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Bangladesh to deposit Tk 600cr on Sunday to procure vaccines

The Bangladesh government will deposit over Tk 600 crore to the account of Serum Institute of India (SII) on Sunday for procuring Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) confirmed the matter on Saturday. The SII, local manufacturer of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, will be paid the money in advance and the rest of the amount after start of ...

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New variant ‘raises R number by up to 0.7’ in UK

The new variant of Covid-19 is “hugely” more transmissible than the virus’s previous version, a study has found. It concludes the new variant increases the Reproduction or R number by between 0.4 and 0.7. The UK’s latest R number has been estimated at between 1.1 and 1.3. It needs to be below 1.0 for the number of cases to start ...

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WHO grants emergency validation to Pfizer covid vaccine

The World Health Organization on Thursday granted emergency validation to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, paving the way for countries worldwide to quickly approve its import and distribution. Britain launched its inoculation drive with the US-German vaccine on December 8, with the United States, Canada and EU countries following suit. WHO said the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was the first to receive its “emergency ...

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‘Highly unlikely’ vaccinated 91-year-old’s death due to jab: Swiss authorities

There is no indication the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 was responsible for the death of an elderly person in Switzerland just days after she received the jab, Swiss authorities said Wednesday. The Swissmedic regulatory authority and regional authorities in the central canton of Lucerne confirmed reports that a 91-year-old person who was among the first to receive the vaccine in ...

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China approves its first homegrown coronavirus vaccine, developed by Sinopharm

Chinese regulators have approved the country’s first homegrown coronavirus vaccine, developed by state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm, officials announced Thursday. The approval comes a day after Sinopharm said its vaccine is 79.34% effective, citing interim analysis of Phase 3 clinical trials. China has drastically scaled up its vaccine emergency use program in recent weeks. Since December 15, it has administered more ...

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AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid vaccine approved for use in UK

A coronavirus vaccine developed by drug firm AstraZeneca and Oxford University has been approved for use in Britain, the government said Wednesday, adding the mass rollout will start on January 4. The vaccine can be stored, transported and handled at normal refrigerated conditions, and is therefore cheaper and easier to administer than the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna jabs that require freezing. ...

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Health sector buckles under pandemic

The health sector of Bangladesh faced its most challenging year ever in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic which has brought the entire world to its knee. After initial inefficiency, mismanagement and indecision, effective measures were taken to tackle the coronavirus situation in the country which was recognised globally while the sector was mired by corruption amid the pandemic that ...

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Coronavirus infection: Should you wear a face mask at home?

Living in a pandemic has taught us two great lessons- wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing are the only things that can protect us from the highly contagious coronavirus. Whenever we are outdoors, it is recommended to put on the mask. This can actually help to cut down the risk of infection by almost 50 per cent. But what ...

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Saudi Arabia extends entry ban amid threat of new COVID-19 variant

Saudi Arabia on Monday said it was extending a ban on entry to the Kingdom by air, land and sea for another week. In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Ministry of Interior said the decision was a precautionary measure against the spread of the new variant of COVID-19, which had been detected in a number ...

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EU launches mass vaccination in ‘moment of unity’

The EU is launching a co-ordinated vaccine rollout to fight Covid-19, in what the bloc’s top official says is a “touching moment of unity”. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had been delivered to all 27 member states, reports UNB. Some countries started administering the jabs on Saturday, saying they were not prepared ...

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