Moscow/Sputnik: Millions of people in the United States may have to pay for COVID-19 vaccination contrary to the plans of the authorities to make the shots free, as government-funded Medicare health insurance for the elderly does not cover the costs of drugs approved for emergency use, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) newspaper reported.
New Delhi/IBNS: India, which has been battered by the Novel Coronavirus pandemic despite months of lockdown, on Tuesday added 75,083 Covid-19 cases taking the tally of infections beyond 55 lakh.
New York: The continuing COVID-19 pandemic continues to top a long list of global concerns, the UN chief told journalists on Wednesday, noting that “the grimmest of milestones” is upon us.
New Delhi/IBNS: India, the worst Covid-19-affected Asian country, on Monday reported 92,071 Covid-19 cases taking the overall tally of infections to cross 48-lakh mark.
London/IBNS: Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca on Saturday resumed the trials of Covid-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom after a brief halt following a volunteer's illness, media reports said.
New Delhi/IBNS: Serum Institute of India (SII) on Thursday paused the trial of Covid-19 vaccine a day after it was served a show-cause notice by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for not informing the central drug regulator about the pause of study testing in other countries, media reports said.
New York: UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will be leading procurement and supply of COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure that all countries have safe, fast and equitable access to initial doses when they are available, the agency announced.
New Delhi/IBNS: India, which has been badly-hit by the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, added close to 61,000 fresh infections on Tuesday.
Washignton: Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a vaccine that targets the SARS-CoV-2 virus, can be given in one dose via the nose and is effective in preventing infection in mice susceptible to the novel coronavirus.
New York: Warning against “vaccine nationalism” in the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has again underlined the importance of global solidarity in addressing the crisis.
New Delhi/UNI: The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given its nod to the first fully indigenously-developed Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine for pneumonia,developed by M/s Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd, Pune.
New York: Novavax, Inc, a late stage biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, on Tuesday announced that it has been selected to participate in Operation Warp Speed (OWS), a U.S. government program that aims to begin delivering millions of doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 in 2021.
New Delhi/IBNS: India's scientific community has termed the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)'s claim to produce the Covid-19 vaccine by Aug 15 as "risky" and "impossible", a media report said.
Moscow/Sputnik: A COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biotech company CanSino has been approved to be used exclusively by the Chinese military, the company said in a public statement issued to investors through the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Monday.