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US states to start getting COVID-19 vaccine Monday

States in the US will start receiving the first batch of the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine from Monday morning, US officials said Saturday, after the government gave the final nod to the shots required to end the outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. Trucks will roll out Sunday morning as shipping companies UPS and FedEx begin delivering Pfizer’s vaccine ...

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US approves Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine: statement

The US green lighted the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine late Friday, paving the way for its imminent rollout across the country, with President Donald Trump promising the first immunizations would take place “in less than 24 hours.” “I am authorizing the emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID?19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19,” Denise Hinton, the Food and Drug Administration’s chief scientist ...

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Heart disease leading cause of death globally for last 20 years: WHO

Non-communicable diseases now make up 7 of the world’s top 10 causes of death, according to WHO’s 2019 Global Health Estimates, published on Wednesday. This is an increase from 4 of the 10 leading causes in 2000. The new data cover the period from 2000 to 2019 inclusive. The estimates reveal trends over the last 2 decades in mortality and ...

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Canada approves Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

Canada on Wednesday approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, days after Britain became the first country to greenlight and roll it out. “Today’s authorization marks a critical milestone in our efforts to bring Covid-19 under control,” the government’s chief medical advisor Supriya Sharma told a news conference. “The availability of vaccines will increase throughout the year (2021), providing every Canadian with ...

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Coronavirus vaccine: China jab 86 percent effective, UAE says

The United Arab Emirates is the first country to rate a front-running Chinese vaccine for Covid-19, saying it was 86% effective in a phase-three trial. The vaccine, produced by China National Pharmaceutical Group, or Sinopharm, has been “officially registered”, the UAE state news agency reports. The health ministry said “analysis shows no serious safety concerns”. However, neither Sinopharm nor the ...

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Rich countries hoarding Covid vaccines

Rich countries are hoarding doses of Covid vaccines and people living in poor countries are set to miss out, a coalition of campaigning bodies warns. The People’s Vaccine Alliance says nearly 70 lower-income countries will only be able to vaccinate one in 10 people. This is despite Oxford-AstraZeneca pledging to provide 64% of its doses to people in developing nations. ...

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Oxford/Astra first to publish final-stage vaccine trial results

Oxford University and AstraZeneca became the first Covid-19 vaccine makers to publish final-stage clinical trial results in a scientific journal Tuesday, clearing a key hurdle in the global race to produce safe and effective drugs for the new coronavirus. The study, published in the respected Lancet medical journal, confirmed that the vaccine works in an average of 70 percent of ...

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Most lungs recover well after COVID-19, says study

Lung tissue of patients who suffer severely from COVID-19 shows good recovery in most cases, according to a study. Researchers at the Radbound University in the Netherlands found that the group which was referred by a GP did not recover as well as patients who were admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The study, published in the journal ...

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Covid-19 deepens depression, anxiety among pregnant, postpartum women

After surveying pregnant women and those who recently gave birth, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that Covid-19 related grief and health worries have exasperated the rates of depression, generalised anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The results were shared in the new study published in Psychiatry Review. “We know the perinatal period is already a time ...

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Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign to begin Dec 12

A 44-day ‘Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign’ is set to begin on December 12 across the country with a target for administering 3.40 crore Children. “‘Measles-Rubella Campaign was scheduled to launch on December 5. But the authorities have rescheduled the vaccination campaign on December 12 instead of December 5 due to unavoidable circumstances,” Dr Md Shamsul Haque, director of The Expanded Programme ...

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