January 2021

Vaccine diplomacy adds fresh layer to Indo-US ties – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi, India’s health diplomacy is yielding unexpected results with the United States now joining the United Nations in lauding New Delhi’s vaccine heft. On Friday, the newly-appointed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a conversation with External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, nailed Covid-19 vaccinations as a key dimension of ties during the Joe […]

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France and Germany threaten AstraZeneca over vaccine shortage

France and Germany have threatened legal action against the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in the row over a shortage of coronavirus vaccine in the EU. Talks between the European commission and the vaccine supplier are continuing over the lack of supply, with Brussels raising concerns that doses may have been diverted from plants in Belgium

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EU Covid incompetence leaves governments wanting vaccines, not excuses

The EU has made an almighty hash of procuring treatments for Covid-19. Vaccine centres are running short of supplies as a result. National governments want jabs rather than excuses for what has gone wrong. The search for scapegoats is on. Stripped of the legal wrangling between Brussels and AstraZeneca, the protectionist plan to ban exports

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The WHO drops opposition to vaccinations for pregnant women – ET HealthWorld

The World Health Organization on Friday changed its guidance for pregnant women considering a Covid-19 vaccine, abandoning opposition to immunization for most expectant mothers unless they are at high risk. The change followed an outcry to the WHO’s previous stance, which stated that the organization did “not recommend the vaccination of pregnant women” with vaccines

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Covid-19: 2/3rd of India’s active cases in Kerala, Maharashtra – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: India recorded just over 13,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for the second day running on Saturday, lower than the numbers reported last week, as the declining trend in infections continued in most parts of the country. The day’s death toll from the virus was 129. Active cases of the virus in India have fallen

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EU to publish revised rules after Covid vaccine border fiasco

Brussels will publish a revised regulation to potentially block vaccine exports out of the EU on Saturday, after an international outcry over its initial plans to erect an export border for doses on the island of Ireland. The European commission’s newly drafted implementing regulation is expected to be both unveiled and come into force on

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How the Search for Covid-19 Treatments Faltered While Vaccines Sped Ahead

Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, as thousands of patients are dying every day in the United States and widespread vaccination is still months away, doctors have precious few drugs to fight the virus. A handful of therapies — remdesivir, monoclonal antibodies and the steroid dexamethasone — have improved the care of Covid patients,

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