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Uncertainties about the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine rising rapidly in the UK

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has witnessed serious criticism in the past few months resulting in growing uncertainties about possible links to rare but adverse side effects. In spite of these concerns, the UK still has some deep faith in these vaccines, as has been found in an updated survey.

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Ireland plans to send “Advance Stage” Covid-19 support to India

Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) are planning to send aid to India, since the country is struggling with a massive second wave of Covid-19 cases and deaths. Since the condition are at an “advanced stage”, Irish officials are working throughout the weekend on their efforts to deliver support to the Asian subcontinent.

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UK sending important medical equipment to India to support COVID fight

In an exclusive interview on this Sunday, Britain officials said that they will send life-saving medical equipment to India, including ventilators and oxygen concentrators very soon as the country is going through a record numbers of daily COVID-19 infection and death cases.

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Indian COVID-19 variant now being transmitted after cases not linked to travel detected in UK

The variant of COVID-19 that was first emerging in India is now getting transmitted all across the UK after three recent cases were detected, which were not linked with travelling. 55 new infections with the COVID-19 strain have been traced all over the country, while has been India added to “red list” of Britain as of Friday morning. The new variant, known as B.1.617.1, has a significantly double mutation of the spike protein, fears that vaccines will be less effective in preventing it.

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Ireland plans for possible legal action against AstraZeneca over COVID-19 vaccine supplies

The Health Minister of Ireland said that they have joined the ongoing European Commission plans for possible legal action against AstraZeneca due to its complete failure to meet the delivery and contractual agreements.

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Crossing Border for Haircuts and Hospitality will break the law

Health minister of Northern Ireland has warned citizens from the Republic who are constantly traveling North for haircuts or hospitality after the Covid-19 rules ease later this week that they would break the law in their own jurisdiction. In an interview with Irish Times, Robin Swann said that travel bans are still in place for the Republic of Ireland and people coming to the North to access any services would be considered as non-essential travel outside a county boundary as per my understanding and my reading of their regulations.

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Ireland on a road to Reopen

Government confirmed that the next phase of lifting restrictions will take place from next Monday, April 26. As the vaccination campaign has witnessed some serious progress across the nation and the overall covid-19 situation started to improve, there is now more room for outdoor activities and the number of people attending funerals. The planned easing of restrictions will include opening of outdoor visitor attractions (such as Dublin Zoo), sports facilities, and non-contact training.

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UK put India on a ‘red list’ amid Covid-19 surge

UK government on Monday imposed their strictest travel curbs on India after constantly rising number of coronavirus cases there. The decision came an hour after Prime Minister Boris Johnson called off his trip to New Delhi. Secretary of Health Matt Hancock confirmed the move in the House of Commons as almost 103 cases of the so-called Indian variant had been just identified in the UK, out of which the vast majority have been linked to the international travel. Samples of that variant have been analyzed to check whether the new variant has any concerning characteristics, such as greater transmissibility or resistance to vaccines. He added in his statement that India is being added to Britain’s “red list” of countries, with all arrivals from India will be banned except for UK or Irish nationals, who will need to stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel for 10 days when they return.

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Steep slope of falling Covid-19 cases well ahead of the best-case scenario in Ireland

Ireland is well ahead of the most expected scenarios for the decline in the numbers of COVID-19 cases meaning that the country is now in quite a respectable position to talk about their plans for May, June, July and the easing of restrictions,” as told by the Minister for Health on Sunday. Adding to that, he said that they are well ahead of the best-case scenario that were given to them four weeks ago for the cases of the virus and the rate at which the virus is reproduced has also remained below 1. This puts them in a positive position to talk about all their plans in the upcoming month with the easing of restrictions.

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UK scientists discovered a higher risk of brain clots from COVID-19 as compared to vaccines

British researchers after the rollout of inoculations were disrupted by reports of rare clots released a statement on Thursday that the risk of blood clots from COVID-19 infections are much higher than from vaccines against the disease.

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Vaccine produced a strong immune response among adults over 80 years of age in a Preliminary study

Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccines produced a strong immune response in people aged over 80 right from their first dose. Preliminary Study suggested that over 93 percent of people had produced COVID-19 antibodies after receiving the Pfizer vaccine and 87 percent of people after receiving the AstraZeneca jab. This was the first study that took place in order to compare the performance of the two vaccines.

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As the UK inching closer towards normality, the days with long COVID must not be forgotten

From the rollout of vaccination to the reopening of pubs, this ongoing stage of the pandemic can be seen as a hope of returning to the normal. Even so, we should not ignore a group of peoples who are still struggling with COVID-19: as per the report, approx. 1.1 million people in the UK who have been suffering from long Covid recently.

