Covid-19 vaccines

    • US will buy and donate additional 500m Covid-19 vaccine doses

      US will buy and donate additional 500m Covid-19 vaccine doses

      The United States on Wednesday promised to buy 500 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses to donate to other countries as it comes under increasing pressure to share its supply with the rest of the world. President Joe Biden made the announcement during a virtual summit aimed at boosting global vaccination rates against the coronavirus and rallying world leaders to do more, Reuters reported.

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    • Asparuh Iliev: Covid-19 vaccines are well-established

      Asparuh Iliev: Covid-19 vaccines are well-established

      Epidemiology has been a legitimate field of science going back centuries. Containing the spread of viruses transmissible by air invariably includes social distancing, isolation and personal protection equipment in combination with vaccines. In that sense, the strategy is pretty clear. We are extremely fortunate in this misfortune as the current pandemic does not involve a devastating virus such as the Spanish flu, says Bulgarian doctor and scientist Asparuh Iliev in an interview to BTA newswire.

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    • Facebook removes hundreds of accounts aimed to smear Covid-19 vaccines

      Facebook removes hundreds of accounts aimed to smear Covid-19 vaccines

      Facebook announced on Tuesday that it has removed hundreds of accounts linked to a mysterious advertising agency operating out of Russia that sought to pay social media influencers to smear Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca, AP reported. A network of 65 Facebook accounts and 243 Instagram accounts was traced back to Fazze, an advertising and marketing firm working in Russia on behalf of an unknown client.

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    • CNN fires three employees for coming to work unvaccinated: US media

      CNN fires three employees for coming to work unvaccinated: US media

      Three employees at CNN have been fired for violating the network's coronavirus policy by coming into the office unvaccinated, AFP reported, citing US media. In an internal memo emailed to staff Thursday and obtained by several US media outlets, CNN President Jeff Zucker said that in the past week the company had become aware of three employees who came to work unvaccinated. All three were "terminated".

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    • Merkel remains strongly against patent waivers for Covid-19 vaccines

      Merkel remains strongly against patent waivers for Covid-19 vaccines

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out strongly on Thursday against suspending patent protection for coronavirus vaccine manufacturers, in what is likely to be her last government statement to parliament, dps reported. Speaking to the Bundestag ahead of an EU leaders' summit in Brussels, Merkel said she backed increasing the production of vaccines for poorer countries through increased licensing. But she told lawmakers: "In contrast, I consider a politically obtained release of patents to be the wrong way to go."

       

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    • WHO to create first ever technology transfer hub for Covid vaccines

      WHO to create first ever technology transfer hub for Covid vaccines

      The World Health Organization is in talks to create the first-ever technology transfer hub for coronavirus vaccines in South Africa, seeking to boost supply to the continent that’s desperately in need of Covid-19 shots, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, the head of the UN agency announced. The new consortium will include drugmakers Biovac and Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. They will develop training facilities for other vaccine makers to make shots that use a genetic code of the spike protein, known as mRNA vaccines, AP reported.

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