Argentina received 800,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine

Argentina’s government received 800,000 does of Russia’s Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine Monday, the President’s office said. The arrival was announced on the official Twitter feed of Argentina’s Presidency, which also showed video of an Aerolineas Argentinas plane carrying the shipment of doses arriving at night in Buenos Aires and being unloaded. The shipment brings the total … Read more

India records highest single-day new cases so far, as it struggles with mass Hindu pilgrimage

A health official takes a swab sample from a man to test for Covid-19 at a testing centre in Allahabad, India, on April 12. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images India reported 217,353 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, marking the country’s highest single-day case count for the third consecutive day, according to data from the Indian Ministry … Read more

Negative Covid test now needed to enter Germany

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Getty Images Leaders from more than 20 countries and the World Health Organization have agreed to work towards an international treaty on future pandemics, in a joint letter published in media outlets Tuesday around the world. The treaty would “greatly” enhance international … Read more

Few rapid antigen Covid-19 tests meet WHO standards, review finds 

A senior European diplomat is urging caution over the use of proposed new rules that would govern exports of Covid-19 vaccines to outside of the EU. The rules were announced by the European Commission earlier Wednesday. The tougher export controls put forward by the Commission would see vaccine shipments assessed based on the destination country’s … Read more

Putin is getting vaccinated today but we won’t see it

President Moon Jae-in receives a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Seoul, South Korea, on March 23. South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the first lady, Kim Jung-sook, received AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, the Blue House announced. Moon’s vaccination is in preparation for his visit … Read more

Italy and Cyprus will resume use of AstraZeneca vaccine Friday

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill on March 18 in Washington, DC. Susan Walsh/Pool/Getty Images The United States is now sequencing 10,000 to 14,000 samples of coronavirus every week in its … Read more

British regulator maintains there’s no evidence AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots

Shutterstock More than 500 people in the United Kingdom were put on “do not resuscitate” orders without their consent or their carers’ consent during the coronavirus pandemic, a study released by the country’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) reported Thursday. “From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were concerns that ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ … Read more

Brazil reports its highest daily surge in Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began

Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit of Emilio Ribas Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 17. Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images Brazil reported 90,303 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday — its highest daily surge in infections since the beginning of the pandemic. The country’s total caseload now stands at 11,693,838, according to its health ministry. … Read more

Sweden and Luxembourg pause use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Portugal has announced that it is suspending the inoculation of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine as a “precaution,” joining other European countries – including France, Germany, Italy and Spain – in halting its use following reports of blood clots post inoculation. “Portuguese health authorities today decided to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 for reasons of … Read more

COVAX delivered 20 million doses to world’s poor in first week of distribution, WHO director-general says

An international program set up to get coronavirus vaccines to the world delivered 20 million vaccine doses to 20 countries in the first week of distribution, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s director-general, said Friday. “This was a landmark week for COVAX with the first vaccinations starting in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire,” Tedros told a … Read more