Tag: COVID-19

Phl OK’s use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine; detects first new virus variant case in Manila

January 15, 2021

The Philippines has given the green light to Pfizer BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use. According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Eric Domingo, the authorization was granted after a thorough review of currently available data by medical and regulatory experts.   The Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which based on Phase III trials data, has […]

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Study: arthritis drugs’ promising result in recovery, reduced mortality from Covid-19

January 11, 2021

New findings from the study undertaken by experts from the Imperial College London have shown that arthritis medications tocilizumab and sarilumab, both IL-6 receptor antagonists can potentially improve survival outcomes of critically-ill Covid-19 patient, reduce mortality by 8.5%, as well as hasten recovery for patients. The findings, which have not yet been peer-reviewed, come from the REMAP-CAP trial, which […]

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Thailand preps for Sinovac Covid-19 shots; FDA warns no documents, no approval

January 11, 2021

Thailand is underway to receive some 200,000 doses of Chinese-made Sinovac next month, according to news reports; Medical front liners, elderly people, and those in the high-risk groups are said to be prioritized.  The country has secured two million doses from Sinovac and will be arriving in batches of 800,000 and 1 million from March […]

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Thailand secures 2 mn Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines; gets first 200K in Feb

January 6, 2021

Thailand is reportedly getting its first 200,000 Covid-19 vaccines from Sinovac Biotech next month. It is expected to receive the remaining batches of 800,000 vaccines by March, and 1 million vaccines by April.  It targets to inoculate at least half of its 70 million population, according to health officials. Thailand has also started local production […]

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Pfizer/BioNTech first in WHO list for emergency use COVID-19 vaccine

January 5, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the Comirnaty COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago. Dr Mariângela Simão, WHO Assistant-Director General for Access to Medicines and Health Products hails it as “a very positive step towards […]

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Women taking diabetes drug found to have decreased COVID-19 death risk

December 10, 2020

Researchers have previously stated that patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 and death from the illness. They demonstrate how accumulation of visceral fat around patients’ organs can lead to increased secretion of inflammatory substances such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), and D-dimer, which may […]

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Japan’s domestic travel campaign linked to increased COVID-19 symptoms

December 10, 2020

There is a higher incidence of COVID-19 symptoms among Japanese who have participated in a domestic travel campaign promoted by the government, according to researchers from the University of Tokyo and the University of California, Los Angeles, US. Researchers and health experts suggest the travel campaign backed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is contributing to […]

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Disposable glove makers turn to nitrile to cope with Covid-19 demand

December 9, 2020

By Hyma Haridas Industries around the world have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with most facing unprecedented and unique challenges to their survival. The disposable gloves manufacturing industry, however, is faced with challenges of a different kind. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the worldwide demand for disposable gloves and other personal […]

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US study shows how rapid testing could cripple COVID within weeks

November 23, 2020

Exploring whether different parameters such as test sensitivity, frequency, or turnaround time helps curb the spread of COVID-19 the most has led researches at the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) and Harvard University to believe that rapid-turnaround testing would drive the coronavirus toward elimination soonest. The tests could be significantly less sensitive than gold-standard clinical tests […]

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Two different COVID-19 vaccine trials show great success

November 17, 2020

Next year is already sounding more promising – two pharmaceutical giants have announced successful COVID-19 vaccine trials, which may help push more people to get vaccinated amid a surge of new coronavirus cases, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, an American immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The vaccines, one […]

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