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 Sense of an ending: Scientists say worst of Covid-19 could be over (Photo: Reuters)

Sense of an ending: Scientists say worst of Covid-19 could be over

Sep 23, 2022

The pandemic will be over but Covid will be here to stay, the scientists said as Covid numbers begin to ebb in several parts of the world, including India.

The source said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was "likely" to drop the vaccination requirement on Sept 30

Canada to drop COVID vaccine requirement to enter country on Sept 30

Sep 21, 2022

Canadian airports faced chaos over the summer, with numerous cancellations and delays that some blamed on the country's strict COVID-19 restrictions. 

In August, the FDA authorized Pfizer and Moderna's updated booster shots that target the dominant BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants, as the country prepares for a broad fall revaccination campaign.

US delivers over 25 mn COVID boosters; Moderna's shot in limited supply

Sep 21, 2022

In a statement late on Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it authorized ten batches of Moderna's updated booster shots.

The failures, the report said, reversed progress made towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in many countries.  (Photo: Reuters)

Massive global failures in Covid-19 response caused millions of preventable deaths, says Lancet Commission

Sep 15, 2022

The commission said that lack of cooperation among governments for the financing and distribution of key health commodities—including vaccines, personal protective equipment, and resources for vaccine development and production in low-income countries—has come at dire costs.

New intranasal anti-viral treatment may block COVID-19 transmission (Photo: Reuters)

New intranasal anti-viral treatment may block COVID-19 transmission

Sep 12, 2022

Existing drugs aimed at treating COVID-19 address symptoms of the virus but do little to quell viral shedding.

Bharat Biotech’s nasal vaccine named as iNCOVACC has received approval from the Indian drug regulator under 'Restricted Use in Emergency Situation' for 18 years old and above. (Photo: Reuters)

Can nasal Covid-19 vaccines be game changers?

Sep 07, 2022

A research published in mBio, an open access journal of the American Society for Microbiology last month showed that a needle-free mucosal bacteriophage-based COVID-19 vaccine is effective against SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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India's first intranasal Covid-19 vaccine! DCGI clears Bharat Biotech's product for use in adults

Sep 06, 2022

The ChAd36-SARS-CoV-S COVID-19 (Chimpanzee Adenovirus Vectored) is India’s first nasal vaccine against Covid-19. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the vaccine will have "restricted use" among adults "in emergency situation".

Zero-Covid policy: China imposes lockdown for millions around Beijing (Photo: Reuters)

Zero-Covid policy: China imposes lockdown for millions around Beijing

Aug 30, 2022

Beijing has doubled down on the COVID-19 policy ahead of the Communist Party's 20th National Congress, expected to take place within the next three months.

Subway services at 24 stations in the central districts of Futian and Luohu were also halted, according to official local media.

Shenzhen shuts electronics market to fight COVID-19 outbreak

Aug 30, 2022

Three key buildings in the sprawling area, comprised of thousands of stalls selling microchips, telephone parts, and other components to manufacturers, will stay closed until Sept 2.

Britain approves Novavax COVID-19 shot for 12-17 year-olds (Photo: Reuters)

Britain approves Novavax COVID-19 shot for 12-17 year-olds

Aug 26, 2022

Britain in February cleared Novavax's two-dose vaccine, Nuvaxovid, for use in adults.

Moderna's announcement comes a day after rival Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech sought US authorization for their vaccine booster retooled to target the BA.4/BA.5 subvariants of Omicron. 

COVID-19 vaccine: Moderna seeks FDA nod for booster shot aimed at Omicron BA.4, BA.5

Aug 24, 2022

Its application with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is based on pre-clinical data for the so-called bivalent dose that contains the dominant BA.4/BA.5 variants along with the original coronavirus strain.

Delhi logs 1,417 coronavirus cases, three deaths (Photo: Reuters)

Delhi logs 1,417 coronavirus cases, three deaths

Aug 19, 2022

Delhi on Thursday had recorded 1,964 fresh COVID-19 cases with a test positivity rate of 9.42 per cent, and eight deaths.

The survey further added that in most cases, people opted for home kits to test whether they had COVID-19

80% households in Delhi-NCR had one or more people with flu, COVID symptoms in 30 days: Report

Aug 19, 2022

Approximately 8 out of 10 households in the region have reported one or more people having flu-like and COVID-19 symptoms in the period, according to a recent LocalCircles survey.

The WHO also cautioned that children under the age of five years have a higher risk of other diseases with clinical presentations that overlap with COVID-19

WHO recommends Covid-19 vaccination for comorbid, immunocompromised children

Aug 18, 2022

Covid-19 vaccination for comorbid children: The apex global public health agency said that these coronavirus vaccines are effective in preventing the disease in children and adolescents

DGCA asks airlines to strictly enforce COVID-19 protocol as cases surge (Photo: Reuters)

DGCA asks airlines to strictly enforce COVID-19 protocol as cases surge

Aug 17, 2022

As per the Union Health Ministry data, India recorded 9,062 fresh COVID-19 infections that took its tally to 4,42,86,256, while the number of active cases came down to 1,05,058.

US first lady Jill Biden tests COVID-19 positive (Photo: Reuters)

US first lady Jill Biden tests COVID-19 positive

Aug 16, 2022

President Biden will wear a mask for 10 days when indoors and when in close proximity to others because he is considered a close contact of the first lady, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Pfizer CEO Bourla shows mild symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19 (Photo: Reuters)

Pfizer CEO Bourla shows mild symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19

Aug 15, 2022

Several public figures have tested positive for the infectious disease in the past few months including U.S. President Joe Biden and his chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci.

UK first to approve Omicron COVID shot with Moderna nod (Photo: Reuters)

UK first to approve Omicron COVID shot with Moderna nod

Aug 15, 2022

The UK medicines regulator (MHRA) gave the so-called bivalent vaccine made by U.S. drug company Moderna conditional approval as a booster for adults on Monday.

Bharat Biotech completes phase-III and booster dose trials for intranasal Covid vaccine (Photo: Reuters)

Bharat Biotech completes phase-III and booster dose trials for intranasal Covid vaccine

Aug 15, 2022

The data from both Phase III human clinical trials have been submitted for approval to national regulatory authorities, the company said.

COVID-19: Maharashtra records 1,975 news cases, five deaths (Photo: Reuters)

COVID-19: Maharashtra records 1,975 news cases, five deaths

Aug 12, 2022

Coronavirus figures of Maharashtra: New cases: 1,975; Deaths: five; Active cases: 11,856; Tests: 29,025.

Corbevax can be used as COVID-19 booster dose from today

Corbevax available as COVID-19 booster from today; all you need to know

Aug 12, 2022

This is the first time the Indian government has allowed the mixing of two vaccines. The approval came after the COVID-19 Working Group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) recommended the same.