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Novavax Phase-1 data shows vaccine is safe and elicits an immune response

A third US company has released study results showing its coronavirus vaccine is safe and elicits an immune response. Novavax, Inc. released Phase 1 data Tuesday from 131 volunteers showing that after two doses of the vaccine, participants developed neutralizing antibodies at levels more than four times higher on average than the antibodies developed by people who had recovered from ...

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Risk of Covid-19 infection from breastfeeding negligible: WHO

Pointing out that the risk of Covid-19 infection from breastfeeding is negligible, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended breastfeeding should continue. “WHO has been very clear in its recommendations to say absolutely breastfeeding should continue,” said Dr Laurence Grummer-Strawn, head of WHO’s Food and Nutrition Action in Health Systems unit, reports UN news. “We’ve never documented, anywhere around the world, ...

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Chinese Covid vaccine to be used on Bangladeshi health workers: Secretary

A Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Research and Development Co Ltd, a Chinese company, will be approved for use on Bangladeshi health workers after getting its satisfactory results, Health Services Division Secretary Abdul Mannan said on Tuesday. Sinovac has filed an ‘appeal’ through icddr,b for conducting phase-3 clinical trial of the vaccine in Bangladesh and it is currently pending with ...

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Russia aims to produce ‘millions’ of virus doses by 2021

Russia said Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine next month and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year. The country is pushing ahead with several vaccine prototypes and one prepared at the Gamaleya institute in Moscow has reached advanced stages of development. “We are very much counting on starting mass production in ...

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Debate begins for who’s first in line for COVID-19 vaccine

Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told one of the advisory groups the ...

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BCG vaccine could slow down Covid-19 spread, says study

The debate over the anti-tuberculosis vaccine’s ability to protect against Covid-19 got a fresh lease with an American research paper stating that the BCG ‘slows down’ the infection’s spread within the community—at least in the first 30 days. The paper published in Science Advances, a peer-reviewed medical journal brought out by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said ...

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Sanofi, GSK reach virus vaccine deals with US, EU

Pharma giants Sanofi and GSK will receive up to $2.1 billion from the US government for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said Friday, as the world scrambles for an answer to the pandemic. At the same time, the European Union said it had reached a deal with Sanofi for the supply of 300 million doses of a ...

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India begins human clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine “Covaxin”

The human clinical trial of indigenously developed Covaxin, a possible vaccine against coronavirus, began at a hospital, officials said on Friday. The trial began on Thursday evening at Rana Hospital and Trauma Centre, which is among the 12 institutes selected for clinical trials of the vaccine, officials said. “The trials began under the supervision of physician Dr Ajit Pratap Singh ...

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How Fitbit devices can help detect the spread of Covid-19

In a fight against novel coronavirus, the researchers have developed a free mobile app that will allow scientists to investigate the use of wearable devices and smartphones for digital detection of Covid-19. The research team has created the ‘Mass Science’ app that allows Covid-Collab study participants to connect wearables, such as Fitbit devices, and share data including heart rate, activity ...

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