India’s COVID deaths cross 500,000 but some analysts count millions more

NEW DELHI, Feb 4 (Reuters) – India’s official COVID-19 death toll crossed 500,000 on Friday, a level some data analysts said was breached last year but was obscured by inaccurate surveys and unaccounted dead in the hinterlands, where millions remain vulnerable to the disease. The country, which has the fourth-highest tally of deaths globally, recorded… Continue reading India’s COVID deaths cross 500,000 but some analysts count millions more

Vaccines appear weak at blocking Omicron, better against severe disease

Dec 14 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Vaccines appear weak vs Omicron infection, better vs severe disease Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic infection from the Omicron variant… Continue reading Vaccines appear weak at blocking Omicron, better against severe disease

Will the Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.

As nations severed air links from southern Africa amid fears of another global surge of the coronavirus, scientists scrambled on Sunday to gather data on the new Omicron variant, its capabilities and — perhaps most important — how effectively the current vaccines will protect against it. The early findings are a mixed picture. The variant… Continue reading Will the Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.

‘False sense of security’ around vaccines as Europe again COVID epicentre – WHO

GENEVA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Europe is once again the epicentre of the COVID-19 amid a “false sense of security” over the protection offered by vaccines, and “no country is out of the woods”, World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. Tedros, addressing a news conference, voiced hopes that a consensus can… Continue reading ‘False sense of security’ around vaccines as Europe again COVID epicentre – WHO

Children at lower risk from COVID, vaccines should go to poor – WHO

GENEVA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – As children and adolescents are at lower risk of severe COVID-19 disease, countries should prioritise adults and sharing vaccine doses with the COVAX programme to bring supplies to poorer countries, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. Some rare cases of heart inflammation called myocarditis have been reported in younger… Continue reading Children at lower risk from COVID, vaccines should go to poor – WHO

India govt won’t buy Pfizer, Moderna vaccines amid local output -sources

New Delhi, September 21 (Reuters): India’s government will not buy COVID-19 shots from Pfizer (PFE.N)/BioNTech (22UAy.DE) and Moderna (MRNA.O), three government sources told Reuters, mainly because domestic output of more affordable and easier-to-store vaccines has jumped. That essentially means the globally popular vaccines, which their makers have pledged not to sell to private parties during… Continue reading India govt won’t buy Pfizer, Moderna vaccines amid local output -sources

India logs 45,083 new COVID-19 cases

New Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) India added 45,083 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,26,95,030, while active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll has climbed to 4,37,830 with 460 fresh fatalities, according to the… Continue reading India logs 45,083 new COVID-19 cases

India’s new COVID-19 cases jump to two-month high

NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (Reuters) – India on Saturday reported 46,759 new coronavirus infections, the most in nearly two months, as cases surged in the southern state of Kerala after a big festival. The South Asian country’s total COVID-19 cases reached nearly 32.7 million and deaths rose by 509 to 437,370 in the last 24… Continue reading India’s new COVID-19 cases jump to two-month high

WHO official asks power players to end vaccine access gap

Geneva, August 09 (PTI): A top official at the World Health Organization described the huge gap between access to COVID-19 vaccines in rich and poor countries as “the moral catastrophe of our time” and said it was up to about 20 political leaders, pharmaceutical CEOs and influential policymakers to change course. To date, more than… Continue reading WHO official asks power players to end vaccine access gap

Should we hang ourselves over non-availability of vaccines?: Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda

Bengaluru, May 13 (PTI): Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda on Thursday sought to know whether people in the government should hang themselves for their failure to produce vaccines as was directed by the government. ‘The court has with good intention said everyone in the country should get vaccinated. I want… Continue reading Should we hang ourselves over non-availability of vaccines?: Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda