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A health care worker collects swab sample of the passengers at Dadar station in Mumbai on Friday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

10 million Covid+, but India on recovery road

By Jamie Mullick | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 07:04 AM IST
India’s first wave of infections peaked in the middle of September with the seven-day average of daily cases touching 93,617. This number has been receding at a rapid pace since, and in the last week has touched 26,851 – a decrease of over 71%.
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President Donald Trump speaks, with a flag behind him, during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, US.(REUTERS)
President Donald Trump speaks, with a flag behind him, during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, US.(REUTERS)

Donald Trump stays on sidelines as coronavirus vaccine injections begin

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 04:57 PM IST
Donald Trump launched Operation Warp Speed — the government campaign to help swiftly develop and distribute vaccines — this spring with great fanfare in the White House Rose Garden.
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Nurse Frank Baez administers the Covid-19 vaccine to Tara Easter, a nurse manager of the hospital's medical ICU, at NYU-Langone Hospital on Monday.(AP Photo)
Nurse Frank Baez administers the Covid-19 vaccine to Tara Easter, a nurse manager of the hospital's medical ICU, at NYU-Langone Hospital on Monday.(AP Photo)

Top US officials expected to get Covid-19 vaccine this week

By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 01:37 AM IST
Public distribution of the Covid-19 shot is initially limited to front-line health workers and people in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
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US Marshalls walk on the tarmac Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, while guarding the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines as they are transferred from a truck to a UPS cargo jet at Capital Region International Airport in Lansing, Mich.(AP)
US Marshalls walk on the tarmac Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, while guarding the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines as they are transferred from a truck to a UPS cargo jet at Capital Region International Airport in Lansing, Mich.(AP)

US set for first Covid-19 shots as shipments begin arriving

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 07:57 PM IST
Shots made by Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech are the first authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration -- beginning what will become the largest vaccination campaign in US history.
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A mock vial of the Pfizer vaccine for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is shown during a staff vaccine training session at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, US on December 8, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)
A mock vial of the Pfizer vaccine for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is shown during a staff vaccine training session at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, US on December 8, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)

US Covid-19 vaccine near, but deaths rising by 9/11 proportions each day

By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 09:23 PM IST
Moving with unprecedented speed, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday was on the cusp of approving emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc with its German partner BioNTech.
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, healthcare workers perform tests in a tent at a drive-thru Covid-19 testing site in Antwerp, Belgium.(AP)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, healthcare workers perform tests in a tent at a drive-thru Covid-19 testing site in Antwerp, Belgium.(AP)

Beware of Covid-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 05:32 PM IST
Homeland Security investigators are working with Pfizer, Moderna and dozens of other drug companies racing to complete and distribute the vaccine and treatments for the virus.
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An employee answers questions from the public near samples of a Covid-19 vaccine produced by Sinopharm subsidiary CNBG are displayed during a trade fair in Beijing on September 6.(AP file)
An employee answers questions from the public near samples of a Covid-19 vaccine produced by Sinopharm subsidiary CNBG are displayed during a trade fair in Beijing on September 6.(AP file)

Top Chinese vaccine maker seeks govt nod to market Covid-19 shots

By Sutirtho Patranobis , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 06:37 PM IST
The company, which is carrying out clinical trials of the candidate vaccine abroad said it had collected data from host countries such as UAE.
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The finding is a product of work by researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Centre collaborating with those at the University of New Mexico.(Unsplash)
The finding is a product of work by researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Centre collaborating with those at the University of New Mexico.(Unsplash)

Three drugs identified as possible therapeutics for Covid-19 by UTHSC researchers

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Washington [US]
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 07:14 PM IST
In recent research, scientists have identified three drugs as promising therapeutics for the Covid-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus in its early stages.
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FILE PHOTO: A researcher works in a lab run by Moderna Inc, who said November 16, 2020 that its experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on interim data from a late-stage clinical trial, in an undated still image from video. (Representational)(via REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A researcher works in a lab run by Moderna Inc, who said November 16, 2020 that its experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on interim data from a late-stage clinical trial, in an undated still image from video. (Representational)(via REUTERS)

Coronavirus: What does emergency use of a Covid-19 vaccine mean?

By Associated Press | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Washington DC
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 10:13 AM IST
Normally, the process to approve a new vaccine can take about a decade. But the federal government is using various methods to dramatically speed up the process for Covid-19 vaccines.
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Positive results won’t “remove the need to monitor very carefully these new vaccines, particularly the first couple that seem to be coming through,” Emer Cooke.(Unsplash)
Positive results won’t “remove the need to monitor very carefully these new vaccines, particularly the first couple that seem to be coming through,” Emer Cooke.(Unsplash)

Europe’s new drug agency head warns of vaccine safety challenges

By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 06:03 PM IST
Monitoring the safety of Covid-19 vaccines, especially those relying on novel technologies such as messenger RNA, will be one of the biggest challenges once shots are rolled out widely.
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A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts.(Reuters File Photo)
A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts.(Reuters File Photo)

