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Pfizer/BioNTech jab confirmed to protect 95% in largest study yet

The largest real-world study yet of the Pfizer/BioNTec vaccine on Thursday confirmed that the jab provided more than 95 percent protection against Covid-19, but found that the level dropped significantly when people received just one of the two prescribed doses. The authors of the research from Israel’s national vaccination campaign said it showed real-world proof that the pandemic could be ...

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Covid-variant vaccines fast-tracked with more investment

The UK government is pledging extra money to fast-track vaccines that fight new variants of coronavirus. Existing vaccines still protect against variants such as those identified in Kent and South Africa – but experts say it is also vital to stay a step ahead of a virus that keeps mutating. The concern is about future variants that might escape this ...

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Covax boosted by 500 mn Moderna Covid vaccine doses

The Covax global programme, which has relied heavily on AstraZeneca vaccines, said on Monday it has struck a deal to buy 500 million doses of Moderna’s Covid-19 jabs. The doses will broaden out the portfolio of vaccines under Covax, which seeks to ensure poor countries have equitable access to vaccines to combat the pandemic. Moderna are expected to start supplying ...

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‘Local pharma seeks permission to bring Moderna vaccine’

A Bangladeshi pharmaceutical company has sought permission from the government to import Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine. Director General of the Directorate of Health Services Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam made the disclosure to reporters at a programme on Monday. Without disclosing the name of the company, Dr Bashar said it has submitted an application in this regard to the authorities ...

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Russia, facing lags, turns to China to produce Sputnik shots

Russia is turning to multiple Chinese firms to manufacture the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in an effort to speed up production as demand soars for its shot. Russia has announced three deals totaling 260 million doses with Chinese vaccine companies in recent weeks. It’s a decision that could mean quicker access to a shot for countries in Latin America, the ...

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565 ICU beds, 8,873 general available for Covid patients

While the country witnesses a continuous upsurge in coronavirus cases, 8,873 general and 565 ICU beds are available across the eight divisions for Covid-19 patients. Health Ministry on Sunday said in a press release that as many Covid patients have left the hospital after recovery, these beds are now unoccupied. From the data provided by the hospitals in eight districts, ...

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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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