EU signs new deal with Pfizer-BioNTech, Hungary opts out

The European Union’s executive arm on Thursday finalized a third vaccine contract with Pfizer and BioNTech through 2023 for an additional 1.8 billion doses. AP Photo BRUSSELS: The European Union‘s executive arm on Thursday finalized a third vaccine contract with Pfizer and BioNTech through 2023 for an additional 1.8 billion doses of their Covid-19 shot … Read more

Two AstraZeneca Covid shots 85-90% effective: UK real-world analysis

LONDON: Two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine are around 85% to 90% effective against symptomatic disease, Public Health England (PHE) said on Thursday, citing an analysis of real-world data from the rollout of the shot. Britain has suffered one of the worst death tolls globally from the pandemic, but has also had one of … Read more

Japan gives preliminary OK to two more Covid-19 vaccines

TOKYO: A Japanese health ministry drug safety panel on Thursday gave preliminary approval to coronavirus vaccines developed by Moderna and AstraZeneca ahead of an expansion next week of the country’s slow-paced immunization program before the Tokyo Olympics. The only Covid-19 vaccine currently approved for emergency use in Japan is developed by Pfizer Inc. Formal approval … Read more

US allows Pfizer vaccine in fridge for a month

WASHINGTON: The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can be stored at refrigerator temperatures for up to a month in the United States, the country’s health regulator announced Wednesday, in a change expected to help distribution of the shot. The US Food and Drug Administration said it had made the decision “based on a review of recent data … Read more

AstraZeneca vaccine: Spanish study finds AstraZeneca vaccine followed by Pfizer dose is safe and effective | World News

MADRID: A Spanish study on mixing Covid-19 vaccines has found that giving a dose of Pfizer‘s drug to people who already received a first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine is highly safe and effective, preliminary results showed on Tuesday. The Combivacs study, run by Spain’s state-backed Carlos III Health Institute, found the presence of IgG antibodies … Read more

Biden boosting world vaccine sharing commitment to 80 million doses

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden said Monday that the US will share an additional 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines with the world in the coming six weeks as domestic demand for shots drops and global disparities in distribution have grown more evident. The doses will come from existing production of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & … Read more

WHO chief calls on vaccine makers to advance doses for Covax

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Reuters) GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization called on manufacturers to make Covid-19 vaccine doses available to a vaccine-sharing facility earlier than planned due to a supply shortfall left by Indian export disruptions. “While we appreciate the work of AstraZeneca who have been steadily increasing the speed and … Read more

Sanofi-GSK reports success in virus vaccine, after setback

PARIS: Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline’s potential Covid-19 vaccine triggered strong immune responses in all adult age groups in preliminary trials after an earlier setback, boosting optimism the shot may join the fight against the pandemic this year. After two doses of the vaccine candidate, participants showed neutralizing antibodies in line with those found in people who … Read more