Pfizer’s Covid vax not allowed yet for emergency use in India

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) India’s drug regulatory authority has withheld approval of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine after the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) said that it does not recommend granting permission for its emergency use authorisation (EUA) in the country “at this stage”. The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation’s (CDSCO) expert committee has noted number of […]

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Possible allergic reactions to Moderna Covid vaccine under probe

New York, Jan 20 (IANS) US-based drugmaker Moderna has confirmed that it has received a report from California’s health department that several individuals at one vaccination centre in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions after vaccination from one lot of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine. The company is “fully cooperating” with the California Department […]

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WHO panel highlights effective multilateralism in Covid response

Geneva, Jan 19 (IANS) A latest interim report by a WHO pandemic review panel has highlighted effective multilateralism in the preparation and response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, saying that the consequences of this pandemic remind the world of how important effective multilateralism is. “Geopolitical tensions have impacted on the response, and the resulting pandemic […]

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US Covid cases top 24mn ahead of Biden’s inauguration (Ld)

Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) Reaching yet another grim milestone, the overall number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US, currently the hardest-hit country, has surpassed the 24 million mark, about 24 hours ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering […]

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NIMHANS doctor on Sputnik vaccine advisory board

Moscow/New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russias sovereign wealth fund) and the National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after N.F. Gamaleya (Gamaleya Centre) has announced the creation of an international scientific advisory board for the Sputnik V vaccine — the worlds first registered vaccine against coronavirus. Leading scientists […]

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Indonesian Prez Widodo receives Chinese Covid-19 vaccine

Jakarta, Jan 14 (IANS) Indonesian President Joko Widodo received the Covid-19 vaccine shot developed by China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. The president, widely known as Jokowi, is the first Indonesian vaccinated to show that the vaccine is safe, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. After the president, the Indonesian military chief, the national police chief […]

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Ethiopia boosts health screening measures in airports

Addis Ababa, Jan 14 (IANS) Ethiopia is boosting health screening measures in airports to prevent transmission of new Covid-19 strains, an Ethiopian official has said. Sahrela Abdullahi, State Minister of Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), said on Tuesday the new health screening measures which will mainly apply to travelers coming from foreign destinations aims […]

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S. African ICASA warns against 5G Covid-19 conspiracy theory

Johannesburg, Jan 13 (IANS) The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has warned people not to fall prey to the myths that link Covid-19 spreading to 5G. “We all need to rely on scientifically-based evidence and refrain from these baseless theories,” said ICASA chairperson Keabetswe Modimoeng in a statement released on Monday, urging people […]

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Germany imposes stricter Covid-19 measures nationwide

Berlin, Jan 12 (IANS) As Covid-19 incidences and death rates remain on a high level in Germany, stricter contact restrictions would take effect nationwide until at least the end of January, the government announced. Some of Germany’s federal states already introduced over the weekend stricter rules that Chancellor Angela Merkel and the minister-presidents agreed on […]

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Embrace green spaces, shut screens to keep lockdown blues at bay

London, Jan 10 (IANS) If you want to beat lockdown and social distancing blues, head to green spaces and switch off TV, computer and smartphone as this will dramatically improve your mental health, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin, as several countries including the UK impose fresh restrictions amid surge in Covid numbers. Being outdoors, […]

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Japan extends 30 bn yen loan to India for Covid-19 support

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) Japan has committed an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of 30 billion yen (approx Rs 2,113 crore) for a programme loan to support India’s efforts at providing social assistance to Covid-19 impacted poor and vulnerable households. The notes were exchanged on Friday between India’s Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs, C.S. Mohapatra, […]

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Dry vaccination ‘dry run’ at Hindu Rao Hospital amid nurses’ strike

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The nationwide dry run on Friday to oversee the preparatory arrangements for Covid vaccination before the vaccine rollout saw minimal participation of nurses and paramedical staff of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North MCD) as they continued their strike over non-payment of their salaries pending for more than four months […]

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US health officials report 29 cases of anaphylaxis after initial Covid shots (Lead)

By Nikhila NatarajanNew York, Jan 7 (IANS) At least 29 people vaccinated with mRNA-based Covid-19 shots in the US developed anaphylaxis – a “life-threatening” allergic reaction that comes on within minutes of receiving the intramuscular injection. A report on the CDC website lists 21 such cases but CDC officials clarified in a call with reporters […]

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US university leads groundbreaking trial for COVID treatment

New York, Jan 5 (IANS) A team of researchers has led a groundbreaking randomised controlled trial, using mesenchymal stem cells, that resulted in reduced risk of death and quickened time of recovery for the severest COVID-19 patients. According to the researchers from the University of Miami, the treatment was safe with no infusion-related serious adverse […]

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Brazil registers 293 new Covid-19 deaths

Brasilia, Jan 4 (IANS) Brazil registered 293 new fatalities due to the novel coronavirus, increasinf the national death toll to 196,018, the Ministry of Health announced. Besides the fatalities on Sunday, the Ministry also confirmed 17,341 new cases, taking the nationwide infection tally to 7,733,746, Xinhua news agency. Brazil currently accounts for world’s second highest […]

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Top London hospital ‘on track to be almost Covid-only’

London, Jan 4 (IANS) The University College Hospital, one of London’s biggest, is battling to accommodate the accelerating number of Covid-19 infected persons across the British capital, saying that it was “on track to be almost Covid-only” as intensive care patients was soaring. The hospital is scrambling to convert operating theatres and stroke wards into […]

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US Covid-19 deaths top 350,000: Johns Hopkins University

Washington, Jan 3 (IANS) The US has hit another grim milestone as the country’s overall coronavirus deaths have surpassed the 350,000 mark, according to Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the country’s overall death toll currently stood at 349,933, while […]

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NY Covid-19 hospitalisations down to 7,814, positivity rate 7.45%: Cuomo

New York, Jan 3 (IANS) The total coronavirus hospitalisations stood at 7,814 in New York state in the last 24 hours, down from 7,886 the previous day, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. On Saturday, Cuomo once warned that a post-holiday spike of Covid-19 hospitalisations was expected, because people would usually travel and gather during this […]

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Lymphoma drug outperforms Remdesivir against Covid virus

Beijing, Jan 2 (IANS) A chemotherapy medication originally developed to treat lymphoma has outperformed the popular remdesivir drug against SARS-CoV-2 in lab settings, and could potentially be repurposed to treat Covid-19, say researchers. A novel computational drug screening strategy combined with lab experiments suggest that pralatrexate drug is a promising candidate for Covid-19 patients. The […]

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Chinese mainland reports 9 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases

Beijing, Jan 1 (IANS) The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 19 newly confirmed Covid-19 cases, including nine locally transmitted cases and 10 arriving from outside the mainland, the National Health Commission said on Friday. Five of the locally transmitted cases were reported in Beijing, and four in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, the commission said in […]

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Delhi pvt hospitals asked to set up isolation units for positive UK passengers

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) The Delhi government has directed four prominent private hospitals to establish isolation units for international passengers who have travelled from or transited through UK in the past four weeks and tested Covid positive, on payment basis with immediate effect. These private hospitals are Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in Saket, […]

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