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Moderna says COVID vaccine protection wanes, makes case for booster

New data from Moderna Inc’s large COVID-19 vaccine trial shows that the protection it offers wanes over time, supporting the case for booster doses, the company said in a news release on Wednesday. “This is only one estimate, but we do believe this means as you look toward the fall and winter, at minimum we expect the estimated impact of ...

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6 feet distance may not be enough to prevent virus spread indoors: Study

Physical distancing of two metres – about six and a half feet – may not be enough to sufficiently prevent transmission of virus-carrying airborne aerosols indoors, according to a study. The results, published in the journal Sustainable Cities and Society, suggest that physical distance alone is not enough to prevent human exposure to exhaled aerosols and should be implemented with ...

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Bangladesh to get 24 crore COVID vaccine by March-April

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday sounded hopeful regarding procurement of Covid-19 jabs, saying Bangladesh is on track to get 24 crore vaccines by March-April next year. “Vaccine doses are coming under the COVAX facility, as gifts and from other sources,” the Foreign Minister told reporters on the sidelines of the ‘Fifth International Conference on Inclusive Business’ organiz/sed ...

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Booster Covid jabs for 30m people recommended

Booster jabs for over 50s and younger adults with health conditions are being recommended by government vaccine advisers. Around 30 million people in the UK, including frontline health and care workers, will be offered a booster. The Pfizer jab is recommended, regardless of which vaccine people had previously, and it should be given at least six months after the second ...

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Bangladesh is in comfortable position in S Asia: DGHS

Bangladesh is in a more comfortable position than any other country in Southeast Asia amid Coronavirus pandemic, said Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) spokesperson Professor Dr Nazmul Islam on Sunday. “The coronavirus was as deadly in Southeast Asia as in the rest of the world. As it turns out, the situation in Indonesia in the region is a little ...

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Covid: Vaccine protection still strong – Oxford jab creator

The vaccines are still providing strong protection, a year on from the initial two doses, says the scientist who developed the Oxford-AZ vaccine. The UK’s vaccine advisory body is set to decide whether booster doses against Covid-19 are needed this autumn, BBC reported. Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert told the BBC that offering a third booster dose to millions of people ...

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US could authorize Pfizer COVID-19 shot for kids age 5-11 in October

Top US health officials believe that Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized for children aged 5-11 years old by the end of October, two sources familiar with the situation said on Friday. The timeline is based on the expectation that Pfizer, which developed the shot with Germany’s BioNTech, will have enough data from clinical trials to seek emergency use ...

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WHO urges Covid vaccine booster moratorium until 2022

The World Health Organization called Wednesday for countries to avoid giving out extra Covid jabs until year-end, pointing to the millions worldwide who have yet to receive a single dose. “I will not stay silent when the companies and countries that control the global supply of vaccines think the world’s poor should be satisfied with leftovers,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom ...

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42nd BCS results published: Appointment of 4,000 doctors proposed

Public Service Commission (PSC) has published the final results of the 42nd special Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations, recommending the appointment of 4,000 doctors as assistant surgeons. The results, published on Thursday, are available on the PSC website and can be had via SMS through Teletalk numbers, the commission said in a press release. The appointments will be finalised after ...

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