Indian PM Narendra Modi announces free coronavirus vaccines for all adults

India will provide free COVID-19 vaccines to all adults, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, in an effort to rein in a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands and led to the world’s second-highest tally of infections. Modi’s announcement on national television came after weeks of criticism of a bungled vaccine rollout that… Read More Indian PM Narendra Modi announces free coronavirus vaccines for all adults

Vietnam approves use of China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine

Vietnam has approved China’s Sinopharm vaccine for use against COVID-19, state media reported on Friday, making it the third shot to be endorsed in the Southeast Asian country that is tackling a new outbreak of infections. The decision to approve the Sinopharm vaccine was issued by the health ministry, the official Vietnam News Agency reported.… Read More Vietnam approves use of China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine

Italian PM Mario Draghi calls for U.S., UK to lift block on export of coronavirus vaccines

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Wednesday that the United States and Britain should lift their block on the export of COVID-19 vaccines. Draghi told the lower house of parliament he shared the aim behind U.S. President Joe Biden’s call for a waiver of patents on coronavirus vaccines, adding that a temporary suspension would… Read More Italian PM Mario Draghi calls for U.S., UK to lift block on export of coronavirus vaccines

Malta reopens restaurants as coronavirus vaccination reaches 60% of adult population

Malta reopened restaurants for lunch on Monday after the island’s health minister said the COVID-19 vaccination drive had reached 60% of the adult population and cases were down. Restaurants were closed two months ago when case numbers hit a record 510 on March 10 and the Mediterranean island of about 450,000 people tightened restrictions with… Read More Malta reopens restaurants as coronavirus vaccination reaches 60% of adult population

Sri Lanka approves Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

Sri Lanka on Saturday approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in Sri Lanka, as the island nation battles a third wave of the virus, while suffering a restricted supply of vaccines from neighboring India. Dr. Sudharshani Fernandopulle, the minister overseeing the fight against the epidemic, said in a statement the government would order 5… Read More Sri Lanka approves Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

Russia produces first batch of coronavirus vaccine for animals

Russia has produced the world’s first batch – 17,000 doses – of COVID-19 vaccines for animals, its agricultural regulator said on Friday. Russia registered Carnivac-Cov in March after tests showed it generated antibodies against COVID-19 in dogs, cats, foxes and mink. The first batch will be supplied to several regions of Russia, the regulator Rosselkhoznadzor… Read More Russia produces first batch of coronavirus vaccine for animals

Pfizer begins exportation of U.S.-made coronavirus vaccine to other countries

Pfizer Inc’s shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico this week includes doses made in its U.S. plant, the first of what are expected to be ongoing exports of its shots from the United States, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The vaccine shipment, produced at Pfizer’s Kalamazoo, Michigan plant, marks the first… Read More Pfizer begins exportation of U.S.-made coronavirus vaccine to other countries

BioNTech expects results of vaccine trial for babies by September

BioNTech expects results by September from trials testing the COVID-19 vaccine that it and Pfizer have developed in babies as young as six months old, German magazine Spiegel cited the company’s CEO as saying. “In July, the first results could be available for the five to 12 year olds, in September for the younger children,”… Read More BioNTech expects results of vaccine trial for babies by September