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UK Enjoying the Breeze of Happiness after the End of COVID-19 Restrictions

People made their way up to the retailers across England on Monday to release their much-awaited shopping fever whereas some enjoyed their long-waited outing sessions or even an early haircut as England’s shops, pubs, gyms and hairdressers are all reopened after a very long lock down period. After the most burdensome restrictions in the history of Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that resuming all these restrictions was a “significant step” towards the betterment of the nation, however encouraged individuals will need to carry on their safety precautions as the Covid is still a danger.

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COVID-19: UK to undergo Freezing temperature as pub beer gardens reopen after lockdown in England

England is all set to have a chilly return to pubs today, with a snowy, sleet and very low temperatures forecast for most of the parts of the UK. While the northern parts of England will stay bright this morning, the southern half is facing rain, snow and showers during the day, with flurries seen in west London, as well as readings in Berkshire, Sevenoaks, Kent and various parts of Oxfordshire already.

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COVID-19 Infection rate has been reduced by 60% as per the latest reports

As per the latest reports from an ongoing study of the pandemic in England U.K.’s COVID-19 vaccination program has already started breaking the link between infection, serious illness or death. Imperial College London in their recent researchers found that COVID-19 infections have reduced about 60% in March as a result of the national lockdown measures that slow down the spread of the virus. Citizens of age 65 and older were the less likely to be infected as they were benefited most from the vaccination program, which was focused initially on older people.

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Over 100 economies in 42 days were covered after the first international delivery: COVAX Updates

Over a hundred economies have already received COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX which is the global mechanism for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The milestone has been achieved after 42 days since the first ever global COVAX doses were shipped and delivered to Ghana on February 24, 2021.

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Periodic Announcement on Vaccine Safety of AstraZeneca COVID-19

WHO Global Advisory Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety has shared a report of some recent cases of blood clots with low platelets just after the vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine couple of weeks ago.

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WHO advised countries to maintain a healthier world after COVID-19

Ongoing COVID-19 has already done a lot of damage to our societies and some people were hit harder than others, totally disrupting the existing inequities in health and welfare within and between countries. WHO is therefore issuing five urgent and most important calls to improve health and wellbeing for the nation.

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Britain will have COVID-19 Test, Twice a week

Every citizen in England will be recommended to take a Covid-19 test twice a week as per the new Covid-19 management system. Passports are now assessable for a wide-scale use, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan which is to reopen the economy as soon as the exit of lockdown. Free COVID-19 test kits are to be made available through the local pharmacies, community centers and home delivery services, when this new plan will be in action after April 9.

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Charities urged access to surplus vaccines for Poor Countries

A group of charities is urging Boris Johnson to provide a swift clarity about how many Covid vaccine doses will be donated to poorer countries. It has been released by the officials that UK does not currently have a surplus of vaccines, but as soon as they have, it will be shared to the poorer countries.

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No death recorded for the first time in six months

Public Health England in the report of 28 March claimed that they had registered no deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test on patients. Last year, when the crisis was at peak, they recorded about 230 deaths a day in London.

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Combined Statement focusing on COVID-19 vaccination for aircrew and seafarers

The Ongoing COVID-19 virus has showcased some devastating consequences for human life and the global economy as well. Air transport and maritime are two essential activities that have affected global trade and transportation and can benefit to a sustainable socio-economic recovery.

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About 300 sequenced samples of Covid-19 UK, SA and Brazilian variants are detected

Around 300 sequenced samples of covid 19 variants that belong to UK, SA and Brazil were detected and all three of them contain the N501Y mutation that makes them even more prone to transmit between two human bodies. The Brazilian and south African variants are also reported to carry the E484K mutation that helps them to trace pass some vital immune responses that have generated by a previous infection or through vaccination.

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People walking slowly are more likely to die from Covid-19

Leicester based researchers have come on to a conclusion that slow speed walkers with average weight were more likely to die from ongoing covid 19 outbreaks than brisk walkers.

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been suspended in certain European countries

Few countries in the European Union have suspended use of a specific batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine which are distributed in the EU, as there were symptoms of rare blood coagulation disorders in persons. They decided this as a precaution until a full investigation is going on.

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Response fund on their First anniversary appealed for continued support

A year ago, WHO have created the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to ensure a systematic response to the unprecedented show of support by individuals and companies to help fight WHO against COVID-19 Situation. They developed it as an innovative platform to allow private companies, individuals and other small or big organizations to contribute directly to all the efforts that will be taken to prevent, detect, and rectify COVID-19 outbreak around the world.

