’s BioNTech, will have enough data from clinical trials to seek emergency use ...

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WHO urges Covid vaccine booster moratorium until 2022

The World Health Organization called Wednesday for countries to avoid giving out extra Covid jabs until year-end, pointing to the millions worldwide who have yet to receive a single dose. “I will not stay silent when the companies and countries that control the global supply of vaccines think the world’s poor should be satisfied with leftovers,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom ...

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42nd BCS results published: Appointment of 4,000 doctors proposed

Public Service Commission (PSC) has published the final results of the 42nd special Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations, recommending the appointment of 4,000 doctors as assistant surgeons. The results, published on Thursday, are available on the PSC website and can be had via SMS through Teletalk numbers, the commission said in a press release. The appointments will be finalised after ...

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Nerve disorder listed as ‘very rare’ side effect of AstraZeneca jab

The European Medicines Agency has listed the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can cause temporary paralysis, as a “very rare” side effect of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. A causal relationship was “considered at least a reasonable possibility”, the EMA said in an update Wednesday after a total of 833 cases of the syndrome had been reported worldwide by July 31, ...

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Pandemic sets back fight against HIV, TB and malaria

The coronavirus pandemic has severely set back the fight against other global scourges like HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, according to a sobering new report released Tuesday. Before the pandemic, the world had been making strides against these illnesses. Overall, deaths from those diseases have dropped by about half since 2004, reports The New York Times. “The advent of a fourth ...

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Countrywide mass vaccination drive for 2nd dose begins

Covid-19 mass vaccination campaign of second dose began across the country on Tuesday. The decision was taken in a video-conference chaired by Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus on Monday afternoon. As per the decision, those who received first dose vaccine in all city corporation areas on August 7 and 8 are getting the second dose from the same ...

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Pfizer developing pills against Covid-19, to be taken with vaccine

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer is developing a pill for COVID-19, which is intended to be taken together with their vaccine, report agencies. The new pill is expected to be released by the end of the year and will need to be taken twice a day. That same week, the company announced that if the pill succeeds, it has the potential ...

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EU and AstraZeneca reach deal to end vaccine row

The EU and UK-Swedish drug-maker AstraZeneca have settled a row over a shortfall in coronavirus vaccines that affected the European rollout earlier this year. AstraZeneca has agreed to deliver 200 million doses of its vaccine, which had been promised under a contract, to the EU by the end of March 2022. The deal puts an end to the EU’s pending ...

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Two atypical cases of mad cow disease detected in Brazil

Two atypical cases of mad cow disease have been detected in Brazil, resulting in suspension of its exports of beef to China, the Agriculture Ministry said Saturday. That temporary step was taken under an existing bilateral protocol between the two countries although the ministry stressed that there was “no risk to human or animal health.” The two cases were “atypical” ...

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