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30 to 40 countries unable to give second Covid-19 shots: WHO official

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Between 30 to 40 countries are unable to provide second doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, especially those expecting jabs from AstraZeneca, officials of the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “We have a huge number of countries currently that have had to suspend the rollout of their second doses of vaccine,” […]

India gets wide support on TRIPS waiver for Covid-19 vaccines at G-7 meet

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India is a “natural ally” of the G-7 nations in defending the shared values from a host of threats stemming from authoritarianism, terrorism, violent extremism, and economic coercion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at an outreach session of the summit in Cornwall, UK, on Sunday. He said open societies were […]

WHO reviewing companies keen to manufacture mRNA vaccines

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With countries and companies showing interest in making mRNA vaccines, the World Health Organisation said its was conducting a “technical review” and will soon engage in discussions for implementation. Two months ago, the WHO had mooted the idea of an mRNA technology transfer hub to facilitate increased global production of mRNA vaccines. “We have received […]

How plant-based diets could help prevent the next COVID-19

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(The Conversation) Viruses like Covid-19, SARS, bovine spongiform, swine flu and avian flu all have something in common: They all come from animals, described by scientists as zoonotic diseases. Yet, these diseases do not really “come from animals.” After all, it is not like animals conspire against humans, throwing Covid-19 over the backyard fence. When […]

The Wuhan “lab leak” theory takes centrestage, again

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The “lab leak” as a source of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 had been negated twice over by the World Health Organization-convened expert team that had labelled the theory as “highly unlikely”. But that did not stop the rumblings of disbelief from certain scientific and political quarters that believed that a leak from the Wuhan Institute […]

New Covid Variants: WHO sees ‘enough efficacy’ of Novavax, J&J vaccines

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At a time, when the world is looking for protection against new variants of Covid-19, WHO’s top scientist is optimistic about claims of Novavax and Johnson and Johnsonon efficacy of their vaccines, post trials in South Africa. Speaking at the two-day World Immunisation and Logistics Summit, started virtually in Abu Dhabi on Monday, WHO Chief […]

A sizeable percentage of trained health workers in India are not practising the profession: study

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There is a huge disparity between the available pool of trained healthcare personnel and those employed in the healthcare system in the country. This gap has skewed the healthcare delivery, according to a new study. The study, carried out by researchers from the Indian Institute of Public Health-Delhi (IIPD), along with others has found that […]

Adar Poonawalla to acquire 60% in Magma Fincorp for Rs 3,456-crore

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Adar Poonawalla-controlled Rising Sun Holdings will acquire a 60 per cent stake in non-banking financial company (NBFC) Magma Fincorp by subscribing to a Rs 3,456-crore preferential issue. After the infusion of capital, Magma and its subsidiaries will be renamed and rebranded Poonawalla Finance. Poonawalla Finance is an existing finance company […]

Stop unethical farm practices

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Last January, China reported it’s first death from the novel coronavirus. And soon enough, the Wuhan wet market became infamous across the world, as the possible source of the virus that jumped species from bat to humans. Wet markets sell live, sometimes wild and endangered animals as well, to cater to those that seek exotic […]

Covax on track as pact signed with Pfizer/BioNTech for 40 million doses

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The Covax facility is on track to deliver two billion doses by the year-end, the World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, announcing an agreement signed with the Pfizer-BioNtech combine for their Covid-19 vaccine. The WHO-supported Covax initiative had signed an agreement with Pfizer/BioNTech for up to 40 million doses of its vaccine, […]