US FDA panel authorizes Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

WASHINGTON: Moderna has become the second company to get emergency use authorisation for its anti-coronavirus vaccine from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a week after the one developed by Pfizer received a similar approval. According to an official statement, the FDA has determined that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has met the statutory criteria … Read more

China's Wuhan, epicentre of coronavirus COVID-19 infection, gets its nightlife back

In a crowded Wuhan beer hall, Zhang Qiong wipes birthday cake from her face after a food fight with her friends. “After experiencing the first wave of epidemic in Wuhan and then the liberation, I feel like I`m living a second life,” says Zhang, 29, who works in a textiles shop in the central Chinese … Read more

After Pfizer, US FDA panel recommends emergency use of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has endorsed the emergency use of Moderna Inc`s coronavirus vaccine, assuring of a second option against the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel overwhelmingly voted in favour of the use of the vaccine with 20-0 votes and one abstention.  The committee voted that the benefits of the Moderna … Read more

Coca-Cola to cut 2,200 jobs globally, reports 9 per cent fall in revenue

Atlanta: The Coca-Cola Company has said that it was laying off 2,200 workers, or 17 per cent of its global workforce, as part of a larger restructuring aimed at paring down its business units and brands. The Atlanta-based company said on Thursday (December 17) that around half of the layoffs will occur in the US, … 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

French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19, goes into self-isolation for 7 days

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for COVID-19, the presidential Elysee Palace announced on Thursday. It said the president took a test “as soon as the first symptoms appeared.” The brief statement did not say what symptoms Macron experienced. It said he would isolate himself for seven days. “He will continue to work and take … Read more

US Vice President Mike Pence to get vaccinated publicly against COVID-19

Washington: US Vice President Mike Pence will be receiving COVID-19 vaccine publicly on Friday (December 18) as part of the initiative to build confidence among the public about the vaccine. According to a report by The Hill, Pence, the leader of the White House coronavirus task force, second lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome … Read more

WHO-led team expected in China in January 2021 to probe COVID-19 origins: Reports

GENEVA/COPENHAGEN: An international mission led by the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to go to China in the first week of January to investigate the origins of the virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic, a member and diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday. The United States, which has accused China of having hidden the outbreak`s … 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

Belgian shepherd dog working for Austrian military detects COVID-19

Fantasy, a Belgian shepherd dog working for the Austrian military has wowed her handlers with her accurate and fast identification of coronavirus samples taken from patients with the disease. Working in absolute harmony with her handler the dog has been correctly identifying COVID-19 samples provided by patients who were asked to breathe into a container … Read more