No proof COVID vaccine caused deaths - expert

No proof COVID vaccine caused deaths - expert.....»»

Category: newsSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesFeb 23rd, 2021

WHO warns of drawn out pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”, as the case count in South Africa topped half a million. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million, according to an AFP tally. South Africa is by far the hardest hit country in Africa, accounting for more than half of diagnosed infections, although President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fatality rate is lower than the global average. Health authorities had been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed at the end of March. Nigeria on Saturday also announced it would ease a lockdown in the commercial capital Lagos, allowing churches and mosques to reopen next week.  An emergency WHO committee reviewing the pandemic “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 outbreak, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts”. “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” it said in its latest statement. The agency also said the effects of the pandemic “will be felt for decades to come”. Mexico overtook Britain to become the third hardest hit country in virus deaths — after Brazil and the United States — with more than 46,600 fatal cases. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region, which has now recorded more than four million cases and almost 200,000 deaths. Half of them are in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes “nearly everyone” will catch the virus eventually, after himself recovering from it. The US, the hardest-hit country in the world, has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths. Vaccine race The outlook was bleak in Asia as well, where India and the Philippines reported record increases in new daily infections. “We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19, and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” said an open letter signed by 80 Filipino medical associations. Japan’s Okinawa declared a state of emergency after a record jump in cases on the islands — many linked to US military forces stationed there. The pandemic has spurred a race for a vaccine with several Chinese companies at the forefront, while Russia has set a target date of September to roll out its own medicine. However, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely his country would use any vaccine developed in either nation. “I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone,” he said. As part of its “Operation Warp Speed”, the US government will pay pharmaceutical giants Sanofi and GSK up to $2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said. ‘Day of freedom’ France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all reported huge contractions in their economies for the April-June quarter, while Europe as a whole saw gross domestic product fall by 12.1 percent.  Daily case numbers in Switzerland have crept up again in recent weeks, while Norway recorded its first virus death in two weeks. At least 36 crew members confined to a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the operator Hurtigruten said on Saturday.  Despite the resurgence in cases, there have been demonstrations in Europe against the curbs.  Thousands protested in Berlin on Saturday urging “a day of freedom” from the restrictions, with some demonstrators dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”. In South Korea, the elderly leader of a secretive sect at the centre of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested for allegedly hindering the government’s effort to contain the epidemic. People linked to Lee Man-hee’s Shincheonji Church of Jesus accounted for more than half of the South’s coronavirus cases in February and March, but the country has since appeared to have brought the virus under control. The pandemic has also continued to cause mayhem in the travel and tourism sectors, with more airlines announcing mass job cuts. Latin America’s biggest airline, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, said it would lay off least 2,700 crew, and British Airways pilots overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 percent, with 270 jobs lost......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

An unexpected reality, the COVID-19 vaccine delay

While the country awaits the COVID-19 vaccines, many continue to speculate on the vaccine’s efficacy and safety. Such trauma was caused by the Dengvaxia fiasco a few years ago......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021

Vaccine challenges

Let us be clear about things. With the world under lockdown for a year due to COVID-19, we have had enough experience and expertise to guide us out of this situation. Having infected more than 111 million causing 2.4 million deaths worldwide, COVID has plunged the entire planet to a near standstill resulting in hollowed-out economies across the board. It is time to get out of the sinkhole before we get sucked even deeper......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021

Indonesia passes one million coronavirus cases

Indonesia passed more than one million Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, as the archipelago launches one of the world’s biggest vaccine drives to clamp down on a soaring infection rate. The Southeast Asian nation of nearly 270 million has recorded 1,012,350 virus cases and almost 29,000 deaths, according to official data. But low testing rates mean […] The post Indonesia passes one million coronavirus cases appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 26th, 2021

Prepare Vaccination Plan: Experts to LGUs

With the COVID-19 vaccination to occur very soon, health experts urged Local Government Units (LGU)s in the Philippines to prepare vaccination plans in order to organize everything and avoid further vaccination-related conflicts. “Our conversation now should already shift to vaccine education. We should now be talking about this,” said Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Bryan Albert […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

Choosing a vaccine

People I know who are 70 or older were spooked by the reported deaths of up to 33 frail and elderly people in Norway after they took the first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID vaccine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

