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AstraZeneca vaccine booster shot effective against Omicron: Oxford lab study

The study found that antibody levels against Omicron after the booster shot were higher than antibodies in people who had been infected with and recovered naturally from Covid-19.
The logo for AstraZeneca is seen outside its North America headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US. (REUTERS)
The logo for AstraZeneca is seen outside its North America headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US. (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 01:19 PM IST
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Oxford study reveals Covid vaccines induce lower antibody levels against Omicron

As per a new Oxford study, two doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines induce lower antibody levels against Omicron coronavirus variant
Oxford study reveals Covid vaccines induce lower antibody levels against Omicron(Twitter/TRF_Stories)
Oxford study reveals Covid vaccines induce lower antibody levels against Omicron(Twitter/TRF_Stories)
Updated on Dec 14, 2021 02:05 PM IST
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In a first, US approves AstraZeneca antibody for cases reacting badly to vaccine

The FDA warned the drug Evusheld is “not a substitute for vaccination in individuals for whom Covid-19 vaccination is recommended” and can only be authorized for people who have a weakened immune system or those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, such as a strong allergic reaction.
The logo for AstraZeneca is seen outside its North America headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US. (REUTERS)
The logo for AstraZeneca is seen outside its North America headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US. (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 07:21 AM IST
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Britain's Prince Charles to open $1.3 billion new AstraZeneca research centre

  • The plans for AstraZeneca's new headquarters and large R&D campus in Cambridge were unveiled in 2013, but its costs and timeframe have exceeded the initial estimate of 330 million pounds and an aimed completion date of 2016.
Great Britain's Prince Charles will take a walking tour of the AstraZeneca research centre and give a short address at the opening.(REUTERS)
Great Britain's Prince Charles will take a walking tour of the AstraZeneca research centre and give a short address at the opening.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 03:41 AM IST
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Covishield’s immune response same as UK version of Oxford-AZ jab: Study

Covishield, locally manufactured by Pune based Serum Institute of India (SII) following technology transfer from AstraZeneca, was evaluated in a phase 2/3 immuno-bridging study in India
A medical worker (R) inoculates a woman with a dose of the Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a hospital in Allahabad on September 6, 2021. (Photo by Sanjay KANOJIA / AFP) (AFP)
A medical worker (R) inoculates a woman with a dose of the Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a hospital in Allahabad on September 6, 2021. (Photo by Sanjay KANOJIA / AFP) (AFP)
Updated on Sep 07, 2021 03:03 AM IST
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EU and AstraZeneca settle dispute over shortfall in Covid-19 vaccine supply

The European Commission went to court after the firm failed to deliver all of a promised 300 million doses by June 2021, but AstraZeneca will now have until the end of March next year to make up the number.
The agreement ends the legal battle and AstraZeneca will not face any fines or penalty payments -- unless it falls short of its new target dates.(AFP file photo)
The agreement ends the legal battle and AstraZeneca will not face any fines or penalty payments -- unless it falls short of its new target dates.(AFP file photo)
Published on Sep 03, 2021 05:14 PM IST
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South Africa may resume use of AstraZeneca vaccine amid Delta variant threat

  • Earlier this year, South Africa halted the use of Covishield, a version of AstraZeneca, after a study showed the vaccine provided minimal protection against mild to moderate illness caused by the Beta variant.
The South African health minister’s remark suggests the country may consider using the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine again.(AFP)
The South African health minister’s remark suggests the country may consider using the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine again.(AFP)
Published on Aug 06, 2021 04:07 PM IST
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What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?

  • As Europe begins to open up, DW offers a brief recap of what travel restrictions apply within the EU.
Restaurants are beginning to open to customers again(edpics/Zoonar/picture alliance)
Restaurants are beginning to open to customers again(edpics/Zoonar/picture alliance)
Updated on Aug 06, 2021 10:33 AM IST
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AstraZeneca exploring options for Covid-19 vaccine business

AstraZeneca agreed to work with the University of Oxford on its Covid-19 shot last year despite having no prior vaccine experience, taking on the project with a pledge not to make a profit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Results released on Thursday showed sales of the vaccine in the second quarter more than tripled to $894 million from the first three months of the year.(Reuters)
Results released on Thursday showed sales of the vaccine in the second quarter more than tripled to $894 million from the first three months of the year.(Reuters)
Published on Jul 29, 2021 08:46 PM IST
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Pakistan, Saudi Arabia to work on easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions

Saudi Arabia, which bars direct travel from Pakistan, has only approved the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines, so anyone arriving without one of those shots is required to quarantine at a cost many Pakistani workers say they cannot afford.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, right, speaks as his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud listens during a joint press conference after their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Saudi Foreign Minister arrived in Islamabad on a day-long visit to hold talks with Pakistani leadership to discuss bilateral matters, regional and international issues. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, right, speaks as his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud listens during a joint press conference after their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Saudi Foreign Minister arrived in Islamabad on a day-long visit to hold talks with Pakistani leadership to discuss bilateral matters, regional and international issues. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
Published on Jul 27, 2021 07:28 PM IST
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Thailand switching to Chinese vaccines due to lack of AstraZeneca supplies

