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India inks deal with domestic vaccine maker Biological-E for 300M doses

India’s government said on Thursday it has inked a deal with domestic vaccine maker Biological-E for 300 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for 15 billion rupees ($205.62 million), the first such order for unapproved shots. The vaccine, which is currently undergoing phase-3 clinical trials, is likely to be available in the next few months, the health ministry said in a statement. ...

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Pfizer vaccine: Inoculation to begin in 7-10 days

Administering Pfizer vaccine will require seven to ten days, said Directorate of General of Health Services (DGHS) on Wednesday. The diluent which is required to make the vaccine suitable for administering in human body will arrive in Dhaka on June 7. Health workers are now being given training to administer the vaccine. Officials at the Directorate of General of Health ...

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594 doctors died in India’s COVID-19 second wave

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that as many as 594 doctors died during the second wave of COVID-19 across the country. The Association released an updated list on Wednesday and noted that Delhi (107), Bihar (96), Uttar Pradesh (67) and Rajasthan (43) have lost the maximum number of doctors due to COVID in the second wave so far, ...

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WHO approves Sinovac, second Chinese-made Covid vaccine to get listed

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it has approved a COVID-19 vaccine made by drugmaker Sinovac Biotech for emergency use listing, paving the way for a second Chinese shot to be used in poor countries. A WHO emergency listing is a signal to national regulators on a product’s safety and efficacy. It will also allow the shot to ...

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France opens Covid jab for all adults in competition with variants

France on Monday opened up Covid-19 vaccines to all adults, a week before Germany, as Europe races to avoid another wave of infections caused by new virus variants. So far, 25.4 million people have received a first shot of a vaccine, representing about 38% of the population and nearly one in two adults. Until now, people over 50, workers in ...

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CDC data indicate US is on track for July 4 vaccination target

The US is on track to reach a target calling for 70 percent of adults to have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by July 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New CDC data released on Saturday indicates that more that half of all adults in the US, or more than 51 ...

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Russia starts vaccinating animals against Covid-19

Russia has started vaccinating animals against coronavirus, officials say. Several regions have now started vaccinations at veterinary clinics, Russia’s veterinary watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, told local media. Interest has been shown in the Carnivak-Cov vaccine by the EU, Argentina South Korea and Japan, the agency said. While scientists say there is currently no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading ...

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British royal Kate gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The Duchess of Cambridge has said she is “hugely grateful” after getting her first dose of a coronavirus vaccine on Friday. Catherine, 39, shared a photograph of herself being given the vaccine at the Science Museum in London. On Twitter, she thanked all those who are “playing a part in the rollout”. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Saturday that ...

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European regulator recommends Pfizer shot for children 12-15

The European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended that the use of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech be expanded to children ages 12 to 15, a decision that offers younger and less at-risk populations across the continent access to a COVID-19 shot for the first time. The vaccine was the first one granted authorization across the European Union ...

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Finding a Pill to Cure Covid-19: Drugmakers’ Eye Alternative to Vaccines

Prevention is better than cure — but when it comes to Covid, what happens when people can’t get the vaccine, don’t want it, or they’re immune suppressed and it fails to stop infection? The hunt is on for a coronavirus treatment that can be taken as a pill soon after a confirmed positive, halting the disease in its tracks so ...

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