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European Drug Regulator Says ‘No Application Received Yet’ For Covishield Authorisation
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European Drug Regulator Says ‘No Application Received Yet’ For Covishield Authorisation

Covid Vaccine Update: Almost a fortnight after the EU introduced the EU Digital Covid Certificate, which allows intra-EU travel, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has received no application from the Serum Institute of India for approval of Covishield, a COVID-19 vaccine."For the COVID19-vaccine Covishield to be evaluated for use in the EU, the developer needs to submit a formal marketing authorisation application to EMA, which to date has not been received," the EMA announced at a press meeting.Minor differences in manufacturing processes, according to the EMA, could result in differences in the final product, and EU law required assessments as part of the authorisation process.So far, the EMA has approved only those who have received either of the four vaccines -...
Immunised but banned: EU says not all Covid vaccines equal
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Immunised but banned: EU says not all Covid vaccines equal

After Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor and his wife received two doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria, they assumed they would be free to travel this summer to a European destination of their choice. They were wrong. The couple — and millions of other people who have been vaccinated through a UN-backed effort — could find themselves barred from entering many European and other countries because those nations don’t recognise the Indian-made version of the vaccine for travel. Although AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorised by the continent’s drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India hasn’t been given the green light. EU regulators said AstraZeneca hasn’t completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian factory, including details on its p...
North Korea rejected AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine over side effects: Report – Times of India
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North Korea rejected AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine over side effects: Report – Times of India

SEOUL: SEOUL: North Korea has rejected planned shipments of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine that were being organised under the global COVAX distribution scheme due to concerns over side effects, a South Korean think thank said on Friday. COVAX has said it would provide nearly 2 million doses of AstraZeneca's shots to North Korea. The first batch had been expected in late May but was delayed amid protracted consultations, South Korea said last month. North Korea has not reported any Covid-19 cases, a position questioned by South Korean and US officials. The reclusive country has, however, imposed strict anti-virus measures, including border closures and domestic travel curbs. According to the report by the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS), which is affiliated with South Ko...
Covid-19: Countries using China, Astra shots increasingly eye boosters – Times of India
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Covid-19: Countries using China, Astra shots increasingly eye boosters – Times of India

DUBAI: Growing concern that Covid-19 vaccines being deployed across much of the developing world aren’t capable of thwarting the delta variant is prompting some countries to look at offering third doses to bolster immunity against more-infectious virus strains. Though definitive evidence is yet to emerge backing the need for so-called “booster” shots, health officials from Thailand to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have already decided to offer the extra doses to some people already inoculated with vaccines from Chinese makers Sinovac Biotech Ltd, Sinopharm and from AstraZeneca. Officials are being motivated by concerns that delta and other variants appear to be breaking down defenses of vaccines not made from the super-effective messenger RNA technology, or mRNA. In places like M...
Pfizer to seek OK for third Covid vaccine dose; shots still protect – Times of India
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Pfizer to seek OK for third Covid vaccine dose; shots still protect – Times of India

Pfizer is about to seek US authorization for a third dose of its Covid-19 vaccine, saying Thursday that another shot within 12 months could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the latest worrisome coronavirus mutant. Research from multiple countries shows the Pfizer shot and other widely used Covid-19 vaccines offer strong protection against the highly contagious delta variant, which is spreading rapidly around the world and now accounts for most new US infections. Two doses of most vaccines are critical to develop high levels of virus-fighting antibodies against all versions of the coronavirus, not just the delta variant -- and most of the world still is desperate to get those initial protective doses as the pandemic continues to rage. But antibodies naturally wane over...
Leaked memo about Sinovac vaccine’s efficacy raises concern in Thailand
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Leaked memo about Sinovac vaccine’s efficacy raises concern in Thailand

A leaked health ministry document has prompted calls in Thailand for medical staff inoculated against Covid-19 to be given a booster of an mRNA vaccine, after it included a comment that such a move could dent public confidence in Sinovac Biotech’s vaccine. The internal memo, which included various opinions, was reported by local media and shared widely on social media. It was confirmed by Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul as being authentic. It included a comment from an unnamed official who recommended authorities do not to give a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s (PFE.N), (22UAy.DE) vaccine to frontline health workers, because such a move would be “admitting that the Sinovac vaccine is not effective”. Thailand has administered Sinovac’s inactivated virus vaccine to...
Sri Lanka receives first batch of US-made Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine – Times of India
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Sri Lanka receives first batch of US-made Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine – Times of India

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday received the first batch of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, becoming the first country in South Asia to get the US made Covid-19 jab. Officials say 26,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine directly purchased by the Sri Lankan government was flown into the country on Monday. Health authorities say that Sri Lanka had signed agreements to purchase five million doses of Pfizer vaccine this year. The country is expected to receive about 200,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine this month. Sri Lanka's president Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in a tweet said “Sri Lanka becomes the first country in South Asia to acquire a contingent of Pfizer vaccines.” State Minister of Production, Supply, and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana said the Pfizer vaccine would be stored in a special facility...
Bangladesh Lockdown News: Bangladesh extends lockdown to combat Covid-19 surge | World News – Times of India
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Bangladesh Lockdown News: Bangladesh extends lockdown to combat Covid-19 surge | World News – Times of India

