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As US vaccine demand falls, states look to new solutions

It’s official: America’s Covid-19 immunization campaign is stalling. While vaccination programs are lagging badly in many countries — if they’ve begun at all — mass vaccine sites across the US are closing due to dwindling demand, leaving the authorities exploring new ways to reach people who haven’t yet gotten a shot, reports AFP. The national vaccination rate peaked around April ...

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WHO lists anti-Covid Moderna vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization on Friday said it had listed the anti-Covid-19 Moderna vaccine for emergency use. The listing procedure helps countries unable to assess a vaccine’s effectiveness themselves have access as quickly as possible and allow the Covax vaccine sharing scheme and other partners to distribute it to poorer countries. The US vaccine is the fifth jab to earn ...

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Moderna eyes 3 billion Covid vaccine doses in 2022

US pharmaceutical firm Moderna said Thursday it expects to increase global production of its cutting-edge Covid vaccine to up to three billion doses in 2022, reports AFP. The company said in a statement that it would make new funding commitments to increase supply at its manufacturing facilities in Europe and the United States. The investments will double the manufacturing of ...

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Covid: One dose of vaccine halves transmission – study

A single dose of a coronavirus vaccine can reduce household transmission of the virus by up to half, a study shows. Those given a first dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines – and who became infected three weeks later – were between 38% and 49% less likely to pass the virus on than unvaccinated people, PHE found. UK ...

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Serum Institute lowers Covishield prices to Rs 300 a dose

Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Pune-based Serum Institute of India, said Covishield will be made available to states at a price of Rs 300 per dose, reports India Today. SII, which is producing University of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, had earlier priced the doses at Rs 400 for states. The decision is a philanthropic gesture on behalf of the Serum Institute, said ...

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How long does it take for the Covid-19 vaccines to become effective?

Covid-19 has kept the world on its toes ever since its outbreak. It has been more than a year of uncertainty but thanks to the efforts of the healthcare fraternity, it seems we are heading towards a better future. Covid-19 vaccines from different manufactures are available indifferent parts of the world. So far, vaccines from Pfizer, Covishield, Sputnik V, Sinovac, ...

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Bangladesh approves emergency use of Russian Sputnik V vaccine

The government of Bangladesh on Tuesday approved the emergency use of Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V. The approval was given at a meeting of the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA). After the meeting, Director General of DGDA Mahbubur Rahman said, “Now there’s no legal bar to import or use of this vaccine. If Bangladesh wants to purchase it, Russia ...

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Gilead to ship 450,000 remdesivir vials to India as virus cases surge

Gilead Sciences Inc said on Monday it will give India at least 450,000 vials of its antiviral drug remdesivir and help boost production, as the world’s second-most populous country reels from surging coronavirus cases. Remdesivir is approved in India for restricted emergency use to treat severe COVID-19 cases, but hospitals are facing supply shortages due to indiscriminate use and the ...

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Throat spray and hydroxychloroquine found to reduce risk of Covid-19 infection: Singapore study

Using a throat spray or consuming the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine has been found to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection in healthy individuals in areas with high transmission rates. These findings were revealed by a local study of more than 3,000 healthy young migrant workers who were quarantined in Tuas South Dormitory in May last year. The study found that ...

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Malaria vaccine hailed as potential breakthrough

A malaria vaccine has proved to be 77% effective in early trials and could be a major breakthrough against the disease, says the University of Oxford team behind it. Malaria kills more than 400,000 people a year, mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa. But despite many vaccines being trialled over the years, this is the first to meet the required target. ...

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