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Russia begins production of COVID-19 vaccine

Russia has begun production of the first batch of vaccines against COVID-19, its health ministry said in a statement released Saturday. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced the world’s first registered vaccine against the novel coronavirus, Sputnik V, which is named after the space satellite launched by Moscow in 1957, reports Xinhua. The vaccine was created by the Gamaleya ...

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Chinese Covid-19 vaccine trial shows promising results

An inactivated Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by China has shown promising trial result as it is safe and generates an immune response, according to data from clinical trials published in The Journal of the American Medical Association this week. The results showed that the vaccine effectively induced neutralising antibodies in the volunteers and demonstrated good immunogenicity – the ability of ...

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Spanish regions ban smoking over Covid-19 risk

The Spanish region of Galicia has effectively banned smoking in public places over concerns it increases the risk of Covid-19 transmission. It issued a blanket ban on smoking in the street and in public places, such as restaurants and bars, if social distancing is not possible. The north-western region is the first to introduce such a measure, but the Canary ...

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Oxford coronavirus vaccine phase III trials to conclude by November, mass production expected by 2021

The University of Oxford-AstraZeneca backed novel coronavirus vaccine has been one of the leading vaccine candidates in the global race. The vaccine, currently in phase III of its trials, which was considered to be the first one to get launched for the public in 2020 will be most likely available for public deployment by 2021, according to latest reports. Currently, ...

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COVID-19 vaccine will be free for Americans: officials

If a COVID-19 vaccine is proven effective, the US will ensure it’s distributed for free to all Americans, officials said Thursday, underscoring there will be no shortcuts on safety. “We are not at all reducing the regulatory rigor with which we will evaluate and hopefully approve vaccines,” Paul Mango, a senior health department official, told reporters. Washington has invested more ...

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WHO keen to review Russian vaccine trials

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday it was looking forward to reviewing clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed in Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Russia the first country to approve a vaccine on Tuesday even though final stage testing involving more than 2,000 people was only due to start on Wednesday. The WHO says 28 of ...

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Covid-19 vaccine to be ready for use in 14 days: Russian Minister

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko has said that the first batch of the coronavirus vaccine will be produced and ready for use in just two weeks. “Today, quality control tests are underway. Within two weeks, the first batch of the drug will be released and will be delivered for [vaccination of] medics in health risk groups,” he said Wednesday, reports Sputnik ...

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Trump announces sixth vaccine contract, for 100 mn doses

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced a $1.5 billion contract with US biotech company Moderna for 100 million doses of an eventual coronavirus vaccine, the sixth such deal reached since May. “I’m pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Moderna to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of their coronavirus vaccine candidate,” Trump said at a White ...

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