Health & Medicine

Thailand begins vaccine roll-out with jabs from China’s Sinovac

A group of health care workers received the first shots, with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha not being inoculated as earlier planned because the Sinovac vaccine is not recommended for people his age.

28 Feb 2021 - 10:46AM
One killed and one wounded in oxygen explosion at Ukraine hospital

The explosion occurred on the second floor of the hospital at lunchtime on Saturday and 20 people were evacuated.

28 Feb 2021 - 1:26AM
World’s biggest glove maker eyes US$1.9 billion Hong Kong listing

Malaysia’s Top Glove plans to issue 1.49 billion new shares as part of a dual listing in Hong Kong.

27 Feb 2021 - 2:11AM
China’s CDC set for US$270 million expansion to address Covid-19 failings

New labs and training facilities part of planned revamp to strengthen disease detection and public health emergencies.

26 Feb 2021 - 9:56PM
Beijing denies making US diplomats take anal swab coronavirus tests

Foreign ministry issues statement in response to US reports claiming State Department staff were required to take such tests.

26 Feb 2021 - 4:04PM
Pfizer testing third dose of Covid-19 vaccine to guard against strains

The new studies will allow Pfizer and BioNTech to be prepared if and when more protection is necessary.

25 Feb 2021 - 9:44PM
‘Real world’ study finds Pfizer vaccine 94 per cent effective

The study involving 1.2 million people in Israel confirmed that mass immunisation can break Covid-19 transmission.

25 Feb 2021 - 3:00PM
Moderna vaccine for South Africa variant ready for testing

This particular variant is considered more dangerous because it evades some of the blocking action of antibodies that target the older coronavirus strain.

25 Feb 2021 - 7:32AM
FDA says Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Covid-19 vaccine effective and safe

The jab was effective in reducing the risk of the illness and preventing PCR-test confirmed Covid-19 at least 14 days after vaccination, the FDA said.

25 Feb 2021 - 7:50AM
Covid-19 vaccines made by China’s Sinopharm, CanSino release efficacy data

Wuhan unit of state-owned Sinopharm, whose first vaccine was approved for general use in December, says second product has an efficacy rate of 72.5 per cent.

25 Feb 2021 - 12:08AM
Hungary starts using Chinese Covid-19 vaccine in EU first

‘This is an important day as we begin inoculations with the Chinese vaccines,’ Prime Minister Orban says.

24 Feb 2021 - 8:47PM
Hong Kong to spend millions on upgrading health tech for fight against Covid-19

Government’s total spending on health is set to rise from HK$98.3 billion in this financial year, to HK$115.8 billion in 2021-2022.

24 Feb 2021 - 11:59PM
US may soon ease rules for fully vaccinated people, Fauci says

The White House chief medical adviser said that he would expect less stringent guidance to come soon.

24 Feb 2021 - 1:19AM
Amid political dysfunction, how did Malaysia pull together its vaccine plan?

Science minister Khairy Jamaluddin has become the face of Kuala Lumpur’s public health drive, and he – and PM Muhyiddin Yassin’s government – stand to benefit from its success.

24 Feb 2021 - 12:18AM
China’s Sinopharm seeks general use green light for second Covid-19 vaccine

Work is also under way on a third jab using different technology that would be easier to scale up, company chairman says.

22 Feb 2021 - 9:30PM
Signs of weaker vaccine response to new strains in South Africa, Brazil

Two mRNA shots less able to neutralise variant that emerged near Cape Town, Boston researchers find in non-peer-reviewed study.

22 Feb 2021 - 9:00AM
‘I’ve been counting the days’: jabbed Israelis allowed to go to gyms, pools

People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can attend cultural events and go to health clubs and restaurants.

21 Feb 2021 - 9:28PM