Merck stops development of two potential Covid-19 vaccines

Washington, Jan 26 (IANS) US pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co announced that it is discontinuing development of its Covid-19 vaccine candidates — V590 and V591 — after they failed to generate immune responses as compared to a natural infection or existing vaccines in the early trial. The company now plans to focus its Covid-19 research […]


ICC introduces ‘ICC Player of the Month’ awards

Dubai, Jan 27 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced the introduction of the ‘ICC Player of the Month’ awards to recognise and celebrate the best performances of both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year. In a media release, ICC stated that an independent ICC voting […]


UN chief calls for renewed approach to multilateralism

United Nations, Jan 28 (IANS) United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for renewed approach to multilateralism and international cooperation through a new peacebuilding appeal. “An approach that goes beyond crisis response and boosts long-term investments in prevention and peacebuilding, hand-in-hand with our efforts to deliver the Sustainable Developments Goals,” the UN chief […]

UN ready to support Palestinian elections: Envoy

United Nations, Jan 27 (IANS) United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, on Tuesday told the Security Council that the world body stands ready to support the Palestinian elections scheduled for later this year. In his first briefing to the Council, the senior Norwegian diplomat said the elections will be […]

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Ethiopia reports 437 fresh Covid cases

Addis Ababa, Jan 27 (IANS) Ethiopia has reported 437 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 134,569, health officials said on Wednesday. Officials added the death toll in the country reached 2,075 with four fresh fatlities, even as 549 more recoveries were registered on Tuesday, Xinhua reported. Ethiopia, Africa’s second […]

AstraZeneca’s reduced vaccine supply not acceptable: Commissioner

Brussels, Jan 26 (IANS) Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, stated on Monday that AstraZeneca’s new schedule in which the company’s supply of Covid-19 vaccine would fall short of expectation was unacceptable to the European Union (EU). “Last Friday, the company AstraZeneca surprisingly informed the Commission and the European Union Member […]