AstraZeneca CEO on long-term protection from jab

The boss of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca says its coronavirus vaccine – developed with Oxford University – may have played a key role in reducing Covid-related hospitalisations in the UK. Pascal Soriot said his company’s vaccine promoted a greater T-cell [part of the immune system which defends the body against specific infections] response in older people … Read more

Serum-produced Covishield crosses 100-cr jab mark in India

SII estimates that about 65% of the children in the world receive at least one vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute. Serum Institute of India’s Covid-19 vaccine Covishield on Tuesday crossed the 100-crore vaccination mark. The country has administered 113.55 crore Covid-19 vaccines till date, and of these, 100.31 crore were Covishield. Two billion doses of … Read more

Now, ‘international vaccine certificates’ made available on CoWin following UK complaint

The update includes mainly displaying the vaccinated person’s birth date on the certificate. (File) The National Health Authority (NHA) has made vaccine certificates compliant with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) specifications, detailed in its Digital Documentation of Covid-19 Certificates: Vaccination Status. The move comes after British authorities raised doubts over the format of India’s vaccination … Read more

Covid-19: How UK’s new travel rules affect flyers from India

From October 4, the UK will have only one list of countries — red. (File) The UK’s updated Covid-19 travel rules place Indians inoculated with Covishield in the ‘unvaccinated’ category. While the country has relaxed the regulations for those with two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, the same version being manufactured in India Serum Institute … Read more

COVAX vaccine 2021 delivery target cut to 1.4 billion doses

The global programme providing COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries is on course to fall nearly 30 percent short of its previous goal of 2 billion shots this year, the international organisations running it said on Wednesday. The head of the GAVI Vaccine Alliance, which sponsors the COVAX programme along with the World Health Organisation, Unicef … Read more