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Pfizer sees high demand for Covid-19 pill as profits jump

Pfizer executives said Tuesday they are confident of strong demand for the company’s Covid-19 antiviral treatment amid easing pandemic rules as the big drugmaker reported another round of strong earnings. The US pharmaceutical giant, reporting surging first-quarter profits based on a big jump in revenues from its Covid-19 vaccine, said its Paxlovid treatment for the virus would be a valuable ...

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Beijing preps COVID-19 hospital spaces, though new cases low

Beijing is preparing new hospital facilities to deal with a spike in COVID-19 cases, even though the numbers of new cases remain low. State media reported Tuesday a 1,000-bed hospital at Xiaotangshan in the northeastern suburbs built for the 2003 SARS outbreak has been refurbished in case it’s needed. Unofficial reports online say thousands of beds have been prepared in ...

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France says record 16 million birds culled in flu outbreak

A record 16 million chickens, ducks and other poultry have been culled in France since November in one of the most severe bird flu outbreaks in years, the agriculture ministry said Monday. The country has been hit by several epidemics since 2015 but they have mainly been contained to the southwest, where ducks are bred for the lucrative foie gras ...

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25,77,93,863 doses of Covid-19 vaccines administered so far: DGHS

As of April 30, a total of 25,77,93,863 doses of Covid-19 vaccines including booster dose were administered as the countrywide vaccination campaign was launched on February 7 last year. “A total of 12,85,68,620 people have been administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine till Monday while 11,64,25,878 received the second dose across the country during the period,” according to data ...

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Hajj pilgrims must submit COVID-negative report before journey

Hajj pilgrims will have to submit Covid negative report – done 72 hours before their journey to Saudi Arabia this year. Also, they must carry a Covid vaccination certificate, the Religious Affairs Ministry said in a notification Friday. Hajj pilgrims will have to carry multiple copies of the vaccine certificate as they embark on the pilgrimage to Mecca, reports UNB. ...

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Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 12 in June: Health Minister

Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said that children between the ages of 5 and 12 will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by next June. He said about 20 million children would be vaccinated. They will be given special Pfizer vaccines, he added. He came up with the discloser while speaking at an Iftar mahfil at Garpara Shuvro Center in Manikganj Sadar ...

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Global Covid cases top 512 million

The overall number of Covid cases has surged past 512 million amid a rise in new infections in parts of the world. According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 512,225,941 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,230,957 on Friday morning, UNB reports. The US has recorded 81,249,259 cases so far and 993,156 people ...

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Fauci: United States is out of ‘pandemic phase’

Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said that the United States seems to be out of the “pandemic phase,” at least for the moment. In comments to Washington Post and on “PBS NewsHour” this week, Fauci said that the country has entered a new phase of the pandemic, because daily counts of confirmed new cases, hospitalizations and ...

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China reports 1st human case of H3N8 bird flu

China has recorded the first human infection with the H3N8 strain of bird flu, the country’s health authority said on Tuesday, but said the risk of it spreading among people was low. A four-year-old boy from central Henan province was found to have been infected with the variant after developing a fever and other symptoms on April 5, reports Reuters. ...

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Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin cleared for 6-12 age group

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) today gave restricted use authorisation to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children between the age group of 6-12 amid an uptick in the Covid cases in schools. The DCGI has directed the vaccine maker to submit the safety data, including the data on the adverse events, with due analysis every 15 days for the ...

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