US to ramp up vaccination efforts amid decline in COVID-19 cases

The White House coronavirus task force announced on Wednesday that it would increase the rate of vaccination across the United States, amid a decrease in COVID cases, hospitalisations and deaths. Jeffrey Zients, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said the weekly supply of vaccines to states is now 14.5 million, up from 8.6 million five […]

EU mulls vaccination passports to resurrect tourism after COVID-19

LONDON: Researchers who produced the Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine are assessing the use of tablets or nasal sprays to replace jabs. Lead researcher Sarah Gilbert told a parliamentary committee that “we’re … thinking about second-generation formulations of vaccines” that could replace injections, but they will “take time to develop.” She added: “We have flu vaccines […]

Guinea launches Ebola vaccination drive in country’s south

Inoculation campaign gets under way in Gouecke where several cases of the deadly disease have been detected. Guinea has launched an Ebola vaccination campaign to halt the spread of the deadly disease which hit the country’s south this month and has already caused several deaths. The vaccination drive got under way on Tuesday in Gouecke, […]

Malaysia to start COVID-19 vaccination drive early as first doses arrive

YANGON: Mya Thwet Thwet Khaing would have turned 20 on Feb. 11, two days before she was shot in the head during anti-military protests in Myanmar’s administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw. Khaing died on Friday after her family decided to remove the life support system which she had been kept on for more than a […]

Florida women dressed as ‘grannies’ fail in vaccination attempt

The women are accused of altering the birth years on their vaccination applications and were turned away. Two women who dressed as senior citizens in an attempt to get COVID-19 vaccinations were turned away and issued trespass warnings in Orlando, Florida, officials said. Dr Raul Pino, the state health officer in Orange County, where Orlando […]

U.S. and Novavax Will Aid Global Vaccination Campaign

WASHINGTON — An international effort to expedite the manufacturing and distribution of coronavirus vaccines around the globe got a lift on Thursday on two fronts: White House officials said the Biden administration would make good on a U.S. promise to donate $4 billion to the campaign over two years, and the pharmaceutical company Novavax committed […]

Syringe shortage hampers Japan’s COVID-19 vaccination drive

Government issues urgent requests for more syringes for the inoculation drive that begins on Wednesday. Fears are growing in Japan – where an inoculation drive against COVID-19 will begin on Wednesday – that millions of doses of Pfizer vaccine could be wasted because of a shortage of special syringes that maximise the number of shots […]

UK reaches 15m COVID jab milestone, eyes next vaccination phase

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hails hitting ‘significant’ occasion two months after the country embarked on the biggest vaccination programme. The United Kingdom’s government says it has met a target of offering at least a first coronavirus vaccine shot to the most vulnerable people in England by mid-February, reaching some 15 million people in four priority […]

Lebanon kicks off vaccination against COVID-19

Lebanon gave its first COVID-19 vaccines dose to a doctor and an elderly actor on Sunday, as it started an inoculation drive it hopes will keep the pandemic in check amid deepening economic crisis. Mahmoud Hassoun, the head of the intensive care unit at the key Rafik Hariri Hospital battling coronavirus, was the first person […]

Mexico’s vaccination campaign stalls, AMLO still won’t wear mask

After record-high rates of infections and deaths throughout January, Mexico’s sprawling capital Mexico City lowered its danger level from red to orange on Friday, amid a drop in new coronavirus cases and hospitalisations. But the much-needed respite in cases, experts said, is likely short-lived as the nation confronts a stalled vaccination campaign and a president […]

Malaysia to extend COVID vaccination to all foreigners in country

Ministers have given approval to giving jab to millions of non-Malaysians as it battles surging cases. Malaysia says it will include all foreigners who live in the country in its national vaccination programme as it prepares to roll out its first jabs at the end of this month. “(The) Cabinet has decided that foreign citizens […]

US top doctor says vaccination key to fighting COVID-19 variants

Amid rising concerns over emerging variant strains of COVID-19, top infectious disease doctor Anthony Fauci on Monday said the best defence is to get as many people vaccinated, as quickly as possible. Fauci said while it is reasonable to consider studying the efficacy of giving only one dose of the Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines – […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Israel’s Vaccination Results Point a Way Out of the Pandemic

