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Johnson & Johnson vaccine adds to COVID-19 armoury, includes South African variant

In the trial of nearly 44,000 volunteers, the level of protection against moderate and severe COVID-19 varied from 72% in the United States, to 66% in Latin America and just 57% in South Africa, from where a worrying variant

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Bangladesh sends more Rohingya refugees to remote island amid flooding concerns

More than 1,700 Rohingya refugees are being moved today to Bhasan Char island; Dhaka to send more on Saturday to join around 3,500 already there

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Bat or lab – where did Covid-19 pandemic originate? WHO team meets Chinese scientists to solve Wuhan mystery

The origin of COVID-19 has been highly politicised. The investigating team had been set to arrive in Wuhan earlier in January, and China's delay of their visit drew rare public criticism from the head of the WHO.

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Covid-19: UK says AstraZeneca vaccine works for all age groups despite German concerns

Germany's vaccine committee said in a draft recommendation that there was not enough data yet about the vaccine's efficacy in older people, and recommended it be used in those aged 18-64.

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Asian shares undone by Wall St swoon, short seller squeeze

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan skidded 1.8%, with valuations looking stretched given the index had risen more than 6% just this month.

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Google to stop using Apple tool to track iPhone users, avoiding new pop-up warning

The announcement in a Wednesday blog post by the Alphabet Inc unit comes shortly before Apple is expected to start enforcing new tracking transparency rules.


India, China’s COVID-19 vaccinations to stretch to late 2022, shows study

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the United States aims to secure an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech and Moderna Inc by summer

The US took 31 days, while the UK took 56 days to surpass the one-crore vaccination mark.

S&P 500 scales new high on upbeat corporate earnings

Tech heavyweight Microsoft Corp edged 0.7% higher, while Advanced Micro Devices Inc dipped 0.2%. Both the companies are expected to report earnings after markets close.

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WHO issues new clinical advice on treating COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued fresh clinical advice on Tuesday for treating COVID-19 patients, including those displaying persistent symptoms after recovery, and also said it advised using low-dose coagulants to

Harris declined to commment on reports of delays in roll-out of vaccines in the European Union.

AstraZeneca offers EU earlier COVID-19 vaccine supplies in February, no clarity on rerouting from UK – sources

That complicated the EU's vaccination plans, after Pfizer had also announced a temporary slowdown in deliveries of its vaccine, and triggered an outcry in Brussels and EU capitals.

Two European officials told Reuters on Tuesday that AstraZeneca at two extraordinary meetings on Monday had offered the EU to bring forward to Feb. 7 the start of deliveries from an initial plan to begin on Feb 15.

WHO experts issue recommendations on Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

The WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, known as SAGE, advised in a series of recommendations issued after reviewing data that the vaccine not be used on pregnant women unless they are health workers or

A World Health Organization (WHO) panel of experts recommended on Tuesday that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine be given in two doses at an interval of 28 days, which could be extended under exceptional circumstances to 42 days.

EU to create private-public bio-defence preparedness plan

The European Union will seek to create a bio-defence preparedness programme in the form of a public-private partnership, to prepare against the next big health crisis, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen

Sweden pauses Pfizer vaccine payments, seeks clarity on doses

Sweden's Health Agency has paused COVID-19 vaccine payments to Pfizer and is seeking clarification over the amount of doses available in each vial, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reported on Tuesday.

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What’s Donald Trump doing after disgraced ouster from White House? Here’s latest update from Florida

In farewell remarks on his last day as president last Wednesday, Trump told supporters: "We will be back in some form."

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Joe Biden pushes elusive ‘Buy American’ goal with new federal contract guidelines

Major U.S. retailers, including Wal-Mart, have launched high profile "Made in America" campaigns, only to court foreign manufacturers afterward to get the goods consumers wanted.

"The U.S. spends about $600 billion a year on contracts, and that is money that...can also serve to spur a revitalization of our industrial strength and help to create markets for new technologies," the official said.

Merck ends COVID vaccine program, cites inferior immune responses

Merck was late to join the race to develop a vaccine to protect against the coronavirus, which has so far killed more than 2 million people and continues to surge in many parts of the world including the United States.

Merck said it will focus COVID-19 research and manufacturing efforts on two investigational medicines: MK-7110 and MK-4482, which it now calls molnupiravir.

Biden administration to unveil more climate policies, urges China to toughen emissions target

John Kerry, Biden's special climate envoy, said a recent pledge by China, the world's top greenhouse gas emitter, was "not good enough."

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Bangladesh puts aside Rohingya crisis, set to buy Myanmar rice

Bangladesh, traditionally the world's third-biggest rice producer with around 35 million tonnes annually, uses almost all its production to feed its people.

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Massive protests erupt across Russia against jailing of Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny; 3,000 detained

Alexei Navalny was detained on Sunday after returning to Russia, protesters are calling for his release; Kremlin says protests are illegal, he has case to answer.

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Broadcasting legend Larry King dies at 87, millions remember his brilliant interviews

King had been hospitalized in Los Angeles with a COVID-19 infection, according to several media reports. He died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Ora Media, a television production company founded by King, said in a post on Tw

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Twitter suspends “fake” account that carried a link to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s website

Twitter suspends "fake" account of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: The post, on a Persian-language account carrying a link to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website, had carried the text of remarks by him in December

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Google threatens to block Australia from using search engine if forced to pay for news

Google's testimony "is part of a pattern of threatening behaviour that is chilling for anyone who values our democracy," said Peter Lewis, director of the Australia Institute's Centre for Responsible Technology.

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Elon Musk to offer $100 million prize for ‘best’ carbon capture tech

Musk, who co-founded and sold Internet payments company PayPal Holdings Inc, now leads some of the most futuristic companies in the world.

This kind of ‘popularity capital’ has allowed Musk to drive up Signal usage amid WhatsApp changing privacy rules—bear in mind, Musk doesn’t see eye to eye on most things with Mark Zuckerberg, whose Facebook owns WhatsApp.

Australia posts zero virus cases, state chief calls for ‘Pacific bubble’

New South Wales has reined in an outbreak in mid-December that prompted a strict lockdown in Sydney's Northern Beaches, while broader social distancing rules and mandatory mask wearing were imposed for the rest of the city.

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South Africa to pay big premium for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from India’s SII

Coronavirus Vaccine Latest Update: South Africa will pay $5.25 per dose for COVID-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute of India (SII) - well above what others, including developed nations, are paying for the same shots, local

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Joe Biden looks to galvanize COVID-19 fight, vaccinations as he takes office

Biden takes office a day after the United States marked a total of 400,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began spreading widely last March.

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US: Biden rolls back Trump policies on wall, climate, health, Muslims

U.S. President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions shortly after being sworn on Wednesday, undoing policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, and making his first moves on the pandemic and climate ch

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