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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 member, …

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Malaysia fast-tracks vaccine deals as coronavirus cases surge

Malaysia fast-tracks vaccine deals as coronavirus cases surge

(ATF) Malaysia’s science, technology and innovation minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, recently wrote on social media that 2021 would be the country's "year of vaccination".As Singapore and Indonesia kickstarted their vaccination programmes earlier this month, Malaysia has invested 3 billion ringgit ($743 million) in three major Covid-19 vaccines to cover at least …

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Chinese media launch negative attacks on foreign vaccines 

Chinese media launch negative attacks on foreign vaccines

(ATF) China’s state-run media is running a blitz of negative articles about foreign Covid-19 vaccines while touting its indigenously developed products as safer, more reliable and cheaper.While mostly developing countries have bought or ordered China’s three coronavirus vaccines – made by Sinovac Biotech, Sinopharm and CanSino Biologics – developed nations …

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Beijing to track down visitors as new wave of coronavirus strikes city

Beijing to track down visitors as new wave of coronavirus strikes city

(ATF) Officials in the Chinese capital said on Wednesday (Jan 20) they would track down anyone who has entered the city from overseas in the last six weeks after reporting the biggest daily jump in new Covid-19 cases in more than three weeks.The measures to be enforced in Beijing come …

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China’s second Covid wave dampens the party mood 

China’s second Covid wave dampens the party mood 

(ATF) China’s second Covid-19 outbreak is spreading rapidly across the country, with more major cities now announcing lockdowns. Fuzhou is the latest metropolis to announce emergency measures, signalling how far south the outbreak has spread from Hebei Province. Other newly affected cities such as the heavily industrial Changchun and Jilin …

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Chinese Covid-19 vaccine has lower success rate than expected: report

Chinese Covid-19 vaccine has lower success rate than expected:

(ATF) The coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech showed a general efficacy of less than 60% in its late-stage trial in Brazil, according to a report published in São Paulo on Monday.UOL, a news website, said the figure - which contradicts the official efficacy rate - was sourced from …

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Widespread Covid-19 outbreaks in China lead to major closures 

Widespread Covid-19 outbreaks in China lead to major closures 

(ATF) Covid-19 cases are rapidly increasing across China, as the country also deals with an unprecedented cold snap, coal shortages and strong winds.The north of the country is particularly affected with highways surrounding Beijing closed to traffic, affecting deliveries to the nation’s numerous provinces. The major city of Dalian has …

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India approves first Covid-19 vaccine with nod to AstraZeneca: report

India approves first Covid-19 vaccine with nod to AstraZeneca: re

(Reuters) India's drug regulator on Friday approved a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford for emergency use, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.The decision clears the vaccine's rollout in the world's second-most populous country which, after the United States, has the highest number …

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Investors pause as virus cases spike, US-China tensions high

Investors pause as virus cases spike, US-China tensions high

(ATF) Hong Kong: Asian markets paused after the recent rally as the spike in coronavirus infections renewed worries about the economic impact from new restrictions, with US-China tensions also weighing on investor sentiment. Hong Kong on Tuesday became the latest to announce new measures as Chief Executive Carrie Lam urged …

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China gets tough on food imports to prevent coronavirus infection

China gets tough on food imports to prevent coronavirus infection

(ATF) A senior Chinese official has called for stricter hygiene standards across the whole logistics chain – around the world – to stop possible coronavirus infections.Li Ning, deputy director of the National Food Safety Risk Assessment Centre, spoke at the 2020 International Food Safety and Health Conference held in Beijing …

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