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Monday extended its strictest lockdown to July 14 to combat a surge in coronavirus cases led by the highly contagious Delta variant, with areas bordering India taking the brunt of infections. The south Asian country reported 153 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday, its biggest daily rise since the pandemic began, taking the death toll to 15,065. Total cases stand at 944,917. Hospitals are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients, particularly in districts bordering India where the Delta variant was first identified. Bangladesh sealed its border with India in April, but trade continues. A surge in cases had prompted the government to order a week of tight controls on Thursday, with army troops patrolling streets. All measures have been extended, the government said in a st...
Covid-19: Leaked memo raises Thai concern about Sinovac vaccine’s efficacy – Times of India
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Covid-19: Leaked memo raises Thai concern about Sinovac vaccine’s efficacy – Times of India

BANGKOK: A leaked health ministry document has prompted calls in Thailand for medical staff inoculated against Covid-19 to be given a booster of an mRNA vaccine, after it included a comment that such a move could dent public confidence in Sinovac Biotech's vaccine. The internal memo, which included various opinions, was reported by local media and shared widely on social media. It was confirmed by Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul as being authentic. It included a comment from an unnamed official who recommended authorities do not give a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine to frontline health workers, because such a move would be "admitting that the Sinovac vaccine is not effective". Thailand has administered Sinovac's inactivated virus vaccine to most health workers and it...
Bharat Biotech: Covaxin is 77.8% effective, provides 65.2% protection against Delta variant | India News – Times of India
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Bharat Biotech: Covaxin is 77.8% effective, provides 65.2% protection against Delta variant | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Phase-III trials of Covaxin, made by Hyderabad's Bharat Biotech, showed it was 93.4% effective against severe symptomatic Covid-19, the firm claimed on Saturday. The data demonstrated 65.2% protection against the Delta variant, first identified in India. The Delta variant had led to a surge in infections in April and May, and the world's highest daily death tolls. It further showed effectiveness of 77.8% against symptomatic Covid-19 in the trial. On Saturday, India reported 44, 111 new Covid cases and 738 deaths. The recovery rate further jumped to 97.06% with 2,96,05,779 recoveries. Last month, vaccine maker AstraZeneca also said its vaccine was effective against the Delta and Kappa variants, citing a study. India has been administering the AstraZeneca vaccine, made domestic...
Wrong injection technique could also be leading to clots | India News – Times of India
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Wrong injection technique could also be leading to clots | India News – Times of India

A new study shows that wrong injection technique could be one of the reasons behind clotting following inoculation by adeno virus-based Covid vaccines, which include AstraZeneca, J&J and Sputnik jabs. The incorrect technique could lead to the injection accidentally being given into a blood vessel rather than the muscle. A study done on mice by clinician scientists in Munich University in Germany and a research institute in Italy found this very rare complication of the adenovirus vaccine could be happening due to the vaccine being injected into the blood stream. The preprint posted on bioRxiv.org earlier this week stated that the study highlighted accidental intravenous injection as a potential mechanism for post-vaccination thrombotic thrombocytopenic syndrome (TTS) also called vac...
BREAKING | Double Covid Jab ‘Protects’ Against Delta Variant, Says European Medicines Agency
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BREAKING | Double Covid Jab ‘Protects’ Against Delta Variant, Says European Medicines Agency

The Hague: The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday said data shows that two doses of Covid vaccine appear to provide protection against the rapidly spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus.Marco Cavaleri, the EMA head of vaccine strategy, said the “emerging data from real world evidence are showing that two doses of vaccines are protective against the Delta variant”.READ: Canada And US Record Highest-Ever Temperature, Hundreds Of People Feared DeadCavaleri, who was speaking at a press conference, asserted the Amsterdam-based watchdog was “aware of concerns caused by the rapid spread of the Delta variant”.“Right now it seems the four vaccines approved in the European Union are protecting against all the strains circulating in Europe, including the Delta vari...
EU Digital COVID Certificate To Facilitate Free Movement Inside The Member Countries: Sources
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EU Digital COVID Certificate To Facilitate Free Movement Inside The Member Countries: Sources

New Delhi: An official of the European Union revealed, that it has not received any request for approval of Covishield in its vaccine certificate list. The aim of the EU Digital COVID Certificate is to facilitate free movement inside the EU. This pass will be available for use from July 1. The news comes as there have been multiple reports that those who have taken the Serum Institute of India (SII)-produced AstraZeneca vaccine will face challenges in traveling to Europe.ALSO READ: Delayed Second, Third Doses Of AstraZeneca Vaccine Boosts Immunity Against Covid: StudyAccording to an ANI, for the purpose of the Digital COVID Certificate, individual Member States will have the option to accept also vaccinations that have been authorized by the World Health Organization...
AstraZeneca Begins Trial For Booster Vaccine Against COVID-19 Beta Variant
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AstraZeneca Begins Trial For Booster Vaccine Against COVID-19 Beta Variant

