Russia planning to introduce single-dose COVID-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik Lite’ in India soon

New Delhi: Russia is planning to introduce the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik Lite’ in India soon, its ambassador to the country, Nikolay Kudashev, said on Sunday (May 16, 2021).  Kudashev was speaking to ANI after the delivery of the second batch of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines in Hyderabad. On the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, Kudashev […]

This US State unrolls weekly lucky draw of nearly Rs 7 cr for people who got COVID vaccines

In a bid to encourage participation in the country-wide vaccination drive, the governor of US state Ohio has come up with a cash incentive. Taking to microblogging site Twitter, the governor of Ohio Mike DeWine announced the rolling out of a weekly lottery worth $1 million dollars (more than 7 crore rupees) for every voter […]

If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask: US President Biden

Washington: US President Joe Biden on Wednesday (local time) praised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention`s latest guidelines on removing the requirement of masks for fully vaccinated people, but cautioned those not vaccinated to protect themselves unless they have reached the finish line.  Speaking at the White House, Biden said: `Just a few hours […]

COVID-19: US CDC allows use of Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 years old

Washington: An advisory panel of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday (May 12) recommended the use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15. The 14-0 vote, with one recusal from the CDC`s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices as part of the final process before the shot becomes widely […]

With average 600 deaths per day, US records lowest fatality rate in 10 months

Washington: COVID-19 deaths in the US have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day ‘the lowest level in 10 months’ with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and hitting zero on some days. Confirmed infections, meanwhile, have fallen to about 38,000 day on average, […]

COVID-19: US authorises Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shot for children aged between 12 and 15

New Delhi: “The light at the end of the tunnel is growing, and today it got a little brighter,” said President Joe Biden on Monday (May 10, 2021) after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents. This, notably, is the first […]

Indian COVID strain ‘variant of concern’ but not vaccine resistant: WHO

United Nations: The B-1617 variant of the coronavirus, first identified in India, has been classified as a variant of concern at the global level by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead at the WHO, said Monday (May 10) that the B.1.617 virus variant that was first identified in India […]

WHO approves China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

Beijing/Geneva: In a big relief for China, the WHO on Friday finally granted the conditional approval to its Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, a move that could help Beijing step up its vaccine diplomacy amid the surge in coronavirus vaccines in several countries. China has approved about five of its vaccines for emergency use […]

COVID-19: Russia approves single-dose ‘Sputnik Light’ vaccine, effective against all new strains

Moscow: Russian developers of the Sputnik V vaccine on Thursday said that their single-dose Sputnik Light vaccine demonstrated 79.4 per cent efficacy against the COVID-19 and it has proven effective against all new strains of coronavirus. Sputnik Light is the first component (recombinant human adenovirus serotype number 26 (rAd26)) of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, […]

COVID-19 vaccines are ‘no panacea’: North Korea

Seoul: North Korea`s state media warned on Tuesday of the prospect of a lengthy battle against the coronavirus, saying vaccines developed by global drugmakers were proving to be “no universal panacea”. The country has not officially confirmed any infections, although South Korean officials have said an outbreak there cannot be ruled out, as the North […]

COVID-19: There is no concern over safety of vaccine, Pfizer tells India

NEW DELHI: Pfizer Inc said on Monday it told the Indian government that there was no concern over the safety of its COVID-19 vaccine, as the country insists on small local trials for foreign shots despite a record surge in infections and shortage of doses. The government in mid-April made it easier for foreign vaccines […]