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European Medicines Agency

EU to decide on Pfizer booster on Oct. 4: document
World

EU to decide on Pfizer booster on Oct. 4: document

  • EMA's opinion on Pfizer booster due on Monday: document
  • Unlikely that EMA will indicate age or risk groups: sources
  • Lack of clear guidance leaves states free to decide risk groups
  • EU states already administering boosters, have many spare doses
Updated 29 Sep, 2021 08:46pm
Covid vaccine access needed 'thoughout world'
World

Covid vaccine access needed 'thoughout world'

  • "This is not within the competence of the EMA so I can only speak from a personal perspective, where I really believe we need to ensure access, availability and access throughout the world, not just in the countries that have the means to pay for them," EMA Executive Director Emer Cooke said in an interview.
Published 12 Jun, 2021 12:42am
Pfizer and BioNTech request EU to approve vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds
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Pfizer and BioNTech request EU to approve vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds

  • Pfizer and BioNTech will be seeking approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to approve their coronavirus vaccine for use on 12-15 year olds.
  • The companies articulated that the children will continue to be monitored for longer-term protection and safety for an additional two years.
Updated 30 Apr, 2021 05:19pm
Madrid residents snub AstraZeneca shots amid shifting safety guidance
World

Madrid residents snub AstraZeneca shots amid shifting safety guidance

  • Spain introduced the restriction on Wednesday after the European Medicines Agency reported a link between the shots and a rare form of brain blood clots affecting roughly one in every 100,000 people under 60 vaccinated.
  • As of Thursday night, only around 45% of people had confirmed their vaccine appointments for Friday, he added.
Published 09 Apr, 2021 06:51pm
Austria in talks to buy a million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine
Business & Finance

Austria in talks to buy a million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

  • Conservative leader Kurz is under fire from opposition parties because his government did not buy as many coronavirus vaccines as it could have under the European Union's collective purchasing scheme.
  • "There must be no geopolitical blinkers regarding vaccines," Kurz said in a statement issued by his office, adding that Austria is in talks with Russia and Moscow has offered to sell it a million doses as of April. "The only thing that must count is whether the vaccine is effective and safe."
Published 30 Mar, 2021 07:10pm
Sweden to resume AstraZeneca jabs for over 65s
World

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
AstraZeneca expects EU to approve Dutch vaccine factory by early April
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AstraZeneca expects EU to approve Dutch vaccine factory by early April

  • We are well on track in order to get the approval by EMA (European Medicines Agency) in the course of March, beginning of April, and this is exactly according to our plan.
  • After falling far behind post-Brexit Britain and the United States in rolling out vaccines, the EU's leaders are set to discuss imposing a ban on vaccine exports to Britain at a summit on Thursday.
Published 22 Mar, 2021 09:01pm
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