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Anti-lockdown protests erupt in Melbourne even as COVID-19 cases spike

 Anti-lockdown protests erupt in Melbourne even as COVID-19 cases spike

Highlights Protests against lockdown continue in Australia’s major cities. Cases in Victoria have spiked to a new high. The country reported 11 deaths on Monday. Anti-lockdown protests rocked Australia’s second most populous c...

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Cuba develops homegrown COVID-19 conjugate vaccine

Cuba develops homegrown COVID-19 conjugate vaccine

Summary Caribbean nation Cuba is currently working on developing five COVID-19 vaccines, including Abdala and Soberana 2. On Friday, the country authorized Abdala for emergency use. Abdala became the first Latin American vaccine against coronav...

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Third shot of COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer to seek US authorization

Third shot of COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer to seek US authorization

Summary Researchers are investigating the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to provide better protection against the emerging variants of the coronavirus. Pfizer disclosed that the Company would seek US authorization for a third dose of its CO...

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Resignations galore as India’s Modi rejigs Cabinet

Resignations galore as India’s Modi rejigs Cabinet

As many as 13 ministers of the current Indian government resigned on Wednesday, as the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi went for a reshuffle of his cabinet – a move which many see as a bid to set the house in order with an eye on up...

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Janssen COVID-19 vaccine gets Medsafe’s provisional authorisation

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine gets Medsafe’s provisional authorisation

  • July 07, 2021 05:19 PM NZST
  • Sonal

NZ’s COVID-19 Response Minster Chris Hipkins announced Wednesday that Medsafe, NZ’s health regulator, has given provisional authorisation for the COVID-19 vaccine created by Janssen for the individuals aged 18 years and above. The gove...

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NZ braces up to meet new coronavirus threat, considers lockdown in Wellington

NZ braces up to meet new coronavirus threat, considers lockdown in Wellington

  • June 23, 2021 12:45 PM NZST
  • Manika

Summary NZ considering a lockdown after one person tests positive Contact tracing underway Sports events, conferences cancelled till further advice from health ministry Air New Zealand cancels flights New Zealand is bracing up to meet th...

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Is Pfizer vaccine in the offing for New Zealand’s young population aged 12-15?

Is Pfizer vaccine in the offing for New Zealand’s young population aged 12-15?

Summary Medsafe gives a go-ahead to the Pfizer vaccine for children between 12-15 years of age, however, it needs green signal from the health ministry. During the trial period, the Pfizer vaccine demonstrated strong anti-body response and mild...

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Crackdown on fake medicines trade: Thousands of counterfeit online pharmacies shut worldwide

Crackdown on fake medicines trade: Thousands of counterfeit online pharmacies shut worldwide

Summary A record number of web links, including websites and online pharmacies, have been closed under an Interpol-led Operation. Fake COVID-19 tests, face masks and sanitizers made a significant proportion of the counterfeit products. The cou...

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COVID-19: Are Intranasal vaccines better than the traditional vaccine shots?

COVID-19: Are Intranasal vaccines better than the traditional vaccine shots?

Summary The intranasal route of vaccine administration has enormous potential because of the organized immune system of the nasal mucosa, high compliance, and low cost. Scientists believe that intranasal vaccines will reduce the virus load in t...

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COVID-19 vaccine booster shots: do we really need them?

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots: do we really need them?

Summary There’s been a lot of discussion around COVID-19 booster shots, considering the emergence of new variants in recent months. Experts highlight that people will likely need a third dose, or a booster shot, of the COVID-19 vaccine af...

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US revises travel ratings for 110 nations; eases restrictions

US revises travel ratings for 110 nations; eases restrictions

In a major sigh of relief for the sports lovers across the world, the US has eased travel restrictions on over 110 countries including Japan, just before the start of the Olympics. The new ratings by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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