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Bangladesh will face dire situation if Indian variant enters: Experts

Bangladesh will face a devastating situation if Indian double mutant variant of Covid-19 enters the country, cautioned experts on Saturday. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed said more people are being infected with coronavirus in most of the countries of the world. People in Bangladesh are being infected by the African variant more. This ...

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US to resume J&J COVID vaccinations despite rare clot risk

US health officials lifted an 11-day pause on COVID-19 vaccinations using Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot on Friday, after scientific advisers decided its benefits outweigh a rare risk of blood clot. The government uncovered 15 vaccine recipients who developed a highly unusual kind of blood clot out of nearly 8 million people given the J&J shot. All were women, most ...

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Bangladesh reports another new Covid variant

Scientists have identified another new variant of novel coronavirus in Bangladesh with potentially worrying mutations. Known as B.1.525, the variant was first detected in the UK on December 15 and Nigeria in December last year. According to the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID), eight cases of this variant have so far been found in Bangladesh by different ...

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Bangladesh not getting vaccine from India despite paying in advance

Despite making full payment of the prices, Bangladesh has not been receiving coronavirus vaccine from Serum Institute of India (SII). The Bangladesh government signed an agreement with the SII on November 5 last year to procure 3 crore (30 million) doses of Oxford-Astrazeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine under the mediation of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd. The agreement states that the SII will export ...

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Pfizer decides to supply Covid vaccine through Indian govt

Pfizer has decided to prioritise orders from the government, and supply doses of its Covid-19 vaccine “only through government contracts” in India. This may potentially mean that the American drug giant’s vaccine, developed with BioNTech, may not be available through private hospitals in the country — unless the Centre or state governments decide to sell doses to these facilities. The ...

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Serum won’t export Covid vaccine till July

Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Wednesday said that his company would not export Covishield vaccine for two months till July. Bangladesh has launched vaccinating its people with Covishield vaccine importing from Serum Institute of India under an agreement. But, the country is now facing an acute shortage of the vaccine after the Indian government has suddenly ...

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Serum institute to sell AstraZeneca to private hospitals at $8/dose

The Serum Institute of India said on Wednesday it would sell the AstraZeneca vaccine to the country’s state governments at 400 rupees or $5.30 per dose and to private hospitals at 600 rupees or $7.95. “Furthermore, owing to the complexity, and urgency of the situation it is challenging to supply it independently to each corporate entity,” it said in a ...

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Young people to be reinfected with Covid for study

Healthy young people who have had Covid-19 are being asked to volunteer for a trial that will deliberately expose them to the pandemic virus. The experts behind the study, beginning this month, want to see how the immune system copes second time round. The ultimate aim is to design better treatments and vaccines.   Up to 64 people aged 18-30 ...

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Oxford starts first study to reinfect recovered Covid-19 patients

Researchers are looking for 64 healthy, previously Covid-infected volunteers from 18 to 30 years old to be studied under controlled, quarantined conditions for at least 17 days, the UK university said Monday People who previously infected with Covid-19 will be deliberately reinfected in a first-of-its-kind trial at the University of Oxford that may shed light on how to develop more ...

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Strong evidence that Covid-19 mainly spreads through air: Study

Researchers have concluded that there is “consistent” and “strong evidence” to prove the Sars-CoV-2 virus – which causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) – is primarily transmitted through air and that this reasoning should alter countries’ mitigation response to the pandemic that has ravaged the world. Studies have previously indicated that the coronavirus can spread through air, but this is the ...

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