Saturday, February 04, 2023

Covid-19 Vaccine

Bill Gates makes roti with chef Eitan Bernath, enjoys it with ghee

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates made roti along with celebrity chef Eitan Bernath, who recently returned from a trip to Bihar, and ate it with ghee. A video was shared by Gates on the social media platform Instagram, in which Bernath teaches Gates how to make a roti. "We had a blast making Indian Roti together. Eitan just got back from a trip to Bihar, India where he met wheat farmers whose yields have been dramatically increased thanks to new early sowing technologies," Gates wrote in the caption.

Pfizer sees big reversal after reporting record high revenues, earnings in 2022

US pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporation Pfizer Inc. said it expected to see a sharp year-on-year drop in revenues and earnings in 2023 following record highs in 2022. Pfizer on Tuesday reported $100.3 billion of revenues and $6.58 of adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) in 2022, both of which hit record highs.

Vietnam to strengthen COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment amid new variants

Vietnam will strengthen the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 in the context of new variants emerging. The XBB variant with the ability of immunity resistance and rapid spread has appeared in 70 countries, citing the country's Ministry of Health. The ministry requested hospitals to make preparations to receive and treat COVID-19 patients, and make use of all available resources while health facilities were asked to arrange human resources to monitor, care for and treat COVID-19 patients in order to detect severe conditions early and minimise mortality.

Are Covid vaccines affecting the heart, inducing other non-communicable diseases?

While the Covid-19 vaccines are saving lives, serious side effects, inducing inflammation in the heart, have been reported after vaccinations, along with other premature non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Employer cannot insist for Covid vax: Delhi HC grants relief to school teacher

The Delhi High Court disposed of all pending applications concerning employees being forced for Covid-19 vaccine, directing that it cannot be "insisted upon by the employer". A single-judge bench of Justice Pratibha M. Singh was dealing with a government school teacher's plea seeking permission to teach and undertake other responsibilities without being forced to take the vaccine.

Vaccines or villains? Govt admits multiple side-effects of Covid-19 jabs in RTI reply

 It's official. The government's two top watchdogs have admitted to 'multiple side-effects' of Covid-19 vaccines that were jabbed in over a billion Indians in the past more than two years. The startling revelations are made by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in an RTI reply to Pune businessman Prafful Sarda.

Vietnam strengthens Covid measures as Lunar New Year approaches

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered strengthening Covid-19 prevention and control in the country as the Lunar New Year is approaching with several festivals expected to be held, local media reported on Monday.Though the pandemic has been basically brought under control, it still develops in a complicated way with new variants emerging including XBB, he said in a statement.

About 24 mn people over age 60 yet to receive 1st Covid jab in China

 Nearly 23.8 million people over the age of 60 in China are yet to receive their first shot of Covid-19 vaccine as the country goes through a massive surge in infections, the media reported on Monday.According to the South China Morning Post, as China eased its zero-Covid policy, the country doubled down on vaccination drives but the vaccination rate for the elderly is worryingly low.The vaccination figure fell to "just 42.4 per cent for those aged 80 and over", the report mentioned.

Finland updates Covid vax recommendations for kids

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has updated its recommendations on the use of Covid-19 vaccines for children younger than 12 years.

Canada approves 2nd bivalent Covid booster targeting Omicron variants

Health Canada has authorised an adapted version of the Moderna Spikevax Covid-19 vaccine that targets the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 sub-variants.

Biological E seeks EUA for Corbevax for children in 5-12 age group

Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer Biological E has applied for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for its Covid vaccine Corbevax for children in 5 to 12 age bracket, official sources said on Wednesday.

3 doses of mRNA Covid vaccines very effective against Omicron, Delta: Study

Three doses of mRNA Covid-19 vaccines, either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, are effective in protecting against emergency department visits (ED) and hospitalisations associated with Omicron and Delta variations of the virus, claims a new study.

Chinese vaccine Sinovac no match against Omicron variant: Study

Millions of people in 48 countries have received two shots of Sinovac, a Chinese-manufactured Covid-19 vaccine, but those vaccinations alone are of no help against the Omicron variant, a peer-reviewed study published in Nature Medicine has said.

Over 50 lakh precaution doses of Covid vaccine administered nationwide so far

India has so far administered more than 50 lakh precaution doses of Covid-19 vaccine to healthcare workers, frontline workers and 60 plus population.

Fresh registration not needed for precautionary Covid-19 vaccine dose: Centre

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that there is no need for new registration for beneficiaries of precautionary Covid-19 vaccine dose.

Over 1 cr teens between 15-18 yrs receive 1st vaccine dose

With the vaccination drive for adolescents entering its third day, as per the Co-WIN portal 1,06,27,277 children in the 15 to 18 years' age group have been vaccinated with the first Covid-19 vaccine dose so far.

J&J Covid vax shows 85% effectiveness in reducing Omicron hospitalisation

Johnson & Johnson has announced that new preliminary results from a South African study has shown that the homologous booster shot of the company's Covid-19 vaccine (Ad26.COV2.S) demonstrated 85 per cent effectiveness against the virus-related hospitalisation in South Africa after Omicron became the dominant variant.

Serum Institute applies for full market authorisation of Covishield

Pune-based Covid vaccines manufacturer Serum Institute has requested the Indian health ministry and Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) for full market authorisation for its Covishield vaccine.

