Tag: vaccination

COVID-19 booster shots for Indonesia after 50% vaccination mark

November 8, 2021

Indonesia plans to administer booster shots for COVID-19 to the public as soon as 50% of its population has been fully vaccinated, said health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin. Given for free, Budi said the plan will prioritise the elderly and the poor who are insured by the government, while the rest of the population may […]

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Serious cardiovascular events risk increased with the flu, US research finds

October 20, 2021

Coming down with the flu increases the risk of serious or fatal cardiovascular events, especially for patients predisposed to the condition. While getting the influenza vaccine can reduce this risk, influenza (flu) vaccination rates continue to remain low despite higher rates of death and complications from influenza. According to specialists at Houston Methodist medical centre […]

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COVID-19 vaccination safe for mothers-to-be, says Malaysian fertility specialist

October 1, 2021

Amid a robust COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia, there are still people who are wary of the vaccine, pregnant mothers and those trying to conceive included. Dr. Sumithra Devi Valiapan, fertility specialist at Kuala Lumpur-based Sunfert International Fertility Centre (Sunfert), citing multinational safety data on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant women, said vaccination is the best […]

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Antibodies against COVID-19 vary with vaccination vs natural infection

August 27, 2021

New research conducted at Rockefeller’s Laboratory of Molecular Immunology in New York suggests a natural infection may induce maturation of antibodies with broader activity than that conferred by an [mRNA] vaccination. While vaccination produces greater amounts of circulating antibodies than natural infection, the overall antibody response, or memory B cells, birthed from a natural infection […]

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COVID-19 vaccination effective against delta variant, researchers say

August 20, 2021

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSTL) have found that the delta variant of the virus causing COVID-19 is not more resistant to antibodies elicited by vaccination. According to WUSTL associate professor of medicine Dr. Jacco Boon, the delta variant is “[not evidently] better at overcoming vaccine-induced immunity compared to other […]

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COVID-19 funds worth RM1.5 mil introduced in Malaysia for added vaccination security

April 6, 2021

Life insurance provider Sun Life Malaysia (Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad and Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad), a joint venture by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, have come up with two new COVID-19 funds worth a total of RM1.5 million (US$362,888). The RM500,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Complications Fund and RM1 Million […]

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New vaccination strategy could better help the body fight off UTIs

March 2, 2021

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can be painful, pesky and persistent. While oral drugs may help, bacteria responsible for the UTI – which primarily afflicts women – never fully clears from the bladder, and may cause chronic infection. Scientists at Duke University in North Carolina, US, have developed a new vaccination strategy that they think […]

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