Top scientist raises efficacy issues with Chinese Covid-19 vaccines

Top scientist raises efficacy issues with Chinese Covid-19 vaccin

(ATF) China's vaccination campaign has taken a double body blow in recent days, with a leading scientist criticising the standards of the country's homegrown jabs, and a long-awaited study confirming that the Sinovac vaccine has an efficacy rate barely above a coin toss. Over the weekend, the Chinese Center for …

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India acts to head off its looming vaccine supply crisis

India acts to head off its looming vaccine supply crisis

(ATF) With unprecedented spikes in daily Covid infection rates and several states reporting extreme shortages of vaccines, India banned the export of anti-viral drug Remdesivir and its active pharmaceutical ingredients on Sunday. And, shaken by the looming vaccine crises, on Monday India also approved Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for restricted …

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China agrees to be satellite producer of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine 

China agrees to be satellite producer of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine 

Moscow and Beijing have agreed a deal which will see 60 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine produced in China from May. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has financed the development of the vaccine, said on Monday that it and Shenzhen Yuanxing Gene-tech Co "have agreed to …

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China rolls out 'vaccine passports' to kickstart international travel

China rolls out vaccine passports to kickstart international travel

(ATF) China has become the first large country to issue "vaccine passports" to kickstart international travel, enabling citizens to download the new certificates and potentially use them to enter and leave the country. However, as it is only available for Chinese citizens, it is not yet clear how it could …

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PM Modi leads the way as India rolls out vaccinations for the masses 

PM Modi leads the way as India rolls out vaccinations for the masses 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged his fellow Indians to be vaccinated against Covid-19 when their turn comes as he received his jab on Monday. With eight states now showing a spike in fresh infections, the country has opened up its vaccination programme for the wider population after prioritising healthcare workers …

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Another vaccine enters US Covid armoury

Another vaccine enters US Covid armoury

The U.S. government on Saturday authorised Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, enabling millions more Americans to be vaccinated in the coming weeks and setting the vaccine up for additional approvals around the world. The J&J vaccine is the third authorised in the United States, following ones from Pfizer/BioNTech and …

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The jab and the jab-nots: battle over 'vaccine equity' reaches UN

The jab and the jab-nots: battle over vaccine equity reaches UN

(ATF) The United Nations has called for global "vaccine equity" amid reports that rich nations are hoarding Covid-19 shots while the developing world faces a massive shortage, in the wake of an unprecedented UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting called to discuss the pandemic. Convened by the UK, a permanent UNSC …

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