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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
23,048
3224hr
Pakistan Cases
1,008,446
3,75224hr
7.51% positivity
Sindh
367,092
Punjab
353,238
Balochistan
29,571
Islamabad
85,780
KPK
141,925

COVID 19 vaccine

Russia tests COVID-19 vaccine as nasal spray for children
World

Russia tests COVID-19 vaccine as nasal spray for children

  • Alexander Ginsburg, who heads the Gamaleya Institute that developed Sputnik V, said the spray for children used the same vaccine "only instead of a needle, a nozzle is put on", the TASS news agency reported.
  • The children's shot is expected to be ready for distribution by Sept. 15, Gintsburg was quoted as saying during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
Published 12 Jun, 2021 08:59pm
Consider global shortages before giving COVID-19 shots to teens, EU body says
World

Consider global shortages before giving COVID-19 shots to teens, EU body says

  • Last week, the EU drugs regulator authorised Pfizer and partner BioNTech SE's COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12. Its previous guidance was for adults aged 16 and above.
  • Studies show most under-20s who catch COVID-19 have only mild symptoms, but risks increase among those with underlying conditions such as neurological and pulmonary diseases, the ECDC said.
Published 01 Jun, 2021 07:01pm
Bank of Israel keeps benchmark interest rate at 0.1pc
Business & Finance

Bank of Israel keeps benchmark interest rate at 0.1pc

  • Israel's inflation rate moved to 0.8% in April from 0.2% in March, just below the government's 1-3% annual target range. While the economy contracted an annualised 6.5% in the first quarter from the prior three months, growth is expected to reach 4-6% in 2021 given more than half of Israeli adults are already vaccinated and the economy has largely reopened.
Published 31 May, 2021 07:07pm
Not enough data to back use of inhaled steroids for COVID-19: EU regulator
World

Not enough data to back use of inhaled steroids for COVID-19: EU regulator

  • Scientists have been studying the benefits of several inflammation-fighting medicines to treat COVID-19, including some arthritis treatments and corticosteroids such as dexamethasone and budesonide.
  • An infection of the novel coronavirus can cause swelling in organs, including the lungs, which can also lead to severe complications.
Published 27 May, 2021 06:49pm
Poland dangles lottery jackpot to boost COVID vaccination drive
World

Poland dangles lottery jackpot to boost COVID vaccination drive

  • Michal Dworczyk said that although 69% of Poles have declared they want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, the biggest challenge was making sure they do it.
  • "We are carrying out another advertising campaign ... we have sports people involved, we have actors involved, influencers involved," Dworczyk told a news conference.
Published 25 May, 2021 06:47pm
Australia's CSL unable to simultaneously make Novavax, AstraZeneca vaccines
World

Australia's CSL unable to simultaneously make Novavax, AstraZeneca vaccines

  • Australian biotech CSL is already under contract to locally make 50 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and is currently churning out more than a million doses a week.
  • Australia is relying on deliveries from Pfizer after restricting the use of AstraZeneca's shot in April in people below 50 years due to rare blood-clotting cases.
Published 20 May, 2021 06:11pm
South Korea says to run mix-and-match trial of COVID-19 vaccines
World

South Korea says to run mix-and-match trial of COVID-19 vaccines

  • A health official said the trial will include around 500 military personnel who were vaccinated with a first dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot.
  • The study will examine T cells - immune cells that can destroy virus-infected cells - and neutralising antibodies in those who were given a combination of doses, the health official told reporters.
Published 20 May, 2021 05:35pm
Dubai Airports CEO says travel sector needs states to cooperate on vaccines
World

Dubai Airports CEO says travel sector needs states to cooperate on vaccines

  • The global travel industry has been plunged into its worst ever crisis by the pandemic, which continues to keep many planes grounded or flying near-empty with demand struggling to recover.
  • "If you're serious about wanting to go back to the degree of mobility we had before, then I am afraid the protection of the majority is going to be the agenda that prevails," Paul Griffiths told.
Published 19 May, 2021 08:06pm
Swiss government recruits 75 workers to help Lonza make Moderna COVID shots
World

Swiss government recruits 75 workers to help Lonza make Moderna COVID shots

  • Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset said about 15 of the staff identified by the government for the Lonza assignment in Visp could start this month.
  • "We started a programme immediately to find specialists," Berset told a news conference in Bern. "We've found 75 people in the federal administration, also in the universities."
Published 19 May, 2021 07:50pm
Russia has vaccinated 14 million against COVID, deputy PM says
World