Here’s what you need to know: A vaccination center in a gymnasium in the central Israeli city of Hod Hasharon on Thursday.Credit…Jack Guez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images In the most extensive real-world test so far, Israel has demonstrated that a robust, rapid coronavirus vaccination program can have a quick and powerful impact, showing the world […]

US to ramp up vaccination efforts with ‘community centres’

The White House on Wednesday announced that it will open more “community vaccination centres” in schools, universities and stadiums in several hard-hit states, in an effort to ramp up their vaccination campaign. “These centres are helping to provide new, more efficient places for people to get vaccinated,” White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said during […]

US: Protesters disrupt COVID vaccination site in Los Angeles

Demonstrators have briefly disrupted a coronavirus vaccination distribution centre at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, calling the jabs part of a conspiracy by elites to control the population. Several dozen people carrying signs demanding the end of lockdowns and promoting anti-vaccination conspiracy theories gathered on Saturday at the entrance to the vaccination site, one of […]

Bangladesh starts COVID vaccination drive

Wider inoculation to begin February 7, with country’s cricket board saying it will vaccinate hundreds of players to restart domestic tournaments. Bangladesh has started its COVID-19 vaccination drive in the capital Dhaka, with plans to administer more than 30 million doses over the next few months. The first batch of people received the first shot […]

Taliban backs COVID-19 vaccination drive as Afghan government gets funding pledge

Taliban backs COVID-19 vaccination drive as Afghan government gets funding pledge /node/1799141/world Updated 14 sec ago January 27, 2021 06:00 Taliban backs COVID-19 vaccination drive as Afghan government gets funding pledge Immunization drive will have to take place amid relentless violence in the country Afghanistan has registered 54,854 infections and 2,390 deaths Updated 14 sec […]

New Zealand may approve first COVID vaccination next week

Government under pressure to bring in vaccines earlier after woman diagnosed with South African variant after leaving quarantine. New Zealand may approve a COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday, a day after the country confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus in the community in months. […]

Safety fears hamper India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive

NEW DELHI: The world’s biggest vaccination drive to inoculate 1.3 billion people against the coronavirus is slowing down in India as concerns over safety fuel vaccine hesitancy, especially among health workers. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the campaign on Jan. 16, with 30 million frontline health care workers the first to get the jab. […]

Brazilian city of Manaus halts vaccination campaign for 24h

The halt came as the capital of the Amazonas state received shots just to cover 34 percent of 56,000 health workers. The Brazilian city of Manaus has suspended for 24 hours its vaccination campaign in order for the state of the Amazonas to review its distribution plan. The suspension “which meets the recommendation of local […]

UK COVID death toll reaches 94,580, hits daily vaccination record

LONDON: A mosque is among dozens of new vaccination hubs that have opened in the UK to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the nation’s most vulnerable people. By partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) and local pharmacies, the Al-Abbas Islamic Centre in Birmingham has become the first mosque in the UK to provide its premises […]

UK mosque becomes vaccination center

article author:  Christopher Hamill-Stewart Author:  Thu, 2021-01-21 19:09 LONDON: A mosque is among dozens of new vaccination hubs that have opened in the UK to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the nation’s most vulnerable people. By partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) and local pharmacies, the Al-Abbas Islamic Centre in Birmingham has become the first […]

Japan plans mass vaccination as Olympic doubts mount

Media reports mass vaccination could be completed by June, as public resistance to the Games grows. Japan aims to start vaccinating the general public against the coronavirus in May, just two months before the delayed Olympics are due to start, as more doubts emerge over whether the event will even take place this year. The […]

Tens of thousands skip India’s COVID vaccination drive

Government confirms two post-vaccination deaths, denies link to jab in one case while post-mortem report is awaited in another. India has stepped up efforts to bolster trust in coronavirus vaccines after it was revealed that nearly one-third of those invited to receive the vaccine at the launch of a nationwide drive failed to turn up. […]