Covid-19

Has COVID-19 pandemic proven more hostile to developing economies?

 Has COVID-19 pandemic proven more hostile to developing economies?

Highlights  Unlike advanced economies, developing countries would not be able to achieve pre-pandemic economic levels by 2023. As per the WHO, 85% of people in Africa have not received a single COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 36 countries hav...

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Worried about COVID-19? Here’s what you can do to stave off the virus

Worried about COVID-19? Here’s what you can do to stave off the virus

In May, when India hit the second wave peak, the world hoped that the virus might have been gone for good. But the tenacious virus seems to have another plan. The virus can beat any mobile phone maker fair and square, when it comes to upgrades. The v...

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COVID-19 fears continue to loom large on Tokyo Olympics

COVID-19 fears continue to loom large on Tokyo Olympics

The fears about a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic are still weighing heavy on Olympics 2020, as officials didn’t rule out the eleventh-hour cancellation. More and more athletes have started testing positive for the virus, and sponsors have...

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Britain’s complete unlock a calculated risk or a wild blunder?

Britain’s complete unlock a calculated risk or a wild blunder?

Summary The UK government has announced easing of almost all COVID-19 restrictions. Experts have sounded alarm on Britain’s unlock strategy, calling it a threat to the world and a potential ground for the emergence of COVID-19 variants th...

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APAC markets open in green; investors watchful of COVID-19 scenario

APAC markets open in green; investors watchful of COVID-19 scenario

The equity markets in the Asia Pacific region seem to have thwarted the bears that gripped the markets on Friday. The regional indices opened in green on Monday morning as investors have started monitoring the COVID-19 situation locally. In Japan,...

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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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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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