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Pfizer asks FDA to approve COVID-19 vaccine use for kids 12-16

Pfizer and BioNTech requested on Friday that the Food and Drug Administration expand the emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine to permit its use in children ages 12 to 15.

Pfizer seeks Covid vaccine authorization for 12-15 year olds in US

Washington - Pfizer-BioNTech asked for authorization Friday to use their Covid-19 vaccine on 12 to 15-year-olds in the United States, which could mark a crucial next step toward achieving herd immunity.

Hong Kong suspends its order of AstraZeneca jabs

Fpo - Hong Kong on Friday confirmed it has requested AstraZeneca suspend delivery of its Covid-19 vaccine amid fears of severe side effects and concerns over its efficacy against new variants of the coronavirus.

First Covid vaccine shot alone not protective: Chile study

Santiago - A study in Chile, which has one of the furthest-advanced vaccination campaigns in South America -- mainly with China's Coronavac, has found that a first dose alone does not protect against coronavirus infection.

US plant ruins 15 mn J&J coronavirus vaccine doses: report

Washington - About 15 million doses of the single-shot coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson were ruined in a factory error in the United States, The New York Times reported -- a blow to the company's efforts to quickly boost production.

Nepal to restart Covid-19 vaccinations after China donates shots

Kathmandu - Nepal was set to restart Covid-19 inoculations after receiving a donation of doses from China, resuming a campaign that was put on hold because India slowed vaccine exports.

Vaccine row escalates as France accuses UK of 'blackmail'

Paris - A row over Covid-19 vaccine access escalated Friday, with France accusing Britain of "blackmail" in its dealings with the EU, and Russia and China of misusing vaccines to boost their foreign policy clout.

Fraud emails: Phishers are casting a wide net

The coronavirus crisis has provided an opening for fraudsters, in terms of sending fake emails on the subject of vaccines, such as competitions and prizes in return for questionnaires designed to steal data.

How AstraZeneca's errors eroded US confidence in its Covid shot

Washington - The United States was among the biggest backers of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, but a series of blunders by the company eroded American authorities' confidence and have delayed rollout in the world's hardest-hit country.

Vietnam approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

Hanoi - Vietnam has approved Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, its health ministry said Tuesday, two weeks after the Southeast Asian country kicked off its inoculation campaign.

Putin slams vaccine criticism, to get jab on Tuesday

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed foreign criticism of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and said he planned to get a jab himself this week.

S. Africa sells its AstraZeneca vaccine doses to AU

Johanesburg - South Africa has sold a million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for distribution in 14 fellow African nations, the health minister announced Sunday.

UK PM receives first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday received a first dose of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine, at the London hospital where he fought for his life almost a year ago, assuring the public the jab is safe."I literally did not feel a thing.

Nordics play safe with AstraZeneca jab

Apo - The Nordic countries were among the first to suspend the use of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine amid fears of severe side effects and, unlike most of the rest of Europe, they're holding off on resuming the jabs.

France recommends AstraZeneca jab for over-55s only

Paris - France's health regulator recommended Friday that only people aged 55 and over be administered AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine due to reports of blood clots, while giving the green light to resume its use after a brief suspension.

AstraZeneca fears fuel vaccine scepticism in Ukraine

Kiev - Ukraine's inoculation drive has already been plagued by problems and now faces an alarming new roadblock: vaccine scepticism, fuelled by reports of side effects from AstraZeneca's jab.Even hospital workers are not immune to the jitters.

China to issue visas to foreigners who have taken Chinese jab

Bejing - China is poised to ease border restrictions to allow some foreigners -- including from the US, India and Australia -- back in, provided they have taken a Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccine.

China pledges 300,000 vaccine doses for UN peacekeepers

New York - China will give United Nations peacekeeping troops 300,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine, the Chinese diplomatic mission to the UN said Monday, bolstering the 200,000 doses already pledged by India to protect 100,000 soldiers and police officers deploye...

Brazil's Lula receives first dose of coronavirus vaccine

Bras - Ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva received his first coronavirus vaccine dose Saturday, calling on Brazilians to "avoid gatherings" just days after his return to politics following overturned corruption convictions.

Novavax Covid vaccine highly effective against severe Covid: company

Washington - US biotech firm Novavax's Covid-19 vaccine was shown to be 100 percent protective against severe cases of the disease, including hospitalization and death, the company said Thursday following trials.

EU approves Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine

Den Haag - The European Union approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on Thursday -- the fourth jab to get the green light for the 27-nation bloc.The decision offers a boost for the EU's sluggish vaccination programme.

Venezuela's Maduro receives first dose of Russian vaccine

Caracas - Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores received a first dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus on Saturday, state television reported.

Op-Ed: Personal experience: The vaccine is a matter of civic duty Special

Receiving the coronavirus vaccine – whichever of the approved vaccines is available – is not only important to your own health, it’s a matter of civic duty. The same as voting, this is something essential for the good of society.

Australian PM plays down Italy vaccine blockade

Sydney - Australia's prime minister on Friday played down the impact of Italy's landmark decision to block the export of 250,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses due to be delivered.

Italy blocks export of AstraZeneca doses to Australia

Rome - Italy said Thursday it has blocked a shipment to Australia of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine in the first such export ban under an EU vaccine monitoring scheme.

Vaccine passports could be prone to fraud and security issues

The biggest placebo-controlled trial of psychedelic medications yet run indicates that the reported psychological benefits of microdosing are in fact explainable by the placebo effect.

Dolly Parton tweaks hit 'Jolene' to urge Covid vaccine

Washington - From "Jolene" to "Vaccine" -- country music legend Dolly Parton has received her first Covid shot, and urged Americans to follow her lead with a rewrite of her classic hit singing the vaccine's praises.

Biden sees faster US vaccine timeline as pharma giants join forces

New York - President Joe Biden said Tuesday the United States would have enough vaccine for its entire adult population by the end of May, as he announced a deal for pharma giant Merck to produce the shot developed by rival Johnson & Johnson.

US will have enough vaccine supply for all adults by end May: Biden

Washington - President Joe Biden said Tuesday the United States would have sufficient vaccine supply by the end of May to inoculate the entire US adult population.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine highly effective against severe Covid

Washington - The single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective in preventing severe Covid-19, including newer variants, according to documents released by the US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.
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