Moderna expecting to announce results of Covid-19 vaccine by end of month

By Asian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Washington
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2020 09:12 AM IST
Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, said on Wednesday that Pfizer’s promising outcomes are good news for Moderna as well.
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The trial’s launch underscores the little-known Chinese drugmaker’s ambition to seek global legitimacy for its therapy.(Pixabay)
The trial’s launch underscores the little-known Chinese drugmaker’s ambition to seek global legitimacy for its therapy.(Pixabay)

China Alzheimer drug seeks global legitimacy with U.S. trial

By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 03:42 PM IST
A new Chinese therapy for Alzheimer’s is embarking on a much-anticipated U.S. study -- the latest bid to revive hopes in the multibillion-dollar search for an effective medicine against the incurable disease.
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Trials of the Astra-Oxford vaccine resumed weeks ago outside the U.S., in countries including the U.K., South Africa and Brazil.(AFP Photo)
Trials of the Astra-Oxford vaccine resumed weeks ago outside the U.S., in countries including the U.K., South Africa and Brazil.(AFP Photo)

Astrazeneca cleared by US regulators to resume vaccine trial

By Bloomberg| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 01:59 AM IST
The US Food and Drug Administration authorized the trial to resume Friday, according to statements from AstraZeneca and Oxford. The FDA reviewed data from global studies and decided it was safe to begin testing again, the partners said.
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Officials from the food and drugs administration, Panchkula, and the Haryana chief minister’s flying squad examining cottage cheese seized at Barwala in Haryana.(HT Photo)
Officials from the food and drugs administration, Panchkula, and the Haryana chief minister’s flying squad examining cottage cheese seized at Barwala in Haryana.(HT Photo)

324 kg cottage cheese worth Rs 58,000 seized in Barwala near Chandigarh

By HT Correspondent, Panchkula
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 12:04 AM IST
The raid was conducted at 6 am on Tuesday following the tip off that cottage cheese was being sold at Barwala in Haryana
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The medicines are still in testing; their safety and effectiveness are not yet known.(Pixabay)
The medicines are still in testing; their safety and effectiveness are not yet known.(Pixabay)

Antibody drugs are no cure but seem promising for Covid-19

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Washington
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 06:30 PM IST
Eli Lilly and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. are asking the U.S. government to allow emergency use of their antibody drugs, which aim to help the immune system clear the virus.
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The company’s experimental vaccine is among the leaders in the race to develop a safe and effective vaccine to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.(REUTERS)
The company’s experimental vaccine is among the leaders in the race to develop a safe and effective vaccine to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.(REUTERS)

Moderna says Covid-19 vaccine unlikely to be ready before US election: Report

By Reuters| posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 12:16 PM IST
Moderna will not be ready to seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration before Nov. 25 at the earliest, the report said, citing Bancel.
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Trial results for the first 275 patients showed the greatest effect in those who had not yet mounted their own immune response prior to treatment.(Bloomberg)
Trial results for the first 275 patients showed the greatest effect in those who had not yet mounted their own immune response prior to treatment.(Bloomberg)

Regeneron says its Covid-19 treatment reduces viral levels, improves symptoms

By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON SEP 30, 2020 05:23 AM IST
REGN-COV2 is part of a class of biotech therapies known as monoclonal antibodies. Several companies are using the technology to manufacture copies of human antibodies to the new coronavirus.
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Bourla’s assurances come just as Pfizer and BioNTech have expanded the number of clinical trial participants they’re seeking in order to include more people with diverse backgrounds.(REUTERS)
Bourla’s assurances come just as Pfizer and BioNTech have expanded the number of clinical trial participants they’re seeking in order to include more people with diverse backgrounds.(REUTERS)

Pfizer CEO says US could get Covid shot before year-end

By Bloomberg| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 07:02 AM IST
New York-based Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech are seen as frontrunners in the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, alongside Moderna Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc. Bourla said Pfizer and its partner have a 60% chance of knowing the efficacy of its still experimental vaccine by the end of October.
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Drugmakers racing to develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine pledged in July to ensure their larger clinical trials would include diverse sets of volunteers.(REUTERS)
Drugmakers racing to develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine pledged in July to ensure their larger clinical trials would include diverse sets of volunteers.(REUTERS)

Pfizer, BioNTech propose expanding Covid-19 vaccine trial to 44,000 volunteers

By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2020 10:04 AM IST
The initial target figure for the trial was up to 30,000 participants, which the companies said they expect to reach by next week.
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Three Western drugs makers are well along with their Phase 3 clinical trials, involving tens of thousands of participants.(REUTERS)
Three Western drugs makers are well along with their Phase 3 clinical trials, involving tens of thousands of participants.(REUTERS)

US floats idea of early approval for eventual vaccine

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Washington
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2020 05:26 AM IST
A request for such extraordinary approval would have to come from the vaccine developer, Stephen Hahn told the Financial Times.
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FDA warns against hand sanitizers looking like drinks sold the in US(Twitter/KCHopTalk)
FDA warns against hand sanitizers looking like drinks sold the in US(Twitter/KCHopTalk)

