Covid-19 Vaccine

Zimbabwe to start administering booster doses as Omicron variant surfaces

Zimbabwe will start administering Covid-19 booster shots to frontline workers, people with chronic diseases, and the elderly with immediate effect, a senior Ministry of Health and Child Care official said on Friday.

S.Korea: Daily cases hit new high of 5,352; 3 omicron cases reported

South Korea's daily coronavirus cases recorded an all-time high of 5,352 on Saturday, a day after the country announced tough restrictions for four weeks to control the spread of the omicron variant.

Malaysia reports 5,551 new Covid cases, 17 more deaths

Malaysia reported another 5,551 new Covid-19 infections as of midnight Friday, bringing the national total to 2,649,578, according to the health ministry.

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.

Global vaccination plan only way to stop pandemic: UN Chief

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has said that "the only way out of a global pandemic and out of this unjust and immoral situation is through a global vaccination campaign."

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.

Bharat Biotech begins export of Covaxin

Bharat Biotech on Monday announced that it has commenced export of Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin.

Long Pending export orders have been executed during November, to be further expanded during the following months, the Hyderabad-based company said in a statement.

EU to lift authorisation requirement for vaccine exports

The European Union will not renew its mandatory approval system for Covid-19 vaccine exports when it expires at the end of the year, the European Commission has said.

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.

15 more nations recognise India's Covid vaccines

Fifteen more countries have recognised India's Covid-19 vaccination certificate, taking the total number of such nations that have approved India's vaccine certificate to 21, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

'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.

Indonesia reports 314 new Covid-19 cases, 11 more deaths

Indonesia on Sunday confirmed 314 new Covid-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 4,253,412, according to the country's Health Ministry. The death toll from the virus in the country rose by 11 to 143,739, while 331 more people recovered during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,101,547.Indonesia started

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.

Kyrgios wants next year's Australian Open to be scrapped

Tennis player Nick Kyrgios has waded into the sensitive issue of vaccination of players ahead of the Australian Open next year, saying that the opening major of the next season should not go ahead as it is "morally wrong to force someone to be vaccinated".

Cambodian PM announces quarantine-free travel for fully-vaccinated passengers

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced quarantine-free travel for all fully vaccinated inbound passengers after most of the country's population have been inoculated against Covid-19.

APEC launches implementation plan for future cooperation in Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Saturday launched the Aotearoa (New Zealand) Plan of Action towards achieving the Putrajaya Vision 2040 for future cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Armenia extends Covid quarantine to June 2022

Armenia has announced its declaration to extend the nationwide Covid-19 quarantine to June 20, 2022 due to the current pandemic situation.

Fiji relaxes border curbs for fully vaccinated travellers

Fiji has relaxed its border restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from travel partner countries which include New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the US.

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.

Indonesia to start Covid booster doses after 50% population fully inoculated

Indonesia will start administering Covid-19 booster shots after 50 per cent of the country's population are fully vaccinated against the virus, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said.

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.

Japan to reduce quarantine period for business travellers

The Japanese government said that it would shorten the Covid-19 quarantine period for vaccinated business travellers from overseas upon their arrival to three days starting from November 8 onwards.

Kids under 12 account for over 20% of new daily Covid cases in Canada

Children under the age of 12 now account for over 20 per cent of Canada's daily new cases coronavirus cases, health authorities have confirmed.

Just 5 African nations to hit Covid vax goal: WHO

Just five African countries, less than 10 per cent of the continent's 54 nations, are projected to hit the year-end target of fully vaccinating 40 per cent of their population, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

FDA advisors to rule on Pfizer vax in younger children

Advisors to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are set for a key meeting on Tuesday on whether to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children aged between 5 to 11, as experts have predicted that younger kids will be eligible for the jab by early November.

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.

US CDC approves Moderna, J&J shots, mix-match doses

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's Covid booster doses and has given the freedom for people to mix and match the third shot.

Pfizer says its booster restores full protection against Covid

Pfizer and BioNTech has announced that a large-scale trial of their Covid-19 vaccine booster showed it restored full protection against the disease.

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.

Thailand further eases Covid curbs

Thailand has announced a further easing of Covid-19 restrictions nationwide starting from Saturday onwards, as the country's immunisation rates have witnessed a gradual spike.

Hindustan Syringes to expand at an outlay of Rs 150 cr

Medical syringe major Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices Ltd (HMD) is in the process of expanding its cannulas (needle points) and needle capillary tubing production capacity, said a top company official.

Japanese drugmaker to launch first-ever plant-based Covid vax

Japanese pharmaceutical group Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma is planning to launch the first-ever plant-based Covid-19 vaccine in the world, which will likely to be of low-cost, easier to transport as well as store than the conventional jabs, the media reported.

WHO experts back Covid booster dose for immunocompromised

Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have recommended that Covid-19 booster shots should be offered to moderately and severely immunocompromised people.

States told to work towards achieving India's 100cr vax doses goal

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday asked the states to focus on working towards achieving the nation's 100-crore Covid-19 vaccine doses goal. India has so far administered 94 crore vaccine doses.

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