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Bahrain becomes second country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Bahrain announced on Friday that it had approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, becoming the second country after Britain to green-light the drug. “The approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will add a further important layer to the kingdom’s national Covid-19 response,” said Mariam al-Jalahma, CEO of the National Health Regulatory Authority, according to a statement carried by ...

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Govt launches free antigen test Saturday

The government launches free antigen test in 10 districts on Saturday for rapid detection of coronavirus, fearing second wave of the disease in the country. The government has taken the decision as the temperature has started dropping with arrival of winter. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry will roll out the antigen test for people in 10 districts initially. Later, ...

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Fortune or foresight? AstraZeneca and Oxford’s stories clash on COVID-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca and Oxford University have given conflicting accounts of how they came upon the most effective dosing pattern for their COVID-19 vaccine, a rare instance of public dissension between major institutions collaborating on a pivotal project. The discrepancy, reported for the first time by Reuters, centres on the regimen administered to a smaller group of volunteers in the late-stage trials, ...

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Vaccine rollout could ease crisis, but who gets it first?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the right people could change the course of the pandemic in the United States. But who are the right people? As the decision looms for President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration, a new analysis argues for targeting the first vaccines to the same low-income Black, Hispanic and Native American households that have disproportionately suffered from the ...

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Hypertension crisis: Worry about high blood pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is famously referred to as a ‘silent killer’ because it has no obvious symptoms to indicate that something is wrong. Many people suffer from the problem of high blood pressure for years without any knowledge about it. The condition may be symptomless but is quite harmful, especially for those who are close to the hypertensive ...

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Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in UK

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for roll out. Immunisations could start within days for people in high priority groups. The UK has already ordered 40m doses – enough ...

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European regulator to decide Dec. 29 on 1st virus vaccine

The European Medicines Agency will convene a meeting on Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough data about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved, the regulator said Tuesday. The agency also said Tuesday it could decide as early as Jan. 12 whether to approve a rival COVID-19 ...

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BNP wants Army’s role in vaccine collection, distribution

BNP has demanded that the Army and relevant organisations be given the responsibility to procure the Covid-19 vaccine and preserve and distribute it. Members of the BNP standing committee, the highest policymaking body of the party, at a meeting on Sunday made the demand, said a press release on Monday. “There’s an apprehension that the activities of the life-saving vaccine ...

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Countrymen to get Covid-19 vaccine at no cost: Cabinet Secy

The government will purchase three crore doses of coronavirus or Covid-19 vaccine invented by AstraZeneca-Oxford and distribute those to countrymen at no cost. But it will depend on the decision of the World Health Organisation(WHO) that who will get the vaccine first. Cabinet Secretary Anwarul Azim came up with such a decision of the government after emerging from a virtual ...

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