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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
27,072
6824hr
Pakistan Cases
1,218,749
2,92824hr
5.08% positivity
Sindh
448,658
Punjab
419,423
Balochistan
32,707
Islamabad
103,720
KPK
170,391

AstraZeneca shot

Italian study shows COVID-19 infections, deaths plummeting after jabs
World

Italian study shows COVID-19 infections, deaths plummeting after jabs

  • Scientists started studying data from the day Italy's vaccination campaign began, on Dec. 27 2020, until May 3 2021.
  • As of Saturday morning, some 8.3 million Italians, or 14% of the population, were completely vaccinated, while around 10 million people had received a first jab.
Published 15 May, 2021 04:59pm
Spain extends AstraZeneca dose gap to 16 weeks, beyond EU approved limit
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Spain extends AstraZeneca dose gap to 16 weeks, beyond EU approved limit

  • The EMA's approval for the vaccine is based on the second dose being administered between four and 12 weeks after the first. A 16-week interval has not been tested in any human trials.
  • Spain's state-backed Carlos III Health Institute is investigating the effects of giving Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine to patients who already received an AstraZeneca shot.
Published 30 Apr, 2021 08:29pm
Canada PM says AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, despite blood clot death
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Canada PM says AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, despite blood clot death

  • Francine Boyer, 54, is the first Canadian fatality linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. She received a shot on April 9 and died on April 23 in hospital where she was being treated for fatigue and headaches, her husband said in a statement.
  • "I have tremendous confidence in all vaccines, including AstraZeneca," said Trudeau, who got his first AstraZeneca shot last Friday.
Published 28 Apr, 2021 08:26pm
EU sues AstraZeneca over delayed deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine
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EU sues AstraZeneca over delayed deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine

  • AstraZeneca said in response that the legal action by the EU was without merit and pledged to defend itself strongly in court.
  • "The Commission has started last Friday a legal action against AstraZeneca," the EU spokesman told a news conference, noting all 27 EU states backed the move.
Published 26 Apr, 2021 05:42pm
Denmark to ditch AstraZeneca shot, delaying vaccine rollout
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Denmark to ditch AstraZeneca shot, delaying vaccine rollout

  • The decision, which would remove the shot from Denmark's vaccination scheme, could delay the country's vaccine rollout by up to four weeks, based on previous statements by health bodies.
  • A spate of countries across the world, including France and Germany, have resumed administering the shot to some age groups, mostly those above 50 or 60.
Published 14 Apr, 2021 04:14pm
Greece limits use of AstraZeneca vaccine to people over 30
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Greece limits use of AstraZeneca vaccine to people over 30

  • Europe's medicines regulator said this week it found rare cases of blood clots among some adult recipients of the shot, although the vaccine's advantages still outweighed its risks.
  • Greece has reported 288,230 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 8,680 deaths. It has administered 378,997 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine so far and ordered another 1.35 million doses.
Published 09 Apr, 2021 07:02pm
France opts for mRNA vaccines for second coronavirus shot
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France opts for mRNA vaccines for second coronavirus shot

  • The French decision came after European drug regulators said on Wednesday there was a possible link between AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot and a very small number of cases of rare blood clots.
  • "This is a logical choice and one of security," Dominique Le Guludec, the head of the HAS, told reporters.
Published 09 Apr, 2021 06:24pm
Taiwan says first batch of COVAX vaccines to arrive Sunday
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Taiwan says first batch of COVAX vaccines to arrive Sunday

  • Taiwan, which has kept the pandemic under control thanks to early and effective prevention, began its vaccination campaign only last month, also with AstraZeneca shots, after getting 117,000 doses directly from the drugmaker.
  • Chen told reporters that the latest vaccines were also manufactured in South Korea and had been due to start arriving from February, but had been held up by global vaccine supply problems.
Published 03 Apr, 2021 06:43pm
Netherlands halts use of AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60
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Netherlands halts use of AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60

  • The decision was made following new reports from medicine monitoring agency Lareb and discussions with health authorities, a Health Ministry statement said.
  • "Authorities in the UK, European Union, the World Health Organization have concluded that the benefits of using our vaccine to protect people from this deadly virus significantly outweigh the risks across all adult age groups," it said.
Updated 02 Apr, 2021 09:06pm
Sweden to resume AstraZeneca jabs for over 65s
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Sweden to resume AstraZeneca jabs for over 65s

  • The vaccine is of great use for the elderly, among whom many fall seriously ill each day.
  • "At the same time, we haven't seen these rare and serious side effects among our elderly. That is the background to why we are lifting the suspension for people older than 65."
Published 25 Mar, 2021 08:53pm
Hungary approves new Chinese vaccine, and CoviShield for emergency use
Business & Finance

Hungary approves new Chinese vaccine, and CoviShield for emergency use

  • New infections are surging in Hungary in a third wave of the pandemic, even as vaccine import and usage rates are among the highest in the EU with the country using Chinese and Russian vaccines as well as Western ones.
  • "We are in a race against time," Surgeon General Cecilia Muller told a news briefing. "We will overturn the four corners of the world for as many doses of proper efficient and safe vaccines as possible."
Published 22 Mar, 2021 06:59pm
Finland suspends use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
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Finland suspends use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

  • The institute said it estimated that the investigation would take at least one week. It said earlier this week that it had received any reports of cases of blood clots among people who had taken the AstraZeneca vaccine in Finland.
Published 19 Mar, 2021 09:16pm
Italy's medicines authority bans a batch of Astrazeneca's vaccine
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Italy's medicines authority bans a batch of Astrazeneca's vaccine

  • Aifa said that the move was "precautionary" as no link between the inoculation of the vaccine and these events had been established to date.
  • The agency is carrying out all required checks and the batch will be analysed by Italy's Superior Health Institute ISS, it added.
Updated 11 Mar, 2021 10:01pm
Portugal approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for over-65s
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Portugal approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for over-65s

  • The decision means that all people aged over 18 can now receive the shot, the DGS authority said, after it was approved for those under 65 in late January.
  • Portugal, a nation of just over 10 million people, faced a tough battle against the pandemic in January, but the number of daily infections and fatalities has dropped sharply since then.
Published 10 Mar, 2021 06:25pm
Take 'fantastic' AstraZeneca vaccine, top officials tell Germans
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Take 'fantastic' AstraZeneca vaccine, top officials tell Germans

  • German officials have expressed growing disquiet over the quantities of the AstraZeneca vaccine being left untaken by nervous Germans.
  • "We strongly recommend it: this vaccine is safe and effective, it protects," Health Minister Jens Spahn told a news conference.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 07:04pm