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US signs $2 billion vaccine deal with Pfizer and BioNTech

The United States on Tuesday signed a $1.95 billion agreement with US pharma giant Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech for 100 million doses of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine, part of an aggressive push to start immunizing Americans early next year. It is the biggest deal to date under Operation Warp Speed, intended to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of coronavirus ...

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Chinese Covid-19 vaccine starts final tests in Brazil

A Chinese-made vaccine against the new coronavirus entered the final stage of testing Tuesday in Brazil, where volunteers received the first doses of what officials hope will be a game-changer in the global pandemic. The vaccine, developed by private Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech, became the third in the world to enter Phase 3 clinical trials, or large-scale testing on ...

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Specialized journal endorses two COVID-19 vaccines

Specialized global medical journal Lancet overnight endorsed two prospective COVID-19 vaccines, calling their trials to have yielded “eencouraging results” as they produced strong immune reactions among patients. Lancet said they reviewed results of two early phase COVID-19 vaccine trials reported by Jenner Institute at Oxford University with supports from drug maker AstraZeneca, and China’s CanSino Biologics. “The safety signals from ...

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Coronavirus vaccine: UK government signs deals for 90 million doses

The UK government has signed deals for 90 million doses of promising coronavirus vaccines that are being developed. The vaccines are being researched by an alliance between the pharmaceutical companies BioNtech and Pfizer as well as the firm Valneva. The new deal is on top of 100 million doses of the Oxford University vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca. However, it ...

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Six types of Covid-19 uncovered by scientists – each with a ‘cluster’ of symptoms

Six different “types’ of Covid-19 have been discovered by scientists – each with their own “cluster of symptoms”. Data gathered from King’s College London’s Covid-19 symptom study app gives fresh insight into who is most likely to be hospitalised. Researchers say their work could have “important implications” for caring and monitoring people who are most vulnerable ahead of any second ...

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Covid-19: New studies give information what drugs help, hurt

Fresh studies  by British researchers give more information about what medicines do or don’t work  in COVID-19 treatment. They  on Friday published their research on the only drug shown to improve survival — a cheap steroid called dexamethasone. Two other studies found that  malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does not help people with only mild symptoms. For months before studies like these, ...

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US, UK, Canada accuse Russia of hacking virus vaccine trials

Western governments on Thursday accused hackers of being part of Russian intelligence and trying to steal valuable private information about a coronavirus vaccine. Intelligence agencies in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada said the hacking group, APT29, also known as Cozy Bear, is attacking academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in COVID-19 vaccine development. The same group was implicated ...

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Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine ready to advance to final phase of testing

The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the US revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday. The shots are poised to begin key final testing. “No matter how you slice this, this is good news,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top infectious disease expert, told The Associated Press. The experimental vaccine, developed by ...

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Covid-19 in Bangladesh: 1 in 4 found infected in 24 hrs

The daily Covid-19 infection rate in Bangladesh has spiked to 25.23 percent as the country is struggling to control the deadly virus with its major cities and towns, including Dhaka, registering high numbers of cases. The country’s health authorities on Wednesday confirmed the detection of 3,533 new patients after conducting 14,002 tests in the last 24 hours that means one in every ...

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Winter wave of coronavirus ‘could be worse than first’

The UK could see about 120,000 new coronavirus deaths in a second wave of infections this winter, scientists say. Asked to model a “reasonable” worst-case scenario, they suggest a range between 24,500 and 251,000 of virus-related deaths in hospitals alone, peaking in January and February. To date, there have been 44,830 official deaths in the UK, but this has slowed ...

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