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UK to start World’s first human challenge trials

Young and healthy volunteers will be infected with coronavirus to test effectiveness of vaccines and treatments in the first Covid-19 human challenge study that will start within the next few weeks and recruit around 90 people from aged 18-30 and will be exposed to the virus in a safe and controlled environment while professional will carefully monitor their health

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UK Variant of COVID-19 will soon Sweep the world

The new variant of COVID-19 which was first found in the British region of Kent, is more likely to sweep the world and the ongoing battle with the virus will last for at least a decade, as told by the international news agency quoting on the head of the UK’s genetic surveillance   

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We will win or lose together in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination race

Over 128 million vaccine doses have been line up so far and over three quarters of those vaccinations are deployed in 10 countries that on a whole account for 60% of global GDP. 130 countries

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COVID-19 vaccine passport is no longer required to travel to UK

COVID-19 vaccine passport in no longer available to fly UK. The United Kingdom will not have COVID-19 vaccine passport facilities, as told by the vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi on Sunday.

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COVEX reply on New SARS-CoV-2 variant

New variants of SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 have emerged to give everyone a powerful reminder that these viruses can mutate and some important scientific response may be needed so as to remain effective against these developed viruses.  

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WHO launched an open training program on COVID-19 Recovery

A serious COVID-19 course management is developed for healthcare staff during the time of COVID-19 outbreak.  this course is quite useful for some crucial knowledge necessary to provide safe, effective, and quality patient care

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4,000 variants of COVID-19 have been reported so far, says UK Minister

Around 4,000 variants of COVID-19 viruses have been reported around the world, so it will be very important for all vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca Plc to improve their vaccines as per the various virus species.  

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COVAX announces their first vaccine distribution forecast

A new partnership has been emerged for the Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, Gavi, Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization leading together with the COVAX for a stabilized access to COVID-19 vaccines to the world, alongside the main delivery partner UNICEF, are all set to announce COVAX’s first global vaccine distribution forecast.  

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U.K. reports an entirely new coronavirus species

UK has reported a significantly new mutation in the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7, known as the U.K. variant’- and recent studies states that it can be even more dangerous to our immune systems and can slightly reduce the overall potentials of current vaccines.  

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WHO Global Report featuring urgent requirement

Ongoing pandemic clarified that even the best healthcare and data systems struggles in acting swiftly. Shortage of global data have affected the understanding of how this pandemic has affected them and what is their ongoing response plans.  

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WHO’s COVID-19 response

COVID-19 contaminates individuals when they meet up, however meeting up is likewise how we will beat it. 2020 saw the world join against the infection, from little close to home signals to secure others, to global coordinated effort on exploration and development. The year closes with COVID-19 immunizations turning out – an uncommon accomplishment. 

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COVAX has an agreement to access to two billion doses of promising vaccine to the candidates. Negotiations continue to extend further doses to be secured through existing R&D agreements by co-lead the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and through evaluations of the latest products with promising results and contributions from several donors.  

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WHO Notice for IVD User Information, 2020/05

Primary purpose to release this notice to clear up all relevant information WHO has provided previously. It also replaced the existing WHO Information Notice for In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device (IVD) Users’ 2020/05 version 1, issued on 14 December 2020.   

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Review Committee on the management of International Health Regulations (2005) during the ongoing COVID-19 Situation

This Committee was summoned by the Director-General on September 8th 2020, in regards with the World Health Assembly Resolution. Committee is mainly composed of experts with a wide range of proficiencies and with adequate gender and geographical representation. 

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Scientists addressed vaccine safety, success rate and access to global R&D forum

Over 2,800 scientists from 130 countries appeared on 15th of January in a virtual forum organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) to determine the knowledge gaps and to set research parameters for vaccines against this COVID-19 virus. 

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Ongoing debate on the dosing schedule

Medicines and Healthcare products regulatory agency is up with their approval for the first global COVID-19 vaccine available for emergency usage on December 2

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Operational Tool in the time of COVID-19

As a whole, a single Health approach is always necessary to address complex health situations at the human-animal-environment interface.. Over the years, since 2017, the Tripartite has led themselves to a technical working group for the development and operation of the Joint Risk evaluation of Operational Tool, an implementation tool has been associated with the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide

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Validation for the emergency usage of COVID-19 Vaccines

The World Health Organization have immediately listed the COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in countries,

and the Pfizer, BioNTech has become the first to receive this emergency validation so far.  

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