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‘Dangerous period’ of pandemic, says Dr Tedros

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday the world is in “a very dangerous period” of the Covid-19 pandemic after the contagious Delta variant was found in nearly 100 countries, report agencies. At a press briefing, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the India-born Delta variant is still evolving and mutating to emerge as the most dominant ...

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Covaxin demonstrates 93.4% efficacy against severe diseases : study

Covaxin demonstrates 77.8% efficacy against symptomatic Covid-19 and 93.4% against severe disease, Bharat Biotech has concluded in the final analysis of the efficacy of the vaccine from phase 3 clinical trials published in a pre-print study. “Efficacy analysis demonstrates Covaxin to be 77.8% effective against symptomatic Covid-19, through evaluation of 130 confirmed cases, with 24 observed in the vaccine group ...

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‘Very dangerous period’ with delta variant in 100 countries: WHO

The head of the World Health Organization says the world is in “a very dangerous period” of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the more contagious delta variant is identified in nearly 100 countries. At a press briefing on Friday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the delta variant, first found in India, is continuing to evolve and mutate, and it is becoming the ...

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J&J’s says its Covid-19 vaccine effectivly combats Delta variant

Johnson and Johnson’s single-shot Covid-19 vaccine is effective against the highly contagious Delta variant, with an immune response lasting at least eight months, the company said Thursday. The antibodies and immune system cells in the blood of eight people vaccinated with the J&J jab effectively neutralized the Delta strain, which was first identified in India, researchers found. A second study ...

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Bangladesh resumes 1st dose of COVID vaccine

The government on Thursday started administering the first dose of COVID vaccine again at 40 vaccination centres in the country with Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccines. Line Director of the Directorate of Health Shamsul Huque said among others, medical students, nursing students, IST Mats and public university students, police are given priorities. They will receive the vaccine from 8am to 3:00pm ...

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Accept Covishield, Covaxin or face mandatory quarantine, India tells European Union’s

The European Union’s tardiness in accepting the Indian-made vaccines has triggered a face-off. Sources in the Indian foreign ministry said India will institute a reciprocal policy on recognition of vaccination certificates, reports the NDTV. This would mean that unless the European Union accepts Indian vaccine certificates, their certificates will not be accepted in the country either. People coming from the ...

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Covid: NHS plans booster jab for those 50 and over before winter

  The NHS has been given the green light to start planning a Covid vaccine booster programme in the UK ahead of this winter. A bigger flu season than normal is expected, meaning extra protection against Covid is likely to be needed. More than 30 million of the most vulnerable should receive a third dose, vaccine experts are advising. They ...

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Bangladesh going to receive 2 million doses of Chinese Sinopharm vaccine soon

The first consignment of 2 million doses of vaccine purchased by the Bangladesh government from China’s Sinopharm are ready for delivery in Beijing. Deputy Chief of Mission at Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Hualong Yan on Wednesday said it will reach Dhaka soon. “China stands by our Bangladeshi friends in fighting the new wave of the pandemic,” he said. Bangladesh is ...

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Bangladesh gives Moderna vaccine emergency use authorisation

Moderna Covid-19 vaccine has been given emergency use authorisation in Bangladesh. The Directorate General of Drug Administration gave the authorisation on Tuesday night. This is the eighth vaccine to get emergency use authorisation in the country. People above 18 years old can take the vaccine, said the DGDA in a press release. The second dose of the vaccine can be ...

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Covid: Masks upgrade cuts infection risk, Cambridge study finds

The quality of face masks healthcare workers wear makes a huge difference to their risk of coronavirus infection, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust research has found. Wearing a high grade mask known as an FFP3 can provide up to 100% protection. By contrast, there is a far greater chance of staff wearing standard issue surgical masks catching the virus. ...

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