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WHO reports large shortage of coronavirus vaccines

Melita Vujnovic

The world is facing a severe shortage of vaccines against Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), leading  to inequalities among a number of countries in terms of access to the vaccines. WHO Representative to Russia, Melita Vujnovic The World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Russia, Melita Vujnovic, made the disclosure on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. “Of course, the shortage of  COVID-19 vaccines across ...

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California health official urges pause in Moderna vaccination after allergic reactions

Dr Erica Pan

California’s State Epidemiologist, Dr Erica Pan, called for pausing administration of Moderna’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine due to a high-than-usual number of severe allergic reactions Dr Erica Pan “A higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic. “Fewer than 10 individuals required medical attention over the span of ...

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WHO, Africa CDC to deliver 900m doses of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) through COVAX facility and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) are expected to deliver close to 900 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa by 2021. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, disclosed this at WHO first online press briefing for 2021 ...

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Bulgaria reports four cases of side effects from Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

Four Bulgarians vaccinated against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine developed mild to moderate side effects, Bulgarian Drug Agency executive director Bogdan Kirilov said on Monday, January 4, 2021. Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Bulgaria’s vaccination campaign began on Dec. 27 among the priority group including medical workers.By Monday, nearly 5,000 people had been inoculated. “Side effects ranged from mild to ...

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COVID-19 vaccination: Scientists caution govt

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

As Nigeria prepares to receive its first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines, two scientists have cautioned the Federal Government against a mass COVID-19 vaccination plan. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, in December 2020 revealed that the Federal Government had planned to acquire vaccines worth N400 billion. Ehanire had said that the N400 billion would be ...

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Finland confirms first adverse reaction to COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

The Finnish Medicines Agency says it has received the first report of an adverse reaction to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus. Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine This is coming one week after Europe started its mass immunisation campaign. The Finnish YLE broadcaster reported on Saturday, January 2, 2021, quoting the agency’s Chief Physician, Maija Kaukonen, as saying, “when there are at least ...

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U.S. firm, Moderna, announces COVID-19 vaccine with 94.5% effectiveness

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American biotechnology company, Moderna, announced on Monday, November 16, 2020 that its COVID-19 vaccine could be up to 94.5 per cent effective. Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo The news came a week after another U.S. drug maker, Pfizer, announced the ...

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Medicago to supply 76m doses of plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate – PMI

André Calantzopoulos

A Philip Morris International subsidiary is a shareholder in a biopharmaceutical company that reached agreements with two departments of the Canadian government to accelerate its COVID-19 vaccine candidate efforts André Calantzopoulos, CEO of PMI Since 2008, Philip Morris Investments B.V. (PMIBV), a subsidiary of Philip Morris International (PMI) (NYSE: PM), has been a shareholder of Medicago (in which it currently ...

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World Bank prepares $12bn for poor states to buy COVID-19 vaccines

David R. Malpass

The World Bank has announced a $12 billion allocation for an initiative to cover payments for coronavirus vaccines for low-income countries, The Guardian newspaper reported. David R. Malpass, President of the World Bank Group The media outlet cited World Bank President, David Malpass, as making the submission. The programme is set to ensure countries of low- and middle-income would also ...

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$35bn needed to end acute phase of COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The ACT-Accelerator, the global initiative offering a solution to speed up the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, says it needs $35 billion to meet the goal of developing new tools and producing and delivering two billion vaccine doses, 245 million treatments and 500 million diagnostic tests over the next year. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation ...

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