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AstraZeneca further cuts EU vaccine supply target to 30 million

AstraZeneca cut its supply forecast of COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union in the first quarter to about 30 million doses, a third of its contractual obligations and a 25% drop from pledges made last month, a document seen by Reuters shows. The shortfall is a further blow to EU’s vaccination plans already being hampered by repeated delays in supply ...

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Vidya’s journey to making healthier choices 

  Like many South Asians, food is a huge part of my daily routine. It represents our history, our culture and our traditions. And as a community, we often use it to show affection to family members, by feeding them large portions of delicious food. Whilst this is a beautiful gesture, I’ve really wanted to make healthier choices. When my ...

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A year on, WHO still struggling to manage pandemic response

When the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic one year ago Thursday, it did so only after weeks of resisting the term and maintaining that the highly infectious virus could still be stopped. A year later, the U.N. agency is still struggling to keep on top of the evolving science of COVID-19, to persuade countries to abandon their ...

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Covid-19: UK rejects ‘completely false’ EU vaccine export ban claim

A fresh row has broken out between the UK and the EU after the bloc’s most senior official suggested the UK had banned all Covid-19 vaccine exports. Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, wrongly claimed the UK had an “outright ban” on exports of vaccines produced on its soil. The BBC understands Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has written ...

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Millions of people have already had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  The arrival and rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines is being celebrated because they offer a way out of the coronavirus crisis and could save thousands of lives. Millions of people have already had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine but there are many who are worried about the safety of a jab that has been developed so quickly. ...

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US says vaccinated people can meet without masks

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that fully vaccinated Americans can return to some sense of normalcy. Those who have received the required jabs can visit with other vaccinated people and some unvaccinated people, according to the new guidelines. People are considered protected two weeks after they take the final dose of their vaccine, the ...

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China to crack down harder on fake African swine fever vaccines

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Monday (March 8) it will crack down further on illegal production and sales of African swine fever vaccines in a sign of the extent of a problem that is damaging the world’s largest pig industry. The ministry, which has been warning against such behaviour since 2019, said tougher measures were needed ...

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Oral Covid treatment yields promising trial data: drugmakers

German pharmaceutical giant Merck and a US partner reported promising results Saturday in trials of a drug administered orally to fight Covid-19, saying it helps reduce patients’ viral load. “At a time where there is unmet need for antiviral treatments against SARS-CoV-2, we are encouraged by these preliminary data,” said Wendy Painter, chief medical officer of the US firm, Ridgeback ...

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Four sisters in their 80s and 90s reunited to get their Covid-19 vaccines together

Four elderly sisters in New Jersey haven’t been able to have their regular get-togethers during the coronavirus pandemic, but they made an exception to get their Covid-19 vaccinations. Edith Camp, 96, Bernice Cecil, 92, Nora McDonald, 86, and 84-year-old Rose Ramsey — got their second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill, south of ...

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