Consumer alert: Concerns rise as hand sanitizers sold in water-juice-vodka bottles flood the US

By Reuters | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 05:13 PM IST
Food and Drug Administration raises concerns of confusion and accidental poisoning among consumers as hand sanitizers packaged and sold in beer cans, children’s food pouches, water bottles, juice bottles and vodka bottles flood the market in US
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The size of a credit card, the self-contained test is based on the same technology used to test for the flu, strep throat and other infections.(REUTERS)
The size of a credit card, the self-contained test is based on the same technology used to test for the flu, strep throat and other infections.(REUTERS)

Rapid USD 5 coronavirus test doesn’t need specialty equipment

By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Washington
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 03:20 PM IST
The 15-minute test from Abbott Laboratories will sell for USD 5, giving it a competitive edge over similar tests that need to be popped into a small machine.
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FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.(REUTERS)

Covid-19 pandemic: Oxford coronavirus vaccine data could go to regulators this year

By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | London
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 02:50 PM IST
The Oxford vaccine produced an immune response in its first human trials, underlining its position as one of the leading candidates in the race to combat a virus that has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and crippled the global economy.
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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, declined to comment on the president, but said there are risks in rushing out a vaccine despite the urgent need.(AP)
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, declined to comment on the president, but said there are risks in rushing out a vaccine despite the urgent need.(AP)

Anthony Fauci says rushing out a vaccine could jeopardize testing of others

By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Chicago/New York
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2020 08:14 AM IST
Scientists and health experts have expressed concern that President Donald Trump will apply pressure on the US Food and Drug Administration to deliver a vaccine before November to boost his chances of re-election.
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After an adviser to Trump Jr. reported the suspension, Twitter issued a statement saying the move was not permanent, but that the tweet “requires deletion because it violates our rules (sharing misinformation on Covid-19), and the account will have limited functionality for 12 hours.”(AFP)
After an adviser to Trump Jr. reported the suspension, Twitter issued a statement saying the move was not permanent, but that the tweet “requires deletion because it violates our rules (sharing misinformation on Covid-19), and the account will have limited functionality for 12 hours.”(AFP)

Twitter suspends Donald Trump Junior’s account over purported coronavirus cure

By Bloomberg| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2020 08:32 PM IST
The Food and Drug Administration last month revoked emergency use authorization for the drug after determining it may have deadly side effects, and the World Health Organization also said it would discontinue its own tests of hydroxychloroquine.
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The decades-old drugs, also prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage.(AFP)
The decades-old drugs, also prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage.(AFP)

US revokes emergency use of malaria drugs vs coronavirus

By Associated Press | Washington
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2020 09:40 PM IST
The agency said Monday that the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating the coronavirus. Citing reports of heart complications, the FDA said the drugs pose a greater risk to patients than any potential benefits.
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Shares of AstraZeneca have risen about 41% over the past 12 months, making it the best performer on a Bloomberg Intelligence index of major Western pharmaceutical companies.(REUTERS)
Shares of AstraZeneca have risen about 41% over the past 12 months, making it the best performer on a Bloomberg Intelligence index of major Western pharmaceutical companies.(REUTERS)

AstraZeneca eyes potential merger with Gilead Sciences

By Bloomberg | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2020 04:43 AM IST
AstraZeneca, valued at $140 billion, is the U.K.’s biggest drugmaker by market capitalization and has developed treatments for conditions from cancer to cardiovascular disease.
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As for its ability as a therapeutic, The Lancet is reviewing a study that dismissed this (because it seems based on dodgy data), and the World Health Organization, which suspended HCQ trials following the study, has said it will now revive them.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
As for its ability as a therapeutic, The Lancet is reviewing a study that dismissed this (because it seems based on dodgy data), and the World Health Organization, which suspended HCQ trials following the study, has said it will now revive them.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 03:54 AM IST
Another is that science can only answer questions set for it – for instance, a study on whether HCQ has prophylactic benefits cannot answer questions on its therapeutic ability.
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FILE PHOTO: An ampule of remdesivir is pictured during a news conference at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, Germany, April 8, 2020, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues.(Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: An ampule of remdesivir is pictured during a news conference at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, Germany, April 8, 2020, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues.(Reuters)

Coronavirus pandemic: India approves emergency use of remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients

By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 04:04 PM IST
Remdesivir, which is administered intravenously in hospital, is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal clinical trials and is at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19, which has no approved treatment or vaccine.
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A child reacts while undergoing nucleic acid testing in Wuhan, the Chinese city hit hardest by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Hubei province, China May 16, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song(REUTERS)
A child reacts while undergoing nucleic acid testing in Wuhan, the Chinese city hit hardest by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Hubei province, China May 16, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song(REUTERS)

Covid-19: Simpler methods of saliva test being employed for coronavirus testing

By Asian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Washington DC
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2020 01:51 PM IST
In a bid to help flatten the COVID-19 transmission curve and in order to prevent a sharp spike in cases - several simpler methods apart from nasopharyngeal swab techniques are being used to conduct coronavirus testing.
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