Covid-19: India overtakes Brazil as world’s second worst-hit country

INDIA reported a record daily tally of 168,912 COVID-19 infections on Monday (12), which carried it past Brazil, for an overall tally of 13.53 million, and placing it second after the United States, with 31.2 million. With the country now accounting for one in every six daily infections worldwide, there are now concerns over a […]

Covid-19: Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine gets nod for emergency use in India

INDIA’s central drug authority has recommended on Monday (12) granting approval to Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V for emergency use in the country with certain conditions. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) today took up Dr Reddy’s Laboratories’ application seeking emergency use authorisation for Sputnik V. The Drugs […]

Mumbai in lockdown as Indian vaccines run short

India’s coronavirus epicentre Maharashtra went into a state-wide weekend lockdown on Saturday as the country battled exploding infection numbers and shortages of vaccines, drugs and hospital beds. Having let its guard down with mass religious festivals, political rallies and spectators at cricket matches, India is experiencing a ferocious new wave with around a million new […]

India bans export of Covid-19 treatment drug remdesivir

India on Sunday (11) banned the export of remdesivir as infections soared to a new daily high and hospitals grappled with increasing demand for the coronavirus treatment drug. The vast nation has experienced a sharp rise in cases in recent weeks, adding 152,000 new cases on Sunday to take the toll to 13.3 million infections. […]

NHS Observatory urges Muslim community to use new rapid testing kits during Ramadan

THE NHS Race and Health Observatory has urged the Muslim community to use new rapid testing kits during Ramadan to help detect further cases of Covid-19. The Observatory and the Muslim Doctors Association have distributed a new infographic resource to NHS vaccination centres, mosques, religious and community groups, that provides advice on vaccination and testing […]

India witnesses ‘more deadly’ Covid second wave; deaths highest in more than five months

INDIA reported another record number of new Covid-19 infections on Friday (9) and daily deaths hit their highest in more than five months, as it battles a second wave of infections and states complain of a persistent vaccine shortage. Evoking memories of the last national lockdown when tens of thousands of people walked on foot […]

Covid-19 prevalence in England dropped in March, says study

ENGLAND’S coronavirus prevalence rate dropped steeply in March, a survey said and added with a note of caution that it also showed that the drop in infections had slowed. REACT study, done by Imperial College London, found that infections fell by approximately 60 per cent since the last study done in February, with only 1 […]

EU drug regulator says up to countries to decide how to use AstraZeneca shots

THE EU drugs regulator on Wednesday (8) said European countries should make their own decisions on the usage of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines following reports of rare blood clot events. Several countries in Europe have restricted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in younger people, after link of very rare events of blood clots were reported. […]

India stares at vaccine shortage as the country’s record Covid-19 surge continues

INDIA reported a record 126,789 COVID-19 cases on Thursday (8) as several states struggle to contain a second surge in infections, complaining of vaccine shortages and demanding inoculations be expanded to younger people. Daily infections, which surpassed 100,000 for the first time on Monday (5), have now exceeded that mark three times, the biggest daily […]

Oxford pauses vaccine study in kids, awaits more data on blood clot

THE small UK trial testing of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in children and teenagers was paused as University of Oxford waits for more data on rare blood clotting events in adults. The trial disruption comes as a latest blow to the vaccine, after several countries restricted its use due to events of blood clot cases. There […]

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