AstraZeneca began trials for modified booster vaccine against Beta variant of COVID-19. On Sunday, AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford started fresh trials to test an improved vaccine against the Beta form, which was first discovered in South Africa. Around 2,250 people from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, and Poland will take part in the 'booster' vaccine trial. The individuals involved in the trial will include those who have received two doses of the original Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccination or a Pfizer mRNA vaccine, along with those who have not received the vaccine at all. "Testing booster doses of existing vaccines and a new variant, vaccines are important to ensure we are best prepared to stay ahead of the pandemic coronavirus, should their use be...
Germany expects faster Moderna Covid-19 vaccine deliveries | India News – Times of India
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Germany expects faster Moderna Covid-19 vaccine deliveries | India News – Times of India

BERLIN: Germany expects drugmaker Moderna Inc to deliver Covid-19 vaccines faster than expected, helping it ramp up vaccinations in coming months, the health ministry said on Sunday. Moderna will increase its deliveries to 1.33 million doses a week in July from 733,000 previously expected, raising the figure to 2.57 million a week in August and 2.95 million a week in September, the ministry said. Moderna said last week it hopes to be able to deliver the Covid-19 vaccines it has promised to Germany more quickly than originally planned, without giving figures. Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Saturday that supply of vaccines in Germany will soon outstrip demand, which will allow it to offer shots to passers-by in city centres or at places of worship. The government will deliver an addit...
Germany expects faster Moderna Covid-19 vaccine deliveries – Times of India
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Germany expects faster Moderna Covid-19 vaccine deliveries – Times of India

BERLIN: Germany expects drugmaker Moderna Inc to deliver Covid-19 vaccines faster than expected, helping it ramp up vaccinations in coming months, the health ministry said on Sunday. Moderna will increase its deliveries to 1.33 million doses a week in July from 733,000 previously expected, raising the figure to 2.57 million a week in August and 2.95 million a week in September, the ministry said. Moderna said last week it hopes to be able to deliver the Covid-19 vaccines it has promised to Germany more quickly than originally planned, without giving figures. Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Saturday that supply of vaccines in Germany will soon outstrip demand, which will allow it to offer shots to passers-by in city centres or at places of worship. The government will deliver an addit...
Just give us the vaccines, WHO pleads, as poor countries go wanting | India News – Times of India
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Just give us the vaccines, WHO pleads, as poor countries go wanting | India News – Times of India

GENEVA: Rich countries are opening up societies and vaccinating young people who are not at great risk from Covid-19, while the poorest countries cruelly lack doses, the World Health Organization said on Friday, condemning a global failure. The situation in Africa, where new infections and deaths jumped by nearly 40% last week compared to the previous week, is "so dangerous" as the Delta variant spreads globally, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. "Our world is failing, as the global community we are failing," he told a news conference. Tedros, who is Ethiopian, chastised unnamed countries for reluctance to share doses with low-income countries. He compared it to the HIV/AIDS crisis, when some argued that African nations were unable to use complicated treatments. "I m...
What should I know about the delta variant? | India News – Times of India
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What should I know about the delta variant? | India News – Times of India

It's a version of the coronavirus that has been found in more than 80 countries since it was first detected in India. It got its name from the World Health Organization, which names notable variants after letters of the Greek alphabet. Viruses constantly mutate, and most changes aren't concerning. But there is a worry that some variants might evolve enough to be more contagious, cause more severe illness or evade the protection that vaccines provide. Experts say the delta variant spreads more easily because of mutations that make it better at latching onto cells in our bodies. In the United Kingdom, the variant is now responsible for 90% of all new infections. In the US, it represents 20% of infections, and health officials say it could become the country's dominant type as well. It's n...
Italian PM receives Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca | India News – Times of India
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Italian PM receives Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca | India News – Times of India

ROME: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi received the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine as a second shot, Corriere della Sera newspaper reported. The newspaper reported about the second vaccine injection to the head of the Italian government in its report on the vaccination of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Both European leaders received vaccine injections from the UK-Swedish company AstraZeneca as the first dose. Last week, Draghi supported the combined use of Covid-19 vaccines. According to him, after the first shot, he developed a low number of antibodies, so he was advised to use another vaccine as a second dose. On Monday, according to Corriere, Draghi received an injection of the Pfizer vaccine. Merkel was inoculated with the Moderna vaccine as the second dose. Source link
AstraZeneca Covid vaccine linked to rare neurological disorder in India, UK | India News – Times of India
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AstraZeneca Covid vaccine linked to rare neurological disorder in India, UK | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Eleven people who received the AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine have developed a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome, clinicians in India and England have reported in two separate studies. While seven cases were reported from a medical centre in Kerala, where about 1.2 million people were administered the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, known as Covishield in India, four were reported from Nottingham, UK, in an area in which approximately 700,000 (7 lakh) people received the jab. All 11 had received the Covid preventive 10-22 days earlier. In Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), the body's immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system --the network of nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord. The two studies, published in t...