Corbevax: Biological E to produce 75 mn doses per month

Biological E. Limited, whose Corbevax on Tuesday received the approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI), plans to produce 75 million doses per month and anticipates over 100 million doses per month from February 2022.

Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vax protection wanes after 3 months: Lancet

The protection offered by the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, named Covishield in India, declines after three months of receiving two doses, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet.

Novavax vax 90% effective at preventing Covid infections

Novavax's Covid-19 vaccine is 90 per cent effective at preventing Covid-19 illness, according to results from a Phase 3 clinical trial.

Pfizer, Moderna, J&J's Covid vax less effective against Omicron: Study

Vaccines developed by US drugmakers Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson against Covid-19 have proved to be less effective against the new super mutant Omicron variant that has now spread to 77 countries.

India logs 7,350 Covid-19 cases, 202 deaths

India registered 7,350 fresh Covid-19 cases and 202 fatalities in the last 24 hrs, the Ministry of Health and Family welfare said on Monday.

With the fresh fatalities, the nationwide death toll climbed to 4,75,636.

India's daily Covid caseload falls to 8,503, death count at 624

India reported 8,503 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, while the fatalities rose to 624, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday.

The death toll now stands at 4,74,735.

India logs 8,439 fresh Covid cases, 195 deaths

India reported 8,439 fresh Covid cases in the past 24 hours pushing the tally to 3,40,89,137, the Ministry of Health and Family welfare said on Wednesday morning.

India reports 11.7% hike in 2nd dose Covid vax coverage

The 'Har Ghar Dastak' nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign has resulted in a significant hike of 11.7 per cent in the second dose coverage till November 30, said the Union Health Ministry on Thursday.

Breakthrough Covid infections 3 times more in immunocompromised: Pfizer

Covid-19 infections in the 'fully' vaccinated are rare but are more common and severe in people with weaker immune systems, according to a real-world retrospective study led by the US drug maker Pfizer involving nearly 1.2 million people.

Covid vax likely to be effective against new Omicron variant: S. Africa

The currently available vaccines against Covid-19 appear to be effective against the newly detected omicron Covid variant, South Africa's health minister has said.

India adds over 8K fresh Covid cases, 465 deaths in 24 hrs

India recorded 8,318 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the country's total caseload since the pandemic began to 3,45,63,749, according to health ministry data updated on Saturday morning.

'Covaxin offered only 50% protection against Covid during 2nd wave in India'

Two-dose of Covaxin, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, provided only 50 per cent protection against the Covid-19 infection during the second wave of the pandemic in India, according to the first real-world assessment published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal on Wednesday.

Delhi logs 32 new Covid cases, no death in five days

The national capital Delhi on Saturday reported 32 fresh cases of Covid-19, pushing the tally to 14,40,637, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department. However, no Covid death has been reported in the last five days in Delhi. The city's death toll stands at 25,095. The death rate stands at 1.74 per cent in the city. The Covid infection rate in the national capital stands at 0.06 per cent. The active case in the city stands at 325 as per the latest health bulletin. With 32 patients recovering in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries rose to 14,15,217 so far, the health bulletin said.

Covaxin 77.8% per cent effective, says data published in The Lancet

Covaxin, India's first indigenous vaccine for Covid-19, has been found to be 77.8 per cent effective, according to the safety and efficacy analysis data from Phase III clinical trials peer reviewed and published in reputed medical journal The Lancet.

Over 12 cr people due for 2nd dose of Covid vaccine in India: Mandaviya

More than 12 crore people are due for their second Covid-19 vaccine shot in India, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday.

Of the total eligible adult population, only 79 per cent has got the first dose, while 38 per cent has received the second dose, he added.

France warns under 30 not to take Moderna vax over myocarditis risk

France has become the fifth European nation to recommend people aged under 30 against using the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine due to concerns over the risk of myocarditis -- a rare heart inflammation.

Regeneron's one-dose cocktail prevents Covid risk for up to 8 months

A single shot of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals's antibody cocktail reduced the risk of Covid-19 by 81.6 per cent for two to eight months, according to results of the phase-3 trials presented by the company.

Over 15.6 cr unutilised vac doses available with states, UTs: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry on Monday said that more than 15.6 crore of balanced and unutilised doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available with the states and the Union Territories (UT).

Over 11 cr of 60 plus get first jab, total coverage tops 108 cr

A total of 11,04,55,016 people above the age of 60 years have been administered with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in the country so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. However, only 6,78,27,591 people in this age group have been administered with both the doses.

Biological E expects 'Corbevax' rollout by Nov-end

Hyderabad-based vaccine maker, Biological E expects the rollout of its Covid-19 vaccine 'Corbevax' by the end of November and is looking to supply nearly 10 crore doses on the day of its launch.

Covid booster jab: US FDA mulls 'mix-and-match' approach

After endorsing both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's Covid booster doses last week, the US Food and Drug Administration is now planning to grant a go ahead for 'mix-and-match' approach for the third jab.

India logs 13,058 new Covid cases, 164 deaths

India reported 13,058 new Covid cases on Tuesday, the lowest in 231 days, and 164 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to Union Health Ministry data.

With the new fatalities, the overall death toll has increased to 4,52,454.

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