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Countries pause use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The US, South Africa and European Union will temporarily stop the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid jab, after reports of rare blood clotting. Six cases were detected in more than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. Johnson & Johnson has paused its EU rollout, which started this week. It ...

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WHO urges ban on sale of live wild mammals in food markets

The World Health Organization on Tuesday called for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent the emergence of new diseases. The WHO said that while traditional markets play a central role in providing food and livelihoods for large populations, banning the sale of live wild mammals could protect the health of market workers ...

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Bangladesh to get 6.8cr vaccine doses from May: WB

Bangladesh will start receiving 6.8 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine under the global COVAX facility from May, says the World Bank. The international financial institution came up with the revelation in a report published on Monday as both the deaths and infections from coronavirus continued to rise in the country. While talking to journalists during a virtual briefing, Mercy Tembon, ...

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Local vaccines ‘don’t have high protection rates’: China official

China’s top disease control official has said the efficacy of the country’s Covid vaccines is low, in a rare admission of weakness. In a press conference, Gao Fu added that China was considering mixing vaccines as a way of boosting efficacy. China has developed four different vaccines approved for public use, though some trials abroad had suggested efficacy as low ...

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Heart health of kidney failure patients can be improved by cycling moderately

The findings of a recent study suggest that cycling at moderate intensity while on dialysis could drastically help in improving the heart health of patients with kidney failure. The study was led by the University of Leicester supported by the charity Kidney Research UK and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre. The findings of the study ...

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Japanese Covid-19 patient receives world’s first living donor lung transplant

Japan’s Kyoto University Hospital has said that it has conducted the world’s first living donor lung transplant on a Covid-19 patient who lost functionality of both her lungs. The patient, a woman who lives in western Japan, is currently in intensive care. Her husband and son, who donated part of their healthy lungs, are in stable conditions after the surgery, ...

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India to review COVID-19 vaccines after blood clot warning

A government panel of experts is investigating for any domestic cases of blood clotting, even mild ones, as a side effect of the two COVID-19 vaccines being administered in India, financial daily Mint reported on Friday, citing two people aware of the development. India is currently administering AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is manufactured by the Serum Institute and branded Covishield, ...

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Covid: Under-30s offered alternative to Oxford-AstraZeneca jab

Under-30s in the UK are to be offered an alternative Covid vaccine to the AstraZeneca jab due to the evidence linking it to rare blood clots. The recommendation comes after a review by the UK drugs regulator found that by the end of March 79 people had suffered rare blood clots after vaccination – 19 of whom had died.   ...

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Covid boosts risks for mental, neurological disorders in study

A third of Covid-19 survivors were diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition in the six months after being infected, according to the first large-scale research to compare the risks to other illnesses, including influenza. The University of Oxford study analyzed health records of 236,379 Covid-19 patients infected last year, according to a report in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. As ...

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India to launch workplace COVID vaccinations from April 11

Indian government is all set to launch workplace COVID vaccinations from April 11 in a bid to significantly boost the ongoing inoculation drive, which continues to battle hesitancy and wastage issues The decision came as India’s daily COVID cases touched a new and alarming peak of 1, 15,736, the highest since the first case was reported on January 30, 2020 ...

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