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India’s Serum Institute expects WHO emergency approval for AstraZeneca vaccine soon

THE Serum Institute of India (SII) expects WHO emergency use authorization soon for the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, which it is producing for mid and low income countries, its chief executive said. The World Health Organization (WHO) listed Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 shot for emergency use on December 31 as it sought to accelerate vaccination […]

Pharmacies join UK’s mass Covid-19 vaccination programme

PHARMACIES in Britain will begin administering the Covid-19 vaccination on Thursday(14), the government said, as it seeks to accelerate the rollout of shots to millions of people a week to meet an ambitious delivery target. High street pharmacies such as Boots and Superdrug will begin offering the shots, with two hundred community drugstores due to […]

Asians need tailored mental health services amid Covid surge, say experts

by LAUREN CODLING ASIAN communities need tailored and culturally sensitive support services to tackle mental health issues, doctors have said, as studies showed how the pandemic has led to a surge in those seeking help. In December, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said ethnic groups suffered a “triple whammy of threats” to their mental […]

Pilgrims gather at River Ganga ahead of Kumbh Mela despite Covid-19 risk

HINDU PILGRIMS flocked to the Ganges river in India on Wednesday(13), shrugging off the risk of coronavirus a day before the start of the Kumbh Mela — a religious festival that attracts millions each time it is held. Despite India having the second most coronavirus infections in the world — and more than 150,000 deaths […]

AstraZeneca to release 2m vaccine doses a week to UK by mid-Feb

ASTRAZENECA is scaling up releases of Covid-19 vaccine doses to the UK to the point where it expects to be providing 2 million a week by or before the middle of February, a top executive told lawmakers on Wednesday(13). “We’ve released just over 1.1m doses, to date, and we are scaling up as we’ve said […]

India delivers COVID-19 shots to prepare for ‘world’s biggest vaccination drive’

Indian airlines started delivering batches of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide on Tuesday, preparing for the launch of a campaign to offer shots to 1.3 billion people, in what officials call the world’s biggest vaccination drive. Vaccinations are set to begin on Saturday in an effort that authorities hope will see 300 million high-risk people inoculated over […]

India’s Bharat Biotech to supply its COVID-19 vaccine to Brazil

India’s Bharat Biotech has signed an agreement with a medicine distributor to supply its COVID-19 vaccine to Brazil, it said on Tuesday, even as the shot’s emergency use approval in its home country has faced criticism. India’s drug regulator has given emergency use approval to Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN, as well as to AstraZeneca and Oxford […]

Worst of UK’s Covid-19 is days away yet, says professor Chris Witty

The UK will go through the “most dangerous time” as it enters “the worst” weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, England’s chief medical officer (CMO) said on Monday (11) as he urged the public to strictly follow the stay-at-home lockdown to help curb the transmission of infections. Professor Chris Whitty, who is also the face of […]

India negotiates with Serum Institute to lower AstraZeneca vaccine price

THE Indian government has been negotiating with the Serum Institute of India to bring down the price of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, people close to the matter said, delaying the roll-out of the country’s immunisation programme. India’s drug regulator has approved emergency use of the vaccine developed by Oxford University as well as another developed by […]

India to start Covid-19 vaccination drive from January 16

INDIA will start its Covid-19 vaccination drive from January 16 with priority given to about 30 million healthcare and frontline workers, a government statement said. Prime minister Narendra Modi reviewed the preparedness for Covid-19 vaccination programme on Saturday(9), it said. India hopes to inoculate 300 million of its 1.35 billion people free of charge in […]

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