China vaccine doses pass one billion mark

The number of Covid-19 jabs administered in China has passed the one billion mark, health officials said Sunday, more than a third of the doses given worldwide.The announcement by the National Health Commission comes after the number of shots administered globally surpassed 2.5 billion on Friday,


Can you mix and match COVID-19 vaccines?

Can you mix and match two-dose COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines? It’s likely safe and effective, but researchers are still gathering data to be sure. The authorized COVID-19 shots around the world are all designed to stimulate your immune system to produce virus-fighting antibodies, th


Vaccines key in preventing hospitalization for COVID-19 Delta variant: Study

Coronavirus vaccines are about as effective at preventing hospitalization in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 as they are for the earlier Alpha strain, a UK study has found. The Public Health England (PHE) report found that a single dose of Pfizer’s vaccine results in 94 percent prote


EU advises against AstraZeneca shot in people with rare blood condition

Europe’s drug regulator on Friday advised against using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in people with a history of a rare bleeding condition and said it was looking into heart inflammation cases after inoculation with all coronavirus shots.The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) sa


Covax programme falls 200 million doses behind target

The World Health Organisation said on Friday a shortfall in Covid-19 vaccine doses for the Covax programme in June and July could undermine distribution efficiency. Covax was set up to ensure a supply of vaccines to low-income countries and has already delivered more than 80 m


Russia expects WHO to approve Sputnik V vaccine within 2 months

Russia expects the World Health Organization (WHO) to approve the Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus within two months, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) which markets the vaccine, told Reuters.He said the European Medicines Agency (EMA) which is also review


First AstraZeneca vaccine exports from Thailand to Philippines delayed — govt adviser

Delivery to the Philippines of the first batches of a promised 17 million doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine made in Thailand has been delayed by several weeks, a Philippine presidential adviser said on Tuesday. The delay raises questions about AstraZeneca’s vaccine distributi


Sinopharm vaccine shows 72.8% efficacy against Covid-19, says US medical journal

Vaccines from China’s Sinopharm successfully contained Covid-19, according to a study published in a prestigious US medical journal, the first time detailed findings from a late-stage trial of a Chinese shot have appeared in the scientific literature. The two inactivated vaccines developed


EU seeks big fine in court case over AstraZeneca deliveries

The European Union took on vaccine producer AstraZeneca in a Brussels court on Wednesday and accused the drugmaker of acting in bad faith by providing shots to other nations.The drugmaker had promised them for urgent delivery to the EU’s 27 member countries.The EU accused AstraZeneca of post


British woman dies in Cyprus after AstraZeneca COVID-19 jab

 A 39-year-old British woman died in a Cypriot hospital after a blood clotting incident after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the official Cyprus News Agency said Monday.Charalambos Charilaou, the spokesperson for the state health services, told CNA that the European Medicines Age


Covid-19 vaccines have spawned nine new billionaires: campaign group

Profits from Covid-19 jabs have helped at least nine people become billionaires, a campaign group said Thursday, calling for an end to pharmaceutical corporations’ “monopoly control” on vaccine technology.“Between them, the nine new billionaires have a combined net wealth o


COVID-19 vaccines work against Indian variant: Study

Approved COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the Indian variant (B.1.617.2), a study by scientists at Oxford University has found. “It looks like the Indian variant will be susceptible to the vaccine in the way that other (variants) are,” Prof. Sir John Bell, emeritus professor of


Delayed Covid-19 doses could cut mortality rates, US study finds

Delaying the second dose of Covid-19 vaccines could in some conditions reduce mortality by up to 20 per cent, research published on Wednesday shows. The vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are both two-dose treatments but there are circumstances when people may benefit from a delaye


Global health allows the use of the Chinese vaccine against Corona

In conjunction with the outbreak of the new Corona virus, and the start of vaccination against the epidemic, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced the inclusion of the Chinese vaccine, Sinopharma, on the list of emergency use. Apart from info


More than 20 million people worldwide are vaccinated with the "Sputnik V" vaccine

The Russian Direct Investment Fund said that more than 20 million people in the world received the first dose of the "Sputnik V" vaccine against Covid-19 by May 5. The fund added: "By May 5, 2021, more than 20 million people were vaccinated with the first component of the Sputnik V vaccine in var


WHO says two doses of Sinopharm vaccine are effective in preventing COVID-19 in adults

WHO experts have voiced "very low confidence" in data provided by Chinese state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm on its COVID-19 vaccine regarding the risk of serious side-effects in some patients, but overall confidence in its ability to prevent the disease, a document seen by Reuters shows.There was no


EU Regulators Start Review of China's Sinovac Vaccine

The European Union´s drug regulator announced Tuesday that it has started a rolling review of China´s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine to assess its effectiveness and safety, a first step toward possible approval for use in the 27-nation bloc. The European Medicines Agency said Tuesday tha


One dose of Covid-19 vaccine cuts household spread of virus by up to 50%

A single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can cut the spread of the virus in households by up to half, a British study shows. The Public Health England research offers insight into one of the big unknowns over Covid-19 vaccinations – the extent to which they prevent transmission of the coronaviru




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