Thailand’s latest vaccine strategy is a departure from its original plan of solely relying on Astra vaccine
Thailand’s latest vaccine strategy is a departure from its original plan of solely relying on Astra vaccine, which is being locally produced by Siam Bioscience Ltd.(REUTERS)
Thailand’s latest vaccine strategy is a departure from its original plan of solely relying on Astra vaccine, which is being locally produced by Siam Bioscience Ltd.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 19, 2021 04:44 PM IST
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Covid-19 travel update: Seoul tightens social distancing rules, Chile eases curb

From South Korea raising social distancing in Seoul to its highest level to US keeping ban on foreign travel, Portugal continuing with curfew, Chile easing curbs and Canada not allowing unvaccinated tourists yet, catch all the travel updates amid Covid-19 here
Covid-19 travel update: Seoul tightens social distancing rules, Chile eases curb(Photo by Capturing the human heart. on Unsplash)
Covid-19 travel update: Seoul tightens social distancing rules, Chile eases curb(Photo by Capturing the human heart. on Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 09, 2021 07:47 AM IST
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Single shot of Pfizer, AstraZeneca ‘barely’ work against Delta variant: Study

  • The researchers found that the Delta variant, first detected in India, has mutations that allow it to evade some of the neutralising antibodies produced either by vaccines or previous infection.
A nurse administers a jab of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive.(AP)
A nurse administers a jab of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive.(AP)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 09:54 PM IST
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By | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Germany suggests mix and match of Covid vaccines for better immune response

  • The country recommended that people take Pfizer or Moderna as their second jab against Covid-19 four weeks after being administered with AstraZeneca’s shot
A study by Oxford University recently discovered that mixing Covid vaccines generates robust immune responses against the virus.(Reuters)
A study by Oxford University recently discovered that mixing Covid vaccines generates robust immune responses against the virus.(Reuters)
Published on Jul 03, 2021 03:54 PM IST
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10-month gap between AstraZeneca vaccine doses effective: Study

The study by Oxford is likely to assist countries in their vaccine roll-out planning. Most nations have recommended a gap of 4 weeks to 12 weeks between AstraZeneca vaccines currently.
A health worker shows a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine against the coronavirus disease.(Reuters)
A health worker shows a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine against the coronavirus disease.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 28, 2021 07:39 PM IST
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Oxford researchers say they developed blood test predictor of vaccine efficacy

  • The researchers looked at the concentration of a range of virus-fighting antibodies in the blood of trial participants after they had received the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University
Mass trials have so far relied on participants to contract the disease in their normal lives to provide vaccine efficacy results.(AFP)
Mass trials have so far relied on participants to contract the disease in their normal lives to provide vaccine efficacy results.(AFP)
Published on Jun 24, 2021 08:49 PM IST
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Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccine effective against Delta variant found in India

AstraZeneca Plc's Covid-19 vaccine is effective against the highly transmissible Delta Covid-19 variant, first identified in India.
The drug's efficacy against Kappa, another variant found in India, has also been proven, the official said.(REUTERS)
The drug's efficacy against Kappa, another variant found in India, has also been proven, the official said.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 23, 2021 01:07 AM IST
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AstraZeneca, EU bitter battle over vaccine supply ends, victory declared

The European Union fell short of its court demands to receive millions more doses of AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine after a Brussels court ruled in a dispute over supply shortfalls.
A health worker shows a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Reuters)
A health worker shows a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Reuters)
Published on Jun 18, 2021 11:00 PM IST
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AstraZeneca antibody cocktail fails to prevent Covid-19 in large trial

The therapy, AZD7442, was 33% effective in reducing the risk of people developing symptoms compared with a placebo, but that result was not statistically significant — meaning it might have been due to chance and not the therapy.
A member of the Armed Forces prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(Reuters)
A member of the Armed Forces prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 16, 2021 12:13 AM IST
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Covid-19 travel updates: California to keep emergency order, Chicago lifts curbs

From England delaying reopening to Chicago fully reopening, California remaining under a state of emergency, Paris lifting the curfew for the French Open fans and Switzerland planning to reopen its borders for overseas visitors who have received a Covid-19 vaccine, catch all the travel updates here
Covid-19 travel updates: California to keep emergency order, Chicago lifts curbs(Unsplash)
Covid-19 travel updates: California to keep emergency order, Chicago lifts curbs(Unsplash)
Updated on Jun 13, 2021 05:42 PM IST
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Sri Lanka requests Japan to provide 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