PH revisits EUA as Norway bares Pfizer jab deaths

Emergency use authorizations (EUAs) may be revised if a drug shows safety problems, the government said Sunday, even as the official in charge of procuring COVID-19 vaccines said authorities would be more cautious after Norway reported that 29 elderly people given the Pfizer vaccine died......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Expert on choosing vaccine brand: Safety over efficacy

Amid debates on which COVID-19 vaccine is best for Filipinos, a technical adviser of the Department of Health (DOH) said the primary consideration in making the choice is “safety over efficacy.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2021

What’s behind varying efficacy data for Sinovac’s COVID vaccine?

New efficacy data from Brazil on Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine, for which there are now four widely different success rates, raised more questions than answers, as many developing countries pin their hopes on CoronaVac to end the pandemic. Here are potential factors contributing to CoronaVac’s varying efficacy rates and expert interpretations. How effective is CoronaVac? Researchers […] The post What’s behind varying efficacy data for Sinovac’s COVID vaccine? appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2021

Temporary morgues set up as UK hospitals run out of space

LEATHERHEAD, England — British authorities have had to set up temporary morgues in some areas after local hospital mortuaries ran out of space due to a surge in deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Britain has reported record levels of deaths and new infections in the last few weeks, fuelled by a new variant of […] The post Temporary morgues set up as UK hospitals run out of space appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2021

Sinopharm & lsquo;most unsafe& rsquo; vaccine& mdash;Taiwan News; FDA wants proof

A Taiwanese online news company said the COVID-19 vaccine of the Chinese company Sinopharm, with a list of 73 possible side effects, is being called the “most unsafe in the world.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 9th, 2021

Vaccine deals inked by January

The Philippines, reeling under coronavirus infections and deaths since March, is looking at possible deals with various COVID-19 vaccine producers while US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has promised to help Manila get back a “fraction” of the 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

Moderna vaccine set for imminent US approval, as Europe battles surge

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine was set for imminent approval in the US on Thursday, as Covid death tolls climbed around the world, with Europe becoming the first region to pass 500,000 fatalities and Brazil notching more than 1,000 deaths in 24 hours. The Moderna jab is now expected to become the second vaccine allowed in a Western […] The post Moderna vaccine set for imminent US approval, as Europe battles surge appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020

DOST: Trials for China s Sinovac, Clover may start end-2020 or early 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine candidates of Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and Clover Biopharmaceuticals have passed the technical review of the vaccine expert panel for their application to conduct Phase 3 clinical trials in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 27th, 2020

The promise of a vaccine

We are upbeat over reports the Philippines, whacked by the coronavirus 2019 pandemic---with at least 413,000 infections and 8,000 deaths---may have access to the COVID vaccine before long......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

COVID-19 surge hastens vaccine development

The renewed surge of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit countries across the world, with the number of cases globally spiking to 55.86 million and deaths due to the disease, at 1.33 million......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

Leading vaccines need ‘deep freeze’

A health expert said that COVID-19 vaccine frontrunners may prove to be very expensive to dispense to the population since aside from the cost of the drug, there is also the “deep freeze” containment to contend with. Ideal for the Philippines and other countries with limited resources are medicines that can be stored in typical […] The post Leading vaccines need ‘deep freeze’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

DoST: Russian COVID vaccine may pass initial assessment

Russia’s Sputnik V has a big chance of acquiring approval in the initial assessment of vaccines for the conduct local trials, Department of Science Technology (DoST) Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña said on Saturday. “Malaki na rin ang tsansa na makapasa sa vaccine expert panel dahil konti na lang ang mga datos na hinihingi,” he said […] The post DoST: Russian COVID vaccine may pass initial assessment appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Race to develop COVID-19 vaccine heats up

Ample proof that Philippines-China ties remain robust despite the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea is that Beijing has already pledged to supply the country with vaccines for COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 14th, 2020

AstraZeneca resumes COVID-19 vaccine trial after UK green light

Pharma giant AstraZeneca on Saturday said it had resumed a COVID-19 vaccine trial after getting the all-clear from British regulators, following a pause caused by a UK volunteer falling ill......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 13th, 2020