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A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Victor Jarra stadium during a city-wide lockdown reinstated to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)(AP)

Pfizer says its Covid-19 vaccine remains more than 91% effective after 6 months

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 04:59 PM IST
In the US alone, the efficacy rate was 92.6%, according to a report Thursday by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech SE.
The Pfizer vaccine is already authorised in the US for people aged 16 and above.(Bloomberg)
The Pfizer vaccine is already authorised in the US for people aged 16 and above.(Bloomberg)

Pfizer says its jab is 100% effective on younger teens

Agencies |
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 02:49 AM IST
The vaccine maker and its partner BioNTech will submit the data to regulators in the US and Europe.
Vials labelled "Pfizer BioNtech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine" placed on the displayed EU flag are seen in this illustration picture taken on March 24, 2021. (REUTERS)
Vials labelled "Pfizer BioNtech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine" placed on the displayed EU flag are seen in this illustration picture taken on March 24, 2021. (REUTERS)

BioNTech aims to manufacture 2.5 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses this year

AP |
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2021 05:47 PM IST
Pfizer and BioNTech had previously spoken of being able to make 2 billion doses in 2021.
A new study by the CDC concluded that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were 90% effective after two doses.(Reuters)
A new study by the CDC concluded that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were 90% effective after two doses.(Reuters)

More than 12 US states to open Covid-19 vaccination to all adults

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 07:54 AM IST
States opening eligibility to anyone ages 16 and older on Monday included Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Ohio, North Dakota and Kansas.
Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer, BioNTech neutralises Covid-19 Brazil variant(Twitter/consumerconnekt)
Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer, BioNTech neutralises Covid-19 Brazil variant(Twitter/consumerconnekt)

Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer, BioNTech neutralises Covid-19 Brazil variant

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 08:23 AM IST
Pfizer has said it believes its current Covid-19 vaccine is highly likely to still protect against the South African variant but is planning to test a third booster dose of it as well as a version retooled specifically to combat the variant in order to better understand the immune response
"These results are very encouraging and have given us great reasons to be optimistic for the future," said Aziz Sheikh, a professor at the University of Edinburgh who co-led the study.(Reuters | Representational image)
"These results are very encouraging and have given us great reasons to be optimistic for the future," said Aziz Sheikh, a professor at the University of Edinburgh who co-led the study.(Reuters | Representational image)

Study shows Covid-19 vaccines effective in preventing severe infection

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 08:28 PM IST
Results of the study covering the entire Scottish population of 5.4 million showed that by the fourth week after the initial dose, the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines cut the risk of hospitalisation by up to 85% and 94% respectively.
US President Joe Biden speaks as he tours a Pfizer manufacturing plant producing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Kalamazoo, Michigan, US. February 19, 2021.(REUTERS)
US President Joe Biden speaks as he tours a Pfizer manufacturing plant producing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Kalamazoo, Michigan, US. February 19, 2021.(REUTERS)

Pfizer promises to double supply as Joe Biden quickens Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 06:36 AM IST
The drugmaker's chief executive used a visit by the US president to announce that he expects to double the doses per week the company currently provides to the US government.
Pfizer has said there is no evidence in real life that the variant escapes the protection offered by its vaccine.(Reuters)
Pfizer has said there is no evidence in real life that the variant escapes the protection offered by its vaccine.(Reuters)

Study says Pfizer, Moderna vaccines can protect against Covid-19 variants

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 08:29 PM IST
Researchers at Pfizer and the University of Texas Medical Branch for the study of genetically engineered versions of the virus to carry some of the mutations found in B1351 variant.
The UK, which has Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, adopted the policy in order to give as many people as possible a first dose of vaccine quickly.(AP)
The UK, which has Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, adopted the policy in order to give as many people as possible a first dose of vaccine quickly.(AP)

UK doctors seek 'urgent review' of 12-week gap between vaccine doses

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 09:18 PM IST
AstraZeneca has said it believes a first dose of its vaccine offers protection after 12 weeks, but Pfizer says it has not tested the efficacy of its jab after such a long gap.
More than 30,000 people in Norway have received the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine since late last month.(AFP)
More than 30,000 people in Norway have received the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine since late last month.(AFP)

Norway: 23 people die within days of getting first Covid-19 vaccine dose

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:36 PM IST
Common reactions to the vaccine, including fever and nausea, "may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients," said Sigurd Hortemo of the Norwegian Medicines Agency.
Ursula von der Leyen said 75 million of these new doses would be available by the second quarter of the year and the remaining doses would be delivered in the third and fourth quarters.(AP)
Ursula von der Leyen said 75 million of these new doses would be available by the second quarter of the year and the remaining doses would be delivered in the third and fourth quarters.(AP)

EU procures additional 300 million doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 04:58 PM IST
“With the new agreement, we could purchase a total of up to an additional 300 million doses of the vaccine. In other words, this will allow us to double the number of doses,” President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said.
“It will make us safer, and it will make you and your loved ones safer too, so please take it when you can,” the Prime Minister said after receiving the jab at a local hospital.(Twitter/@leehsienloong)
“It will make us safer, and it will make you and your loved ones safer too, so please take it when you can,” the Prime Minister said after receiving the jab at a local hospital.(Twitter/@leehsienloong)

‘Please take it,’ Singapore PM says after getting Covid-19 vaccine

Singapore | By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:33 PM IST
Unlike other mass vaccination programmes in the United States and Britain, Singapore is administering the jabs having largely eradicated the disease and has reported only a handful of local cases in recent months.
UK became the first country in Western Europe to begin vaccinations, when it started using the Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE shot on December 8.(Bloomberg)
UK became the first country in Western Europe to begin vaccinations, when it started using the Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE shot on December 8.(Bloomberg)

UK vaccines could end Covid-19 lockdowns from February: Mail

By Bloomberg | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:55 PM IST
The country’s health service would no longer be at risk of being overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases once the threshold of 15 million vulnerable people are vaccinated, the newspaper said.
Around 9,750 doses have already arrived in Italy and another 470,000 are expected to arrive from next week, the health ministry said.(Reuters)
Around 9,750 doses have already arrived in Italy and another 470,000 are expected to arrive from next week, the health ministry said.(Reuters)

Italy kicks off vaccinations against Covid-19 in Rome

Rome | By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 02:50 PM IST
Three health workers at the Rome Spallanzani hospital were inoculated shortly before 0700 GMT with the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, a statement by the commissioner for the epidemic Domenico Arcuri said.
Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Spain are planning to begin mass vaccinations, starting with health workers on Sunday.(Reuters | Representational image)
Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Spain are planning to begin mass vaccinations, starting with health workers on Sunday.(Reuters | Representational image)

Europe rolls out Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in bid to leave Covid-19 pandemic behind

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 11:07 PM IST
The region of 450 million people has secured contracts with a range of suppliers for over two billion vaccine doses and has set a goal for all adults to be inoculated during 2021.
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