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Pandemic to be 'far more deadly' this year, WHO warns
The World Health Organization issued a grim warning on Friday that the second year of Covid-19 was set to be "far more deadly", as Japan extended a state of emergency amid growing calls for the Olympics to be scrapped.
WHO chief urges world to follow U.S. lead and support waiving Covid vaccine patent protections
WHO chief says he urges other countries to follow the example of the U.S. on supporting vaccine patent waivers.
Italian woman mistakenly given six doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
A 23-year-old woman in Tuscany remains under observation after she was mistakenly given an entire vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine - equivalent to six doses.
US Authorizes Pfizer / BioNTech Anticovid Vaccine for Children 12-15 Years
Canada on Wednesday became the first country to authorize the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for this age segment.
BioNTech Says 'No Evidence' Its Jabs Need Adapting For COVID-19 Variants
"To date, there is no evidence that an adaptation of BioNTech's current Covid-19 vaccine against key identified emerging variants is necessary," the company said in a statement.
Here's what's known about the coronavirus variants
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week it had designated a coronavirus variant first seen in India as a "variant of interest," adding it to the growing collection of viral variants it's keeping an eye on.
EU (446 million inhabitants) seals deal for up to 1.8 billion Pfizer jabs.
The European Commission has approved a new Covid vaccine contract with Pfizer and BioNTech - in addition to all the contract signed already with other vaccine producers- paving the way for as many as 1.8 billion doses for 2021-23, 4 time...
‘Durable Demand’: Pfizer CEO Expects $26B COVID-19 Vaccine Profits in 2021, Plans for Boosters
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is banking on COVID-19 being a major profit-driver for years to come as the company lines up vaccine delivery contracts for as far away as 2024. Corporate leaders have previously spoken of plans to dramaticall...
Pfizer’s obscene $900m profit from its Covid vaccine in just three months proves capitalism and public health are bad bedfellows
The US pharmaceutical giant cashing in on a pandemic that has killed 3.2m people while failing to help the world’s poor is morally indefensible, and illustrates the corrupt nature of monopoly medicine.
EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab
EU seals deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for potential 1.8 billion COVID-19 doses in its biggest vaccine contract so far
UK will be 'Covid free by August' as vaccines boss calls for boosters in 2022
BRITAIN will be Covid free by August and will be safe this winter without jab booster shots, the head of the vaccine taskforce has said.
WHO Approves China's Sinopharm Covid Vaccine For Emergency Use
"This afternoon, WHO gave emergency use listing to Sinopharm Beijing's Covid-19 vaccine, making it the sixth vaccine to receive WHO validation for safety, efficacy and quality," the UN health agency's director-general Tedros Adhanom Gheb...
Man died after taking BioNTech jabs
A 46-year-old man has passed away eight days after receiving his second dose of the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, marking the 29th death under the city’s mass inoculation drive.
Moderna Vaccine 96 Per Cent Effective In 12-17 Year-Olds, Study Shows
Two-thirds of the 3,235 participants in trials in the United States received the vaccine and one-third were given a placebo.
Pfizer CEO "Not At All" In Favour Of US Patent Waiver: Report
In an interview with AFP, Bourla said his company, which developed its vaccine with German firm BioNTech, was "not at all" in favour of the call from the United States to waive patent protections for coronavirus jabs.
Patents Not "Limiting Factor" For Vaccine Production: BioNTech
"Patents are not the limiting factor for the production or supply of our vaccine. They would not increase the global production and supply of vaccine doses in the short and middle term," BioNTech told AFP in a statement.
Covid: Give jabs to poorer hotspots before boosters, urges WHO envoy
Wealthy countries including the UK should send spare vaccine doses to virus-hit nations before organising booster jabs, a World Health Organization (WHO) official has said.
Canada Authorizes Pfizer Covid Vaccine For Kids Age 12 And Up
"This is the first vaccine authorized in Canada for the prevention of Covid in children and marks a significant milestone in Canada's fight against pandemic," Health Canada chief medical advisor said.
Covax signs agreement with Moderna for 500 million doses of anticovid vaccine
"We are excited to sign this new agreement with Moderna, which gives Covax participants access to another highly effective vaccine," said Seth Berkley.
Novavax Starts COVID-19 Vaccine Trials On Children Aged Between 12-17 Years
Novavax said the trials would test "the efficacy (and) safety" of the vaccine, with participants receiving either the vaccine candidate or placebo in two doses, 21 days apart.
India's daily cases surge to 50% of world total with 800,000 over two days
The coronavirus pandemic is escalating in India with half the world's cases, including 800,000 over two days, and more than one-quarter of the deaths but only 5% of the residents vaccinated and medical resources in short supply.
WHO gives emergency approval to Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine
The vaccine developed by Moderna has characteristics similar to that developed by Pfizer-BioNTech.
WHO Lists Moderna Covid Vaccine For Emergency Use
The listing procedure helps countries unable to assess the vaccine's effectiveness themselves have access as quickly as possible and allow the Covax vaccine sharing scheme and other partners to distribute it to poorer countries.
"Confident" Pfizer Shot Works Against Indian Variant: BioNTech Co-Founder
Coronavirus: The country is facing surging new cases and deaths in the pandemic, and fears are rising that the variant could be contributing to the unfolding catastrophe.
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