Novel coronavirus may enter brain via nose: Study

BERLIN: The novel coronavirus may enter the brain of people through the nose, according to a study published on Monday (November 30) that may help explain some of the neurological symptoms observed in COVID-19 patients, and inform diagnosis and measures to prevent infection. The research, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, noted that SARS-CoV-2 not … Read more

COVID-19 vaccines: When and how will it become available; explained

NEW YORK: Pfizer Inc with partner BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc has released trial data showing their COVID-19 vaccines to be about 95% effective at preventing the illness, while AstraZeneca Plc this week said its vaccine could be up to 90% effective. If regulators approve any of the vaccines in coming weeks, the companies have … Read more

COVID-19: AstraZeneca admits manufacturing error in vaccine, results of trials affected

In a significant development, British-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday admitted a manufacturing error while developing coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine. The acknowledgement by AstraZeneca has raised serious questions over the preliminary results of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine as the error made a difference in the trial results. AstraZeneca issued the statement admitting the … Read more

Moderna to charge Rs 1855-Rs 2755 for COVID-19 vaccine: CEO

The Chief Executive of Moderna, Stephane Bancel, on Saturday said that his company will charge governments between Rs 1855 (USD 25) and Rs 2755 (USD 37) per dose of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Talking to German weekly Welt am Sonntag (WamS), Barcel said that the price of the coronavirus vaccine will depend on the amount … Read more

President Xi Jinping says China ready to boost global COVID-19 vaccine cooperation

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that China is ready to step up global COVID-19 vaccine cooperation, and called for better international coordination on policies to facilitate the movement of people. Pharmaceutical companies and research centres around the world are working on potential COVID-19 vaccines, with large global trials of several of the candidates … Read more

Study claims COVID-19 immunity lasts for 6 months after first infection

LONDON: People who’ve e had COVID-19 are highly unlikely to contract it again for at least six months after their first infection, according to a British study of healthcare workers on the frontline of fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The findings should offer some reassurance for the more than 51 million people worldwide who have … Read more

COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine deliveries could start by this month, if 'all goes well'

In a good news, BioNTech Chief Executive Ugur Sahin on Wednesday (November 18) said that deliveries of coronavirus vaccine developed by BioNTech-Pfizer could come as early as Christmas this year, if ‘all goes well’. “If all goes well I could imagine that we gain approval (from US FDA) in the second half of December and … Read more

US President Donald Trump says Americans will get COVID-19 vaccine by April 2021

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday said he expects a vaccine for the novel coronavirus will be available for the entire American population by as soon as April next year, amid another wave of new infections that has pushed the daily caseload to record highs. Donlad Trump addressed reporters while providing an update on ‘Operation Warp Speed’ … Read more

US President-elect Joe Biden congratulates Pfizer on COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough

Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday (November 9, 2020) congratulated Pfizer following the announcement from its Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla that the first set of results from their Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of their vaccine’s ability to prevent the coronavirus. “Last night, my public health advisors were informed … Read more

Coronavirus can be defeated, world must prepare for next pandemic: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has acknowledged that coronavirus can be defeated with Science and comprehensive, evidence-based approach, and warned that “the world must prepare for the next pandemic”. The Health body said that countries must keep critical health goals a priority and must not be lax on that front even after defeating the deadly … Read more