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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
23,575
4624hr
Pakistan Cases
1,047,999
4,72224hr
8.15% positivity
Sindh
389,699
Punjab
359,321
Balochistan
30,749
Islamabad
88,676
KPK
145,862

AstraZeneca vaccine

More people in Poland willing to take AstraZeneca shot, says PM
World

More people in Poland willing to take AstraZeneca shot, says PM

  • "In the morning I got a report... showing that there are more and more people willing to get vaccinated and also to get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine," Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters.
  • "This shows that we made the right decision not to suspend vaccinations with AstraZeneca. There are definitely more people willing to be vaccinated with this vaccine."
Published 22 Mar, 2021 08:50pm
Finland suspends use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
World

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
Cameroon suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine
World

Cameroon suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine

  • The ministry said in a statement that March 18 that the suspension was for precaution and prudence. It gave no further reasons for the decision or if it will go ahead and take delivery of its share of the vaccine.
Published 19 Mar, 2021 07:37pm
Oil extend losses amid gloomy demand outlook
Markets

Oil extend losses amid gloomy demand outlook

  • In other parts of the world, Brazil registered its second deadliest day in its COVID-19 pandemic, with 2,724 deaths, while India on Friday reported its highest daily increase of new COVID-19 cases in more than three months.
Published 19 Mar, 2021 11:15am
Pakistan receives 500,000 vaccine doses from China, doubling available supply
Pakistan

Pakistan receives 500,000 vaccine doses from China, doubling available supply

  • The South Asian nation of 220 million people launched COVID-19 vaccinations for the public on March 10, starting with older people. Health workers started receiving shots in early February.
  • "These 500,000 doses will ensure smooth continuation of our vaccine drive, currently under way for senior citizens," Sultan said.
  • Pakistan is expecting to get GAVI's first batch of 2.8 million doses of AstraZeneca sometime later this month, officials said.
Published 17 Mar, 2021 09:10pm
India backs AstraZeneca shot as COVID-19 cases hit three-month high
World

India backs AstraZeneca shot as COVID-19 cases hit three-month high

  • The European Medicines Agency is investigating reports of 30 cases of unusual blood disorders out of 5 million recipients of the vaccine in the region.
  • "We have no signal of concern in this regard," Vinod Kumar Paul, who heads a government committee on vaccines, told a news conference, adding that experts in India had looked into the issue.
Published 17 Mar, 2021 08:26pm
Mexico expects US response to AstraZeneca vaccine request on Friday
World

Mexico expects US response to AstraZeneca vaccine request on Friday

  • I'd say we've made good progress, but the details, figures, provisions, won't be known until Friday. We requested as many (AstraZeneca doses) as possible and we will have the answer on Friday.
  • We are hoping for the help, support and solidarity of the US government. I can confirm that in a month and a half, before the end of April, we will have (vaccinated) all the adults over 60 years of age.
Published 16 Mar, 2021 09:24pm
Macron to consult COVID advisors, says official, as infections spread
World

Macron to consult COVID advisors, says official, as infections spread

  • On Monday, shortly after announcing that France would pause its use of the AstraZeneca shot, Macron said decisions would doubtless have to be taken in the next few days.
  • A nationwide nightly curfew has been in place since mid-December and some regions in the north and southeast of the country are already under weekend lockdown.
Published 16 Mar, 2021 08:31pm
Pfizer to delivery 200mn vaccine doses to EU in second quarter
Business & Finance

Pfizer to delivery 200mn vaccine doses to EU in second quarter

  • The EU is aiming to vaccinate at least 255 million people, or 70% of its adult population, by the end of the summer but has faced criticism for the slow rollout of its inoculation drive.
  • The expected Pfizer second-quarter deliveries will include 10 million doses originally due in the third and fourth quarters of this year, the Commission said.
Updated 16 Mar, 2021 10:03pm
Italy prosecutors seize batch of AstraZeneca vaccine after death of man
World

Italy prosecutors seize batch of AstraZeneca vaccine after death of man

  • The move represents another blow to the image of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Italy and will further hinder the government's anti-coronavirus inoculation campaign.
  • The Italian government has said there was no evidence of a connection between the deaths and the jabs and has allowed the AstraZeneca vaccine to continue to be administered.
Updated 15 Mar, 2021 09:25pm
AstraZeneca's lower EU vaccine supply target hinges on factory approval: document
Business & Finance

AstraZeneca's lower EU vaccine supply target hinges on factory approval: document

  • The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker said on Friday it would try to deliver 30 million doses to the EU by the end of March, down from a contractual obligation of 90 million and a previous pledge made last month to deliver 40 million doses.
  • AstraZeneca said in the document seen by Reuters that it is assuming the Halix factory will get the green light on March 25 and has pencilled in deliveries of nearly 10 million doses for the following week.
Updated 13 Mar, 2021 09:10pm
Brazil gives final approval for AstraZeneca vaccine, sees domestic manufacture
World

Brazil gives final approval for AstraZeneca vaccine, sees domestic manufacture

  • The AstraZeneca vaccine is already being administered in Brazil, but is registered only for emergency use, and the doses have been imported from India.
  • In an online address, Anvisa director Gustavo Mendes said that the doses manufactured by Fiocruz are expected to be delivered to the Health Ministry later this month.
Published 12 Mar, 2021 08:40pm
The bell tolls for thee
BR Research

The bell tolls for thee

“No man is an island,” said English poet and cleric, John Dunne a long time ago. He finished this thought with:...
Published 12 Mar, 2021 07:35am
Spain to keep using AstraZeneca vaccine, no blood clot cases reported
World

Spain to keep using AstraZeneca vaccine, no blood clot cases reported

  • She spoke shortly after Danish health authorities announced that they had suspended using the vaccine produced by Anglo-Swedish firm AstraZeneca after several cases of blood clots, including one death.
  • "There's been a slow but constant rhythm of decrease," Catalonia's chief health officer Alba Verges told a press briefing.
Updated 11 Mar, 2021 10:02pm
Denmark, Norway temporarily suspend AstraZeneca COVID shots after blood clot reports
World

Denmark, Norway temporarily suspend AstraZeneca COVID shots after blood clot reports

  • The move comes after Austria stopped using a batch of AstraZeneca shots while investigating a death from coagulation disorders and an illness from a pulmonary embolism.
  • "It is currently not possible to conclude whether there is a link. We are acting early, it needs to be thoroughly investigated," Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter.
Published 11 Mar, 2021 07:09pm
Oxford study indicates AstraZeneca effective against Brazil variant
World

Oxford study indicates AstraZeneca effective against Brazil variant

  • The source did not provide the exact efficacy of the vaccine against the variant. They said the full results of the study should be released soon, possibly in March.
  • The information comes as a small-sample study suggested the COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac may not work effectively against the Brazilian variant.
Published 05 Mar, 2021 09:00pm