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Oxford vaccine may be approved before New Year

  The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is expected to be approved for use in the UK soon after Christmas. According to senior government officials, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is likely to authorize the vaccine on December 28 or 29, reports the Daily Mail. The organization is now awaiting the final data regarding the vaccine from Oxford University ...

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South Asian healthcare professionals urge members of the community to get their flu vaccine

  Higher prevalence of some long-term health conditions in South Asians puts them at higher risk of serious complications from flu. Public Health England (PHE) research suggests that people infected with both flu and COVID-19 viruses are more at risk of severe illness and death. South Asian healthcare professionals are coming forward to encourage more people in the community to ...

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Moderna’s vaccine endorsed by FDA advisory board

The head of the Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that his agency will move to quickly authorize the second COVID-19 vaccine to fight the pandemic, hours after the shot won the key endorsement of a government advisory panel. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement that regulators have communicated their plans to drugmaker Moderna, which co-developed the ...

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Wildfire smoke may spread infectious disease

Smoke from wildfires could be a surprising new route for the spread of infections, according to research. Scientist say that microbes and fungi can survive in large numbers in smoky plumes. The authors believe it’s likely that organisms from the soil, known to cause infection, could be transferred in this way. They argue that greater monitoring of wildfire smoke by ...

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Covid-19 vaccines for all: An ‘acid test’ for global leaders

UN Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) President Munir Akram Wednesday said this to the media while highlighting the importance of global cooperation and solidarity in tackling the disease. Vaccines must be viewed as “global public good” and be accessible to everyone, everywhere, Munir Akram said. He highlighted the groundbreaking international collaboration working to achieve this goal, known as the COVAX ...

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WHO vaccine scheme risks failure, leaving poor countries no COVID shots until 2024

The global scheme to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries faces a “very high” risk of failure, potentially leaving nations home to billions of people with no access to vaccines until as late as 2024, internal documents say. The World Health Organization’s COVAX programme is the main global scheme to vaccinate people in poor and middle income countries around the ...

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Moderna vaccine safe and effective, say US experts

Moderna’s vaccine is safe and 94% effective, regulators say, clearing the way for US emergency authorisation. The analysis by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) means it could become the second coronavirus vaccine to be allowed in the US. It comes one day after Americans across the country began receiving jabs of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the ...

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‘New variant’ of coronavirus identified – UK minister

A new variant of coronavirus has been found which is growing faster in some parts of England, MPs have been told. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said at least 60 different local authorities had recorded Covid infections caused by the new variant. He said the World Health Organization (WHO) had been notified and UK scientists were doing detailed studies. He said ...

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First vaccine given in US as roll-out begins

The first Covid-19 vaccination in the United States has taken place, as the country gears up for its largest ever immunisation campaign. An intensive care nurse in Long Island, New York is believed to have been the first person to be given the jab. Millions of vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are being distributed, with 150 hospitals expected to receive ...

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Bill Gates’s Foundation funding for Covid-19 vaccines

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, whose foundation has been part of the effort to develop and deliver COVID-19 vaccines, warned on Sunday that the next four to six months could be the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. “Sadly, the next four to six months could be the worst of the pandemic. The IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) forecast shows ...

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