Sri Lanka is facing a severe shortage of AstraZeneca vaccines as the producer in the neighbouring India failed to provide the promised stock due to the crisis in that country.
On Wednesday, the president's office announced that president Gotabhaya Rajapaksa requested Prime Minister of Japan Yoshiihide Suga provide 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca.(Reuters file photo)
On Wednesday, the president's office announced that president Gotabhaya Rajapaksa requested Prime Minister of Japan Yoshiihide Suga provide 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Jun 10, 2021 10:49 AM IST
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Britain wants extra AstraZeneca shots to fight 'beta' Covid-19 variant

Britain has previously secured 100 million doses of the vaccine, developed at the University of Oxford and licenced to AstraZeneca.
Oxford considers the variant top priority for vaccine developers, and AstraZeneca has targeted the development of new vaccines against variants by the autumn.(Reuters)
Oxford considers the variant top priority for vaccine developers, and AstraZeneca has targeted the development of new vaccines against variants by the autumn.(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 02, 2021 06:22 AM IST
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AstraZeneca follows up with German lab on blood clotting Links

The UK pharma company said the theory put forward by the Goethe University lab in Frankfurt on Wednesday is one of many that AstraZeneca scientists are investigating.
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.(Bloomberg)
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.(Bloomberg)
Published on May 27, 2021 07:36 PM IST
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EU seeks fine from Covid vaccine maker AstraZeneca for alleged contract breach

The EU took the Anglo-Swedish firm to court in April after the drugmaker said it would aim to deliver only 100 million doses of its vaccine by the end of June, instead of the 300 million foreseen in the supply contract.
Brussels wants the company to deliver at least 120 million vaccines by the end of June. AstraZeneca had delivered 50 million doses at the beginning of May, one-fourth of the 200 million vaccines foreseen in the contract by then.(AP)
Brussels wants the company to deliver at least 120 million vaccines by the end of June. AstraZeneca had delivered 50 million doses at the beginning of May, one-fourth of the 200 million vaccines foreseen in the contract by then.(AP)
Published on May 26, 2021 06:31 PM IST
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Travel update: Fresh curbs in Melbourne, New Zealand pauses travel with Victoria

From Vietnam banning indoor dining and parks closing in Hanoi amid Covid-19 spike to New Zealand suspending quarantine-free travel with Victoria and Melbourne imposing new restrictions to curb coronavirus spread, catch all the travel updates here
Travel update: Fresh curbs in Melbourne, New Zealand pauses travel with Victoria(Photo by Hanson Lu on Unsplash)
Travel update: Fresh curbs in Melbourne, New Zealand pauses travel with Victoria(Photo by Hanson Lu on Unsplash)
Updated on May 25, 2021 10:54 AM IST
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Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 80% effective against B1.617.2 variant: Study

The Oxford/AstraZeneca two-dose vaccine is also being produced by the Serum Institute of India as Covishield and being administered among the adult population in India to protect against the deadly virus.
A nurse administers a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) during a vaccination session.(Reuters representative image)
A nurse administers a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) during a vaccination session.(Reuters representative image)
Published on May 22, 2021 06:22 PM IST
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Two AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses 85-90% effective: UK real-world analysis

In a weekly surveillance report, Public Health England said the estimated effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine, invented at the University of Oxford, was 89% compared to unvaccinated people.
PHE said the analysis was the first of its kind on the effectiveness of two doses of AstraZeneca in a real-world setting.(Reuters)
PHE said the analysis was the first of its kind on the effectiveness of two doses of AstraZeneca in a real-world setting.(Reuters)
Updated on May 20, 2021 09:19 PM IST
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Germany plans to ease Covid-19 quarantine for fully-vaccinated travellers

Germany to ease Covid-19 quarantine for travellers who have had a coronavirus vaccine approved in the European Union, namely BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Germany plans to ease Covid-19 quarantine for fully-vaccinated travellers(Photo by Sangga Rima Roman Selia on Unsplash)
Germany plans to ease Covid-19 quarantine for fully-vaccinated travellers(Photo by Sangga Rima Roman Selia on Unsplash)
Updated on May 12, 2021 03:07 PM IST
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EU regulator reviews reports of rare nerve disorder after AstraZeneca Covid shot

The EMA and other regulators are already reviewing the possibility of rare blood clotting conditions with Covid-19 vaccines, including AstraZeneca's.
A medical worker holds a bottle of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre.(Reuters / File photo)
A medical worker holds a bottle of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre.(Reuters / File photo)
Published on May 07, 2021 06:02 PM IST
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AstraZeneca says Covid-19 shots production in Latin America will be delayed

The company flagged issues with lower-than-expected production, shortages of critical supplies and longer periods for regulatory approval as primary reasons for slow production.
Elderly people wait in an observation room after receiving the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, during a mass vaccination program in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (REUTERS)
Elderly people wait in an observation room after receiving the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, during a mass vaccination program in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (REUTERS)
Published on May 01, 2021 05:34 AM IST
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