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Unicef urges all states to reopen schools


September 17, 2021

MANILA: The United Nations children’s agency Unicef has urged education authorities to reopen schools as soon as possible in countries where millions of students are still not allowed to return to classrooms 18 months into the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools in around 17 countries remain fully closed, while those in 39 countries remain partially closed, according to a report released by …

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France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers


September 17, 2021

PARIS: Thousands of health workers across France have been suspended without pay for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a deadline this week, Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday. France’s national public health agency estimated last week that roughly 12 per cent of hospital staff and around six per cent of doctors in private practices have yet …

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Another 4m doses of Covid-19 vaccine arrive


September 17, 2021

ISLAMABAD: While several countries have controlled casualties despite being severely affected by Covid-19, Pakistan continues to report a large number of casualties because it has vaccinated hardly 25 per cent of its population, according to an expert. On the other hand, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan seems satisfied with the country’s performance and …

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‘PFIZER COVID-19 BOOSTERS MAY NOT BE NEEDED, BUT DO IMPROVE IMMUNITY’


September 16, 2021

US Food and Drug Administration scientists said on Wednesday that booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may not be needed, even though the third shot generates a higher immune response in recipients. The FDA staff members said in a document prepared for outside advisors that it is still unproven that the efficacy of Comirnaty – the COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer developed …

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INDONESIA IN TALKS WITH WHO TO BECOME GLOBAL VACCINE HUB: MINISTER


September 16, 2021

Indonesia is in talks with the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as six drug companies to become a global hub for manufacturing vaccines, its health minister told Reuters. Detailing the ambitious strategy for the first time, Budi Gunadi Sadikin said in an interview that Indonesia would kickstart the initiative by prioritising purchases of COVID-19 vaccines from companies that shared …

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SINOVAC BOOSTER SHOT REVERSES DROP IN ANTIBODY ACTIVITIES AGAINST DELTA


September 16, 2021

A booster dose of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine reversed a decline in antibody activities against the Delta variant, a study showed, easing some concerns about its longer-term immune response to the highly contagious strain of the virus. The study comes amid concerns about the Chinese vaccine’s efficacy against Delta, which has become the dominant variant globally and is driving a surge …

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UK govt recommends Covid-19 booster shots for over 50s


September 15, 2021

LONDON: The UK said on Tuesday it will offer a third dose of Covid-19 vaccine to everyone over age 50 and other vulnerable people after an an expert panel said the boosters were needed to protect against waning immunity this winter. Health Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers that the government had accepted the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination …

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Liquid oxygen cylinders’ prices shoot up amid shortage in Sindh


September 15, 2021

KARACHI: The prices of liquid oxygen cylinders needed for patients, particularly those suffering from Covid-19, have sharply increased in Karachi over the past weeks while hospitals, particularly in the interior of Sindh, are now facing a shortage of supplies. It was reported on Tuesday evening that 15 more Covid-19 patients died overnight while 703 new cases emerged in the province. …

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Sindh relaxes Covid-19 curbs, allows indoor dining till midnight for vaccinated citizens


September 15, 2021

The Sindh government on Wednesday relaxed some Covid-19 curbs in the province, including allowing markets and businesses to operate till 10pm as well as indoor dining till midnight. According to a notification issued by the provincial Home Department, the new guidelines will be effective from September 16 (Thursday) to September 30. Major takeaways Businesses/markets can operate till 10pm Sunday is …

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No need for a third jab booster: study


September 14, 2021

PARIS: Vaccines are effective enough at preventing severe Covid-19 that there is no current need for the general population to be given third doses, according to a report in The Lancet published on Monday. Some countries have started offering extra doses over fears about the much more contagious Delta variant, causing the World Health Organisation to call for a moratorium on third …

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