India’s health workers baulk at taking homegrown COVID vaccine

India is struggling to convince its healthcare and front-line workers to take a homegrown COVID-19 vaccine controversially approved without late-stage efficacy data, government data showed on Thursday, days ahead of a wider roll-out. The country has the world’s second-highest number of COVID-19 infections after the United States, with cases recently surging as mask-wearing declines and […]

What are ‘vaccine passports’ and should we have them?

Recently, I was involved in a very heated television debate about vaccine passports. I will put my cards on the table now, I do not have an issue with the idea of a coronavirus vaccine passport. If vaccines help protect people from getting sick and ease lockdown measures, I will happily flash a piece of […]

UK to launch vaccine trials on COVID-19 variants in summer

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders will agree on Thursday to work on certificates of vaccination for EU citizens who have had an anti-COVID shot, with southern EU countries that depend heavily on tourism desperate to rescue this summer’s holiday season.Lockdowns to slow the pandemic caused the deepest ever economic recession in the 27-nation bloc last year, […]

A call for global vaccine justice

The global COVID-19 vaccine roll-out is creating a “vaccine apartheid”. As of February 24, approximately 216 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 globally. Only 8.4 percent of these are in low and lower-middle-income countries, which are home to nearly half of the world’s population. If this trend continues, young and healthy individuals in wealthy […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Protects Against Severe Illness and May Reduce Transmission, F.D.A. Analyses Find

Here’s what you need to know: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine showed 86 percent efficacy against severe forms of Covid-19 in the United States, and 82 percent against severe disease in South Africa.Credit…Justin Tallis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The one-shot coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson provides strong protection against severe disease and death […]

Ghana receives first COVID vaccine doses as part of COVAX scheme

At least 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine arrive in Ghana’s capital as part of efforts for equitable global access to COVID jabs. Ghana has become the first country to receive vaccines through the UN-backed COVAX scheme, which aims to get COVID-19 vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people, in a global effort to contain […]

DealBook DC Policy Project: Karen Lynch of CVS on the Vaccine Rollout

Karen Lynch is the chief executive of CVS Health, a pharmacy chain that has taken center stage in efforts to fight the pandemic. She is speaking to The New York Times’s Andrew Ross Sorkin at the DealBook DC Policy Project about corporate America’s role in distributing the coronavirus vaccine, among other public health-related measures. On […]

Afghanistan begins Covid vaccine campaign amid surge in violence

KABUL: The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15 percent last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by […]

‘Extremely promising’: 1st dose of COVID vaccine cuts illness

Data from two separate studies published in the UK, one in England and another in Scotland, have shown vaccines against COVID-19 are effective in cutting disease transmission and hospitalisations starting from the first dose. Analysis from Public Health England (PHE) published on Monday shows that the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech reduces the risk of catching […]

Bagel Orders and Vaccine Appointments: 5 Takeaways From the Mayor’s Race

The horde of politicians running for mayor of New York City appears to have finally hit a saturation point. More than 30 people are still in the field, making it difficult for a clear front-runner to emerge — and near impossible for a second- or third-tier candidate to break through. With four months before the […]

Gaza starts COVID-19 inoculation drive amid vaccine shortage

Officials and health workers inoculated with Russian Sputnik V vaccine donated by Moscow and the UAE. The inoculation campaign in the besieged Gaza Strip has kicked off after the arrival of vaccines donated by Russia and the United Arab Emirates. On Monday, officials and health workers received the first shots of 22,000 Russian Sputnik V […]

US nears 500,000 COVID-19 deaths as vaccine drives gather momentum

Businesses shut in Myanmar on Monday in a general strike called to oppose the military coup and thousands of protesters gathered in towns and cities despite a chilling message from the junta that confrontation would cost more lives.On Sunday, hundreds of people attended the funeral in the capital Naypyitaw of Mya Thwate Thawte Khaing, a […]

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, top officials receive COVID-19 vaccine

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to block the formation of a provisional government in Afghanistan after calls for the establishment of a temporary setup began to gain ground across the country. “Be assured that as long as I am alive, they will not see the formation of an interim government. I am not like […]

Palestinian vaccine drive faces funding shortfall: World Bank

Bank urges Israel, which has made the most progress globally on vaccination, to donate its urplus shots. The Palestinians’ COVID-19 vaccination plan faces a $30m-funding shortfall, even after factoring in support from a global vaccine scheme for poorer economies, the World Bank said in a report on Monday. Israel, a world leader in terms of […]

UK speeds up vaccine roll-out with lockdown easing in sight

More than 17.5 million people, a third of UK adults, have had at least one vaccine shot since inoculations began in December. The British government has declared that every adult in the country should get a first coronavirus vaccine shot by July 31, at least a month earlier than its previous target, as it prepared […]

Argentina’s president decries ‘unforgivable’ vaccine scandal

The health minister resigned late on Friday after reports he helped people jump the queue to receive coronavirus jabs. The president of Argentina has decried an “unforgivable” COVID-19 vaccine scandal that prompted the resignation of the country’s health minister. Gines Gonzalez Garcia stepped down on Friday after reports surfaced that he had aided people in […]

The vaccine debacle and the predatory nature of capitalism

Vaccines have been a beacon of hope amid a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 2.4 million people and brought world economies to a halt. They have been presented as a remedy that would put an end to the immense suffering – physical, emotional, and economic – caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. But […]

Iran: Results suggest primary COVID vaccine 90 percent effective

Iran says its first locally manufactured vaccine has exhibited better-than-expected results in preliminary testing. Tehran, Iran – Iran has said its primary vaccine candidate against COVID-19 is 90 percent effective based on preliminary results. Mohamad Reza Salehi, who heads clinical trials for COVIran Barekat, told the government-funded Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that immunogenicity tests […]

World Bank pushing for standard vaccine contracts, more disclosure from makers

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 […]

Argentina health minister resigns over COVID vaccine scandal

Resignation comes after reports of people using connections to jump the queue and receive COVID-19 jabs. Argentina’s health minister has resigned after reports surfaced that people in the South American nation were using connections to jump the queue and receive COVID-19 vaccines. In a statement posted on Twitter on Friday, Gines Gonzalez Garcia said individuals […]

Argentina health chief asked to resign after VIP vaccine access

Scandal surfaced after a veteran journalist said he had received a jab after speaking directly with Minister of Health Gines Gonzalez Garcia. Argentina’s president has sought the resignation of Minister of Health Gines Gonzalez Garcia, two sources in the presidency said on Friday, after media reports that people had been able to use connections to […]