UK identifies new South African coronavirus variant, calls it 'highly concerning'

Two cases of another new strain of COVID-19 linked to South Africa have been identified in the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed in London on Wednesday. Like the UK COVID-19 variant identified earlier, the new variant of the novel coronavirus is also driving a massive resurgence of the disease in South Africa, with experts … Read more

European Union clears Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for first inoculations

Amsterdam: The European Union geared up to start mass vaccinations against COVID-19 just after Christmas after the shot developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech cleared regulatory hurdles on Monday (December 21). European Union countries including Germany, France, Austria and Italy have said they plan to start vaccinations from Dec. 27 as Europe tries … Read more

COVID-19: US CDC issues guidelines on vaccination after allergic reactions

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday said it was monitoring reports of allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccination and made recommendations on how people with histories of allergies should proceed. Anyone who had a severe reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine should not get the second dose, the agency said, defining … Read more

Sputnik V: President Vladimir Putin says he will receive COVID-19 vaccine when he can

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was yet to be inoculated with the Russian-made vaccine against COVID-19 but that he would do so when possible. Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin also said Russia needed to step up production of its Sputnik V vaccine and that some of its components could be made … Read more

Are we guinea pigs? France seniors wary of COVID-19 vaccine

SARTROUVILLE: French nursing home boss Yann Reboulleau was trying to persuade 92-year-old resident Madeleine Bonnet of the merits of taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and he was having a tough time. “Are we guinea pigs?” asked Bonnet, who used to work as a pharmacist, as she sat across from Reboulleau in the television room of the … Read more

New York nurse Sandra Lindsay given COVID-19 vaccine as US rollout begins

NEW YORK: An intensive care unit nurse became the first person in New York state to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, marking a pivotal turn in the U.S. effort to control the deadly virus. Sandra Lindsay, who has treated some of the sickest COVID-19 patients for months, was given the vaccine at Long … Read more

US authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, first shot to be administered in 'less than 24 hours'

New York: The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer`s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use on Friday for the prevention of coronavirus disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.  “The FDA`s authorization for emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine is a significant milestone in battling this devastating pandemic that has affected so … Read more

Wealthy nations stockpiling Covid-19 vaccine to cover their whole population multiple times, warns US study

New Delhi: As people across the globe eagerly await an effective vaccine against the deadly coronavirus, a new study in the United States has claimed that the wealthy nations are stockpiling the Covid-19 vaccines to cover their whole population multiple times. The study claims that rich countries have pre-ordered more than three billion doses of Covid-19 … Read more

COVID-19: US FDA panel votes in favor of authorizing Pfizer's vaccine

A US government advisory panel gave its approval for the widespread use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, taking the country another step forward to launching a full scale vaccination campaign against the pandemic which has killed close to 300,000 Americans. All eyes now turn to the FDA staff scientists who will give their acceptance for the … Read more

Canada approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, first shots likely next week

TORONTO: Canada on Wednesday approved its first COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for doses of the Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE shots to be delivered and administered across the country. Canada is the third country after the United Kingdom and Bahrain to give the green light to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Canada has a temporary accelerated … Read more

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