AstraZeneca Scours Supply Chain For More Vaccine Doses For Southeast Asia, Thailand

Reading Time: 5 minutes By the end of July AstraZeneca will have delivered 11.3 million doses for Thailand: Official (File) Bangkok, Thailand: Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Saturday it was scouring its supply chain to find more doses of its Covid-19 vaccine for Southeast Asia, which is facing its most serious outbreak yet of the virus. The statement from the Anglo-Swedish … Read more

Sydney tightens lockdown as Australia’s Covid-19 cases rise – Times of India

Reading Time: 6 minutes SYDNEY: The Australian city of Sydney on Saturday ordered a shutdown of building sites, banned non-essential retail and threatened fines for employers who make staff come into the office as new Covid-19 cases kept rising three weeks into a citywide lockdown. Authorities in New South Wales state, of which Sydney is the capital, also banned … Read more

Delta variant ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving new spike in cases, death: WHO – Times of India

Reading Time: 9 minutes UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA: The Delta variant is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and deaths, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said, warning that the variant, now in over 104 countries, is expected to soon be the dominant Covid-19 strain circulating worldwide. Addressing a press briefing on Monday, … Read more

Pfizer to seek OK for third Covid vaccine dose; shots still protect – Times of India

Reading Time: 9 minutes 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 … Read more

Germany Recommends Vaccine Switch After AstraZeneca First Shot

Reading Time: 7 minutes Everyone who received an AstraZeneca first dose switch to Pfizer or Moderna, Germany recommended Berlin: Germany’s vaccine committee on Thursday recommended that everyone who received an AstraZeneca first dose switch to BioNTech-Pfizer or Moderna jabs for better protection against the coronavirus, including against the Delta variant. Studies show that the immune response is “clearly superior” … Read more

Bangladesh army patrols streets in strict coronavirus lockdown – Times of India

Reading Time: 6 minutes DHAKA: The Bangladesh army and police patrolled empty streets on Thursday as a strict week-long Covid-19 lockdown began, with people confined to their homes except for emergencies and to buy essentials. The government has said the South Asian nation of 168 million people is seeing an “alarming and dangerous” rise in cases, blamed largely on … Read more

New claims of Covid vaccine graft in Brazil – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes RIO DE JANEIRO: A senior official in Brazil’s health ministry has resigned after a newspaper published fresh allegations of corruption in the country’s vaccine program, adding to pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro. The Folha de S. Paulo daily reported claims Tuesday that Roberto Dias, the ministry’s logistics director, had sought a bribe from a company … Read more

Countries weigh ‘mix and match’ Covid-19 vaccines – Times of India

Reading Time: 6 minutes A growing number of countries are looking at switching to different Covid-19 vaccines for second doses or booster shots amid supply delays and safety concerns that have slowed their vaccination campaigns. Several medical studies to test the efficacy of switching Covid-19 vaccines are under way. A mixed schedule, where a shot of Pfizer‘s vaccine is … Read more

Astra Jab Followed By Pfizer, 4 Weeks Apart, Gives Strong Immunity: Study

Reading Time: 5 minutes A woman receives an injection at a vaccination center in Taipei. Mixing doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc creates a strong immune response, according to results from a University of Oxford study, a finding that could enable greater flexibility in the use of scarce supplies. A mixed schedule of the Pfizer … Read more

Explainer: Are Chinese Covid-19 shots effective against the Delta variant? – Times of India

Reading Time: 8 minutes BEIJING: Many countries from China to Indonesia and Brazil rely heavily on Chinese vaccines to inoculate their people against Covid-19, but there are growing concerns about whether they provide enough protection against the Delta variant, first identified in India. Below are views from China’s health experts about the effectiveness of home-grown vaccines against the Delta, … Read more