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Covid vaccines: Mixing increases reports of mild side-effects

Adults are more likely to report mild and moderate side-effects after mixing doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer Covid vaccines, a study indicates. Chills, headaches and muscle pain were reported more frequently when different vaccine doses were combined. Any adverse reactions were short lived, with no other safety concerns. “It’s a really intriguing finding and not something we were necessarily ...

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Share COVID jabs instead of vaccinating kids, WHO urges

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged wealthier nations to delay vaccinating younger people against Covid-19 and instead donate doses to the COVAX global vaccine solidarity initiative. Speaking during WHO’s bi-weekly media briefing, the UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reiterated his warning against “vaccine nationalism”, as  low-income nations currently receive a paltry 0.3 percent ...

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Experts call for new standards to combat airborne disease

Building standards need to undergo a “paradigm shift” to better protect against airborne diseases, a group of experts said Thursday, drawing on hard-won lessons from the Covid pandemic. Future building designs must incorporate increased ventilation and air-cleaning measures, including filtration and disinfection using both filters and ultraviolet devices, they wrote in the journal Science. This comes as accumulating data suggest ...

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India approves Phase 2, 3 clinical trials of COVAXIN on children aged 2 to 18 years

India’s apex drug regulator has granted permission for conducting the phase II/III clinical trial of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine in the age group of 2 to 18 years, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. The trial will be conducted on 525 healthy volunteers. “The National Regulator of the country, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), after careful ...

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Covid: Will UK vaccine success keep virus at bay?

Next week will see the most significant lifting of restrictions yet in England, with indoor mixing to be allowed. The rest of the UK is making similar steps. It means the onus is increasingly shifting on to the vaccines, rather than social distancing and restrictions, to keep the virus at bay.   Is there now enough immunity in the population ...

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WHO warns against use of Ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment

The World Health Organization on Tuesday recommended against the general use of ‘ivermectin’ – an orally-administered drug used to treat parasitic infections – for treatment of COVID-19 patients. “Safety and efficacy are important when using any drug for a new indication. WHO recommends against use of ‘ivermectin’ for COVID-19 except within clinical trials,” Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the global health body’s ...

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EU sues AstraZeneca again over delayed COVID vaccine doses

The European Union launched legal action Tuesday to force AstraZeneca to deliver millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses by July, reports dw.com. It is the second lawsuit the bloc has filed against the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company over delayed vaccine supply. “We want the court to order the company to deliver 90 million additional doses, in addition to the 30 million already ...

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J&J vaccine ready for widespread use in Germany

The highly controversial Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine has been given authorisation to be administered again primarily to those aged 60 and above. The authorities have also decided to offer the vaccination to younger people as long as their individual health risks had been considered. It must be noted that Johnson & Johnson requires only one dose. The rollout of ...

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WHO classifies India variant as being of global concern

The World Health Organziation said on Monday that the B.1.617 variant first identified in India last year was being classified as a variant of global concern. “We classify it as a variant of concern at a global level,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, told a briefing. “There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility.” Indian coronavirus ...

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The ‘black fungus’ maiming Covid patients in India

On Saturday morning, Dr Akshay Nair, a Mumbai-based eye surgeon, was waiting to operate on a 25-year-old woman who had recovered from a bout of Covid-19 three weeks ago. Inside the surgery, an ear, nose and throat specialist was already at work on the patient, a diabetic. He had inserted a tube in her nose and was removing tissues infected ...

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