Russia has vaccinated 14 million against COVID, deputy PM says

  • On Monday, President Vladimir Putin said "21.5 million people have received vaccine shots", appearing to suggest a sharp rise in vaccinations.
  • Golikova said that 24 million represented the number of doses administered so far, according to the news agency.
Published 12 May, 2021 06:23pm
Donate $7 for a COVID-19 vaccine to help end pandemic, WHO urges
World

Donate $7 for a COVID-19 vaccine to help end pandemic, WHO urges

  • The WHO estimates that $7 would cover the cost of buying and delivering a vaccine dose for someone in a low income country.
  • "The best way out of this pandemic is by getting vaccines to everyone, starting with health workers and the world's most vulnerable people," Tedros said in a statement.
Published 28 Apr, 2021 05:46pm
J&J stands ready to roll out COVID-19 vaccine in Europe
World

J&J stands ready to roll out COVID-19 vaccine in Europe

  • "It's an extremely rare event. We hope by making people aware as well as putting clear diagnostic and therapeutic guidance in place that we can restore the confidence in our vaccine," said J&J's Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels.
  • J&J, during a call to discuss its first-quarter results, said it would fulfill its commitments to ship 200 million doses in Europe and 100 million in the United States.
Published 20 Apr, 2021 07:50pm
Biden administration to invest $1.7bn to fight COVID-19 variants
World

Biden administration to invest $1.7bn to fight COVID-19 variants

  • "The original strain of COVID-19 comprises only about half of all cases in America today. New and potentially dangerous strains of the virus make up the other half," the White House said in a statement.
  • The White House also offered a state-by-state breakdown of the funds with California receiving over $17 million, Texas over $15 million and Florida over $12 million.
Published 16 Apr, 2021 07:37pm
Hundreds queue up as Latvia offers walk-in AstraZeneca shots
World

Hundreds queue up as Latvia offers walk-in AstraZeneca shots

  • Latvia is now vaccinating people over 65 and those with chronic illnesses, but many do not show up when told they will be given AstraZeneca.
  • We queued two and half hours before opening, around 6:30 in the morning, because this is the only way out of this for us.
Published 16 Apr, 2021 04:14pm
South African health insurer Discovery in touch with vaccine makers
World

South African health insurer Discovery in touch with vaccine makers

  • While we (Discovery) might be in contact with vaccine manufacturers, the acquisition of the vaccine and the policy for who receives it and in what sequence remains the exclusive responsibility of government, until such time as government informs otherwise.
  • South Africa's vaccine rollout faced a blow in early February when it decided to halt the rollout of AstraZeneca's shots on concerns about its effectiveness against the 501Y.V2 variant.
Published 29 Mar, 2021 08:17pm
Erdogan says he reminded Chinese minister that Turkey expects 50mn doses of COVID-19 vaccines
World

Erdogan says he reminded Chinese minister that Turkey expects 50mn doses of COVID-19 vaccines

  • Turkey has until now been using COVID-19 vaccines developed by Sinovac, received as part of an agreement to procure a total of 100 million doses, and has administered 14.6 million shots, with 8.2 million people having received a first dose, since Jan. 14 when the nationwide rollout began. On Thursday, Turkey said it has begun initial talks to procure Russia's Sputnik-V shot.
Published 26 Mar, 2021 06:21pm
Vietnam seeks to diversify COVID-19 vaccine sources amid supply issues
World

Vietnam seeks to diversify COVID-19 vaccine sources amid supply issues

  • "COVID-19 vaccine supplies for Vietnam have been impacted by the complicated developments of the coronavirus pandemic in the world," the government said in a statement.
  • Vietnam's vaccination campaign, which was launched on March 8, has relied solely on the batch of 117,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine it received last month.
Published 24 Mar, 2021 07:14pm
EU sharpens COVID vaccine export rules as third wave builds
World

EU sharpens COVID vaccine export rules as third wave builds

  • The move risks stoking post-Brexit tensions with London, which has warned Brussels against "vaccine nationalism".
  • The granting of export licences will be based on reciprocity and "proportionality" - the epidemiological situation, vaccination rate and access to vaccines in the destination country.
Published 24 Mar, 2021 05:31pm